Sunday, June 2, 2013

FCRA and Christian thugs

Here is an insight into how Christian fraudsters have been leveraging foreign funds and their global network to undermine peace in India and elsewhere.

On April 30, 2013, the central government suspended the authorization that Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) had to access foreign funds under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010.

INSAF has been described in an article published in The Washington Post as a “a network of 700 NGOs” that “campaign for indigenous peoples’ rights over their mineral-rich land and against nuclear energy, human rights violations and religious fundamentalism”.  

“Nearly 90 percent of the network’s funding comes from overseas,” says the article posted online (in two pages) on 19 May 2013.

Well known columnist Praful Bidwai describes INSAF as “a coalition of 700 organisations active in anti-communal mobilisations, anti-displacement struggles, and campaigns against destructive projects” and the government action as “the worst case of abuse” of the law by the state in suppressing dissent.

(Note: The words 'communal' and 'communalism' have been used in this article in their Indian-English sense of 'religious' chauvinism or fanaticism.) 

“Jimmy C Dabhi of St. Xavier’s Non-Formal Education Society termed freezing of the INSAF accounts as state terrorism. He questioned nature of the foreign funds that are received by the government,” says an article published in the DNA

As a background, The Washington Post article adds: “India has tightened the rules on NGOs over the past two years… About a dozen NGOs that the government said engaged in activities that harm the public interest have seen their permission to receive foreign donations revoked…".

While expressing concern over the repressive use of FCRA, an activist with whom I share an online forum commented: “At the same time. the FCRA official report confirmed a particular religious group get over 80% foreign donation for religious purpose, and mainly it has failed accountability mechanism and used for destroying India's secular character.”

That comment sounded plausible to me, even though I am not sure about the exact share of the foreign money that “a particular religious group” has been receiving.

I am certain, however, about the group my activist friend referred to.

It’s clear from FCRA annual report 2010-11 – – that this "particular religious group" is Christianity which, through its programmes like Lausanne Movement for World Evagelization and Joshua Project, has not only been "destroying India's secular character", but cultural and spiritual diversity of the entire planet, heightening tensions within societies and across borders and multiplying the possibilities of violent conflicts.

‘Compassion’ on the prowl
Take a look at the FCRA annual report 2010-11. The top funders and recipients include several Christian evangelizing organizations, even if one discounts the outfits that sub-serve the Christian agenda in less overt ways.

The top funder over the year 2010-11 was US-based Compassion International, which not only describes itself openly as a proselytizing agency, but also flaunts the results of its targeting – through its local church partners – of non-Christian children across the world for conversion to Christianity.

Even commercial businesses are ethically or legally barred from targeting children. For Christian thugs, however, no Constitutional provision, law or ethical norm would remain unbroken or unbent.

(That includes, by the way, the cover-up of sexual abuse of thousands of children across the world by members of Christian clergy in recent decades and continuing to this day.)

"In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults," says Compassion International in its mission statement. 

It adds that its program is "unapologetically Christian" and it "wants children to hear the gospel and be discipled in the ways of Christ" – "but neither they nor their families are under any compulsion to become Christians".

Elsewhere on its website, it claims it converted 1,46,455 children to Christianity in the 12-month period from Oct. 2010 to Sep. 2011.

“Our ministry gives every child in our program the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ.  Our church partners report that last year alone, 146,455 first-time child professions of faith were reported for the twelve month period of October 2010 – September 2011.”

This criminal outfit does not mention on its website – of course – how many children or their families that it “releases from spiritual and economic poverty” actually had made an appeal to it or send it an invitation to come and "liberate" them.

It doesn’t need to, of course, typifying as it does the “Christian compassion”. The hapless targets of “Christian compassion” have never had much choice.    

State and its mission
The top recipient organization in 2010-11 was World Vision of IndiaIt's parent is another US-based Christian missionary outfit that acts virtually as an arm of the US State Department, Iain Buchanan, the British-born Malaysian author of 'The Armies Of God: A Study In Militant Christianity', told DNA in March 2011.

"World Vision, the world’s largest Christian church mission agency, has traditionally been closely linked with successive American governments. The former US Ambassador for International Religious Freedoms, Dr. Robert Seiple, was World Vision chief for 11 years till 1998 when he was picked by former president, Bill Clinton, to head the office of International Religious Freedoms," says an article, ‘Preparing for the harvest’, published in 2004 in Tehelka.    

Adds the same article: "Its mission statement is self-explanatory: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in working with the poor and oppressed, to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the Good News of the Kingdom of God."

Death and destruction 
The interesting thing about these dollar-operated Christians (like Robert Seiple, mentioned above) is that they have appointed themselves the defenders of "religious freedom" and “human rights”, even as they continue to destroy cultural freedom and diversity across the world through their evangelization projects.

Indian churches and their members – who have been openly collaborating with ethnocidal and criminal outfits like Compassion International and World Vision – don't seem to perceive any contradiction in Christian evangilizers, including "Reverends" in their priestly habits, running "religious freedom" and "human rights" establishments within and across borders.

Seiple has an added qualification in causing widespread death and destruction in Vietnam and Laos in the 1960s while he flew 300 combat missions as a member of the US Marine Corps, earning himself five Battle Stars and many other decorations.

World Vision, of which Seiple became president in 1987, had been thrown out of Vietnam in 1975 by the government for acting as the US strategic outpost in the hapless country, which bore the full brunt of American and Christian savagery during the long war (1955-75). 

Read about the regime of Ngo Dinh Diem, the Roman Catholic president of South Vietnam, to get a sense of how America and its Christian outfits like World Vision supported an ethnocidal assault on Buddhists and caused widespread communal mayhem.

As president of World Vision, Seiple, in a monumental irony, managed to take this criminal organization back into Vietnam in 1988.

Seiple and his son Chris, who’s is the president of Institute for Global Engagement (another “faith-based” outfit that Seiple Sr. founded), have lately been promoting “religious freedom” in Vietnam and Laos, the countries that Americans devastated mercilessly during the war. Their “religious freedom” means, of course, “the freedom for the Christian missionaries to evangelize and destroy local cultures”.

Don’t be surprised if a hypocrite and a killer like Seiple ends up being venerated like a ‘saint’ – given the typically Christian culture that canonizes a hate-filled proselytizer like Francis Xavier who had called for Inquisition to be installed in Goa, which, over 252 years of its operation, terrorized the non-Christians and ‘heretic’ Christians with violence and coercion.

Christians are the police, prosecutors, jury and judge, all rolled into one, in this farce that’s being enacted on the world-wide stage.

The Christian ‘principles’ 
What moral right do Indian Christians – openly collaborating as they have been with ethnocidal savages running outfits like World Vision and Compassion International – have to decide what is “communal” and what is not?

If India were to go strictly by the ‘principles’ propounded by the evangelizing Christians, someone like Praveen Togadia would be the most appropriate choice for running India's own public office for defending "religious freedom" and “secularism”.

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

What moral principle would Indian Christians invoke to avoid having to support such an appointment?

Right to destroy rights
The US has been using its International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 as a bludgeon with which to threaten or beat anyone attempting to resist evangelization and proselytization.     

The so called 'human rights' movement has long been a tool in the hands of evangelizers and colonizers from the Christendom to demonize and destroy the indigenous cultures and foist Christian dogma upon the people thus robbed of their heritage, as Prof. Mukau W. Mutua, the Kenyan-born professor at University at Buffalo Law School in the US, explains in his book, 'Human Rights: A Political and Cultural Critique'.

"I argue that imperial religions have necessarily violated the individual conscience and the communal expressions of Africans and their communities by subverting African religions. In so doing, they have robbed Africans of essential elements of their humanity...

Since the right to religious freedom includes the right to be left alone  to choose freely whether to believe and what to believe in  the rights regime by requiring that African religions compete in the marketplace of ideas incorrectly assumes a level playing field. 

The rights corpus not only forcibly imposes on African religions the obligation to compete  a task for which as non-proselytizing, noncompetitive creeds they are not historically fashioned  but also protects evangelizing religions in their march toward universalization. 

In the context of religious freedom, the privileging by the rights regime of the competition of ideas over the right against cultural invasion, in a skewed contest, amounts to condoning the dismantling of African religions."

I also argue that the playing field, the one crucial and necessary ingredient in a fair fight, is heavily weighted against Africans. Messianic religions have been forcibly imposed or their introduction was accomplished as part of the cultural package borne by colonialism.

Missionaries did not simply offer Jesus Christ as the savior of benighted souls, his salvation was frequently a precondition for services in education and health, which were quite often the exclusive domain of the Church and the colonial state.
(Chapter 4: ‘Human Rights, Religion and Proselytism’; sub-heading: ‘The problem of religious rights’)

In the same chapter, under the sub-heading, ‘Demonizing the “other”’, Mutua says the following.

“The two most geographically diverse religions – Christianity and Islam – are also the most imperial: they are proselytizing and universalist in their attempts to convert into their faith the entire human race.... Central to them is the belief in the racial superiority of the proselytizers; the "other" is quite often depicted as inferior.”

‘Real truth’ of real thugs
The following are some excerpts from a "prayer guide" on "Hindus" – available on the website of International Mission Board (IMB) which is one of the numerous organizations engaged in "fulfilling the Great Commission" or world evangelization. 

These excerpts bear out Christian fraudsters’ demonization of the cultural and spiritual traditions of what they describe as the "Hindus" – by which they award to themselves the ‘moral licence’ to preach the "real Truth", by hook or by crook, to the "lost peoples".

"Jesus, Light of the World, your desire is that Hindus recognize Your light as the true light. Open their spiritual eyes to see the darkness in which they walk, the darkness of their sin...

Give them the wisdom and courage to reject all the false gods and idols of their religious heritage, and to embrace only you... Free Hindus from the confusing and mistaken belief in the cycle of reincarnation...

God, how your heart must grieve to see Hindus performing meaningless rituals and bowing before man-made idols in their temples and homes. Show them the truth, God, show them your power."

In another “prayer guide,” these Christian criminals openly inveigh and plot against the Jain culture.

"Awesome God, you created the heavens and the earth, and everything in them. Yet, Jains do not believe in a creator God, nor in heavenly beings that would have anything to do with earthly beings. Plant in their hearts and minds a seed of doubt about these views...

We pray that Jains will question their own views on creation, resulting in an openness to the Gospel...

Holy Lord, we pray that when Jains compare the truth as they understand it with the truth of your Holy Word that their eyes and minds will be open to perceive the real Truth. Show them that they will only find the right faith, the right knowledge, and the right conduct as they enter a relationship with Jesus Christ...

We pray that as others come to faith in Christ they will receive encouragement and training in how to reach their families, friends, and other Jains."

Demonizing every ‘other’
There are similar “prayer guides” on Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims and other non-Christian peoples that are similarly offensive and reveal the darkness and the evilness of the minds of these Christian criminals.

I do not know of any Indian Christian, including the activist types who bristle with rage at the "communalism" of Sangh Parivar, going public with their condemnation and repudiation of such open and vicious attack on the cultural and spiritual traditions of the non-Christian in the name of “religious freedom”.

Returning the compliment
I don't think that the world would be a particularly peaceful place if the peoples profiled and targeted by the Christian proselytizers decide to ‘return the compliment’ by attempting similar ethnographic profiling and sophisticated targeting of Christians across the planet.

Nor do I think that the societies within nation states would be unjustified in the least if the majority public opinion in those societies were to shift in favour of making legal and constitutional provisions to protect themselves from this savage attack on their cultural diversity and societal peace.

What if the majority public opinion in India were to shift, over the next couple of years, in favour of enacting such legal and constitutional provisions? 

Do unto others as you won’t have them do unto u
What if a considerable section of what Christian gangsters describe as "Hindus" get together to devise a vigorously counteracting response to the Joshua Project – by profiling the entire Christian population of India and resolving to "convert" them to what these thugs term "Hinduism"?

For Indian Christians, who have been openly involved in the criminal activities of profiling and targeting non-Christian Indians, anything even remotely suggestive of tracking of their own kind is branded "persecution", as reports from Madhya Pradesh showed in April 2011.

Carrying out the ethnic profiling of billions of Indians and other peoples across the world, over many years, and targeting them with Christian propaganda in every walk of life is perfectly legal and moral because it’s Christians’ “human right” to “fulfill the Great Commission”.

It doesn't even receive a passing mention by India’s mainstream media organizations, entrenched as they are in their monumental hypocrisy and prejudice and in living up to Herman & Chomsky’s Propaganda Model.

Of course, what Christians suspect to be the tracking of their own kind by a government agency cannot be anything but a “sinister agenda” for "persecution", deserving days of mainstream media coverage and demands for a “central investigation”.

Christian hypocrisy and criminality know no bounds!

Homegrown subverters
Despite the global nature of the evangelization project and vast amounts of foreign money involved, it would be a grave mistake – or pure propaganda – to suggest, as some people do, that Christian assault on India's cultural-spiritual diversity and peace is directed from abroad and is carried out only by some rabidly evangelical denominations.

All evidence suggests that Indian Christians are active participants, and often thought leaders, in evangelization projects being implemented not just in India, but elsewhere in the world. The vast majority of missionaries in India are Indians and the denominational factor has little relevance.

The following is a link to an article, ‘Clash in worldview and the people of South Asia’, by Luis Bush, the American mission strategist who was the first to call for targeting of over two billion “unreached peoples” inhabiting the “10/40 Window” (i.e. between the 10th and 40th latitudes of the earth), including India.

In this article, Bush acknowledges the key role Dr. Raju Abraham, an Indian medical doctor, played in identifying and targeting a “people group” as defined by the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) for “church planting movement”.

Raju Abraham, who is based at Kachhwa in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, also served as the coordinator of the “Unreached Peoples Track” of the “AD2000 Movement for South Asia”.

The following is what he told the third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization at Cape Town in 2010.

“I am the director of Kachhwa Transformational Ministries (KTM), an effort that involves medical services, holistic ministry, education, microfinance, church planting and leadership development among the poor in North India.
The hospital (Kachhwa Christian Hospital) also serves as a ministry hub for training church planters, who have seen over 1000 house churches planted in the last five years with an estimated 20,000 plus professing faith in Christ.”

The myth of ‘liberal Christian’
That Indian Christians, including the activists, academics and other intellectuals, have either been actively complicit in the cultural assault or passively sympathizing is borne out by their complete silence.

Even those who would probably view this assault with disfavour seem to have reconciled themselves to a state of sufferance – quietly witnessing the tamasha

Another common myth is that it’s the “Religious Right” of the US that is solely responsible for world-wide Christian assault on cultures. The truth is that fires of world evangelization have been kept burning as much by the liberal Christians in the US, India and elsewhere as by the fundamentalists.

On May 22, 2013, Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church – the biggest Christian denomination in the world as well as in India – made the following call to evangelize to his flock, as reported and broadcast by YouTube

"The fire of Pentecost will always produce new missionary energy, new courage to evangelize" the Pontiff explained, urging everyone not to be afraid to surrender to the Spirit, who enables us to "bear witness to our faith," and illuminates "the heart of those we meet." Pope Francis said that on this journey, a Church that evangelizes "must always start with prayer, by asking for the fire of the Holy...

When it comes to unleashing the Christian army in advancing their foreign policy objectives, American liberals are not far behind the conservatives. The “faith-based” approach is a bi-partisan, institutionalized tool of the US foreign policy.

Read on the link below how Hillary Clinton (whose husband had unleashed Robert Seiple on to the world in 1998) pursued “greater religious engagement” during her tenure as US Secretary of State in the Obama aministration.

‘Persecuted’ everywhere
While waging an ethnocidal war against the non-Christian peoples of the whole world and undermining communal harmony, Christian thugs have declared Christianity to be “the most persecuted religion in the world”.

Open Doors, a Christian propaganda organization, publishes a report every year to announce the exact number of innocent Christians that the guilty, sinful world has been “persecuting”. Almost every country of the world is implicated in committing atrocities against "about 100 million Christians” that it deems “persecuted”.

(Christianity) faces restrictions and hostility in 111 countries around the world…,” another Pew report said.” (Without Pew wondering why, of course).

“In recent years, we’ve been hearing that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world – that sounds right to us,” said Open Doors France director Michel Varton…

“Leaders of various denominations – including Pope Benedict, whose Roman Catholic followers account for more than half of all Christians – increasingly make this accusation.”

"Christians risk further persecution and oppression in the future due to the rising number of converts and their boldness in sharing their faith," the Open Doors said.

Dollars, computers and drones
Christian missions annually receive 17 billion dollars (Rs 79,900 crore) – which is just 5.5 per cent of about 309 billion dollars (Rs 14,52,723 crore) that all Christian causes receive in a year, according to US Center for World Mission. (This data could be rather stale.)

“Since the mid-1960s, the evangelical movement has systematically computerised its entire global operation, creating huge databases of information on its non-Christian enemies, centralising administration, and linking some 500 million ‘Christian computers’ worldwide for the purposes of fighting ‘spiritual warfare’ against non-believers in strategic places,” says Iain Buchanan in his interview with DNA.
“And ‘spiritual warfare’, for the evangelical Christian movement, is not just a matter of prayers and metaphor: it is also, very decisively, a matter of ‘virtuous’ troops, tanks, and drones.”
The Nazi model
One of the activists "bristling" at the restrictions placed on foreign funding of NGOs, as quoted in The Washington Post article, is Wilfred D'costa of INSAF.

Apart from development issues, D’costa also fights "cummunalism" and has been a veteran of the activism around the Gujarat riots of 2002. He uses pretty strong language when it comes to condemning "Hindu fundamentalist organizations". 

In a book on micro-credit that they wrote jointly, Sheila McLeod and Mary Ilen quote D'costa as saying that "the BJP government in Gujarat drew its support from several Hindu fundamentalist organizations inspired by the Nazi model".

“Their goal, he said, “is to obliterate the Muslims.”

It didn't occur to D'costa, of course, that the only people who have shown themselves to be inspired by the Nazi model, not only in their goal "to obliterate the Muslims", but also projects made concrete by provision of vast financial resources, are Christian evangelical fraudsters embedded with American military forces.

While American troops have been ravaging lands where Muslims live in their never-ending war on terror, Christian evangelicals have been infiltrating the same countries to carry out their proselytizing agenda. 

Time magazine article, 'Missionaries under Cover', published in June 2003, quotes Luis Bush, the American mission strategist of “10/40 Window” fame, as planning to “penetrate” the heart of Islam “with the liberating truth of the gospel”.

This immense global slice, he explained, was disproportionately poor; the majority of its inhabitants "enslaved" by Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and, ultimately, by Satan. In a later paper, Bush urged Christians, "Put on the full armor of God and fight with the weapons of spiritual warfare." Of Islam specifically, he wrote, "From its center in the 10/40 Window, Islam is reaching out energetically to all parts of the globe; in a similar strategy, we must penetrate [its] heart with the liberating truth of the gospel." 

The article also gives an insight into the cunning stratagems and illegalities that have been employed in this "spiritual warfare" against the Muslims.  

After the Muslim countries gradually eliminated the "religious worker" visas, the Christian fraudsters took to "tent-making, after the Apostle Paul, who supported himself at that trade while spreading word of the risen Christ through the Mediterranean". 

"Like Paul, the new missionaries did not hang up an evangelist's shingle. They took day jobs  often in aid and development or other areas in which the host country lacked expertise  and preached unofficially. The possibilities are endless  evangelical websites feature references to mechanical engineering in "a large Arab city," computer sales in "an Islamic country" and business teaching in Kyrgyzstan  and missionary-recruitment seminars can sound like job bazaars. At a small Tennessee Bible church, a mission facilitator assured his listeners that "if you're a native speaker and can fog up a mirror, you can teach" English abroad."

In explicating the “10/40 Window”, Luis Bush quotes his fellow American evangelist, George Otis, Jr., as declaiming that: “Two powerful demonic forces, with great biblical significance, stand at the epicenter of the unreached world – the prince of Persia (Iran) and the spirit of Babylon (Iraq) – and both much be penetrated with the gospel before the Great Commission can be completed. Otis observes that this will occur in the region of the Garden of Eden, where the command to ‘subdue the earth’ was originally given”.

Read more about the communal mayhem and violence that Christian groups have been spreading in Muslim-majority Kashmir on the following links.

Hypocrisy and fraud 
Wilfred D'costa’s apparent hypocrisy is in keeping with the general hypocrisy and fraudulence that characterizes most of India’s educated class as regards 'communalism'.

This general hypocrisy manifests itself in pretending that “communalism” only attaches itself to what mainstream discourse in India increasingly and unabashedly term “Hindu” and “Hindutva”.

In only some rare moments does the application of words like ‘communal’ and ‘communalism’ extend beyond ‘Hindu’ to other communities – almost never to ‘Christian’ thugs, however.

The overall effect of this hypocrisy and fraud has been to camouflage the Christian assault on India and non-Christian peoples of the world – a ‘communalism’ whose evilness and order of magnitude is beyond anything that any non-Christian community has attempted in modern times.

Just deserts?
What – to go back to the hypothesis suggested above – if educated and prosperous sections of the "Hindus" across India decide to give evangelizing Christians a heavy dose of their own medicine by drawing up their own "Great Commission" to convert every Christian on this land to "Hinduism"?

Would Indian and foreign evangelizers and their supporters and sympathizers take responsibility for such a swing in public opinion and actions flowing from it? 

Or will they continue to rely on the global mass media resources – wangled through Western hegemony and money – to cry "persecution" – and contend that Christians’ “religious freedom” must take precedence over other peoples’ “religious freedom”.

‘Defining’ deceit
The import and implications of the FCRA report (and the comment of my activist friend) go even beyond that. 

If even a significant fraction of the responses to the Christian assault on the non-Christians were to be based on the 'principles' that Christian thugs have propounded to advance their projects, the world could be pushed to the brink.

It’s easy to see for any reasonable person that Constitutionally provided (or any other notion of) “religious freedom”, including the right to “propagate” one’s religion, was never meant to be proselytizing campaigns – organized and resourced in frighteningly insidious and comprehensive manner – to destroy the cultural diversity and freedoms of the world.

Christian thugs – who have been monopolizing the defining of terms like “religious freedom” and “human rights” – need to be exposed for their utter fraud and falsehood.

That sounds like too high an expectation, though. The activist friend of mine (mentioned above), who broached the subject on the online forum that we share, refrained from even naming the "religious group" whose actions constitute an attack on India's cultural and spiritual diversity and communal harmony. 

What prevents the active citizens – who, in working for their causes, inevitably run up against entrenched power – from even mentioning by name, let alone discussing, this elephant in the room? 

There are several such questions that can be asked.

Why is this overt communalism – whose order of magnitude and criminality is beyond anything that has been attempted within and without any country – not being discussed in the mass media, among academics and intellectuals, and among those who see themselves as fighting against "communal forces"?

Why this hypocrisy?

Why this silent compromise with and embrace of blatant criminality?

1 comment:

Ram Singh Kushwaha said...

Nice point to share...

Al Ma'arri, an Arab 'Brahmin' of the 10th century, describing the terror of early conversions to Islam

Muslims of his time called Arab philosopher Al Ma'arri (973-1057) a Brahmin for he was a strict vegetarian and denounced the barbarous ...