Dan74 wrote:Shaswata, I can only shake my head reading your clever and articulate diatribe.
Your portrayal of Christian missionaries as evil and manipulative is yours. Your belief that missionary work is part of Western foreign policy is yours too. Neither is grounded in fact but in speculation and projection.
If one is grounded in Dhamma practice, a missionary is not going to succeed. But when all one has from Dhamma is superstition and ritual, then Christianity is a better alternative.
The solution, in my opinion, is to make Dhamma teachings of good quality in approachable format widely available to people, foster solid practice communities and good Dhamma activities, rather than cultivating hateful thoughts about Christianity and the West.
Dear Dan74, may I remind you that superstition is a universal trait found in all faiths, including Christianity. Currently in the US there are parents on trial for letting their kids die from preventable diseases because of their Christian faith. And thats just the surface, Christian camps set up to beat the living sh*t of of LGBT kids to turn them straight all for Jesus. Sexual predators as pastors, snake handling, violent exorcisms (often resulting in death), pastors making people eat grass, the list goes on my friend.
No one is saying that Christians are evil, but some empathy and respect
would be great towards non-Christians. Please have a read through the links below. I am currently hearing horror stories of evangelism in Thailand: Pre and Primary schools are being set up by Christians with the intent to minister to other peoples children
without their knowledge or consent.
I believe that any person has the right to spread their faith to all people, but their rights end where the rights of the other person begins.
This I believe is what i believe Christian missionaries have largely failed to accept.
Please check out these links below with some interesting propaganda and news, take your time and maybe come back with a bit of metta.
Interesting tale here, if your religion is 'true' why do you need to spread lies?
Some aggressive fun here. The videos have been removed but they are very interesting articles.
http://waynedhamma.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... dhism.html
http://dhammaprotector.blogspot.com/201 ... dhism.html
This is an Indian based news source with interesting stories.
This one below and is actually quite common. All without the parent's knowledge of course.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat ... teachings/