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Militant evangelistas and their ubah agenda

UPDATE: The blurbs (write-up) below are provided by the publisher/distributor of the books.

Two books by Iain Buchanan

Sang Nila Utama and the Lion of Judah

Malaysia has one of the most diverse populations on earth – a product largely of colonial policy, but also of a strategic location between a number of ethno-cultural and religious blocs.

There are few countries in the world where the pattern of ethnic and religious belonging is as complex as it is in Malaysia. And yet, for half a century, with one serious lapse, the country has managed to live peacefully with itself.

In recent years, however, global geopolitics have begun to disturb the fabric of domestic coexistence in new ways – especially through the import of religious extremism. In the process, religious and ethnic sensitivities have been sharpened and sometimes deliberately (and perilously) confounded.

sang nila utama

This book attempts to clarify the role of one set of actors – those Western evangelicals, and their local proxies, who subscribe to the ideologies of Christian Zionism and Christian Dominionism.

In pursuit of the systematic Christian transformation of Malaysia, both stress the unity of religious and secular action. And both are gaining ground in national life.

Their success is due to a number of factors: the most important of these are the mass offensive launched by foreign evangelical agencies, the power of supportive geopolitics, the efficiency of local evangelical networks, and the play of local ethnic and religious politics.

The interplay of these is examined in detail in an attempt to discover how Christian Dominionists and Christian Zionists (who comprise just two to three per cent of the population) aim to transform the wider national society of one…
The author

The Armies of God — A Study in Militant Christianity

Over the past 30 years, US foreign policy has relied increasingly on the presence of evangelical Christians in policy-making, administration, funding, and work in the field.

It is a presence that is little advertised, and systematically obscured from public view. But it is a crucial and extremely influential presence – politically, militarily, culturally and economically. And it is a presence which has had far-reaching (and often disastrous) effect on the relationship between the Christian West and non-Christian cultures, religious communities and nations.

armies of god

This book looks at the ways that Western politics incorporate, and exploit, religion. In particular, it examines the rise of US evangelicalism as a force in world affairs.

It looks in detail at some of the most powerful of the agencies involved, and at the way they operate – often as US government proxies – in such countries as Iraq, Indonesia, Thailand and India.

Religion is always a delicate subject, and in recent years, religious extremism has had a busy press. Armies of God is a plea for us to realize just how pervasive (and unspoken) is the role of religion in power politics – and how destructive we have allowed it to become.

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14 thoughts on “Militant evangelistas and their ubah agenda

  1. I think we should give these sorts less coverage. They are an intellectual vacuum and insignificant till we make them so. Like the little boy who keeps farting at the table because no one is paying much attention to his other bad behaviours.

    1. re: “I think we should give these sorts less coverage.”

      On this I have to beg to differ. The general Malaysian population is largely unaware.

      Even when Singapore nailed them in court and it was big news in our neighbour country, over here in Malaysia we had let it pass with scant coverage. As a result, Malaysians (Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs) do not realise the extent of the danger posed by these sneaky subversives.

      re: “They are an intellectual vacuum”

      Groups that cause the most mayhem are not the smartest. They don’t need to be as they appeal to the lowest common denominator.

      The Taiping Rebellion in China was carried out by a delusional Chinese who believed that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ. That bloody revolution cost tens of millions of lives throughout.

      re: “and insignificant till we make them so”

      The hardcore may be a small minority but they’re still potent nonetheless, and have so far got away with operating under the radar due to the general lack of public awareness.

      re: “Like the little boy who keeps farting at the table because no one is paying much attention to his other bad behaviours.”

      If the bad behaviour is like Alvin Tan’s, the Muslims would explode. In Malaysia, they did not. But imagine the reaction to Alvin’s provocation if it had happened in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia or for that matter, in most of the of the world’s other Muslim countries/Islamic states.

    2. Democracy is a *****, isn’t it?

      Eh, Mr Kumar?

      What can you do when your fellow citizens keep voting people into office in state and federal elections, even when the candidates are flawed, incompetents or just plain nincompoops?

      That applies to Christians, Hindus, Muslims etc. Candidates and the electorate. All apparently suffering from the “intellectual vacuum” syndrome.

      And they keep getting elected in the West too. And India, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia….. Go figure.

      So, when Helen rants about the “ubah agenda”, is she trying to dictate to her fellow Malaysian citizens how they should vote and who they should vote for?

      That seems to be a presumption of a high order.

  2. So, evangelical Christianity is the tool of the West to propagate their influence?

    And what exactly are the ‘Western influence’ individuals in general should have causes to be wary of?

    Admittedly conversion is a possibility, but hardly a big concern given laws pertaining to Christian apostasy has never been enforced anywhere in this century. Basically converts come and go because that’s what most people do. Many are undecided and want a dry run before fully committing.

    If one were to subscribe to the core reality faith is the relationship between man (woman) and God and nobody else’s business, self ordained middlemen operating in the cloak of hypocrisy and self-interests will not be granted legitimacy.

    As long as the religious faithfuls are complacent in delegating matters of faith to the states, institutions and religious hacks, then they should accept the liability of abuses that go along with it.

    Having said that, it is rather pointless at this point to pick on the players and not the game.

  3. It’s no surprise that evangelical Christianity is on a roll. Maybe not in this region, but elsewhere, quite possibly.

    In the US, people are worried about the nexus between Islam and terrorism. Like the shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead. The 2 suspects, who were killed by police in a shootout, were Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. According to the police, the suspects “wore masks with body armour, and were armed with assault rifles and handguns” (New York Times report).

    The right-wing media in the US will make a big play of this incident.

    Or consider the New York Times, AFP report that the French government has shut down three mosques and four informal Muslim prayer rooms “out of concern that they were contributing to Islamic radicalisation”.

    “Islamic radicalisation” is countered by a pushback from “evangelical Christianity”. Should anyone be surprised by this?

    Or consider Putin’s recent rhetoric in an increasingly bitter confrontation with Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian warplane last week. In fact, Putin is using the religious angle which “is unlikely to go down well in a region, where Erdogan is still seen as a defender of the Sunni faith” (Bloomberg report).

    There will be more and more of such confrontations and push-backs.

    1. re: ” ‘Islamic radicalisation’ is countered by a pushback from ‘evangelical Christianity’. Should anyone be surprised by this?”

      Not ‘evangelical Christianity’ is being countered by a pushback from ‘Islamic radicalisation’, meh?

      Before 2008, there would not have been a Red Rally in Malaysia. Before GE12 swept the DAP evangelistas into power, there was not much of “such confrontations and push-backs”.

      1. Queen, your understanding of history.

        Why don’t you extend your condolences to the families of those who were killed in San Bernadino by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik? A couple who stockpiled 4,500 bullets, 12 pipe bombs and tools and materials to make more in their house?

        Maybe, in your worldview, anything concerning Islam is sacrosanct. And anything concerning Christianity (evangelical or otherwise) is fair game for criticisms and put downs.

        There is a report that Russia’s top intelligence agency has warned Thai security agencies that a group of ISIS militants has entered Thailand and could be planning to target Russians there.

        There is another report that ISIS is planning an attack on Britain as a follow-up to its terror strike in Paris last month.

        So, where is the “pushback” coming from?

        Btw, there is a photo from the European Pressphoto Agency that showed a group of hijab-wearing Muslim mourners during a candlelight vigil for the mass shooting victims in San Bernadino holding a sign that reads “Prayers And Love”.

        I see precious little evidence of that in your blog.

        1. re: “terror strike in Paris”

          Oh, when Muslim suicide gunmen/bombers attack a Western capital, it’s “terror” but when Western aerial forces flatten Arab cities it’s all quiet (no condemnation) on the Kineas front?

          re: “holding a sign that reads ‘Prayers And Love’/I see precious little evidence of that in your blog”

          Go to @hannahyeoh’s Twitter timeline. It’s full of prayers for dunno-who, dunno-where “dead & injured children” and overflowing with love for The Enemy.

          No wonder her bloated face is so puffy. It comes from the bouts of turning her other cheek to be slapped and not the 24/7 food cravings as we’d earlier thought.

          1. You should also remind him when a bunch of people went on a rampage…, killing people in sight in Kunming not too long ago the western media blamed China and her policy on ethnic minorities. Yes indeed it’s true. When the victims are western, white, it’s terrorism but when the victims are not western, not white then it’s not terrorism.

            1. The Chechens in Russia and the Uighurs in China? Did the Muslim/Islamic bodies and mainstream media blame Russia and China for their “policy on ethnic minorities”?

              Or is it a realpolitik assessment that there are some “gorillas” who are too big to p**s off?

              Starting with the good ole US of A…

          2. Sure and why not?

            The prevailing attitude is that if you attack me on my home ground, your own home territories are fair game for reprisals.

            Are you having moral qualms about that?

            Are you also saying that Muslims in the West are ok with “terror” attacks and view them as “justfied”?

            Or that Muslim suicide gunmen/bombers are “heroes” and “heroines”?

            No Teflon coating, please. Just spell out your stand on “terror attacks”.

            As for Hannah Yeoh, your “vendetta” against her has crossed the line into personal attacks.

            But, if she gets re-elected in the next round of elections, that would be sweet revenge, would it not?

            Unless you are then going to target the “delusional” who voted for her…..

            1. re: “if you attack me on my home ground, your own home territories are fair game for reprisals”

              France had been bombing Syria. So Paris was attacked.

              re: “Are you having moral qualms about that?”

              Are you having moral qualms about the above?

              re: “As for Hannah Yeoh, your ‘vendetta’ against her has crossed the line into personal attacks”.

              I’ve not used any material that she has not herself made public. Her tweets – from which I quote – are open to her 122,000 Twitter followers as well as Netizens at large.

              re: “But, if she gets re-elected in the next round of elections”

              Yes she will. With a thumping majority.

              re: “Unless you are then going to target the ‘delusional’ who voted for her…”

              No hope and no cure for those people. At 95 percent, any sort of Check & Balance is no longer possible.

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