Learn about the history of clerical abuse, and how it's spread across all denominations today. Genocide of unconverted populations is not confined to the past, as pious Christian missionaries and their converts are carrying out the same in the present. The pages here will inform you about these and other
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Four in 10 US Catholic nuns report having experienced sexual abuse... The study found that sisters have known sexual abuse less in childhood, dispelling what the authors call an "anti-Catholic" canard that girls fled to convents to escape sexual advances. During religious life, close to 30% of the nation's 85,000 nuns experienced "sexual trauma," ranging from rape to exploitation to harassment. A total of 40% reported at least one experience of that kind. NCR [National Catholic Reporter], 1/15/99 The Presbyterian Church stated that 10-23% of clergy have "inappropriate sexual behavior or contact" with clergy and employees. The United Methodist research (1990) showed 38.6% of Ministers had sexual contact with church members and that 77% of church workers experienced some type of sexual harassment. The United Church of Christ found that 48% of the women in the work place have been sexually harassed by male clergy. The Southern Baptists claim 14.1% of their clergy have sexually abused members.
FactChild-abuse by clergy is also rampant amongst all Christian denominations.
The Vatican yesterday acknowledged a report that some priests and missionaries were forcing nuns to have sex with them, and in some cases forcing their rape victims to have abortions.More
... the report cited cases in 23 countries, including the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Ireland and Italy.
... the report said most incidents of sexual abuse against nuns occurred in Africa, where the nuns were identified as "safe" at a time when AIDS is devastating the continent.
-- Vatican Recognizes Rape Report - Washington Post (Reuters AFRICA) March 21, 2001
(See also: Vatican 'knew of widespread abuse' - BBC, 21 March, 2001)
Neglected clergy in the US: AIDS due to lack of support
Aids in the Priesthood - Kansas City Star News, 2000
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests across the United States have died of AIDS-related illnesses, and hundreds more are living with HIV, the virus that causes the disease. It appears priests are dying of AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general U.S. population.As the Kansas City Star's coverage makes clear, the issue is troubling many denominations (not just the Catholic Church, though it is the only one imposing celibacy on all its clergy).
Because of Christianity's negative and repressive views on the matter, and the lack of support or even Church programs to educate priests about safe sex, many clergymen have ended up with AIDS:
Experts say that until the church starts encouraging a more healthy understanding of sexuality, priests will continue to die of AIDS. [Link]Seminary taught spirituality, liturgy and Latin -- sexuality was taboo
Nuns have been abusing deaf children:
Nuns have also been exploiting and tormenting women, for instance the infamous Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, Scotland and England which started in the 18th century. The last one closed October 1996.
Catholic Church admits abuse claims up by 50% - UK Times Online news, June 28, 2005Much more on Christian abuse
The Catholic Church keeps covering up cases of clerical abuse, often sending the perpetrators to new parishes.
Find out why the Vatican protects these offenders and keeps their crimes hidden
The USThe US, under the born-again fundamentalist Christian Bush, is facing continuous blurring of the constitutional separation of state and Church, including:
Though Operation USA has conducted disaster relief for more than twenty-five years on five continents, like scores of other secular relief groups currently helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, it was omitted from FEMA's list. In fact, only two non-"faith-based" organizations were included. (One of them, the American Red Cross, is being blocked from entering New Orleans by FEMA's parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security.)This means that the unfortunate victims of Katrina had to be "helped" by born-again missionaries looking for vulnerable people they can intimidate into joining the flock. In fact, the pious Bush has taken the opportunity that Katrina provided to push faith-based programs even further - to deal with future emergencies.
-- Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash - The Nation, September 7, 2005
Now, the government is forging links with faith groups to operate emergency services, including the reconstruction of communities severely affected by Katrina's havoc. No sooner had Hurricane Katrina dissipated than the Bush White House began trying to capitalize on the haphazard response of government departments including the beleaguered Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Which makes it seem like Bush purposefully did not act on Katrina, just so he could justify more religious aid organisations in the future.
-- New Hurricane Season, record push for faith-based emergency programs, funding for religious groups
The UK and EuropeSince Europe has steadily become less religious, the Joshua Project (a global Evangelical project set up by Evangelical groups receiving faith-based grants from Bush) is planning to convert the traditional Christians and non-religious in the UK and Europe.
Evangelical denominations in the UK have already started taking over Anglican Churches and buying up those that are less-frequented. Fundamentalist Christianity is on the increase in the Church of England: Religion in England & the UK.
The Joshua Project has identified all "unsaved" populations in the world, put them into a database (available on-line), and has grouped them for "adoption" by evangelical missionaries. The goal: the adopted population is to be saved - lugubriously termed as "harvesting".
Yet, their targets are not restricted to such unfortunate victims of intended Christian colonisation/subjugation as remote cultural groups. For, among the unsaved souls up for salvific adoption, are to be found the Scotts and Welsh of Britain! There are people-teams already focussing on the Scotts (identified as "mostly atheist"), the Welsh and other people of the British Isles.
The people of mainland Europe are not safe from missionary advances either, as Joshua Project's satellite site Tell Europe has identified many western European countries and their populations - from the Dutch in the north to Catholic Italy in the south - as unsaved souls ready to be harvested.
says it will name and shame homosexual clergy as part of its "heavenly witness protection programme".Implying that gay people have anything more to do with paedophilia than the average straight person is preposterous. These Catholics are conveniently ignoring facts like pious priests preying on nuns in 23 countries around the world as well as the many devout clergymen who abuse little girls.
... It also alleges a link between being gay and child molestation
-- Catholic group threatens to 'out' homosexual priests - Sunday Herald, September, 10 2006
Besides, paedophilia (as well as rape, and other abuse) has been a problem in Christianity throughout its devastating history, as several books on this particular topic have documented.
More on Christianity in the US, UK and Europe, and against gay people.
The Americas: CanadaGenocide of the Native Canadians by all the Churches of Canada - including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and the United Church of Canada:
Recently, the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities has issued a report which documents the involvement of mainline churches and the federal government in the murder of over 50,000 Native children through the Canadian residential school system. [Link]The Canadian government has apologised for:
more than 80 of the church-run, government-funded schools operated for nearly a century, beginning in the 1880's. Investigations have revealed numerous incidents of rapes, beatings, suicides, suspicious deaths and humiliating punishments. [Link]Predictably, the clergy were also running paedophile rings and
The grounds of several schools are also charged with containing unmarked graveyards of children who were murdered, particular children killed after being born as a result of rapes of Native girls by priests [has nothing to do with homosexuality, does it] and other church officials in the school. [Link]
Africa: RwandaChristian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda - a paper by T. Longman for the Conference on Genocide, Religion, and Modernity, describes how the introduction of Christianity in Rwanda was entirely responsible for the construction of ethnicity and the resulting genocide there.
The pious Christian missionaries wrote imaginary, racist, false histories for the population, based on Biblical myths:
Having become the colonial pets, the Tutsis understandably became unpopular and so:
missionaries were instrumental in creating cultural identities through their specification of "custom" and "tradition" and by writing "tribal" histories missionaries "incorporated into the curricula of their mission schools the lesson that the pupils had clear ethnic identities," and claims that they "educated local Africans who then themselves served as the most important force in shaping the new ethnic ideologies." the actions of missionaries helped to create the deep social divisions that are at the root of ethnic conflict in many African countries In Rwanda, missionaries played a primary role in creating ethnic myths and interpreting Rwandan social organization -- not only for colonial administrators, but ultimately for the Rwandan population itself. The exact meaning of the categories of Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa in pre-colonial Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire is a subject of considerable debate among scholars. Nearly all scholars, however, agree that the three were not clearly distinct and rigidly separated ethnic groups. To the missionaries, the Tutsi seemed tall and elegant, with refined features and light skin, in some ways closer in appearance to Europeans than to their short, stocky, dark Hutu compatriots. As elsewhere in Africa, in order to convert the population in Rwanda, the missionaries considered it important to understand the indigenous culture and social structures, and the interpretations that came from their study of the culture greatly influenced both the colonial administration and, subsequently, Rwandan self-perceptions. the missionaries, ignoring important divisions within each of the groups, viewed Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa as three distinct peoples representing three separate waves of immigration.
...the missionaries hypothesized that the Tutsi were not really African but a Hamitic or Semitic group from the Middle East, perhaps a lost tribe of Israel.
The shift in missionary support from Tutsi to Hutu in the 1950s The new "progressive" missionaries who championed the cause of the Hutu in the 1950s promoted an ideology of exploitation that identified the Tutsi as the culprits in Rwandan history while ignoring exploitation by the German and Belgian colonial rulers. The inaccurate idea promulgated by the missionaries that Tutsi had grossly exploited the Hutu for centuries continues to shape Hutu understandings of Rwandan history and eventually became a primary ideological justification for genocide.
[Also from: Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda]
FactsBesides inventing ethnicities and then creating false histories of exploitation, Christianity is also directly implicated in the genocide. Rwandan Christian priests participated in the massacres of members of their own congregation, reminiscent of how German Churches ratted out Christian members with Jewish ancestry:Odd denials of involvement were printed in Catholic church journals, before even anybody had openly accused members of the church.
Then, 10/10/96, in the newscast of S2 Aktuell, Germany - a station not at all critical to Christianity - the following was stated:"Anglican as well as Catholic priests and nuns are suspect of having actively participated in murders. ... According to eyewitnesses clergymen gave away hiding Tutsis and turned them over to the machetes of the Hutu militia."More recently the BBC aired:Priests get death sentence for Rwandan genocide -- BBC News April 19, 1998[Link]
Australia: Australian Aboriginals
FactChristian conversion technique: Churches and Christians stole Aboriginal children from their families to indoctrinate them into Christianity.
On spreading to Australia, the Salvation Army claimed the country's indigenous people as
its spiritual property.
The Salvation Army ran missions to Christianise aborigines and helped steal indigenous children from their parents so they could be placed in the homes of god-fearing white Christians...
-- The Starvation Army: 12 Reasons to Reject the Salvation Army
Pope John Paul apologized to the indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands for injustices perpetrated by Catholic missionaries. [a little late for that] ... "The church expresses deep regret and asks forgiveness where her children have been or still are party to these wrongs," John Paul wrote.An apology does not make it all better or undo the tremendous damage done.
The pontiff's message was not well-received by all Australian Aborigines. [understandably]
Ryan-Japarta said Christian churches played a crucial role in implementing the assimilation policies of Australian state and federal governments.
-- Apologize to Aborigines, says new Labor head - CNN, November 22, 2001
Asia: Vietnam in the 50sFrom the book The Vatican's Holocaust, by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan:
The Vietnamese tragedy was precipitated by a zealous Catholic trio formed by a Catholic President, a Catholic Head of the Secret Police, and a Catholic Archbishop. All were determined to impose the religious and political writ of the Church upon a non-Christian culture.
In the case of President Diem and his Catholic junta [in the mid 20th century] they established themselves and their authority first with gradual legal discrimination against the Buddhist majority. The unrestricted use of terror followed when the Buddhist population refused to submit. Diem's approach was not just a freak example of contemporary Catholic aggressiveness in a largely non-Christian society. It has been repeated on the Asian continent for three hundred years.How did it happen, particularly in view of the fact that South Vietnam was an Asian Buddhist land?
The self-immolation of [Buddhist monk] Thich Quang Duc was the culmination of an increasingly virulent discriminatory campaign against Buddhism by a Roman Catholic Premier, President Ngo Dinh Diem, of South Vietnam. ... The trio had been inching for years toward veritable religious persecution of the vast majority of the country's population of 15 million....
-- The Vatican's Holocaust, by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan
FactChristian conversion technique: torture the non-Christian populace into conversion
In Hue, meanwhile, when another demonstration of Buddhists paraded the city, troops dispersed them, using tear gas bombs. Result: sixty-seven people were taken to hospital with chemical burns.Details of these recent cases of Christian-inflicted genocide
...discriminations against the Buddhists continued unabated. Arrests of Buddhist monks multiplied. Pagodas were declared out of bounds, closed and at times even attacked...
Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns and Buddhist leaders were arrested by the thousand. Pagodas were closed or besieged. Buddhists were tortured by the police.
Within a brief period, seven [Buddhist monks] had burned themselves alive in public. Vietnam was put under martial law. Troops now occupied many pagodas and drove out all monks offering resistance. More Buddhist monks and Buddhist nuns were arrested and taken away in lorries, including a large number of wounded. Many were killed.
Ten thousand Buddhists took part in a hunger strike in blockaded Saigon, while a giant gong tolled from the tower of the main Xa Loi Pagoda in protest against the persecutions. At Hue, in the North, [Buddhist] monks and nuns put up a tremendous struggle at the main pagoda of Tu Dam, which was virtually demolished, while eleven Buddhist students burned themselves inside it.
-- The Vatican's Holocaust, by former BBC commentator Avro Manhattan
Fact[Genocide convention:] Article II
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such:
Missionaries have done all of the above, and continue to do most of these things even today (supported with your money, donations, and taxes).
- Killing members of the group;
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring its physical destruction in whole or in part;
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Tried and true Christian conversion technique: round up unconverted pagans in camps and then convert or kill.The New Tribes Mission (NTM): Abuse, genocide and round-ups (called manhunts) of indigenous people who are unwilling to convert:
This is what the early Christians did to the Hellenes (ancient Greeks). It worked then to exterminate pre-Christian religions, so the Christian missionaries are certain it will work now.
Sporadic stories of abuse from the NTM have been emerging for years, despite the fact that most of their activities take place well hidden from outside scrutiny. Many stories have come from the rainforests of South America where the missionaries found that the only ways to convert nomadic communities was to force them into camps, or reservations, driving out into the forest to roundup those who do not come. [Link]Multinational corporations and faith-based initiatives fund these pious Christian missionaries in spreading God's Word, getting something in return:
The controversial group [NTM] has been accused of prospecting for strategic minerals on behalf of transnational corporations and of the forced acculturation and conversion of indigenous people.[Link]But the New Tribes Mission isn't the only one of its kind operating in South America:
Read about how the most horrendous genocides are still being perpetrated on the unconverted Indians of South America by Protestant missions.
Christian conversion technique: if conversion fails, kidnap heathen children and force them into prostition or put them in schools where they are abused.
Case 1: Enslaved ProstitutionMore: the Bayaka Pygmees are also victims of such deculturisation
Through the intermediaries - European priests and "sisters" - ... many women have been tricked into prostitution
Case 2: Enforced SchoolingCase 3: Bad Religion
There have been times when the military has searched for Hadzabe children hiding in the bush to escape the duty of being schooled. Hadzabe girls often complain about being raped by the teachers in the Endamaga school. This happens even with the Hadzabe mothers. Later the Hadzabe girls are compelled into prostitution.
Many times white parsons tried to baptise the Hadzabe and to destroy their traditional beliefs and lifestyle.
Faith-based US initiatives promoting abstinence only programsWhich then kill Africans in the long run.
Uganda is very nearly a Christian theocracy, where militant Christian terrorist armies like the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Uganda Democratic Christian Army (UDCA) go around killing people.
The LRA is fighting for a Christian theocracy.
-- Heidelberg Institute on International Conflict Research (Germany), report
U.S.-Sponsored HIV Strategy Threatens Youth
...Uganda faces a nationwide condom shortage due to new government restrictions on condom imports....The U.S. government has already budgeted approximately U.S. $8 million this year on abstinence-only programs in Uganda as part of President George W. Bush's global AIDS plan. The National Youth Forum, headed by Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni, a vocal proponent of abstinence-only, has received U.S. funding under the plan. The First Lady has lashed out against groups that teach young people about condoms and called for a national "virgin census" to support her abstinence agenda.
The Virginia-based Children's AIDS Fund, an organization with close ties to Janet Museveni, was recently approved for a major abstinence-only grant...
-- HRW, March 30, 2005
FactChristian conversion technique: hypocritically impose an abstinence-only program on a nation, restricting condom imports when there's no cure for AIDS. Those not repressed enough to abstain are obviously not "Christian enough", and will have more chance to contract AIDS and die. And voila, heretic Christian population killed off.
Meanwhile, hypocritical Christian clergy in the west continue to indulge in affairs with married women and abuse children.
There's also the recent case in Italy of a nun who tried to kill her lover - a 70-year old priest - when she caught him in bed with a married woman. The nun, who set fire to the house he was in, had also come running with a machete to do him in and had to be restrained.At the court hearing Sister De Sousa also claimed to have had two abortions as a result of having unprotected sex with Father Carmelo
-- Nun tried to kill priest after finding him in bed with another woman - Daily Mail, 13th September 2006
More Christian morality: the pious Christian staff of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) have been raping the indigenous women of Africa:
NCA Raping Has Got To Stop!More on Christianity in Africa today
Norwegian Magazine publishes letter from ex-NCA employee woman who states that NCA took no action in Africa to stop staff from using prostitues and sexually abusing young indigenous women. [Link]
Besides outright genocide, terrorism, cultural genocide through acculturation, imitating/stealing local traditions and passing them off as Christian through inculturation, Christian missionaries and their converts have started exploring additional avenues open to them:
Throughout Asia, the latest conversion method is through "native missionaries", as they are condescendingly called. They look local, so they are not immediately sent packing, but act as intolerant as Christians have done throughout the history of Christianity.
These converts go about telling people why their former religion was terribly evil and how the mythical Christ saved them and they are now all "moral".
Sometimes they start talking about a "personal relationship" with Christ - a concept entirely recent in Christianity, which actually derives from pre-Christian religions (Shintoism, Hellenismos, Asatru, African religion and others) where adherents used to choose one of their deities whom they felt closest to as their personal God, friend and helper.
Globalisation is another option evangelicals and their organisations have pounced on. It is also endorsed by the Pope and the Greek archbishop who hope it will become
"a globalisation of brotherhood in Christ".Missionaries are active in starting up businesses under the guise of improving economies, while (as always) they aim for the destruction of the pre-Christian religious cultures in Asia:
These businesses form a movement known variously as business as mission, kingdom business and great commission companies, after the biblical charge to "make disciples of all the nations.""mission-minded businesspeople can do things that traditional missionaries cannot" - like using false pretences to sneak into countries where proselytising is not allowed, as is happening in many Asian Buddhist countries today.
...Business as mission grew from a 1980's mission movement to reach people in the "resistant belt"
Missionaries with no business experience opened travel agencies, Internet cafes and other small companies, sometimes accused of being little more than fronts for proselytizing.
...evangelical groups are recognizing that mission-minded businesspeople can do things that traditional missionaries cannot.
-- Their Mission: Spreading the Word Through Business - New York Times, November 14, 2005
Yesterday's missionaries brought Christian misery with colonisation which impoverished much of what then became known as the Third World. Today's missionaries, their countries having become rich because of the colonisation, bring the same under the new name of globalisation. (Some missions also exploit indigenous peoples, alongside their genocide/missionary work, by prospecting for minerals for multi-national companies.) In effect, missionaries today are using the wealth stolen during the colonial era to bribe or blackmail (and worse) the unconverted, impoverished peoples into conversion. Christian charity.
AkhaMissionaries are using the age-old Christian convert-or-kill method on this hill tribe in Thailand, Laos and Burma:
Missionaries Destroy Akha Culture and Remove 1000's of Akha Children From Their Families in Thailand
Missionaries Do NOT Believe in "Family Values" for Akha Families [Link, top of site]
American Baptist Missionary Paul Lewis sterilized more than 20,000 Akha Hill Tribe women in Burma’s Eastern Shan State alone. [Link]
US missions in Thailand are involved in sex abuse and human trafficking. [Link]Other missions are no better, for instance, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA):
NCA staff in Vientiane, they told us that "sex is free with the Akha".AusAid (Australia) is funding a Missionary Project to kidnap Akha children from their families and force them into mission schools, where:
...rapes and the pregnancies forced on Akha women by NCA staff. [Link]
Sexual abuse of Akha children in these compounds is rife.
...this whole child removal thing that western [all Christian] missions have been doing for the last four hundred years! [Link]
"The US Missionary "Joshua Project" and Campus Crusade Vow To Destroy All of Akha Culture" [Link]
Denmark students groups blocked from building non religious school in akha village by chinese baptist church of maesai, chiangrai, Thailand! [Link ]Christian charity: missions feel that only they should "help" the Akha, because non-religious help will not result in conversions.
Akha Village Split By Taiwan Missionaries (it's Christian missions from everywhere, not just western missions)
The mission operators of these missions are Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese and American Citizens. All these missions, as with most missions in Thailand, are supported by donations from American Evangelical missions organizations and church members.
West PapuaWest Papuans still holding to their indigenous beliefs want an end to terrorist religions trying to convert them. In their own words:
Missionaries are actually in essence terrorists.
... missionary work is more dangerous to indigenous and tribal peoples than any other work on earth that you know. [Link]
Mosques and Churches dominate modern architecture in Papua: "Religion is a tool used by those in power to control the human beings of this earth."NGOs, though their name makes them appear harmless, usually tend to be Christian "charity" organisations, bent on missionary (genocide) work.
There are four enemies of the Tribal Community on this earth. They are; 1) Religious organisations 2) Governments 3) Non-Governmental Organisations(NGOs) and particularly the Aid Organisations (AOs) and 4) Multinational Corporations (MNCs).
-- Just Leave us Alone - A letter from a Papuan Tribesman
The Batak of PalawanChristian concentration camps again and the eternal terrorism from Christianity - exactly what the Christians did to the ancient Greeks and Romans:
All Batak are forced to be concentrated in camps, to go to church and to send their children to religious or state schools.From: Batak: Murder and Forced Re-location on Palawan
...Only a core group of traditional Batak still resists this terror. Since last year, all the Batak have been under heavy terror from several aggressive missionaries.
...The Batak are on the edge of extinction. They are completely dominated by aggressive Christian missionaries. The NGOs who should be assisting them in their struggle are either doing nothing or assisting the genocide.
The Bihs, a Vietnamese tribeMr Jones, a missionary, desecrated their ancestors' tombs:
... Mr. Jones went personally to the trees, pulled down all the coffins on the trees and threw the contents, be they bones or decomposing corpses, into a common grave.More on how Christianity is killing off these Asian peoples
The Bihs were then converted. Convinced that their ancestors have deserted them due to the desecration of their burial customs, the Bihs stopped producing offsprings. One local Bih explained that his people had resigned themselves to extinction.
[Link, citing The Missionaries: God against the Indians, by journalist Norman Lewis]
"If I acted on what I believed I, too, could have vandalized temples. When I consider those who commit such acts I think to myself that they have a much stronger faith than me."Buddhism under Siege in Korea 1982-1996 and Chronology of Events January 1997-December 1998, detail how Christianity, through its missionaries and their Korean converts, was systematically destroying Buddhism and indigenous Korean religions from 1982 to 1998. (This destruction continues today.)
-- Deacon Lee Bahn-Sung "a former Buddhist turned Christian", BBC-World (TV), Asia Today, May 21, 1999. [Link]
Some of the events in this timeframe:
1984 May. Invited by the Korean Catholic Church, the Pope on his visit declared the beatification of Saints for Korea - purposefully setting it on Buddha's birthday, utterly disrupting celebrations of this major Korean occasion.
This event happens to fall during the annual national Buddha's Birthday holiday celebrations. Because it is the first ever visit of a Roman pontiff to South Korea, and because the Vatican announces that 93 Koreans and 10 French missionary martyrs will be beatified as saints during the visit, the visit becomes a major national event. It is the first time that a canonization ceremony is held outside of Rome and the largest number ever canonized at one time. This ceremony gives Korea the fourth largest number of Catholic saints in the world. When the Pope tours the country, in the days immediately preceding and during Buddha's Birthday, there are immense traffic jams which diminish attendance at Buddhist events in several key cities. Buddhist leaders protest the timing of the event as "disrespectful" [Link]The Protestants however were much worse, imitating the Catholic-Vatican dictatorship of '50s Vietnam in their methods of cultural genocide:
1985 September. An individual by the name of Kim Sônghwa organizes a series of mass gatherings to denounce Buddhism in the cities of Pusan, Taegu, Kwangju, and Taejon. (This individual and his wife Kim Mija regularly advertise their mission to convert the "25 million Buddhists of Korea" in the Christian Newspaper Kitokkyo Shinmun, July 1996).
1989 April. Five to six individuals destroy a Buddha statue and paint red crucifixes on a large outdoor Ma-ae Buddha figure carved into the rock on Samgaksan Mountain on the outskirts of Seoul. In all, some 10 temples are severely damaged or desecrated in the days immediately before and after the national Buddha's Birthday holidays.
1993 February. Colonel (battalion commander) Cho Pyôngshik of the 17th Tank Battalion, claiming a lack of warehouse space, has the Dharma Hall on his base dismantled. The gilded statue of the Buddha is taken from the Hall, burned, and openly discarded behind the mountain. Taejon. The event makes national news.
1996 - The Wônmi ward office of Puch'on city near Seoul sends official letters to several Buddhist kindergartens, primary schools, and other Buddhist organizations and temples. Language in the letters beseeches them to find "the peace of God and the comfort of Jesus Christ".
1996 - The swastika - for centuries a symbol of good fortune throughout Asia, and also a Buddhist symbol of the same - is replaced on many flagpoles in Seoul with crucifixes.
1996 May 12. Arsonists attack the main Buddha statue in the Taejôkkwangjôn at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul for the second time. The fire is quickly extinguished by a passing monk. At the time, more than 30 police and army are patrolling the temple in plainclothes in broad daylight, but fail to apprehend the assailant. (2nd attack on Hwagyesa)
1996 May 14. Two days later, again with over 30 police and military patrolling the temple, a massive fire is set beneath the main Buddha statue in the Taejôkkwangjôn at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul for the third time. Superb altar paintings, ornate woodcarvings and traditional wall paintings are lost. Damage estimated at about $775,000 according to the police. (3rd attack, 1 building seriously damaged).
February 16, 1998. Marine Corps Commandant Tobong Chon says that he would make the Marine Corps soldiers of Christ at a ground-breaking ceremony of a church for the Second Division of the Marine Corps. Buddhists made a strong protest against the incident.
1998. The government revokes its intention to engrave a dragon image on the handle of National Seal due to a strong protest by Korean Christians. Christians assert the "animal symbolizes Satan" and should not be used in an image representing our nation.
June 26, 1998. Su-jin Kim, a Christian, breaks into Wonmyong Sonwon (Zen Center) in Cheju Island, decapitates 750 granite Buddha statues and destroys a gilt bronze Buddha triad, gold-plated jade Buddha and many other Buddhist items. He is caught by people at the temple while breaking windows of the living quarters. Kim confesses at the police that he destroyed Buddha statues in order to convert the temple to a church.Shocking images of Christian vandalism, destruction and desecration of Korea's ancient Buddhist artefacts. You'd not be wrong for mistaking pious Christians for the Taliban. Nothing has changed since the systematic Christian destruction of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations.
ChinaSainthood for criminals to distort the history of Christianity in China. (More have been canonised in China now than in Korea even, which had already broken the record for the maximum number sainted in one go.) It would also serve to replace all the 1st and 2nd century "Saints" now declared non-existent.
the Vatican's canonization of 120 martyrsThe Chinese paper People's Daily has understood what the Vatican is doing, which is to:
"But the Vatican not only refuses to repent to the Chinese people, but also goes so far as to distort history by beatifying their monstrous criminal deeds." [the Chinese newspaper Xinhua said]
Many of the charges catalogued by Xinhua and People's Daily are long acknowledged by Western historians: missionaries took part in the opium trade and helped foreign governments trying to carve China into spheres of influence in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
[the newspaper said] "...[the Vatican] failed to express any remorse for the crimes it has committed against the Chinese."
-- Escalating charges, China accuses Vatican of making saints of sinners - CNN, October 3, 2002
further tamper with history and fool the world under the guise of the term canonization. [Link]Nothing new in Saints and Martyrs being villains - criminals, rapists, terrorists and smugglers in China's case.
True Colors of "Saints" Exposed - People's Daily Online (mentioned in the CNN article above), lists some of the many newly sainted who have been exposed, including:
Auguste Chapdelaine (1814-1856): Chapdelaine defied the ancient Chinese custom of worshipping deceased ancestors and ordered all his followers to stop such practices and forbade them to marry their children to nobody other than Catholic adherents, which led to many family and clan feuds.
... He even resorted to using local bandits to expand his "evangelical influences." He bribed local officials so that the bandits would not be punished.
... When church followers married, he held mass for them and many times he raped the brides, according to archives that quoted local people in Xilin.
Albericus Crescitelli (1863-1900): No one could escape from being raped by this "saint." The wives of local Catholics Pan Changfu, Zheng Ganren and Yang Hai had all been raped by the missionary before marriage.He brought Christian habits over to China, where he became:
notorious for taking the "right to the first night" of each bride under his diocese. [Link]
Franciscus de Capillas (1607-1648): had a penchant for converting young women and caused domestic instability and divorces.
... It was also known that he broke the Catholic rule of celibacy and committed adultery with a widow who later gave birth to a girl. [Link]
...the smuggling activities of "Saint" Franciscus Fogolla. He collected many "gifts" when he was in Taiyuan of Shanxi province, mostly bronze sculptures and silver utensils, and brought 40 boxes of precious Chinese antiques to Italy. [Link]
Some of the intolerant Chinese converts honoured with sainthood:
Ioannes Baptista Luo Ting-Yin ... was known for beating a group of children in front of a church, because he thought that their happy folk songs were an insult to God.
Augustinus Zhao Rung ... known in China for launching verbal attacks against Buddhism and Daoism.
Petrus Wu Guo-Sheng ... was hated in that area for forcing people to go to church by relying on foreigners with influence there. Even a 3-year old child, let alone others, who passed his gate, would be forced to go to his home to recite verses from the Bible.
While the Catholic Church has created Saints in an attempt to give China some typical Christians to "look up to", the Evangelical Church and missions are taking advantage of the country's political doctrine to prey on the nation's overwhelmingly Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist population.
IndiaChristian terrorists in India give ultimatum "Convert or die"
More on Christian terrorism in India
FactChristian conversion technique: fund terrorism and militancyThe twin militant outfits, NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K) have demanded annexation of land from the Buddhist and other indigenous faith followers and issued a decree for their conversion to Christianity
The militant outfits have left the villagers with two options – embrace Christianity or face capital punishment.
-- Arunachal Buddhists allege militants harassment - Assam Tribune online, August 23, 2004Baptist Church is involved in backing separatist rebels
... rebel National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) ... forcing Tripura's indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control. ...
The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura
-- Church backing Tripura rebels - BBC News, 18 April, 2000A tribal Hindu spiritual leader has been killed by separatist rebels [NLFT] in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.Genocide:
The separatist group says it wants to convert all tribespeople in the state to Christianity.
... the majority of tribals, who are Hindu or Buddhist ...
-- Hindu preacher killed by Tripura rebels - BBC News, 28 August, 2000The Hindu casualties in a single attack by the NLFT outnumber the Christians killed in religious violence for an entire decade in the whole of India.
...American Baptist and Evangelical groups have long been said to be financing the propagation of Christian religious bigotry of the most obscurantist kind in India's Northeast and tribal belts. Much of this bigotry has resulted in armed separatism, terrorism and ethnic cleansing of tribes refusing to become Christians. [Link]
Stealing children for overseas adoption:
With the promise of providing their children an education, a Catholic priest from the neighboring district of Nagaland reportedly charged parents 10,000 rupees per child. ... [The parents] were shocked to discover that the children were not enrolled at St. Emmanuel's. In fact, they were not in any school at all--they had been placed in an orphanage.Teaching converts to desecrate and insult their former deities:
Both Rome and its Protestant competitors have been particularly aggressive in efforts to convert the tribals. ... induce tribal mothers to relinquish baby girls shortly after birth. Often the mothers are promised that rich Westerners will adopt their daughters and they will live a "much better life."
-- Sins of the missionaries, by Stephen Welch
...many ex-Hindu converts seek to demonstrate their faithfulness and worth to their new creed by affecting open hostility toward the faith they abandoned. ... Too often, contempt escalates into physical aggression: disrupting Hindu festivals, harassing recalcitrant family members or neighbors, and desecrating Hindu temples and relics.The government is led by a Christian:
Tension between converted tribals and their Hindu neighbors gained national press coverage in Dangs, a district in Gujurat state. The conflict grew so intense that villages and even families were being rent apart
Christian converts, "under the influence of their preachers," desecrated idols of the Hindu saint ...
-- Sins of the missionaries, by Stephen Welch
Sonia Gandhi ... surrounded herself, as soon as she became Congress party leader, with a clique consisting only of Christians -- eg. Vincent George, Tom Thomas, Tommy Thomas, Margaret Alva, Ajit Jogi, Purno Sangma. [Link]With such a Christian government, conversions have been given increased support. Some provinces, where the population is mainly Hindu, are also governed by Christians. Predictably these find reasons to destroy pre-Christian shrines for "official" reasons.
Grabbing land in this non-Christian country:
The Christian churches are the largest landowners in India after the government. Much of this land is alienated temple land that was given to them by the British in the 19th century. They also own large amounts of prize commercial property in the cities.
...American churches like Pentecostals and Evangelicals ... simply grab land in the towns and districts by painting crosses and Christian slogans on stones and hillsides and then claiming the property as their own.
...Christians claim whole villages and put up signboards that say "Non-Christians Not Allowed" at their entrances. [Link]
Project Thessalonica is a sub-project of Joshua Project II ... aims to stop or limit Hindu activity by converting people who form the pillars of Hindu culture, festivals, traditions and activity.More on the Joshua Project in India and the rest of the unconverted, pre-Christian world
Missions want to ensure that no new temple construction activity starts. With this objective they are converting masons, craftsmen and others involved in temple construction activity.
Over the past 20 years, missionaries also appear to have invested a lot in handling the political leadership...
It seems that a good section of media is also on their side to such an extent that any group opposing their activity finds itself identified as a militant or extremist group in the news media. [Link]
Details on this and much more, including:
Sri LankaChristian propaganda: as always, when they can't wipe out the competition, Christians need to lie to win arguments:
pamphlets, by the Christian group "The sword of the lord", from Tennessee USA printed in Singhalese and Tamil and English. The pamphlet claimed that the people would be better off, if they would give up Buddha, who is constantly alliterated as a reincarnation of the Satan himself.Christian behaviour is the same since the times they destroyed the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. Yet again, converts desecrate statues of Buddha, in the exact same manner as converts in today's Korea and India:
The monk said the Christian group who was in charge of these camps to do "humanitarian work" complained to the police about his presence and the way he publicly defended Buddha in his preaching in the Camps. - the Sri Lankan Police in return warned him and now he is no longer allowed to visit those camps due to an order.
Strange world, isn’t it?.
It seemed to me that Sri Lankan Human Rights organizations and foreign Conflict Management Organization who cry loud in regular intervals of human rights violations and fundamental right abuses seems to be deaf, dumb, dead silent – and most certainly - absolutely inactive on this issue.
-- The Next Tsunami Coming to Sri Lanka is a Religious One - journalist Christian Eckert, May 22, 2005
the disharmony began when they [missionaries] began to insult Buddha statues by smashing them and getting "the new entrants" to their faith to spit and urinate on the smithereens; [Link]The missions even:
began a scheme to send paid workers to destroy Buddhist archeological sites and rob temples [Same Link]
Compare this to factual abuse by Christian clergy.
FactChristian conversion technique: how to discredit Buddhist monks
[Evangelical groups] paid men to don the yellow robe and misbehave in society to create a rift between the Buddhist temples and the Buddhists by getting these "fake Buddhist monks" to go and purchase liquor from the liquor bars, to go into meat stalls and super markets and purchase meat and fish for everyone to see, to go into restaurants after 12 noon and order food and partake of it, to be seen by others etc; they used young couples to go into village temples in the night requesting shelter from the temple monk (on the excuse that they were travelling far) and in a short while the male would leave the female alone in the temple, and go out- within minutes, the girl would ring the temple bell and inform the villagers that the monk had tried to molest her (the purpose is to bring disrepute to innocent monks)
FactThe Tamil terrorists (LTTE) is fully backed by the Catholic/Christian churches and is no secret. When they attacked religious places of worship, only Hindu and Buddhist places were attacked- not Catholic/Christian churches! [Link]This is only logical, as the highest leaders of the terrorist LTTE organisation are Christians, including:
- Prabhakaran, the man in charge of the LTTE
- Anton BalasinghamSome of the leading Christian priests have acted as front men for the LTTE in Western countries. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel, former Vicar—General of Jaffna, who is now residing in Germany, is a prime example of the Church joining hands with the LTTE. [Link]
The Sri Lankan government proposed a Bill against unethical conversions. The Christians, Churches and missionary organisations working in Sri Lanka, cried "persecution" and lobbied the UN to intervene. The UN special reporter denied that coercive and other unethical conversions were taking place among the practitioners of Sri Lanka's indigenous religions:
I, too, was astonished - to say the least - on the remarks in the conclusions of the United Nation's Special Rapporteur, Mrs. Asma Jehangir and her denial that there was 'no concrete proof' of anyone being forced or coerced into giving up their ancestral religion.Then, the UN report described how this bill proved that religious intolerance in Sri Lanka had increased and talked about how Churches were being destroyed in Sri Lanka. What the report didn't say was that
My colleague Lalith Ganhewa, also a journalist and I had clearly stated in front of the commission that people we had talked to were being coerced and mentally being forced to change their native religion.
-- Sri Lanka is under siege, by Christian Eckert, June 9, 2005
Attacks on Christian Churches are Self-InflictedOf course, such self-inflicted attacks on Churches were easy to blame on the indigenous religions of Sri Lanka and in this manner get the UN to condemn their adherents. As is to be expected, the anti-conversion bill was dropped.
During the last few days there were reports of attacks on several Christian Churches by unidentified persons. In one recent case the Minister of Christian Affairs and the former Interior Minister himself accused the Evangelical Christian missions as the perpetrators of the crime. There are also reported events where the Evangelists themselves setting fire to their well guarded but ramshackle and illegal structures with the hope of building better structures – in the end with the full compliance from the Christian government in power.
Much more on Sri Lanka, including:
More AsiaFurther articles on Asia discuss:
Missionaries are once again taking advantage of communist rule as well as the absence of the exiled Dalai Lama to deculturise and evangelise among the disoriented, leaderless Tibetan population. "Education" is yet again used as a cover, where schools are expressly set up to convert the local children to get them while they are young and vulnerable. Businesses are another avenue of conversion.
A huge number of missionary groups are operating in this land, though the laws forbid proselytisation, and have been engaged in deculturising the country through various means.
There's more than meets the eye to the communist victory in Nepal, which has declared the former kingdom of Hindus and Buddhists to be "secular" (in the communist sense). A Sydney Morning Herald news report has predicted a Khmer-Rouge style genocide to come in this land. Find out why many Christian newspapers in Nepal had long been openly supporting the Maoists (communists), and more recently, their take-over of the government.
Once again, unethical methods are used to proselytise amongst the pre-Christian populations in these lands. Since these nations are relatively well-off to quite prosperous, Christians have identified other vulnerable targets, instead of the usual poor. They have chosen to prey on people suffering from chronic illnesses. In other words, sick-bed conversions. Find out how Christians, missionaries and their Churches rake in the money and converts.
Where the government had to recently ban proselytisation since the non-Christian population complained about the perenially annoying door-to-door Christian missionaries harassing them.
The US government has discussed "religious freedom in Vietnam" as well as:
political rights of citizens, including those on freedom in establishing non-governmental organizations [NGOs] [Link]It should be noted that key leaders in the International Committee for Religious Freedoms, like Richard Land and Robert Seiple, are Baptists. So in reality, this organisation is nothing more than a Christian lobby group mainly looking out for Christian religious freedom. And NGOs are merely covers for Christian "charity" organisations which use their status as NGOs to bypass many governmental restrictions on proselytising. Basically, the evangelical Bush government wants Vietnam to open up to the deculturisation that's attacking and destroying the fabric of other non-Christian nations.
Find out how the Persian (that is, Zoroastrian) diaspora settled in western countries is being targeted by a specialised branch of the Joshua Project. And more.
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