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14 January 2005 @ 02:14 am
Why I'm so, so happy I'm an atheist  
How sick in the head do you have to be to view a global disaster like the tsunami as an opportunity to prey on the victims? And no, I'm not talking about pedophiles or child slavers, I'm talking about fundamentalist Christians.

"These children are homeless, destitute, traumatized, orphaned, with nowhere to go, nowhere to sleep and nothing to eat. If we can place them in a Christian children's home, their faith in Christ could become the foothold to reach the Aceh people," it said.

So, so creepy. And at least if they were pedophiles, you'd get everyone united in righteous indignation. But because they are Christians, they get approving little quotes from Jerry Falwell.

A later story asserts that oh, really, we didn't do that despite soliciting money by claiming they had. Which means either they are either kidnappers or frauds. I can't say I'm a big fan of the Indonesian justice system, but I have to kind of hope they arrest any Worldhelp employees involved until they prove they had nothing to do with any children being moved... and then keep them in jail for fraud.
Cyllanlilisonna on January 14th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Eugh. That's just slimy.
Loligololigo on January 14th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, you dopey fundamentalists -- Aceh already has Christians. Native Acehnese Christians. If they want your help "spreading the gospel", they'll ask for it. (Apparently WorldHelp does claim that they were invited to help, by a couple of Indonesian Christians in Jakarta, but considering the strong separatist pressures in Aceh, the opinion of some guy in the capital means less than nothing.)
(Anonymous) on January 14th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
You're so happy you're an atheist because atheists never do bad things?

Or because all Christians are bad, wicked, evil hypocrites?

Oh, wait, it's because Christians do all the stereotyping and -bashing based on the bad deeds of a few, right?
Son of the Shining Path, the Clouded Mindtorquemada on January 14th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
No, fundamentalist Christians, a distinction she made.

In which case I'm pretty sure your sarcastic generalisations are largely accurate.
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on January 14th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's really a hard worldview problem...

and I meant to write a response here, but it got too long to be just a response, so I made it a journal entry of my own here. Hopefully it's the sort of thing that doesn't lack nuance; I'd be especially keen to see if your anonymous respondent would like to read it.
Angelachotii on January 14th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Well, you know...I'm not a Christian anymore. I haven't been for about 15 years. But you have to admit that Islam isn't exactly friendly to females of any age, or anybody who disagrees with them. So frankly I *would* be happy if little orphaned Acenese girls could be placed with anybody - Christian, Hindu, atheist - anything other than Islamic families who will raise them up to be second-class citizens, slaves, baby machines....

I would not mind seeing cracks appear in the kind of Muslim fundamentalism that teaches that the tsunami was punishment for not following Sharia law...you know the one, that stones women to death for unfaithfulness (but not the men who were in bed with them). And the last time I checked, Christians weren't the ones strapping explosive belts on and going and blowing themselves up in public market places.

I don't give a fig for what Christianity teaches. But I'm really in favor of what it doesn't teach (nowadays). It doesn't teach jihad.

I don't apologise for my utter lack of PCness and cultural tolerance, either. Some aspects of some cultures and faiths are just simply bad, and a lot less people would suffer if those things went away.
Liz: harry & sirius: existence {wickedsybbie}surrexi on January 14th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well. I can't read the articles since I'm not registed at the website for the verbose, but I just have to say that I fail to see how spreading/sharing one's faith is preying on people.
Tayefethtayefeth on January 16th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
Sharing one's faith as in "this is what I believe, you might want to consider it" isn't preying on people. Sharing one's faith as in "say this prayer, and then you'll get your breakfast" is preying on people. The trouble is distinguishing them from a large distance. Frankly, I tend to suspect fundamentalists of all varieties of the latter.