Summary: How do you cook a missionary? In article <969@esquire.UUCP> roger@esquire.UUCP (R

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Summary: How do you cook a missionary? In article <969@esquire.UUCP> roger@esquire.UUCP (Ro Reid) writes: >Eric Pepke: > >> Yes, and there are places for alcoholics to go. I give money to the >> Salvation Army, in spite of the fact that I am a drinker and a >> nontheist, on the very grounds that they do not turn people away >> who are in need. I don't think that AA turns people away either >> simply because they have no home. > >The Salvation Army does turn away people in need. Check Labor's >Untold Story for the history of how they cooperated with the police >in the starvation of loggers in the NW US in the early part of this >century in attempts to destroy the IWW. > >I spent a number of years organizing in various parts of the NE US, >and heard hundreds of stories about how the Salivation Army (as >we called them) turned away people who would not essentially >kiss their boots. It seems to me that a few years ago the Salvation Army was reported to have been involved in working to defeat a gay rights bill in New Zealand. Now, I emphasize that I don't remember the details very well, so please take this with a grain of salt. What I remember of the story is that they put a considerable amount of money out to help the bad guys. Ever since then, I've regarded them as worthless slime, at best. This is the height of hypocrisy: to collect money on the pretense of helping needy people and then using it to repress others. Every time I see one of them ringing that damn bell at christmas time I supress the urge to say something caustic. Of course I realize that the person ringing the bell might in fact be quite a decent person and may not be responsible for the policies of the organization and probably wouldn't have the slightest idea of what I was talking about, but if you wear the uniform you can expect to get shot at, and blah blah blah, so I just shut up and keep walking. But there's no way I'd ever give them any money. (In some sense, this is an example of what I think of as The Missionary Dilemma: missionaries bring relief from disease and hunger, but they also bring an invading religion, destruction of indigenous culture, and generally muck things up for their own ends. I'm convinced that their most useful purpose is as protein supplements in otherwise poor diets.) My question to the collected historical wisdom of the group: Am I remembering this episode correctly? Does anyone remember what the bill actually was and whether it passed? At a guess, it would have been sometime in 1984 or 1985. Michael Sleator Ardent Computer ....!{decwrl, hplabs, ubvax, uunet}!ardent!sleat


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