Some things never go out of style. Things like preying on the traumatized in an attempt to convert them to your religion by refusing to hand out aid unless the victims of, say, a tsunami agree to give up their nasty, heathen, pagan religion for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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.
[…] Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water.
Heated arguments broke out as the locals forcibly tried to stop the relief trucks from leaving. The missionaries, who rushed into their cars on seeing television reporters and the cameras refusing to comment on the incident and managed to leave the village.
Disappointed and shocked into disbelief the hapless villagers still await aid.
“Many NGOs (volunteer groups) are extending help to us but there in our village the NGO, which was till now helping us is now asking us to follow the Christian religion. We are staunch followers of Hindu religion and refused their request. And after that these people with their aid materials are leaving the village without distributing that to us,” Rajni Kumar, a villager said.
No word on which missionary group these folks were a part of and it’s certainly not the way the majority of the religiously sponsored NGOs are behaving, but it’s still a reminder of why I oppose things such as Bush’s faith-based initiatives. Too often charity becomes a means to an end for those willing to do anything to spread the word of God to the rest of the world.
Found via Mac’s blog where she expressed similar thoughts.