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  •  I can be and have been very critical (2+ / 0-)
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    of missions and missionary efforts.  However, I'm not going to paint them all with the same brush.  And some of the social workers and political scientists etc who crafted many of these policies were not part of a religious effort or agenda. The critique can also be of world systems of "haves" and those who have their stuff taken to support the haves, and the fate of those who are deemed extraneous.

    For example - the sterilization of 1/3+ of the women in Puerto Rico had much to do with extending eugenics into "population control" b.s.

     

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 10:37:57 AM PDT

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    •  The fact is that everyone of the children (1+ / 0-)
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      removed from their homes of origin who were not Christian were converted to Christianity. It doesn't matter how many social workers or political scientists were involved in the process, the end result was the same.  The children had both their cultural identity and religious backgrounds expunged.  

      This did not just happen in the US or Australia. It happened in Canada too, and other places in the world. And it's not ancient history. (see link below).  Just do some research on these issues and you will see that a major church organization is always behind these programs and the results are always the same... proselytizing, conversion and often abuse.

      http://freetruth.50webs.org/...

      I paint all missionaries with the same brush because all of them have the same overarching goal whether they do it benignly or aggressively... to get a local culture to CHANGE to what the missionary has decided is BEST for them.

      •  Again - I do know this history (2+ / 0-)
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        and have written about it here in the past.

        I also have worked with some very leftist liberation theologists who are religious. Some who were murdered fighting to work with and protect indigenous people.

        Frankly I don't want to turn this diary thread into a classic Dkos battle over religion.

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        by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 11:15:14 AM PDT

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        •  OK. I'm not the one who turned it into a battle. (1+ / 0-)
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          I simply made the comment that religion and its institutions were key to the atrocities that befell these children because it was not discussed in the diary. Please note that not one of the religious institutions that had a hand in this has apologized.   However, the atheist head of the Australian government has.

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