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November 24, 2018

Dead Missionary John Chau’s Last Letter Home Reveals Outsized Zeal and Naiveté

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Atheism, Bigotry, Criminal, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 12:23

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/11/24/dead-missionary-john-chaus-last-letter-home-reveals-outsized-zeal-and-naivete/

 

Chau had no business going where he went. He considered himself above the law. He made a nuisance of himself by bothering people who had done nothing to him, and who wished nothing more than to be left in peace. He wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Above all, by attempting to foist himself upon the tribespeople, he risked wiping out every one of them, as the hyper-isolated islanders likely have no resistance to viral illnesses like the measles and influenza.

Did Chau, in his research, not come across or consider this salient fact? Do they not teach basic biology at Oral Roberts? Or does the chance of accidental genocide pale next to the exciting prospect of bagging souls for Jesus?

16 Comments »

  1. Short answer to this question … Or does the chance of accidental genocide pale next to the exciting prospect of bagging souls for Jesus?

    YUP!

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    Comment by Nan — November 24, 2018 @ 12:41

    • Think how upset his parents will be when it dawns on them that if their god was so powerful as they say, and wanted those people to hear him, he could have simply had the bible appear in their language next to all of them. He could have shouted it in their own language from their own land. Instead this all powerful all knowing deity gave their son a mission to go into a place he would be killed and did not even bother to protect him. I would say fuck that god if I were them. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 24, 2018 @ 12:55

      • Any sane, clear-thinking individual can see that what happened was bound to happen. But unfortunately, Christians have this HUGE mental block. And instead of recognizing the indisputable consequences of his actions, the parents and other believers will see this young man as a martyr for Jesus. It’s sad. Really, truly sad.

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        Comment by Nan — November 24, 2018 @ 13:12

        • So I havew a question: “Do all martyrs have this HUGE mental Block? – or could I better say: . this mental nothing?

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          Comment by miles — November 24, 2018 @ 13:25

          • It continues to amaze me how people read more into things than is really there. Did I write anything about martyrs having a mental block? No, I said Christians have a mental block. And in case you’re unclear about what I mean … Christians see things in life through the lens of their faith. This is why they will see this young man as a martyr … because, to their way of thinking … he died for his faith.

            In actuality, he died because he was stupid enough to think he had some sort of invisible supernatural entity watching over him. In fact, as a believer, he was actually testing his god … which the bible he lived by forbids.

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            Comment by Nan — November 24, 2018 @ 16:12

            • That is, sorry, why I called it “question”. And aren’t Martyrs christians?
              sorry again for interfering

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              Comment by miles — November 24, 2018 @ 16:30

              • It’s OK, Miles. You’re not interfering. It’s probably just a language thing … and also related to the fact that I sometimes have to let off steam. 😉

                A martyr is simply someone who voluntarily suffers and/or dies for something they believe in. They don’t necessarily have to be a Christian.

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                Comment by Nan — November 24, 2018 @ 16:39

        • I was reading where in the 1960’s a weird pervert was sent in to “quell” the islands. He wiped out the population of a new by island. I guess on this island the guy kidnapped some old people and some kids. The old people died, and a couple months later after horrible things to the kids this pervert dropped them off on the island. Since then they will take gifts left for them, but they refuse to let others stay on the island or come near them. They will kill to be left alone. Don’t blame them there. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — November 24, 2018 @ 14:47

  2. Look what Christianity for the Hawaiian peoples. Disease, conversion and complete loss of sovereignty. In the end total subjugation and near cultural genocide.

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    Comment by nationofnope — November 24, 2018 @ 12:54

    • Yes it has happened almost every time a indigenous people are invaded, even when it is begin done in the name of god. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 24, 2018 @ 12:59

  3. he risked wiping out every one of them, as the hyper-isolated islanders likely have no resistance to viral illnesses like the measles and influenza.

    In order to understand this issue, you need to know some evolutionary biology — which he probably didn’t believe in.

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    Comment by Infidel753 — November 24, 2018 @ 21:12

    • So true. Or he could have read the history of the tribe on the neighboring island who were nearly wiped out from contact due to lack of immunity. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 25, 2018 @ 06:20

  4. Hey, you ever see that movie about the dude who lived with the bears & then they killed him? This makes me this of that.

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    Comment by silverapplequeen — November 25, 2018 @ 05:11

    • No I missed it. I did read about biologist Farley Mowat, who wrote never cry wolf, about the time he lived alone with a wolf pack. According to what I remember from the book they never harmed him, even when he crawled in to what he thought was an empty den and it had cubs in it. In fact they helped him out a few times. He changed a lot of ideas about wolves. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 25, 2018 @ 06:33

  5. Makes me THINK of that … sorry, not enough coffee.

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    Comment by silverapplequeen — November 25, 2018 @ 05:12

    • Love hearing from you. I make so many typos ( fingers have arthritis and are stiff ) that I have to go over everything before I post or sent. I still miss a lot of stuff. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 25, 2018 @ 06:46


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