[color=green:c633c0e46e][b:c633c0e46e]The Hindu Riots in India and the Christian Missionary "Pricks" sorry Priests [/b:c633c0e46e][/color:c633c0e46e]
Recently in India there have been riots between Hindus and Christians with Hindus claiming that Christian Missionaries have been bribing Hindus to covert to Christianity. The riots were so bad that it required the Pope to appeal to the Indian government to stop the bloodshed and even made the secular Indian government to consider legislation against conversions of this sort.
At first glance I thought ¤Here we go againË with another one of those ridiculous religious wars that seem so [b:c633c0e46e]stupid and ignorant[/b:c633c0e46e].
I initially thought that most of the [b:c633c0e46e]blame should fall on the Hindus[/b:c633c0e46e]. Normally, Hindus have a very passive culture and religious beliefs. You will notice from history that when Muslims from neighboring states invaded the Indus valley centuries ago many Hindus converted to Islam because it was the religion of the rulers. This change or conversion was not marked by any major bloodshed.
So why are Hindus all of a sudden engaging in riots, not accepting that a person has the freedom to choose his or her religion, immaterial if that person was bribed to do so? I mean if the Hindu religious authorities were so aghast at those Hindu conversions than all they had to do in return was to bribe the converted back to Hinduism. This way at least the only persons who will benefit are the poor Hindu╠s who will be showered with gifts to and fro. [b:c633c0e46e]Good for them![/b:c633c0e46e]
However a closer glance at this incidence will give you an understanding of the anger of the Hindus in regard to these conversions to Christianity. [b:c633c0e46e]Allow me to elaborate with an analogy¸¸[/b:c633c0e46e]
[color=red:c633c0e46e]Imagine if a community of Aborigines living a simple village life had a crop failure that resulted in children and elders dying of starvation. Imagine that all of a sudden a group of Europeans suddenly appeared in the village with loaves and loaves of bread bringing a short term relief to these villagers from starvation. However, together with this bread those Europeans also spread the message that they have a miracle skin lightening cream that will make the Aborigines the same as the Europeans in appearance with the promise of more bread to follow.
Now it won╠t╠ take a genius to figure out what those Aborigines are going to do next. Yes! Apply the skin whitening cream and take those loaves of bread.
Now imagine a group of Aborigines from another village visiting this village only to see a group of WHITE Aborigines sitting around idly and starving. Upon enquiry the White Aborigines tell their surprised fellow black Aborigines of how fortunate they are of becoming white and point out the Europeans who converted them to this new colour.
What do you think the reaction of the black Aborigines will be on seeing a group of fellow Aborigines claiming that they are SUPERIOR Aborigines merely on the basis of their colour? I am sure they would be angry at the Europeans for providing a ¤skin lightening creamË that has brought no material benefit to their fellow Aborigines but merely gave them a FALSE SENSE OF SUPERIORITY.[/color:c633c0e46e]
Similarly, I can appreciate the anger of the Hindus against the [b:c633c0e46e]Christian Missionary ¤PRICKSË sorry priests[/b:c633c0e46e].(but I will not condone the rioting and the bloodshed.)
These missionary priests feel that Christianity is a [b:c633c0e46e]SUPERIOR[/b:c633c0e46e] religion to all other religions. Their concern is not the material welfare of those poor downtrodden Hindus living in the ghettoes but the [color=blue:c633c0e46e][b:c633c0e46e]SALVATION OF THESE LOST SOULS.[/b:c633c0e46e][/color:c633c0e46e]
If the black Aborigine will feel that those Europeans are ¤DOGS ON THE LOOSEË, why is the Christian Missionary’s any more different from his European counterpart in my analogy.
Finally in conclusion I leave you with a humorous quote that say’s it all
Dillard Annie (1974) Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ╬If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?╠ ╬No╠, said the priest, ╬not if you did not know╠. ╬Then why╠ asked the Eskimo earnestly ╬did you tell me╠.
PS. My apologies to using the word European in my analogy. It was not meant to be offensive to Europeans from Europe.