The daddy of a U.S. missionary killed by a tribe on a distant island has blamed excessive evangelical Christianity for his son’s dying.
John Allen Chau, 27, was shot with bows and arrows by tribal individuals in November after stepping foot on North Sentinel Island within the Bay of Bengal, which outsiders are banned from visiting.
Native officers stated that Chau was a missionary, who was making an attempt to proselytise to the individuals on the island.
In feedback to UK newspaper The Observer revealed Sunday, Chau’s father, Dr Patrick Chau, blamed “excessive Christianity” for pushing his son to a “not surprising finish.”
“When you have [anything] constructive to say about faith,” he stated, “l want to not see or hear.”
“John is gone as a result of the Western ideology overpowered my [Confucian] affect,” he stated, referring to the teachings of Chinese language thinker Confucius.
Chau, who was from Washington state, studied at Oral Roberts College, an evangelical establishment in Alabama.
Mary Ho, govt of the All Nations Christian missionary group, of which Chau was a member, instructed the Washington Publish he had lengthy needed to go to the Sentinel Island individuals.
“You can see that each choice he has made, each step he has taken since then was pushed by his want to be among the many North Sentinelese individuals,” Ho stated.
Indian officers instructed the BBC in November they’d “placed on maintain” efforts to retrieve Chau’s physique from the island.
Outsiders have lengthy been banned from the island for their very own security owing to the hostility of tribal individuals dwelling there to guests. The ban can also be essential defend the individuals dwelling there from ailments, say consultants.
Six fishermen Chau bribed to take him to the island had been arrested after his dying.
John Middleton Ramsey, a good friend of Chau’s and a fellow Christian, defended his actions in feedback to The Observer.
“His motivation was love for the [Sentinelese] individuals,” he instructed me. “For those who consider in heaven and hell then what he did was probably the most loving factor anybody may do.”
He added: “Lots of people have stated these individuals clearly wish to be left alone, so we must always respect their needs. Effectively my ancestors had been additionally savages that needed to be left alone. I’m positive glad missionaries like [Saints] Kilian and Boniface stepped up and had been keen to offer their lives, and that I don’t dwell in a society like that any extra.”