At least 20 people killed in stampede at church service in Tanzania
Thousands of people crammed into a sports stadium for the service on Saturday evening in the town of Moshi near Mount Kilimanjaro, with many getting crushed after the pastor called them to be anointed with ‚Äúblessed oil.‚ÄĚ
Tanzania has seen a rise in the number of ‚Äúprosperity gospel‚ÄĚ pastors in recent years, who promise to lift people out of poverty and perform what they call miracle cures.
Thousands of people in the nation of 55 million flock to Pentecostal churches, whose main source of income is ‚Äútithe‚ÄĚ, the 10% or so of income that worshippers are asked to contribute....
Interesting that the prosperity gospel is selling well in Africa, one of the poorest areas of the globe. I read an interesting article on African culture, written by a former Peace Corps worker who went back to see what results her investment of time had turned out. It was published in the Atlantic magazine, not exactly a hotbed of right wing loonies, and with that in mind, it was interesting to see her comments, that the men did not do much work, but the women ran the show, cooking, cleaning, fetching the water, etc. It kinda reminded me of the so-called African American culture, where it is rare to hear a black adult say he is a product of a Single Father Household. No, it looks much the same, even wealthy black athletes cannot form a stable home and instead have many children with many different women. I forget the term that one of these athletes used to describe them, but it was in the news for a while when it came to light that he was beating one of them or the child. Liberia was established a a place that freed slaves from the US could go to build a New Life. The country uses the US Constitution, too. But I think you know the results have not turned out to be the same.