South Africa : President Jacob Zuma blames Christianity for South Africa’s problems

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Jacob Zuma blames Christianity for South Africa’s problems
Jacob Zuma is at the center of a religious storm in South Africa after reportedly blaming the introduction Christianity in the 19th century for the continent’s current problems



By Barney Henderson
Daily Telegraph

Mr Zuma, South Africa’s first Zulu president, told an event in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal that Christianity brought about “orphans” and “old-age homes” thereby destroying Africa’s traditions, according to South Africa’s Times newspaper.

“As Africans, long before the arrival of religion and [the] gospel, we had our own ways of doing things,” he said.

“Those were times that the religious people refer to as dark days but we know that, during those times, there were no orphans or old-age homes. Christianity has brought along these things.”

Mr Zuma’s office later issued a statement saying that his comments had been reported in a “misleading manner” and were aimed at ensuring South Africans do not neglect African culture.

“While we should embrace western culture and Christianity, we should not neglect the African ways of doing things,” said Mac Maharaj, presidency spokesman.

However, South Africa’s Council of Churches has said it was “deeply disappointed”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/rel...-Christianity-for-South-Africas-problems.html
 

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I dont know if he's blaming it, he's just saying more or less we need to retain some of our traditional ways and stop letting the europeans impose their culture on us because it leads to us forgetting what made us who we are.
 

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I saw this yesterday Im glad somebody over there is in their right mind.
What right mind, the man made the statement and then backpeddled

He is a politician and should have nationalized the gold and diamonds, as true Zulu taking money out of the Vatican and Isreal's hands, and out of the hands of the Anglican church

He will probably be wearing a Santa Claus suit this Sunday
 

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I saw this yesterday Im glad somebody over there is in their right mind.
Now after reading the brother's history on Wikipedia, he doesnt just sound like some body in theri right mind, more then that he sounds like a strong revolutionary brother, in the level of Sankara, and Samore Michel,

but as we are now familiar with Black presidents, as Earth Wind and Fire sang,
"something happened along the way, what used to be happy is sad"

Remarks on the Second Coming

Zuma also drew censure from religious and secular groups alike when he declared that the ANC would rule South Africa until the return of Jesus Christ, and that its continued governance was just what God wanted:

God expects us to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back. We should not allow anyone to govern our city when we are ruling the country.[116][117]
Zuma later defended his remarks by describing them as a "political expression": "Talking about Jesus is not abusing his name; it's actually saying historically, 'This is what the ANC is all about.' It's just a political expression that we are strong and will be strong for a long time. I want to apologise if this reality sits uncomfortably with others."[118] He added that he had been baptised and knew Jesus: "I fear God [.... I]t's not because I'm despising God, not at all."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Zuma

 
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