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Missionaries & Rice "Christians"

by V. Vivek Varma (Oct_01_2012)

There are families who only receive help if they accept to convert to Christianity and we are talking help with things like rice, beans, just basic everyday items that anyone who is poor needs.

One of the better benefits they also offer in exchange for conversion is an education in one of their Christian schools around the city for the children of some families.

The nuns also come around the house of those they convert to make sure the families remove any statues of references of their old gods, which must all be replaced with images of Jesus.

Rice Christian is a term used, usually pejoratively, to describe someone who has formally declared himself/herself a Christian for material benefits rather than for religious reasons.


The term comes from Asian countries, such as India, in which western missionaries are rumored to exploit the poverty of common person by converting them to Christianity in return for material benefits. Concerns have been expressed both by Christian missionaries and by those opposed to Christian missions that people in these situations are only nominally converting to Christianity in order to receive charity or material advancements. More about this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Christian


Rice Christian

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rice Christian is a term used, usually pejoratively, to describe someone who has formally declared himself/herself a Christian for material benefits rather than for religious reasons.
The term comes from Asian countries, such as China and Japan. Concerns have been expressed both by Christian missionaries and by those opposed to Christian missions that people in these situations are only nominally converting to Christianity in order to receive charity or material advancements.
Internal and external critics of Christianity have asserted that missionaries sometimes exploit this type of convert in order to shame  the people of native religions, such as is alleged in Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth:
Only Christianity was at that time an exception. I developed a sort of dislike for it. And for a reason. In those days Christian missionaries used to stand in a corner near the high school and hold forth, pouring abuse on Hindus and their gods. I could not endure this. I must have stood there to hear them once only, but that was enough to dissuade me from repeating the experiment. About the same time, I heard of a well-known Hindu having been converted to Christianity. It was the talk of the town that, when he was baptized, he had to eat beef and drink liquor, that he also had to change his clothes, and that thenceforth he began to go about in European costume including a hat. These things got on my nerves. Surely, thought I, a religion that compelled one to eat beef, drink liquor, and change one's own clothes did not deserve the name. I also heard that the new convert had already begun abusing the religion of his ancestors, their customs and their country. All these things created in me a dislike for Christianity.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Christian