The missionary colonialism meanwhile
continues as well. The same old hell, fire and brimstone preachers
of evangelical Christianity are hard at work throughout the world.
While they can no longer use armies to enforce their will, they have
learned new tricks to compensate for this hampering of their usual
aggression. They have learned to use the media as their tool, with
television, radio, and media hyped religious crusades all over the
world. Recently they have taken to the Internet, using the computer
world to promote the same old fossilized superstitions that are
really part of the Middle Ages. They have taken advantage of
democratic systems in the Third World to infiltrate wherever they
can under the guise of freedom of religion.
The same missionary groups that
denied religious freedom to promote conversion in the colonial era,
now use religious freedom to promote their agendas in foreign lands.
When the West has had to vacate its colonies it always encourages
religious freedom in them so that the Christians left behind are not
subject to discrimination. However there is no apology for the
oppression of non-Christians perpetrated during the colonial era!
The evangelical groups that are the
most active missionaries are usually looked upon in the West,
particularly in academic circles, as the product of unenlightened
people and are often criticized or made fun of. In the East they
prey upon the poor and uneducated who are still vulnerable to their
stories of Heaven and Hell and the Second Coming of Jesus.