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!