Robert Chiwamba’s ‘atheists are fools’ poem raps humanists

Celebrated poet Robert Chiwamba has courted controversy and backlash for producing a poem in which he is calling atheists as fools.

In the poem, Chiwamba quotes Psalms 14:1 (KJV), which says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Poet Robert Chiwamba Chiwamba 

But this has not gone down well with Humanists Malawi, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that fights for the rights of secular humanists, which believes the poem has potential to fan homophobia against non-believers.

Humanists Malawi Executive Director Wonderful Mkhutche, in a statement issued on Wednesday, argues that there are other better ways Chiwamba could have used to talk about his God or Bible other than attacking others.

Wonderful Mkhutche

“Robert Chiwamba is no stranger to such remarks. Recently, he was also caught up in homophobic attacks when he used the Bible to declare God’s judgement on homosexuals. This reveals a kind of man who uses the Bible as a weapon against people whose views or practices are different from his,” reads the statement in part.

Mkhutche emphasizes that as a learned man, the poet is supposed to know better that ‘we live in a world of diverse views and among them is Atheism’.

He says there is nothing abnormal for people to disagree on some views; hence, the way Chiwamba has done it is uncivilized in a place such as Malawi where common values of liberal democracy upholds diversity.

“We remind Robert Chiwamba that there are other better ways to talk about his God or Bible, and one of them is through his own character. It can be assumed that when he goes about calling or declaring others as “fools” or God’s judgment upon them, he is righteous himself because the Bible he uses says all sins are the same before God (Romans 3:23; and James 4:17). It will be a pity if he forgets his own life, only to end up in the same hell he is promising to others,” says the Mkhutche in the letter.

“This country has come too far with its cherished democratic values, and it still has a long way to go. As youths, we are custodians of this future, which will be secured only if we uphold such values. Robert Chiwamba is a young man who needs to envision a Malawi in which all are free to believe or not to believe in God or the Bible. These are the values he must uphold in his art, as someone who is prudent enough to prepare this country’s future,” he adds.

However, Mkhutche emphasizes that his communication is not based on warnings or threats as they believe that Chiwamba is reasonable enough to use both his academic and societal knowledge to understand that there is nothing wrong in religious diversity.

The humanist has further schooled the poet believer that the greatest measure of faith in God is not by how much believers reject, judge or castigate those different from them, but how they embrace or accommodate others.

“This is also the life we see in Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, who did not call Tax collectors or prostitutes ‘fools’. He associated with them, and as the Christian faith says, Jesus Christ died for them as well,” he concludes.

Nyasa Times will endeavor to get Chiwamba’s reaction at a later stage he could not be immediately reached for a comment when we were compiling the story.

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Alfred
Alfred
11 months ago

Both Nkutche and the writer of this article need serious counselling. They are hired folks to propagate a certain kind of belief by attacking innocent people expressing their faith. Robert is just one of the billions believers of the Bible and has just quoted one of the verses that has been quoted by so many preachers so many times. Cheap propaganda.

Hora
Hora
11 months ago

The poet has quoted the Bible and if someone doesn’t like the way he has done it,hard luck, if you wanted him to decorate the quoted words and you think he has failed read the Bible to cross check if the author of the holy book minced words. Which I doubt.

Maka Muchiwo
Maka Muchiwo
1 year ago

This humanist or atheist called Mkhutche is contradicting himself. How can he quote Jesus Christ to substantiate his belief in humanism. Mkhutche should know that as human beings, we are creatures of both intellect and senses. These are the tools God has given us therefore, if we fail to use these tools to prove that God exists, then we are branded to be fools! JESUS IS GOD HIMSELF.

Blessed K
Blessed K
1 year ago

It’s a shame that people waste so much time over what other beleive. Whether you’re muslim, christian, atheist etc should not matter. We need to focus on real issues here.

Boma lenileni
Boma lenileni
1 year ago

tiyeni tilolerane basi

johnM
johnM
1 year ago

What evidence does Chiwamba have of God’s existence? There is no concrete evidence whatsoever of his existence. All Chiwamba has is his belief and a book written a thousand years ago that has a lot of doubtful statements. Chiwamba should not mock others because of their beliefs because his beliefs are also doubtful

Max
Max
11 months ago
Reply to  johnM

To think that there is no God is to think like an imbecile. The very gadget you used to write what you are trying to propagate was made by someone but yet you fail to believe you yourself are God’s creation.

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
1 year ago

Let’s be logical.. can we really say atheists are fools and corrupt? What about religious people? Are they not the ones who are corrupt and foolish, hiding behind the Bible? Look at Chisale stealing public resources and building a church with it. Look at all those cashagters. Look around the world man. Countries such as Sweden and Denmark have the highest percentage of atheists and yet they are also the least corrupt. Can we say they are fools? What about us? Are we not fools for abandoning the Gods of our forefathers, the Chisumphis and Mbonas? If you look at… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

A foolish and backward poem.

Victor -Omba lipenga
Victor -Omba lipenga
1 year ago

What God says, one can not retract. He said a fool says. No better qualification, if we quote. If God says He is a fool who believes there is no God, who is Chiwamba to say the guy is Wise!?

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
1 year ago

Kkkkkk iiiiiii really the Bible says chitsilu chimati mu mtima mwake Mulangu kulibe. I have enjoyed mkhutches Bible quotes and they are just telling me he believed God exists. Unfortunately it looks like a repeat of what the 😈 used tempting Jesus. Devils sons are just the same as 😈 itself

Mlozo wa Ndevu
Mlozo wa Ndevu
11 months ago
Reply to  Mulumuzana

Anali mpesa Wonder koma ndalama eeeeeish!

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