Wednesday, January 12, 2005

No Limit

A friend passed on this from a friend. I’m guessing it’s from a blog, but there’s no attribution as to who wrote it, so I will pass it on intact. If anyone out there knows where it came from, let me know.

Southern Baptists called tsunami “a phenomenal opportunity”

by John in DC – 1/10/2005 10:00:11 AM

Well, glad the Southern Baptists are so thrilled that over 150,000 people died a horrible death.

“This [disaster] is one of the greatest opportunities God has given us to share his love with people,” said K.P. Yohannan, president of the Texas-based Gospel for Asia. In an interview, Yohannan said his 14,500 “native missionaries” in India, Sri Lanka, and the Andaman Islands are giving survivors Bibles and booklets about “how to find hope in this time through the word of God.”

In Krabi, Thailand, a Southern Baptist church had been “praying for a way to make inroads” with a particular ethnic group of fisherman, according to Southern Baptist relief coordinator Pat Julian. Then came the tsunami, “a phenomenal opportunity” to provide ministry and care, Julian told the Baptist Press news service.

Don’t you just love it when God answers your prayers and wipes out 150,000 people? Makes me warm and tingly all over, hallelujah!

So the plan is that the religious right groups are planning on using the tsunami to convert Asians to christianity, and they plan to use disaster aid to do the converting.

In Andhra Pradesh, India, a plan is developing to build “Christian communities” to replace destroyed seashore villages. In a dispatch that the evangelical group Focus on the Family posted on its Family.org Web site, James Rebbavarapu of India Christian Ministries said a team of U.S. engineers had agreed to help design villages of up to 400 homes each, “with a church building in the center of them.”

That is fucking sick.

That said, I did Google K.P. Yohannan and he does run a “ministry” called Gospel For Asia, and his website reads like he could very easily have said what’s attributed to him. I guess there are no lengths to which some people won’t go to exploit a crisis. I’ll bet that if given the chance, there would have been guys like Yohannan standing outside Auschwitz telling the Jews that this would never have happened if they’d only accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

Update: Alert reader Robert of Interstate4Jamming found the origin of the quote at AMERICABlog. Thanks!