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Leo Igwe

Geburtstag: 26. Juli 1970

Leo Igwe ist ein nigerianischer Menschenrechtsaktivist und Humanist. Er war Repräsentant der Internationalen Humanistischen und Ethischen Union für West- und Süd-Afrika. Er hat sich darauf spezialisiert, gegen den Glauben an Hexenkinder in Afrika vorzugehen, sowie dessen Auswirkungen zu dokumentieren. Seine Menschenrechtsarbeit brachte ihn in Konflikt mit hochrangigen „Hexen-Gläubigen“ wie der Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries. Er wurde bei seinen Menschenrechtsaktionen in Nigeria mehrmals festgenommen. Er ist seit 2012 Research Fellow der James Randi Educational Foundation, bekämpft die Effekte von Aberglaube und ist Teil der Skeptikerbewegung. Wikipedia

„Dare to think. Dare to doubt. Dare to question everything in spite of what the superstitious around you teach and preach.“

—  Leo Igwe

A Manifesto for a Skeptical Africa (2012)
Kontext: Most Africans cannot think freely or express their doubts openly because these religions have placed a huge price on freethinking and critical inquiry. Because these belief systems rely on paranormal claims themselves, Africans feel they cannot speak out against superstition as a whole, or they will be ostracized or even killed by religious zealots. Belief in demonic possession, faith healing, and the “restorative” power of holy water can have deadly consequences for believers and whole communities. Africans must reject superstitious indoctrination and dogmatization in public institutions. Africans need to adopt this cultural motto: Dare to think. Dare to doubt. Dare to question everything in spite of what the superstitious around you teach and preach. Africans must begin to think freely in order to ‘emancipate themselves from mental slavery’ and generate ideas that can ignite the flame of an African enlightenment.

„Faith or religion should not be respected to the extent that they peddle lies and deception, and fuel division, and hatred and intolerance.“

—  Leo Igwe

An Interview with Dr. Leo Igwe — Founder, Nigerian Humanist Movement (2017)

„Human beings are social beings with or without religion.“

—  Leo Igwe

An Interview with Dr. Leo Igwe — Founder, Nigerian Humanist Movement (2017)

„History has thrust on us this critical responsibility which we must fulfill.“

—  Leo Igwe

A Manifesto for a Skeptical Africa (2012)

„For too long, African societies have been identified as superstitious, consisting of people who cannot question, reason or think critically. Dogma and blind faith in superstition, divinity and tradition are said to be the mainstay of popular thought and culture. African science is often equated with witchcraft and the occult; African philosophy with magical thinking, myth-making and mysticism, African religion with stone-age spiritual abracadabra, African medicine with folk therapies often involving pseudoscientific concoctions inspired by magical thinking. Science, critical thinking and technological intelligence are portrayed as Western — as opposed to universal — values, and as alien to Africa and to the African mindset. An African who thinks critically or seeks evidence and demands proofs for extraordinary claims is accused of taking a “white” or Western approach. An African questioning local superstitions and traditions is portrayed as having abandoned or betrayed the essence of African identity. Skepticism and rationalism are regarded as Western, un-African, philosophies. Although there is a risk of overgeneralizing, there are clear indicators that the continent is still socially, politically and culturally trapped by undue credulity. Many irrational beliefs exist and hold sway across the region. These are beliefs informed by fear and ignorance, misrepresentations of nature and how nature works. These misconceptions are often instrumental in causing many absurd incidents, harmful traditional practices and atrocious acts.“

—  Leo Igwe

A Manifesto for a Skeptical Africa (2012)

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