Father blames the death of his son, killed by a primitive isolated tribe last year, on “extreme Christianity.”

By |2019-02-04T07:51:06-08:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

My new favorite catchphrase. 

Courtesy of The Guardian:

In November, on an obscure island in the Indian Ocean, Chau – a 26-year-old American adventure blogger, beef-jerky marketer, and evangelical missionary – was killed by the isolated tribe he was attempting to convert to Christianity.

When Chau’s death became international news, many Christians were keen to disavow his actions; Chau’s father believes the American missionary community is culpable in his son’s death. John was an “innocent child”, his father told me, who died from an “extreme” vision of Christianity taken to its logical conclusion.

Like his son, Dr Patrick Chau is a graduate of Oral Roberts, an evangelical university in Oklahoma. I had thought he might want to defend evangelical doctrines against the unsympathetic media coverage sparked by his son’s death. In an email, however, he called religion “the opium of the mass[es]”.

“If you have [anything] positive to say about religion,” he told me, “l wish not to see or hear” it. He said his son’s zeal was a longstanding point of contention and that they’d agreed not to talk about John’s missionary work.

“John is gone because the Western ideology overpowered my [Confucian] influence,” he said. He blamed evangelicals’ “extreme Christianity” for pushing his child to a “not unexpected end”, and he referred with particular bitterness to the Great Commission, Jesus’s injunction that Christians spread the gospel to all peoples.

Yeah, well he’s not wrong. 

While the aggressive missionary zeal of the Christians absolutely helped the religion spread, it also accounted for thousands of deaths. 

Sometimes it was the missionaries who died, but most often it was the genocide that almost always followed the new religion into hitherto unknown parts of the world that accounted for the majority of the deaths. 

I actually like the term “extreme Christianity” and think he applies to any number of ills in the world. 

Why can’t women have control of their bodies? Well, that is likely due to extreme Christianity.

Why is there pushback against sex education in our public school? Well, that is the result of extreme Christianity.

Why do terminally unfit politicians like Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump keep getting elected to office? Well, that is certainly the fault of extreme Christianity. 

Yep, that is a very handy phrase. And accurate too!

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  1. Georgeanne Wilcox February 5, 2019 at 3:20 am

    A better term would be toxic Christianity. Because it kills….

  2. barbara carlson February 5, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Remember? Andrew Sullivan called them Christianists. (I call them The American Taliban).

    • HRH February 5, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Christianity weaponized.

    • dowl February 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      I call them pseudo-christiany dominionist theocrats. None of what they appear to believe has anything to do with the red words of Jesus the Christ in the New Testament.

      An Old Testament christian, is of course, an oxymoron.

      Lord have mercy on us all.

  3. Anonymous February 5, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Indoctrination sucks.
    At a very young age I figured out that what you are made to believe depends on where you live. I told my mom that if I was born in China I’d believe whatever people believe there. To which my mom answered, but Christianity is the truth. I said how do you know and isn’t that a superior attitude?
    To which my mom told me my intellect was “of the devil”.
    Indoctrination squashes curiosity early on, especially when fear is added on.
    My heart feels for this father.

  4. anon February 5, 2019 at 9:13 am

    All religions are true. None are literal.

  5. HRH February 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

    The two greatest curses ever visited upon mankind: war and religion.

    • Anonymous February 5, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      War and religion…pretty much the first is caused by something to do with the second.

  6. Anon February 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm


  7. Anon February 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    God is Vanilla Ice Cream.
    Religions are flavors of it.
    Don’t expect me to like your flavor.
    I won’t expect you to like mine.
    We should get along fine.

    PS my flavor is Vanilla. 😉

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