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Attack was unfair, I’m no atheist

AFTER reading Blessed Chuma’s letter (Zimbabwe Independent, February 6) I feel I must exercise my inalienable right of reply.

First of all, I am not an athei

st. Like most Christians or converts of any of these religions of imposition (Islam, Christianity, Judaism etc) Chuma has been duped into thinking that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ which of course is puerile nonsense.

I do believe in God, Allah, Mwari, Inkulu-nkulu or whatever God is called in other myriad languages on earth. Where I differ with Chuma and his fellow Christians is the route one must take to get to God.

As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely nothing wrong with praying to God through one’s ancestors, which is the way black Africa has always been following until Christians and Muslims invaded us, imposed their way of praying to God on us, in the process, trashing our own way of praying to God. Therefore Chuma is absolutely wrong in labelling me an atheist. I am not.

It is also very correct to say Zimbabwe is not an official Christian country because it is not. That the imposition of Christianity on the majority of Zimbabweans has resulted in the majority of Zimbabweans following this religion of imposition called Christianity does not make Zimbabwe officially a Christian country. We are a secular state which means we are not governed by the dictates of some religion like the Sharia in most Islamic countries.

Because of that, combined with the fact that we, as black people, had an original religion of our own which was trashed by the imposition on us of Christianity, Islam, Judaism etc, that’s why I question why at state functions some Christian minister has to represent the divine side of proceedings. We have so many Masvikiro of our own who could grace the religious side of our state functions on behalf of our ancestors and ultimately on behalf of God.

In fact, Chuma has not clearly understood my book, When God Went On Leave. There is nothing atheist about the book. I merely pose the question of where God will be when so many horrible things are done to black people, ironically by God’s Christian and Islamic children and these horrible things range from slavery, colonialism and present day racism which is there for everybody to see.

There is nowhere in the book where either the main character or me as the author or any other character ever suggests that there is no God. I challenge Chuma to show me a paragraph in the book which says there is no God, unless he has made his own opinion and conclusion which he is of course entitled to, and if that’s the case, Chuma must not attribute his opinions or interpretations to me.

I find Chuma as typically the dogmatic Christian who has now been so indoctrinated to the extent of refusing to think, reason and be logical. Where, for example, does he get the idea that before colonialism there was Christianity in Africa? As a devout Christian, he surely must have come across a history of Christianity and how it got to Africa and to suggest that we were Christians before the advent of Christianity is merely to show his extent of mental conquest.

Claude Maredza,


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