Times are changing so, the best way to go is adapt with the change. Our grandfather’s way of life might not be applicable now. The Johane Marange Apostolic Church is a religion that has been passed from generation to generation but, does their belief system work today?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a woman is, ‘an adult female human being’. A girl of 14 can not possibly be called a woman, but the Marange Apostolic Church calls girls as young as 9 years, women ‘madzimai‘. Surely, there should be a law against this! Since little girls are referred to as women in this church, they are being married off before they are 18 years old. This promotes illiteracy among the female members of the church as most girls leave school at primary school level because they’re already married by 16.
This video was shared by a friend in Zimbabwe. I do not have any rights to the video. I just believe that it sheds a lot of light on this religion and hence the reason for sharing.
According to the documentary, women are just nothing but sex objects and cheap, or is it free labour? Why do I keep calling them women, they’re girls. Girls who are ignorant to the fact that they are being abused.
This practice has been going on for more than a century but, it has to stop now. The humanitarian lawyers need to investigate what is happening in this religion.
Recently, a 14 year old girl died while giving birth at a shrine. Yes, a shrine. They are not allowed to visit clinics and hospitals, they’re not allowed to use family planning methods. If the government of Zimbabwe did their job, this church would be shut down because of gross human rights violations. Is it a church, or a cult?
If it’s about polygamy, why not marry girls from 18 years and above? Why are little girls being married before they become women? Why does a 28 year old man find pleasure in being intimate with a child of 11 years old.
WHY IS THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT SILENT? WHY IS THE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE SILENT?
Many are speculating that because these people are many their large numbers help in winning votes for the ruling party. They’re naive and ignorant, so they keep voting for the ruling party. This is the reason why the government is silent and indirectly allowing the rape of minors. If this is not true, then the president and all of ZANU PF political goons should prove themselves by standing up against the inhumane practices of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Church.
They multiply but, are they fruitful? Their favourite verse is, ‘be fruitful and multiply’. Being fruitful is not all about giving birth. They should be fruitful in every area of their lives. Yet they live in poverty but continue to give birth.
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