The Arrogance of Christianity

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The story du jour is about an arrogant Christian missionary who died a well deserved death on a very remote island in the Indian Ocean the population of which is a people who have managed to avoid invasion by arrogant Christians for the five hundred years arrogant Christians have been pushing their silly religion onto unsuspecting indigenous people, too often killing large numbers of them in the process.

The government of India does pay some attention to the Sentinelese, as we “civilized” people typically call this population. The enormous risk to them, which is obvious to any thinking person who does not wear the blinders of Christian arrogance, is that, because they have had no contact with other humans for as long as 60,000 years, they lack immunity to diseases that modern humans, by necessity, survive without even noticing them, to say nothing of diseases that might harm badly or even kill persons who are more susceptible than this arrogant Christian missionary. For this guy to have had significant contact with the Sentinelese could easily have produced essentially the same outcome as the arrival of arrogant Christians in “the Americas” with Columbus and his invading followers: the deaths of likely the entire tribe.

It is a conundrum. Precisely because the Sentinelese have had no contact with any modern culture, they know nothing of the various technological marvels we now enjoy. The Indian government sent helicopters over the island after the tsunami in the area in 2004, presumably to see if there were any obvious need to alleviate suffering, but the Sentinelese fired arrows at the flying beasts. Of course, we have no idea what they thought about the helicopters, except to want to ward them off with their attacks.

But, given the reasonable expectation that most, if not all, of them would die, or at best require hospitalization, in the event of contact with other humans, it seems obviously cruel to invade their island. We have no good reason to think they want television or cell phones, and we certainly cannot claim that our modern societies are such marvels of peace and harmony that we should impose ourselves on them.

For an arrogant Christian missionary to decide he should risk his life so that he could “see them around the throne of God worshiping…” is gross nonsense. His god does not exist outside his own mind and certainly does not offer sufficient justification to jeopardize the health and well being of an entire population who have made their opposition to interacting with other humans very clear with their reactions to the mere approach of other.

Only an arrogant Christian could think otherwise.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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