Ugandan Christians Offended by New Religion
Its goal is to teach people 'the truth' about 'life, the world and ourselves.' Its mission includes spreading love, peace and harmony. It states that miracles happen, demons exist and that faith brings peace.
All sounds quite familiar to Christianity, doesn't it?
But Happy Science, a religion originating in Japan and currently taking root in Uganda, is in fact 'far removed from conventional spirituality' according to some Pentecostal clerics.
Some Christians have declared that Happy Science should be prevented from being established in Uganda - their main concern being that Okawa, the man who began the religion in 1986, is regarded as the deity.
Pastor Martin Ssempa is incensed that Okawa should tell people to bow to and worship him. Those who say they are God are 'either impersonators or comedians,' he stated, adding 'I have not found Okawa funny.'
A recent convert was attracted to the religion because of its 'unity,' which she hadn't found in Islam. However, others say that Happy Science tells people what they want to hear, and that those in need are hoping for material provision.