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September 7th, 2006, 08:40 PM
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On one hand, I know the world appreciates the aid work that humans do for each other, even when it comes from missionaries.

However, does the mixing of aid, human needs and religion at a time of vulnerability ever rub you the wrong way?
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September 7th, 2006, 09:57 PM
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On one hand, I know the world appreciates the aid work that humans do for each other, even when it comes from missionaries.

However, does the mixing of aid, human needs and religion at a time of vulnerability ever rub you the wrong way?[/b]
I seen you mention this on the debates.. It totally rubs me wrong about it.. I think I'll try to find you a link to an old debate I had about this.. *can't* find it.. guess we'll have to start a new one!
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September 8th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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In one sense it bothers me. It is a fact that the human psyche is more easily persuaded when it is vulnerable, so naturally it seems opportunistic to attempt to do so in someone's time of need. However, the motivation for the proselytizer is usually because his/her deeds are rewarded by their deity.

This brings to mind another topic I 'll start a new thread on....don't wanna hijack this one
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September 8th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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On one hand, I know the world appreciates the aid work that humans do for each other, even when it comes from missionaries.

However, does the mixing of aid, human needs and religion at a time of vulnerability ever rub you the wrong way?[/b]
Yes it does bother me.
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September 8th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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I can't stand missionaries. The very idea has put a bad taste in my mouth ever since I was a child still occaisonally being coerced into attending church. I remember vividly a conversation I had about the subject with the sunday school teachers when I was around 11.

Teachers in Class: "...blah, blah, blah. And so the missionaries go to poor parts of the world and tell the people about Jesus "

Me looking at the photo of the rail thin starving person: "Do they feed them, build them houses, anything like that?"

Teachers: "Oh no, that's not important. They just tell them all about Jesus so when they die they won't go to hell for believing in the wrong gods"

Me: "These people have bugs living in their eyes, they're starving to death, do you really think they care that much which god they believe in?"

Conversation continued in that same vein for a few minutes.

If I were starving to death with larvae in my eyes and who knows what else and someone came up to me and started yammering about their favorite invisible man I would tell them to go to hell.

I've had other conversations with people about missionaries that were pretty much the same. I'm sure there are some who might take the people food and water, which is an improvement in that at least the person can eat, but at the same time it's just as bad because now the missionary is exploiting (is that the word I want?) the person. In order to get food, medical attention etc. the person is basically forced to surrender to a new god. I know most Christians are very certain they have the true faith, and I'm sure other faiths feel very strongly about being right, too. How cruel to force someone to believe what they think is a false god just to have what should be every human's basic rights--readily available food and health care.

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