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Ten Baptist missionaries from the U.S. have been arrested in Haiti after attempting to transport 33 Haitian children across the border to a temporary shelter in the Dominican Republic.
The missionaries, who claim they were trying to help the children, admitted they did not have the proper paperwork. Now the group is waiting behind bars for a Monday hearing that will determine whether they will be tried on child trafficking charges.
Millions of African−Americans are Christians today because their ancestors were converted against their will to the religion of the slave-master. Hundreds of thousands of American−Indians are Christians today because the Christian missionaries converted their ancestors against their will. In Europe, it was the same thing. When Rome controlled most of the world, the Roman Emperor, Constantine, in 325 CE forced Christianity onto his subjects. The people of Lithuania did not become Christians because they read the gospels and decided to accept their teachings. On the contrary, the people of Lithuania were forced into Christianity against their will, as a result of relentless military force. Source
Originally posted by fredgbear
Obviously, you need to be converted to a different religion...your views are not compatible with mine...Seems ridiculous, not only seems, it is ridiculous.
Originally posted by ganjoa
Welcome to the sixteenth century. Nothing has really changed in the past five centuries in the spread of organized christianity (and others) except the more "toned down" approach to the conversion of souls. The message is still clear: convert or lose your immortal soul (die), it's just that nowadays the imminent result isn't immediately dispatched. The point about religious conversion is whether or not it is coerced, physically or psychologically. I haven't seen a hindu or buddhist going door-to-door with leaflets and bibles.
Originally posted by MentorsRiddle
I think my biggest complaint with this thread is that it makes out the good works of these people to be something bad.
New Delhi - Communal tensions are on the rise in eastern India as radical Hindus in the state of Orissa have torched hundreds of churches and Christian homes since late August.
As in past confrontations in recent years, the violence between Hindus and Christians has centred in Orissa's Kandhamal district. Kandhamal lies in a remote mountainous region in the heart of Orissa, some 200 kilometres west of the state capital Bhubaneshwar. The district, home to some 600,000 people, is among India's poorest.
The majority of the population belongs to India's indigenous people that calls itself 'Adivasi,' which translates as 'first inhabitants.' The Adivasi maintain their own cultural identity and traditionally are animists, believing in nature spirits. But over the past few decades, tens of thousands of Adivasi converted to Christianity, mainly because many Christian aid organizations operating in the region were not only building schools and hospitals for the impoverished tribes people, but also brought their religion.
Today, almost a quarter of Kandhamal's population is Christian. The national proportion of Christians is only slightly over 2 per cent. Fundamentalist organizations like the Hindu World Council, or Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), have accused Christian aid workers of engaging in missionary work in the tribal areas. The VHP claim the aid workers routinely demand conversion to Christianity from the people in exchange for material assistance.
Originally posted by facelift
But then again, what's the worth of free will when you don't have the resources to enjoy it..?
So, what have we learned here: missionaries or no missionaries, the general populace in third world nations are screwed either way.
Originally posted by SevenBeans
We've had a huge influx of eastern religious ideas into this country, if people find value in them great, I don't see it as a "destruction of culture." Exposing people to other ideas is enriching.
Originally posted by vinay86
Christian Missionaries travel in the whole world, to convert people to Christianity. They employ every possible means to convert people to Christianity. Their main targets include poverty-stricken countries and their Illiterate, Impoverished, tribal populations who have very rich Indigenous cultures, which are closer to the nature. The rich cultural heritage of these countries is being destroyed by these missionaries, as once converted to Christianity strict measures are used to prohibit that person from participating in his cultural activities or follow the belief systems preached in his culture.
They setup Health-care and Educational infrastructure in poor countries, but only those are entitled to avail those facilities who agree to convert to Christianity. They lure poor people for conversion to Christianity by bribing them with money to buy land for farming and other alluring offers. In the guise of Humanitarian activities they actually promote class hatred among people by brainwashing them with fake stories about how Jesus is more powerful, and he listens to you more than your god. Your god is bad, mine is all powerful. Some people fall for it and some don't, resulting in division and hatred in their society.
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Life (cf. biota) is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signaling and self-sustaining processes (biology) from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased (death), or else because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate.[
This natural curiosity has led to the development of advanced tools and skills, which are passed down culturally; humans are the only species known to build fires, cook their food, clothe themselves, and use numerous other technologies.