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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Onward, Christian Soldiers!

Well...here's the headline (re: the tsunami) from Yahoo! India:

"Villagers furious with Christian Missionaries"

Uh, oh.

I think I know where this is going
Samanthapettai, Jan 16 (ANI): Rage and fury has gripped this tsunami-hit, tiny Hindu village in India's southern Tamil Nadu after a group of Christian missionaries allegedly refused them aid for not agreeing to follow their religion.
Long story short: a bunch of people were freaking out after their village was destroyed, some missionaries showed up, they told the people that they had to convert to Christianity to get biscuits and water, the people refused but rushed the relief trucks anyway, and the missionaries took off. (If you want, you can read the whole story here.)

Apparently, this little conversion scenario is playing out...all over South-East Asia...as a number of foreign aid groups bring comfort to the largely MUSLIM population stricken by the tsunami. Because many of the aid groups...are Christian.

And some of them have decided to do some serious MISSION work...while they pass out biscuits and water.

It's a delicate little negotiation that's been going on for a long, long time.

OLD SCHOOL

"Heathen, we've leveled your temple and killed your king."
"(Aztec translation)Water."
"You will accept the Lord as your God?"
"(Aztec translation)We are all god."
"Okay then."
Whack!

MID SCHOOL

"Mister, can you spare a biscuit? 'M starvin' ta death."
"You must first swear off your allegiance to the Pope and convert to English Church."
"Jesus Christ! You're a dirty Orangeman! Fuck off!"
Whack!
"Fer fuck's sake! What'd you do this fer?!"
"Back to the pub, you Irish dog!"
Whack!

NEW SCHOOL

"You must be suffering."
"I...lost my entire family...wife...three kids...home...parents."
"Horrible."
"Must...eat. No clothes. Please."
"I will give you some new Wrangler jeans, a Laker t-shirt, a Teriyaki Chicken sandwich from Subway, and some water from Aquafina...if you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and personal savior."
"I'm...a devout Muslim."
"Perfect!"
"Won't do it."
Whack!
"D'oh!"

Many of the Christian aid groups are fighting back, though, because they're tired of feeling the heat from people who are trying to restrict their missionary/relief work.. And because they believe that it's their duty...to preach the Word of God...24/7. (Especially in the aftermath of...a biblical-sized disaster.) The Indonesian government, which is in a constant state of crisis, has been very pissy re: the aid effort, because they can't stand the presence of the West in SEA. And because they can't stand the fact that the Christian aid groups are preaching Christianity to their Muslims.

(Word is...the Indonesians rejected help from Israel...becuase they did not want "Jews" bringing relief to their country.)

Fascinating stuff.

I'd like to post a few comments from Gary Bauer, one of the far-right's leading "activists," on the issue of Christian Aid in the Muslim world, but...he's a nut...so I won't.

More later...

1 Comments:

  • If I give you a biscuit, will you convert?

    Thanks for the post.

    By Blogger brainhell, at 6:28 PM  

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