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Religious leaders, who have dubbed the new religion, Happy Science, a cult, want the government to investigate its activities.

Addressing a press a conference at St. Francis Community Church, Makerere University yesterday, six religious leaders called on the minister of Internal Affairs to investigate the religion, which came to Uganda four years ago. The six clerics are: Pastor Moses Solomon Male (Arising for Christ Ministry), Pastor Martin Ssempa (Makerere Community Church), Rev Can Johnson Ebong (St. Francis Chapel, Makerere University), Rev Can Geoffrey Byarugaba (African Evangelistic Enterprise) Rodgers Atwebembeire (African Center for Apologetics Research) and Mrs Langariti (Fellowship of Christian University Students).

“The government needs to stop the influx of cults that continue to wreck our people as we deal with existing ones,” Ssempa said.
The clerics said they are drafting a letter to the First Lady’s Office.
“[Master Ryuho Okawa] is a false teacher and what he teaches is contrary to what the Bible teaches,” Ssempa said.

Master Ryuho Okawa, founder of Happy Science, was expected into the country — his first visit to Africa — only hours later. He is scheduled to give a public lecture at Namboole Stadium tomorrow. The lecture, where members of the public will pay a gate fee of Shs 2,000, has been heavily advertised — which Pastor Male says is one of Okawa’s luring methods.

“Okawa is adept at using all manner of promotional strategies for his brand of teachings and doctrines, but don’t be deceived by the slick promotion,” Male said.
He quoted comments by international cult expert, Rick Ross, that portray Okawa and his team as expert conmen for whom the term Happy Science serves well with all manner of luxuries.

“For the followers, it is pain, impoverishment, relationship breakages, etc, not happiness,” Male said. “He survives on manipulation of followers using intimidation with doom prophecies.”

Okawa, a University of Tokyo graduate of finance, founded Happy Science in 1986 and has written 900 books, which his followers consider as new teachings from God.
“We are very concerned, as religious leaders, that this is going to lead our young people astray. We are concerned that he will capture the spirits and minds of our young people,” Ssempa said.

When contacted on phone, Yoichi Utebi, Happy Science’s director general, International Public Relations Division, dismissed the clerics’ claims as baseless.
“Happy Science is a very unique religion. It unites the western civilization and eastern civilization,” Utebi said. “We have for a long time fought each other on religious grounds. It is time we united because we are the same people.”

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+7 #1 GMK 2012-06-22 01:01
What is this Happy Science nonsense?

My fellow Ugandans, reject this madness. It has no place here.

We have enough challenges already and cannot afford to enterain these conmen.
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+6 #2 Betty Long Cap 2012-06-22 03:20
Quoting GMK:
What is this Happy Science nonsense?


Pure nonsense exported from Japan. The only way the Church can counter the cult's spread is with sound doctrine.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 1 Timothy 4:1-2
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+2 #3 kelem 2012-06-22 10:18
aahhhhhhhhh another cult !!!!!!
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+3 #4 Raymond Otika 2012-06-22 10:22
I suppose this call to probe Happy Science is not driven by religious competition xenophobia. I thought there is a law in this country which guarantees freedom of conscience and worship.

Therefore there should be no one or the state to dictate, which religion/s Ugandans should subscribe to. What we also know is that Christianity, which is one the major world religions and their splinter groups or denominations started as cults, around a personality.

E.g. Jesus was not only demonized but crucified by the Jews, was labeled Beelzebub, the prince of demon. Unless the leaders and members of Happy Science are breaking the laws of the land, I suggest the concerned religious leaders leave Happy Science alone and watch out instead for perverts like homosexuals.
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+1 #5 Andy 2012-06-22 10:29
Thank you our concerned leaders...
OKawa is used of over 500 Japanese spirits, to do everything he does.
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+2 #6 Wafula Sirabo 2012-06-22 11:32
There is alot more than meets the eye about Happy Science; BUT the one thing am sure about is that this man is not GOD and his claims if such is blasphemy to both the Christian and Islamic faith.

His target is young people and am sure the clerics where giving us a "food for thought" there is no smoke without fire, read and research for yourself, and sure that you will find many of his[okawa] teachings wanting and questionable.
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+1 #7 Polycarp 2012-06-22 19:35
Wait a minute, Okawa claims that he is "not human"-oh yes he is, and a depraved one to say the least.

That is why his director general Yoichi Utebi, mixes issues: He refers to a distorted unity of the "western civilization and eastern civilization,” as a religion. "'Very' unique", he gloats that supposedly should be added to psyche of the "dark" continent.Happy Science is a deadly fantasy!
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+1 #8 Apostle Edward 2012-06-22 21:18
That is a good effort of fighting false doctrine. However we also have to fight the Roman Catholic Cult that is entrenched in Uganda itself, just like we fight others from outside since their false doctrine of salvation by works contrary to Eph 2:8-9 is leading many to hell
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+2 #9 Donna 2012-06-23 05:19
Thanks Otika I support your post 100%! Those other pastors are just fearing competition. Each one of us has a right to choose what religion or belief that we want.
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+1 #10 wamzo 2012-06-23 13:26
'Many False Prophets Will Arise and Deceive Many'

Jesus explained: "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit" (Matthew 7:16-17).

By "fruits," Jesus is referring metaphorically to visible results or outcomes.
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0 #11 Betty Long Cap 2012-06-23 15:25
Quoting Donna:
Each one of us has a right to choose what religion or belief that we want.


Got that right, Donna. You can believe the moon is a big soup plate and NASA landing on the moon was pure CIA propaganda.

You can also believe the conglomeration of world religions Happy Science put together in a pipe dream is truth. Freedom of religion has limitations even if you liberty knows no common sense.

Thankfully those six clerics recognized a cult and sounded the alarm. When I first read Happy Science, I thought it was a new curriculum for elementary pupils. Now that I am enlightened, I too am alarmed how easily people with no sound doctrine can be deceived.

Read the The Book of John and see if it doesn't make more sense.
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+2 #12 wodgot 2012-06-23 18:26
At the moment there are so many HAPPY SCIENCES in Uganda whose activities and leaders need to be monitored very closely. Some of them proclaim to be Pastors after cramming few scriptures from the Bible.

Okawa Studied Finance from Japan and worked in USA before he resigned. The Happy Science he talks of does not feature in Theology and there is no evidence that he went to any Theological college.

He's just a Business who's trying to use unethical strategy of making quick money.Why can't Gov't make such people with funny religions to first face the Councils of Ugandan Bishops, Mullahs and opinion leaders? This man is suspect
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0 #13 Betty Long Cap 2012-06-23 21:05
Quoting wodgot:
[Okawa's]just a Business who's trying to use unethical strategy of making quick money. Why can't Gov't make such people with funny religions to first face the Councils of Ugandan Bishops, Mullahs and opinion leaders?


Master Ryuho Okawa exploits the simple worldwide under the guise of a new religion. His followers called the Happies are on the lunatic fringe of society and no one can protect them from Okawa.
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0 #14 Betty Long Cap 2012-06-24 15:35
Recognizing a higher power does not make Alcoholics Anonymous a religion and neither does meeting in a Temple make Happy Science a religion. Happy Science is a philosohy and Happies, like hippies, are hedonists.

Upon investigation the Minister of Internal Affairs may conclude the Happy Science cult is not constitutionall y protected by freedom of religion and is not entitled to financial benefits of a church or mosque.

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty,(but thou art rich)and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:9
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