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From: Matthew McDaniel <akha at loxinfo.co.th>
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Subject: ELL: Re: Fight Fire with Fire?
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No body gets attacked, this is a discussion. Not about
I do not work with any religious groups because until there
is more defense
going on of the Akha the religious groups feel no need for
caution, this is
already changing slowly. The need for evangelicals,
fundamentalists, to feel
they are all in the same alliance all the time is so
important that they will
never lay blame at the feet of others or ask for
accountability as long as
all is "being done for Jesus". That sounds about as deep as
one can go into
brainwashing and denial, need I say more?
My comments to the list were that more study should be done
that it should not continue to get the blind eye, that
missionaries will be
missionaries while everyone claims to go on fighting "so
hard" to preserve
endangered languages. Then it is rather staged foolishness
if one hand works to heal what the other hand is immensely
someone claimed this to be standard imperialist behavior who
of good conscience, people who claim to be protecting and
languages should not have a lack of clearness as to what is
helping and what
is hurting and who those people are.
Certainly there are enough cases as here in nothern Thailand
where it is rife
to show that a good percentage of missionary activity around
the world has
been very much in favor of the culture and race of their
very bad for the minority peoples affected. I think that
this is what is
possibly hard for more than a few to admit. But it is quite
obvious. This has been a dominant trait of missions
omitting the few exceptions.
But if people are going to be academics for a cause, then
they should at least
be honest about it in case by case events.
In the past missions built hospitals, but they still often
people depart from their culture.
I do not see any reason why American misisonaries from
mainstream groups like
the American Baptists, would have a policy to do this to the
Akha here and
then not have a policy to do it to the native peoples of
This would seem odd in deed.
But I have long been used to the fact that the mission, the
church, is going
to be way above criticism even if they were mopping the
streets with plutonium
wash, Jesus would have told them to do it, there would be a
reason, a logic,
one of course that couldn't be changed if only for the fact
that an outsider
was suggesting it.
In the end, the missionaries will have to be forced to stop
by pressure, by
publicity and shame of their operations and handling of
people whom they
exploit to gain numbers, that is what it is about after all now isn't it?
The missions operate to make their programs and budgets grow, and power, and
they always need more people in order to do that.
I think the words were "persistent intent to commit cultural genocide."
If there had been some centrist group in missions, still why would I join
forces with a group that wants to interfere to the 30% mark instead of
mark? Because they have money? I wouldn't sell one Akha downstream for that,
not that you were suggesting I should, but this work always has operated on
little money and I expect that to continue.
We build on community support to exclude, prohibit and expel the
make them as unwelcome as possible because I don't have time for their head
games and they quite frankly haven't a clue as to why they are so disliked.
People including missionaries should be held accountable for their own
stupidity, and it is not the responsibility of another, or me, on limited
budget as opposed to their rich ones, to educate THEM.
You will not find one missionary in a hundred up here who can speak Akha or
has a clue of what their culture is about. Now isn't it just a little
criminal that people like that would be bent on destroying what they don't
have a clue to?
Henry Szymonik wrote:
> > Why should I think deeper, about what?
> You keep chastising people on this list for not doing more. I was trying
> to give suggestions for different ways to fight the missionaries who are
> committing the anti-cultural deeds you talk about. If you're not willing
> to try them, fine. But it comes across that you merely want people to
> do exactly what you want them to do and aren't willing to even consider
> other ideas (my fire-vs-fire idea) or discuss situations where religion
> apparently has not damaged the native language (my Ojibwe and Hawaiian
> examples). I was trying to help and all I get is attacked.
> "why should I think deeper, about what?" sounds like you don't really care
> enough to try new things. If your efforts haven't stopped missionary
> activity it seems like a given that you need to "think deeper" to try to
> come up with better ways to counter the missionaries' activities.
The Akha Heritage Foundation
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