Coercive missionaries

Did you know that religious missionaries to other countries sometimes use coercive tactics, such as “if you let us build this church, and if you say that you’ve converted to our religion, we’ll use our money or technology to dig the well your family needs to survive” (rhetorical)? In/from many areas in South and Southeast Asia, I have met people who superficially present themselves as members of some foreign religion. But, if you talk with them very deeply, it’s clear that they are publicly paying lipservice to the foreigners, while privately preserving their age-old traditions. Very poor people will say or do almost anything to survive and provide for their families.

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