Deborah the student who was stoned and burnt to death by islamic religious touts and hooligans over a voice note she left complaining about the course WhatsApp group being hijacked for religious posts and sermons, makes us think this kind of thing only happens with Islamic bullies.
As we have islamic bullies on WhatsApp groups, we also have christian ones.
The same kind of behavior commonly happens on alumni and community organisation groups turned into Christian preaching and sermon platforms where every other member is a pastor. And any member who dares raise an issue about these, while you are not stoned with physical stones or burnt with actual fire, the verbal & passive responses you get make you feel like you are being stoned and burnt!!!
As a matter of fact, this is a main reason why I limit my participation on my various WhatsApp groups includingmy University year group. The preaching on some of them are relentless! You can’t even call the people you spent 4 years in University with by their names anymore. It has to be Sister this, broda that🙄
By the time you visit in the morning, even as early as 7am, you are met with a barrage of sermons, preachings and religious videos! Some posted several times by different people!!!
And you don’t want to know how many times I see the daily morning tea🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️
The only days you are spared is if it is someone’s birthday on the platform. And then of course, more prayers.
Now, in case anyone is planning a deliverance session for me, please be informed: I am a fully committed Christian, a believing and praying woman. I listen to sermons and teaching by various credible men/women of God that I chose on YouTube, Amazon podcasts and various websites – in my own time. My 1st genre music of choice is Gospel and should I choose to attend a church, I know where I can find plenty!!!!
There is a time and place for everything. A university alumni or course/professional/community group should not be religious. Let people set up separate fellowship groups for these purposes but remove religion from general groups.
I once heard an adult university graduate pompously declare, after reading a professional group for engineers’s rules about religious, political, pornographic & viral posts: “If I (pounding his chest) cannot post religious posts on this platform, it is not the place for me”
Religious bullying or passive religious aggression is not just an islamic thing. It cuts across the other religion as well!
May the soul of Deborah rest in peace and I pray that everyone complicit in the evil act is brought swiftly to justice.