Abe Sauer has written an explosive expose on the predatory activities of Christian missionaries in Haiti since last year's devastating earthquake: Our Government-Funded Mission to Make Haiti Christian: Your Tax Dollars, Billy Graham's Son, Monsanto and Sarah Palin."Cultural genocide extends beyond attacks upon the physical and/or biological elements of a group and seeks to eliminate its wider institutions. This is done in a variety of ways, and often includes the abolition of a group’s language, restrictions upon its traditional practices and ways, the destruction of religious institutions and objects, the persecution of clergy members, and attacks on academics and intellectuals. Elements of cultural genocide are manifested when artistic, literary, and cultural activities are restricted or outlawed and when national treasures, libraries, archives, museums, artifacts, and art galleries are destroyed or confiscated."
[David Nersessian, Rethinking Cultural Genocide Under International Law]
Most explosive of all is the fact that these missionaries are directly funded by the United States government!
These missionaries are hell-bent on nothing short of a sweeping cultural genocide in Haiti. Vodou is practiced by as much as 80% of Haiti's population, and represents a direct continuation of the religious traditions that the ancestors of Haitians brought with them from Africa centuries ago. US based, and US funded, Christian missionaries wish to completely eradicate this religious tradition, which lies at the very heart of Haitian society.
In addition to Sauer's excellent piece, also check out these:
- Comparing World Vision and Hezbollah
- World Vision: Only Christians Need Apply
- "A form of ministry" (Push Polling for Jesus)
(some background on how we got to this point)
Part 1: Bush Brings Faith to Foreign Aid
Part 2: Religious right wields clout
Part 3: Together, but worlds apart
Part 4: Healing the body to reach the soul
Finally, having cursed the darkness, let us light a candle or two:
- Support Haiti. Support Vodou. Buy Barbancourt Rum.
- Angelique Kidjo on Voodoo and Catholicism
- 200 Million African Pagans
- Secret knowledge, sacred knowledge (on Candomble)
Hat tip to Jason at the Wild Hunt!