Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney

I am used to the Cafetaria Christianity of fundamentalists, but this sort of takes the biscuit. As it were.

"There's absolutely a heightened spiritual conflict between Christianity and Voodoo since the quake," said Pastor Frank Amedia of the Miami-based Touch Heaven Ministries who has been distributing food in Haiti and proselytizing.

"We would give food to the needy in the short term but if they refused to give up Voodoo, I'm not sure we would continue to support them in the long term because we wouldn't want to perpetuate that practice. We equate it with witchcraft, which is contrary to the Gospel."

None of this damn shilly-shallying about I was hungry and you gave me food, or good Samaritans who did not pass by on the other side in spite of belonging to a different religion, or, given that Amedia and his friends seem to be inciting religious violence against voodoo congregations, none of this blessed are the peacemakers nonsense either. This is a Christianity from which the Christ of the Beatitudes is oddly absent.

Just saying.
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