my friend was talking about how excited she is about going to Sri Lanka to do mission work and help all the poor brown primitives
i don’t know if she knows that i’m an atheist or what but i post enough shit on fb for people to get the idea
i never say anything i’m just always like “oh wow that’s so exciting you’ll have so much fun” because she will like that’s a fact
and she’ll feel really good about herself and closer to god and a huge sense of community
all great things
but i’m not sure if she understands the history and reality of indoctrination and colonialism and mission work
i don’t know if she understands that many Sri Lankans are Buddhists and Hindus and that you can do charity work and change people’s lives without imposing your religion on them
because come on they’re not going half way around the world to “discuss” Christianity, to talk about the pros and cons and the history. it’s not an educational thing, like “learn what the Christian ideology is about” or “evaluating the Bible”
sure that’s what they’ll say it’s about. they’ll say they’re simply “spreading the Word”. what they’ll actually be doing is saying “there is a God and his son is Jesus and here is a Bible- study it.” And they’ll be implying (or even explicitly saying) that their thousands of Buddhist deities (can’t find the right word) are fanciful and insignificant and pale when compared with the glory of their, the Christians’, god.
right now my eyes are actually watering i’m so disappointed that a group of beautiful, healthy, able, passionate, young people are so excited about doing that. I am so disappointed that they are wasting their intelligence and passion and TIME on the indoctrination of vulnerable people. I am so disappointed that they have been lead to believe, that they have been brainwashed in to thinking that they are doing an amazing thing, the most Christian thing, and that they deserve praise for it.
Fuck I really want to have a good conversation about it to her. I reallllllllly do but I don’t know if a good time will ever come up, or even if it would be worth it.