Bush-sponsored Evangelisation of India-II

By | April 27, 2016


No responsible journalist committed to the sacred cause of stating the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, can overlook the fact that when President Bush was moving into the Oval Office in Washington in January 2001, a worldwide Conversion Movement, comprehensively funded and promoted by American evangelical groups, was already at its height in India. This movement, which originally began as ‘AD2000 & Beyond’ and later divided and transformed itself into Joshua Project I and Joshua Project II, was designed to be a sledgehammer, a breathtaking, decade-long steamroller of a campaign that would set the stage for a systematic, sophisticated and self-sustaining ‘harvest’ of the ‘unreached infidel people groups’ in India in the 21st century. The grandiloquent dreams of these aggressive evangelists are like those of Adolf Hitler when he first attacked Poland on 1 September, 1939 through his Blitzkrieg Operation. Even as this Nazi-type operation was taking off in India, by a quirk of fate, their original script changed overnight. Much to the delight of American evangelicals, one of their own kinsmen, George Bush Jr, became the occupant of the White House. Now began the planned invasion of India – particularly South India, by the pseudo-evangelists from USA. It is no figment of my wild imagination that I am comparing the approach of President Bush towards Global Evangelisation with the approach of that Nazi tyrant called Hitler who dreamed of a global German Aryan Empire. In this context, I would like to quote from an article by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr under the title ‘Private Armies, Captive People’ (21 March, 2006), ‘In 2001 the Cheney-directed government of President George W Bush, Jr, seized the opportunity created by the terrifying moment of the 11 September destruction of the World Trade Center buildings, to push through an attempted copy of the form of dictatorship which was given to the Adolf Hitler regime through Hermann G?ring’s organization of the burning of the German parliament, the Reichstag. The attempt was led by Vice-President Dick Cheney, on the same evening as that attack, to introduce forms of dictatorship which had been prepared in advance of that terrifying incident (see LaRouche January 2001 warning). These measures did not date from the January 2001 inauguration of George W. Bush, Jr, as President. This represented measures already underway in 1991, from the office of then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, under President George H W Bush Sr. Even during his webcast on 3 January, 2001, when Democratic leader Lyndon LaRouche announced his advance campaign for the 2004 Democratic Party Presidential nomination, he issued the following prophetic and sharp warning about the dangers the nation immediately faced under the leadership of President Bush Jr.: ‘You don’t know – We’re going into a period in which either we do the kinds of things I indicated in summary to you today, or else, what you’re going to have, is not a government. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE A NAZI REGIME. Maybe not initially at the surface. What you’re going to have is a Government which cannot pass legislation, meaningful legislation. How does a Government which cannot pass meaningful legislation, under conditions of crisis, govern? They govern, in every case in known history, by what’s known as artificially created crisis management (words in italics added by me!). In other words, just like the Reichstag fire in Germany…. You’re going to get planted crisis management. …..where members of the Special Warfare types, of the Secret Government, the secret police teams, and so forth, will set off provocations, which will be used to bring about dictatorial powers and emotion, in the name of crisis management.’ ‘You will have small wars set off in various parts of the world to remove weapons of mass destruction (words in italics added by me!!), which the Bush Administration will respond to, with crisis-management methods of provocation. That’s what you’ll get. And that’s what the problem is, and you have to face that. You’ve got to control this process now, while you still have the power to do so. Don’t be like the dumb Germans, who, after Hitler was appointed to the Chancellorship, in January 1933, sat back and said, ‘No, we’re going to defeat him at the next election.’ There was never a next election – there was just this ‘Jawohl,’ for Hitler as dictator. Because the Notverordnung of February 1933, eliminated the political factor…….And behind Bush – and I know these guys very well, because I’ve been up against them; most of my problems came from these characters – these guys, pushed to the wall, will come out with knives in the dark. They will not fight you politically; they will get you in the back. They will use their thugs to get you. That’s their method. Know it.’ Like Adolf Hitler letting loose the II World War upon the world in September 1939, President Bush Jr. has planned, organized and launched a cataract of cultural and religious horrors upon the people of India in the benevolent name of Christian Evangelism which in simple English means violent Religious Expansionism. In its long and chequered history, India has never faced an avalanche of organized religious aggression on this scale and scope, fully backed by the financial resources of mighty America. American evangelical agencies have established in India an enormous, well-coordinated and strategised religious conversion plan. The operation was launched as a Ten Year Plan (1990-2000) in the early 1990s but really gathered momentum only after George W Bush Jr, an avowed born-again Christian, became President of the United States in 2001. Since then, aggressive evangelists have received active support from the new Bush administration in their efforts to convert many sections of Indian society to Christianity. At the heart of this complex and sophisticated operation lies this simple thesis – convert the locals and then give them the know-how and money to plant their own churches and multiply in Christian religious slavery in perpetuity. Here, the words of David Frawley become very relevant: ‘Missionary activity always holds an implicit psychological violence, however discretely it is conducted. It is aimed at turning the minds and hearts of people away from their native religion to one that is generally unsympathetic and hostile to it … Missionary activity and conversion, therefore, is not about freedom of religion’. One of the most important early major policy decisions that President Bush took on 29 January, 2001, related to his ‘a faith based’ social service initiative that included the establishment of a new White House office to promote government aid to churches and Christian faith-based organisations. This, in effect, threw the massive weight of the federal government behind Christian religious groups and Christian religious conversions. The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was set up in the White House in the first week of February 2002 and a man called Jim Towey was appointed Director. The vital point to be noted in this context is that Jim Towey was the legal counsel to Mother Teresa in the late 1980s. Despite the fact that Bush’s initiative to fund ‘salvation and religious conversion’ through the instrumentality of the American State was stalled in the Congress over constitutional and civil rights concerns, yet, Bush has been shrewd and audacious enough to push through its implementation through his own executive orders. Why did President Bush try to outdo the Global Evangelization Mission of the Pope in Rome? The answer is simple. Bush wanted to give his ‘Return Gift’ to the Christian Right lobby in USA for having loyally supported him during his Presidential Campaign. The Christian Coalition, established by American TV Evangelist and Head of the Multi-billion Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Pat Robertson, played a very leading role in the 2000 election. Subsequently in his TV programme, Club 700, broadcast on CBN, Pat Robertson created a commotion by cavalierly announcing that he was confident that President Bush Jr would win the 2004 election as well in a ‘blowout’ because God has told him so. In my view, Bush was very keen to retain ‘the base’ of his Far Right Christian Evangelist vote bank – they were also the strongest supporters of his hard-line no holds barred militarism in Afghanistan, Iraq and in other parts of the world. It is also a well-known fact that Bush was keen on supporting his evangelist friends who run huge transnational missionary organisations (TMOs). In the decade 1990-2000 these TMOs were running a global intelligence operation which was so complex and sophisticated that in terms of its scale, magnitude and intensity of coverage, the real short-term and long-term implications from the point of view of India’s territorial integrity and national security, were indeed frightfully staggering. This operation has succeeded in puting in place a system in India which enables the US government to access any ethnographic information on any location virtually at the click of the mouse. This network in India, established with funding and strategic assistance from US-based TMOs, gives U.S. intelligence agencies virtually real time access to every nook and corner of the country. Ever since the time of assumption of office as US President by George W. Bush Jr., this network of TMO networks has multiplied rapidly in India. Bush supports conversion in India because he supports those American TMOs who fund, strategise and canalize aggressive conversion activities in this country. Organisations like the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Christian Aid, World Vision, Seventh Day Adventist Church and multi-billion enterprises run by Evangelists like Pat Robertson, Billy Graham and Roger Houtsma, amongst many others, were running a coordinated conversion campaign in India under the banner of AD2000 from 1995 to 2000. These conversion activities were later brought under the Joshua Project-I and when the decade-long movement officially closed down in March 2001, Joshua Project-I gave way to the successor Project called Joshua Project II. (to be continued) (The writer is a retired IAS officer) e-mail the writer at vsundaram@newstodaynet.com


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