Here’s something that’s old hat by now.
A global evangelical group that strives to place young missionaries in public schools has sparked concern among some Vancouver teachers who fear the Pais Project volunteers in their school are trying to convert students.
Pais apprentices have been working in University Hill secondary for months, offering individual tutoring and English-language assistance during the day and coaching sports teams after hours. According to their Face-book postings, they’re also “taking advantage of every opportunity to build up strong relationships with these students [and] to share God’s unconditional love with them.”
Doing good takes a backseat to evangelism! And why not? English tests? How important are those compared to saving people from eternal punishment? So who can blame the believer for taking time that could and should be spent learning to talk about Jesus? Who could blame them for making that the prerogative?
This, of course, is not an oddball occasion. Evangelists use feeding the poor (with the resources that don’t go to ministry) and hamstring other charities they use as a Trojan Horse to preach. Similar groups to these people are trying to weasel their way into public schools here in the United States knowing full well that it’s illegal. Why should they care? If you thought young people were teetering over the brink of eternal torture, would you let a few laws prevent you from trying to rescue them?
It’s completely obvious and understandable how religion fucks up our priorities. The people aren’t bad (generally), but their actions make sense within the context of their beliefs. Wrong beliefs, as always, cripple our ability to be better.