Quote# 74894

(Board member forwards a message from his daughter about her mission trip to Japan)

“It's 9:17 pm Wednesday here in Tokyo. That would be about 7:17 am where you are. Today, we went prayer walking at Asakusa Temple, and it was devastating. As you enter through the large gates, you see two huge statues of "protectors" (translation: demons). Beyond that is a market place and then another gate with yet more demon representations. As you enter the second gate, you can see people bowing to the false gods before they enter. Then, you're greeted by the smell of incense as you watch people stand around an altar, bathing themselves in the smoke in order to purify themselves. After that, they go to the right where a large water fountain/basin is located so that they can rinse their hands and mouths to purify those. To the left is an atrocity. They have a bronze Buddha called a "healing Buddha." People rub the place on the idol that needs healing and then rub themselves in the same stop. It's terrible. Inside the temple was bad, too. People were throwing money into this large...thing...and clapping their hands before saying a prayer. Yes, they have to pay the gods to listen to their prayers and clap to wake them up. It's the worst. There are two large lantern-like things to either side in which people place small white birthday candles to pray for aborted babies (this is normally done by a family who suffered this tragedy). Beyond this is an area where only members of the temple can enter in which they pray to false gods. Beyond that is something similar to the Holy of Holies in the Jewish temple. Only the monks could enter. I saw someone open the door, and the monks were simply lounging about."... "Outside to the right of the temple was a Shinto shrine. There, someone had brought their new car to get blessed, and we watched as a shrine priest performed a very long ceremony over it. These people are lost. They are so spiritually blind. I've never seen idol worship to this extent before, and it's a sad thing.

Also, yesterday, we did 5 minute English lessons. I felt I was largely unsuccessful. It took a long time for people to come to me, and when they did, they were all men. The problem with that is that I, as a woman, can't ask a man for any sort of friendship without it meaning something...more. And none of them were actually interested in what I had to say. Although, many lost interest when they found out I was with a Christian organization.”

elac (and daughter), RaptureReady 148 Comments [8/3/2010 6:19:19 PM]
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Kitourahime

...you, madam, are a moron.

7/28/2010 7:13:20 PM

Old Viking

Their rituals make every bit as much sense as yours do. The effects are also identical.

8/3/2010 6:22:44 PM

Thinking Allowed

OH NO!!! A TEMPLE FOR THE MAJOR RELIGION IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY WHERE CHRISTIANITY IS IN THE MINORITY!

8/3/2010 6:26:56 PM

Thinking Allowed

Also, I'd like to call poe on the whole thing.

8/3/2010 6:28:25 PM

BrandonL337

A 5 minute english lesson was unsuccessful, really> that. is. just. so. Shocking! Shocking! I tell you!

8/3/2010 6:33:33 PM

Dexter

> And none of them were actually interested in what I had to say. Although, many lost interest when they found out I was with a Christian organization.

Ahhh, sane people those japanese.

8/3/2010 6:34:06 PM

Jt

YOUR DIFFERING CULTURE AND ITS CUSTOMS CONFUSES AND INFURIATES ME!!!!!!!!

8/3/2010 6:39:04 PM

Patches

Yes, they have to pay the gods to listen to their prayers

Yeah, what's with that? Christian churches never ask their followers for money to prove their faith.

Christianity is just another mythos in Japan. Crosses are just things that you use against vampires and the stories just make good backdrops for fantasy anime like Evangelion or D-Gray Man.

8/3/2010 6:40:41 PM

John_in_Oz

Praying to false Gods is so stupid.

8/3/2010 6:45:49 PM

TGRwulf

"People were throwing money into this large...thing"

Jee, that sounds like pretty much every Christian church I've ever been to!

8/3/2010 6:48:31 PM

Berny

This is what it must be like to visit other parts of the world wearing moron filters. You see everything through your personal bias-tainted fantasy.
Don't even try to understand or appreciate the cultures you are visiting, or the fact that their faith was old when yours was in its infancy.
Fucking moron.

8/3/2010 7:10:00 PM

sithyeti

That sounds more fun than going to a church.

8/3/2010 7:13:50 PM

Shadow Phoenix

I could rewrite this entire letter from the view of a miko in a Fundamentalist Protestant Christian church. I won't because the headdesking would hurt.

8/3/2010 7:15:12 PM

Alencon

Talk about a self righteous bigoted asshole. Imagine if they're right and you're the one that's lost?

8/3/2010 7:15:52 PM

Matante

I went in a TEMPLE and WORSHIPPING happened there! How could that be??? I am so distressed ;_;

8/3/2010 7:18:35 PM

Brenz

And I'm sure you're just a delight to have in their country to them, too.

8/3/2010 7:23:12 PM

pipcard

I'm a Christian, and I may not agree with other religions, but I have tolerance for them.

8/3/2010 7:24:49 PM

The Cash Man

Hey, moron, the money they throw into the shrine helps to keep it going. They don't, "pay" to pray to gods, they pay to keep the temple up.

Also, only somebody blinded by X-stainity would walk into a Japanese temple and NOT find it beautiful. Let's hope this asshole doesn't find out about the giant Buddha in Kamakura...

8/3/2010 7:28:39 PM

LDM

"The problem with that is that I, as a woman, can't ask a man for any sort of friendship without it meaning something...more."

That's funny, I'm a woman and I have lots of men friends without it "meaning something more".

Don't even get me started on how badly you've insulted another country's culture and tradition. Remember, you're a guest in their country, have a little respect.

8/3/2010 7:31:30 PM

Sephirose

This is so full of fail it hurts me.

8/3/2010 7:33:05 PM

Doctor Whom

People who think like you did a certain thing in Bamiyan that captured the world's attention.

8/3/2010 7:39:40 PM

Giveitaday

As you enter through the large gates, you see two huge statues of "protectors" (translation: demons)

Translation: Any religious representation that is not of my religion or culture can't possibly be anything else but a demon.

To the left is an atrocity. They have a bronze Buddha called a "healing Buddha." People rub the place on the idol that needs healing and then rub themselves in the same stop. It's terrible.

Because their is no superstitius behavior endemic in christianity, right?

Yes, they have to pay the gods to listen to their prayers

And christians don't? A tithe is a tithe is a tithe.

These people are lost. They are so spiritually blind.

Translation: These people don't share my religious beliefs, therefore there must be somethng wrong with them. I must enlighten them so the won't be so stupid and evil.

I've never seen idol worship to this extent before, and it's a sad thing.

In other words you've never seen another culture until now and the fact that they aren't just like you offends you somehow. Grow up.

The problem with that is that I, as a woman, can't ask a man for any sort of friendship without it meaning something...more.

Because you have likely been told that all men are degenerates who think that being friends with a woman means they expect her to have sex with them. You have been misinformed.

And none of them were actually interested in what I had to say. Although, many lost interest when they found out I was with a Christian organization

I wonder why. People in Japan likely don't liked being preached at by some holier than thou american who's sole intrest is telling them that they are evil demon worshipers and deserve to be tortured for an eternity unless they convert to your white euro-american "god".

8/3/2010 8:04:01 PM

pete

Fuck you!

8/3/2010 8:04:43 PM

Creedence Leonore Gielgud

The funny thing here is that Japan is one of the most secular nations in the world, and temples there tend to be run as family businesses/tourist attractions. Most Japanese don't take those temples as seriously as this moron did.


8/3/2010 9:05:24 PM

caustic gnostic

Better people than you have tried...and failed.

8/3/2010 9:10:36 PM

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