Helen Ukpabio is a “Christian” preacher from Nigeria who has been spreading the fear of child witches in Nigeria. She uses her sermons, teachings and prophetic declarations to incite hatred, intolerance and persecution of alleged witches and wizards, usually children. Thousands of children have been killed, tortured, or maimed by acid, fire, or other acts of senseless violence. The surviving children are usually left homeless and are preyed upon by others.
She has a simple diagnostic tools that can detect a witch:
“A child under two years of age that cries at night or deteriorates in health is an agent of Satan.”
These condemned children are regularly subjected to:
Abandonment, isolation, discrimination, and ostracization from the community.
They are often disgraced publicly, usually by being chained and tortured in churches in order to extract confessions.
Many are murdered in horribly cruel ways: burned alive, bathed in acid, fatally poisoned (usually with a local toxic berry).
Exploiting local superstitious beliefs, particularly those related to spiritual or demonic possession or witchcraft, Helen Ukpabio’s organization has grown exponentially throughout Nigeria and West Africa since its foundation.
In March 2012, Helen Ukpabio is scheduled to hold a 12 day “revival” in Houston, Texas at the invitation of Glorious Praise Ministries.
The US Department of State needs to be urged to do the right thing and deny Helen Ukpabio’s entry into the United States on grounds of her human rights violations.
WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK
TEXAS FUCK YOU
To end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Thomas Marino [R-PA10]
Status: This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Explanation: Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee. [Last Updated: Jan 27, 2012 6:12AM]
Please! Contact your representatives! Contact people in the media! We must get this covered and we must get this passed! Without this bill, someone could attach a SOPA-like rider to an otherwise innocuous bill and get passed! We need to support this bill, it will make a LOT of our country’s issues much easier to deal with!
The “riders” are a political tool that are used to either slip laws the public does not want under the radar and get them passed like barnacles hitching rides on a ship, or to attach such ugly problems to a bill that it becomes a political nightmare and a weapon. They are a disgrace to the democratic process.
Here’s a site to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them. Spread the word, and contact your representative. Imagine a political system that isn’t as fucked up and worthless as the one we have now. We can have it—but we have to fight for it.
I don’t do this very often, but I feel the need to defend my fans.
I can’t help but notice a general distaste for the YGOTAS fandom in the YGO community. I think a lot of the hostility toward them probably stems from the fact that a lot of them don’t take YGO very seriously at all. And there’s the fact that a lot of them equate my show with the actual YGO product, which is bound to get irritating. And let’s not forget the whole yelling catch-phrases thing.
The truth is, these things bother me too. And I see them a hell of a lot more than anyone else does. I’ve had people insult me for giving a damn about the YGO franchise. I’ve had people jump down my throat because I dared to post a video attempting to help Dan Green last month rather than make another episode. I’ve had people harass me at conventions to the point that I’ve needed to have security guards follow me around. So yeah, I know why they might be a problem. Possibly more than you do.
Having said that, I feel something should be explained to those of you who say things like “This is why the YGOTAS fandom sucks” or “The YGOTAS fans ruined the YGO fandom”.
Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged fans are people, the same as Yu-Gi-Oh fans. And the reasons you give for the YGOTAS fandom sucking the big one? They are not in any way related to my show, or to me, or even to my fans. They’re related to the fact that the people in question are rude, mindless, idiotic people. It has nothing to do with the show, or the fact that they enjoy it. It is because they harass you, or because they write terrible fan fiction, etc. Things that can probably be applied to some of the bad eggs in your own fandom. Or any damn fandom you can think of.
You may have had bad experiences. Say you’ve had people yell “Card games on motorcycles!” at you against your will. The problem in this situation isn’t that they enjoy my show. It’s the fact that they thought it was appropriate to scream at you and act like an ass hole. If they’d screamed “It’s over 9,000!” at a Vegeta cosplayer, would that Vegeta cosplayer have rolled his eyes and gone “Those god damn Dragonball Z fans, they ruin everything?” The problem isn’t what they enjoy, it’s how they behave.
I’ve seen multiple instances of somebody simply presenting a pro-YGOTAS opinion, or a pro-LittleKuriboh opinion, or just quoting my show on a forum, and the YGO fans have proceeded to gang up on that person and lecture them on how they’re idiots and how they’re not real fans, etc. I find this completely unnecessary.
It’s very easy to simply ignore someone who enjoys something you do not. YGO and YGOTAS are two different things. I would tell a YGOTAS fan to go hang out with other YGOTAS fans. I would tell YGO fans to hang out with YGO fans. If one of them tried pushing their fandom on one of the others, I would politely explain that they’ve got the wrong show. I would not tell them to “go die in a fire” - something I’ve seen YGO fans tell YGOTAS fans in person.
It’s a question of knowing how to behave. Yes, some of my fans act improperly, but that’s no reason to attack all of them or write them all off as asinine wastes of space. It’s very unfortunate that the two shows are so closely linked, but I don’t think you need to behave as if there’s this huge wall that must never be crossed on penalty of nastiness.
Simple fact is, it’s super easy to ignore these people when they act out of place. And to behave as though the YGO fandom is on some higher plane than YGOTAS fans is daft. You’re watching two different shows. End of discussion. No fandom is better than the other. It’s as easy as ignoring someone whose favourite ship conflicts with yours. Until they start forcing it down your throat, it isn’t a problem, and if you make it one? You’re equally to blame.
I’m going to end this post with some fairly trivial stuff. I remember when I first wanted to dip my feet into Tumblr. I tweeted publicly about it. I watched the general reaction turn into “Oh, that’d be neat. But he’d better keep YGOTAS out of it, and he’d better not bring any of his fans here, or he’ll ruin our good time!” So I’ve never gone out of my way to tell anybody I have a Tumblr account. Because I didn’t want any hostilities.
The truth is, I wasn’t all that worried about my fans being hostile - though to be honest, if they’re going to be hostile to anyone, it’d probably be me. Demanding episodes, complaining that I was posting on here rather than “doing my job”, etc. I was afraid of the people talking about me like I was some sort of harbinger of doom blaming me for any problems that arose from me simply speaking publicly about my Tumblr account.
I honestly feel like there wouldn’t be that much of a problem if I simply said “Hey guys, here’s a link to my Tumblr account, check it out if you want!” But then there’d be the people who would use that as an excuse to say “Everything was fine until LK showed up and brought his horrible fanbase along with him.”
I’d much rather things be like this. Quiet. Harmless. If people can’t do something so simple as ignore my fans, it’s better people don’t even know I’m here.
And I’m on tumblr to motivate myself…and hopefully not get stuck in my dashboard.
But just out of curiosity, would anyone want to read a story about wizards, demons and gay subtext? Should I post it here when I finish it?
One thing that I’ve noticed about the Internet is that it tends to bring out the best in people. People are nice, they’re generous, and if organised, the Internet has to power to control governments.
And one thing that I feel I should mention is that a lot of people online are very smart. They’re going to grow up and be able to make rational, informed decisions. They’re working into a better future through the Internet, working with friends towards their goals with the emotional and, if they need it, financial support of a network of a few hundred million people.
But the problem is that it’s uncontrolled. Though everyone knows there are unwritten rules of what to do and what not to do, and most people follow them, one thing that corporations and governments cannot stand is a lack of control. That’s why they’re making SOPA, and ACTA, and all this.
Except, once more, they’re blinded by the present. The people who they’re stopping from having fun and making friends - now, they’re just a bunch of online people who watch animes and TV shows, and they’re pretty harmless. There are more people willing to go along with what they’re doing than go against it, if only due to the apathy of our times.
In the future, though, these people will be the voters. In fact, if these laws go through, they will be the MAJORITY of the voters. They will decide who goes into power, and I promise that they will not look favourably on the people who took their friends from them. I’ve seen people on here who are suffering from severe depression and could kill themselves if they lose access to these sites.
Let’s ask a simple question. Would you like to have your job and livelihood decided by people who are fully aware that, at least in part, you caused the death of a close friend?
And if ACTA passes, then people will die. I hate to sound morose, but it’s true. And the people in the EU will use this to blame the Internet for their deaths. Hey, most adults wouldn’t understand how these people feel.
I’m not going to tell you to sign anything. You can do what you want. I’m issuing a warning to the governments of the present. DO NOT FUCK WITH THE FUTURE, AND DO NOT FUCK WITH OUR INTERNET.
Damn straight. Please read this, really.