Concerned Bahrain MP tells government to stamp out sorcery

It’s not just the U.S. government that spends their time freaking out about ridiculous nonsense. Men in Bahrain are nervous that their wives may kill them with witchcraft.

Government failed to curb sorcery says MP.

A BAHRAINI MP has accused the government of failing to stamp out “sorcery” and “witchcraft” – claiming a woman used it to paralyse her own husband.

He is calling for more awareness of the subject, which he argued was tearing families apart.

“There is one case of a Bahraini wife who went to someone because she wanted her husband to be obedient.

“He (the practitioner) told her to mix her period blood with his food, which eventually caused her husband paralysis. He has been in that state for the past seven years.”

However, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa responded by saying authorities would investigate any such complaint.

He also claimed religious leaders should do more to tackle to problem, accusing them of getting too caught up in politics and neglecting their duty to the community.

Typically, higher wealth of a nation is associated with less superstition. Not in the Middle East. The oil producing countries like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia continue to retain backwards ideas about women and the occult, as is obvious here. Bahrain still has issues with human rights, women were only given the authority to vote in 2002, and there is considerable media censorship. Islam is the dominant religion. According to WikiIslam, witchcraft is a mainstream Islamic belief.

You can guess I’d have zero confidence in an “investigation” of such an event regardless of the fact there is no such thing as witchcraft and do they not know about other medical conditions like stroke that can cause paralysis? This is my *shakes head and walks away mumbling* story of the week. We’ve got a loooooong way to go.

Bart Djinn

  5 comments for “Concerned Bahrain MP tells government to stamp out sorcery

  1. spookyparadigm
    December 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Come now. Clearly Texas and Alaska are prime proof that there isn’t a correlation between oil extraction wealth and religious zealotry. I mean … oh, right.

    Anyway, yeah, this is pretty awful, and is a classic case of witchcraft accusations.

    Speaking of Djinn, was just listening to a podcast interview with an author pushing djinn as the unified field theory of the paranormal, basically a slight variation on a lot of similar demonological ideas with more than a touch of Keel (and a touch of another writer, but I’m starting to think about writing about that, so ..). It was fairly ridiculous.

  2. Stamen
    December 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Your comment about national wealth and and lack of superstition is not the full story, I think. Religiosity declines with economic security. Phil Zuckerman has done some excellent work on this. I used to wonder why among wealthy nations the US was such an out lier with it’s religious fervor. the US nation is rich but has great financial disparity. The poorer states (within the US) are the ones where people use religion to give them some sense of security.

    • spookyparadigm
      December 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Note that I pointed to oil extraction. Which doesn’t require a solid middle class, an educated populace (especially if those working the oil infrastructure are a small minority and/or outside contractors), and generally is not going to go hand-in hand with declining financial disparity.

      Oil states/countries aren’t financially secure because of their own doing. They fell into a windfall that powers fabulous wealth that didn’t need the creation of a larger social fabric to back it up.

      • spookyparadigm
        December 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Ah, I see you referring to the main article, not my comment. Nonetheless, that is what I was getting at.

  3. Walter Turner
    December 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Sometimes it seems to me that the rise of superstition across the world correlates with the number of skeptical sites and organizations. Probably it is rather that the latter correlates with our access to information, but it is all discouraging, nevertheless.
    The mystical mindset doesn’t go away. One superstition is just succeeded by another. Maybe the only hope lies in the contempt young people have for the thinking of their elders.
    All right, I’m in a bad mood today.

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