John Chau the Christian Missionary: Victim or Perpetrator?

John Chau the Christian Missionary: Victim or Perpetrator? December 4, 2018

Do you think John Chau, the Christian missionary who illegally tried to reach an uncontacted tribe in Asia, is to blame for what happened to him? Is he a victim or was he the aggressor? These are the things I talk about with Donovan, my podcast partner, in our latest episode of Common Heathens. We also continued on with our conversation during the Patron-only hangout afterwards. It’s always so fun for us to see you and talk to you face-to-face. If you want to join in on this patron-only hangout next time, sign up here:  You can watch us chat about the situation with the Sentinelese here:

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    He was a one-man invading horde of thuggish evil.

  • Some guy


  • ^^^This^^^

  • +1.


    The white-savior-complex is an antiquated idea that refuses to die. These indigenous people have survived for untold centuries without the need of christian mythology. They were not in need of saving, and did not need this young man for anything. While I won’t celebrate his death, neither do I mourn him. Missionaries have done far too much damage to the world as it is.

  • Chau was a victim as a child of indoctrination. But as an adult, he made his own stupid choices based in hubris and arrogance.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Freeing minds from believing without evidence.

    Next question?

  • Raging Bee

    More good than you’ve done.


    Do you have any evidence that atheism did anything bad for the world?

  • Fraser

    You mean other than freeing us from the shackles of religion and the evil it brings? This hubris of thinking that all good comes from religion is yet another facet of the big lie that religion perpetuates. What good that religion has brought is dwarfed by the bad.