Somewhere in Africa


A judge in Burundi, a country where the president is a pastor and the first lady a choir leader in the church, has put a lower limit to the number of people who can register a church. The judge also requires each of these churches to have a proper building before they can be registered. If only someone could transfer this judge to my neighbourhood, we would be having on a regular basis. There are more thanΒ 6 different churches within an area of 200sqm in my neighbourhood.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

38 thoughts on “Somewhere in Africa

  1. john zande says:

    We have three.

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  2. I’ve 5 within a 2 mile radius, but Mak, your situation blows. Do all of those churches have full congregations?

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  3. In my town of about 37,000 people, churches are ubiquitous. There are at least 120 of them, or about 1 for every 300 residents. We have Baptist churches, Lutheran churches, Methodist churches, Mormon churches, Catholic churches, and even a Korean church. We’ve got churches few have even heard of before. We’ve got churches coming out of our a$$holes! They’re continually knocking on my door trying to “save” me from their delusional fears (and solicit donations, no doubt).

    You might think that my town is full of passionately spiritual people, but you would be wrong. Few folks here speak openly about their faith. The subject is very low-key. What’s really going on in this boringly ordinary Pacific Northwest community is what I refer to as the “Business of Religion.”

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    • Man, that really sucks. I had no idea areas were that over saturated, and all tax-free buildings that could easily house or shelter people. I’m more pissed than ever. You’re right it’s a “Business of Religion.”

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    • makagutu says:

      I have always insisted these are business outlets. Why for example would they not consolidate and have one church for every several hundreds. Each pastor wants a share of the mkt

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      • Charity says:

        Ha, Noel, that would never work! Church people hate each other, that’s why they have so many splits and thousands of denominations. You know the only time they’re a united front is when they’re protesting against gays or atheists. πŸ˜‰

        Have a good week, my friend. I’m still here. I hope you’re enjoying life!

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        • makagutu says:

          Hey Charity good to see you here.
          They are united in fighting a common enemy they find that in the atheist ans gays, mad people these are.
          Have a pleasant week too

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  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    LOL! Your neighborhood, too? It seems there’s a church on every corner! Good for the judge. All these homeless, migrating churches are just another scam to rob the poor of their scarce resources!

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    • makagutu says:

      I was listening to some of the comments on bbc radio and there are those saying church gives hope to the poor. Why not deal with the problems directly instead of relying on false hope

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  5. Sonel says:

    I’m not sure, but I think we have 2 here. Will have to check. hahaha

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  6. Ron says:

    I count 14 houses of worship within a 1 km radius:

    3 Catholic
    2 Lutheran
    2 Baptist
    2 Pentecostal
    1 Blessings
    1 Russian Orthodox
    1 Seventh Day Adventist
    1 Ukrainian Orthodox
    1 United

    There used to be a “spiritualist” church as well, but it was recently sold to Masjid Al-Huda, an Islamic Institute and Guidance Centre. Guess they must have lost the “spirit” to continue. πŸ™‚

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    • makagutu says:

      Your distribution isn’t so bad. If I was to take a 1km radius the number will surely exceed 20.
      The funny thing is there are more churches in poorer neighborhoods as compared to affluent areas.
      There was once I counted 5 churches less than 100m apart.

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      • Ron says:

        No surprises that there are more churches in the poorer parts. Religions always prey on the weak by selling hope for a better life in the hereafter. The wealthy are harder to lure because they have no such need. Nonetheless, North American religion constantly reinvents itself. While traditional churches continue to wither away and lock their doors, prosperity churches have sprung up like weeds to replace them by offering what people really want: a better life in the here and now. Of course, the blessings to be received are always commensurate with the amount to be tithed.

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        • makagutu says:

          The trouble is in understanding why the affluent still frequent church? Is it in the hope that the god they serve will not take it away or is it to feel good about themselves?
          Religion and its practioners know how to get their numbers. Politicians should consult them I think.

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  7. There actually isn’t that many in my current neighborhood. Pros of living in a diverse part of the city perhaps? Where I grew up, they were on almost every corner. A town of about 10,000 half an hour’s drive away had the most churches per capita in the state. I swear, churches were half the phonebook.

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