Proselytizing to the survivors of religious genocide?

As you may be aware, last summer ISIS invaded Iraq in force, and in the process targeted certain religious minorities for forced conversion or extermination. Thousands were killed, and thousands of women and young girls were kidnapped into sexual slavery, remaining there to this day.

The survivors of the Sinjar massacre are mostly Yezidis, adherents to a religion which predates Christianity and Islam by thousands of years. Displaced with little more than the clothes they were wearing, they sought shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan. Aid groups from all over the planet have come to help, but some are taking the opportunity to proselytize.

What are your thoughts on this? Should these Christian groups keep their faith to themselves and help as they came to do, or are the Yezidis wrong to take offense at the gesture?

(As someone who was raised Christian myself, frankly, I'm disgusted by the proselythizers)

  • You're there to help. They already suffered enough at the hands of those who took issue with their faith. If someone approaches you privately, that's a different matter.
    Vote A
  • If you're accepting their help, you can politely take their flyers/put up with a little of their preaching.
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For anyone interested in helping, Yezidis living in the US and Europe set up a charity of their own which has kept a lot of people alive over the last year.


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  • Help them from their suffering. Don't convert them.


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  • As an atheist, I hate proselythizers in general, whether they're muslims, christians, jews, hindus or of any other faith.
    Furthermore, I also don't care much about the religious aspect of this whole issue. In fact, I find it dangerous that christians in the west automatically look at it in terms of religion. I just hate these idiots from ISIS for their extremism and their brutality. I don't care much what sort of ideology they have. What counts is that they commit disgusting crimes for their ideology and that is what makes them idiots. In the same, I also don't care much for the faith of the Yezidis. I don't feel any closer to them just because they're christian just as the majority is in my home country. I also find it quite silly that many westerners feel particularly bad for the Yezidis just because they're christians. I feel very bad for them and I suffer with the Yezidis but NOT because of their faith but because I am a humanist and as such, I feel a deep solidarity with all human being and I care for the well being of all humans. I want people on this planet to be happy and it makes me sad if they have to go through such horror - whatever the reason for this horror might be.
    Honestly - and I guess this one also has to do with my general political view on the world - I don't think the whole ISIS topic has much to do with religion anyway. I believe the whole religion-aspect in this topic is totally overrated by western governments and media. If you drop your own faith/religion for a second and you just look at ISIS rationally, you will realize that religion is a mere cover for ISIS, a tool for legitimizing and justifying their actions. While THEY claim that their faith is everything for them, their ideology is in reality completely exchangeable. The members of ISIS could just as well be a bunch of insane fascists or any other political or religious extremists. They don't actually care about islam or the Koran or anything specific in terms of their "faith". What they care for is violence. And the reason they are so much in love with violence is because all of these people are deeply traumatized. Now, I'm NOT saying this justifies their actions. I'm not condoning anything. I'm just saying how this was possible to come into place. ISIS can be well compared to the Nazis in 1930s Germany. They grew up in a country/region, that has been fucked up by the west for decades. They're hopeless and angry. Their deep reasons are not religious but social/political.

    • One thing to correct here - Yezidis are not Christians. And I agree that it shouldn't matter. They're human, and nobody deserves what they're going through.

    • Oh sorry, I got a little messed up there. Anyway... I think my argument fits for all those cases. Also when people for example say "think about all those christians who get discriminated in Egypt". I think it's terrible that they get discriminated, but I don't care much about the religious aspect of the discrimination. It wouldn't be any better if they were discriminated for political or ethnical or any other reason. What's terrible is that they can't just live their lives the way they want to.

  • The sad thing is most of these minority group will die out soon. That is, unless Turkey manages to get rid of their fanatical Muslim leaders and joins Egypt to defeat ISIS. If not, the middle east will probably be hell for the next 40 some years. During this time, all religious minorities will probably be exterminated along with thousands of years worth of historical monuments that can never be replaced. But don't fret, because the international community thinks that posting #uniteforheritage is going to stop the terrorists. We could end ISIS in a week if we wanted to, but for some reason, we decide not to.

    It makes me completely sick...


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    • None. It made people feel better long enough to forget it happened.

      Reminds me of this old line:
      "When we'll see men dying of starvation around us, your heart won't be of any earthly use to save them. And I'm heartless enough to say that when you'll scream, 'But I didn't know it!' – you will not be forgiven."

    • Awareness campaigns are only useful if they lead to real-world action, be it humanitarian aid, petitioning a government which actually cares to listen (not a stateless terror group like Boko Haram), or economic or military intervention.

  • The simple solution would be for everyone to just stop being religious, but some people just enjoy having a reason to murder others instead. Culture is crazy.

    • We're tribal animals. It's in our nature to sit together in our own little groups and invent reasons to hate the tribe on the other side of the river - just look at any message board where like-minded people get together and discuss politics. Twenty thousand years ago, that might have been a beneficial survival trait - communal groups had to compete for scarce resources - but despite our brains being hard-wired for that environment, times have changed, and we don't live in it anymore.

      It's good to poke those bubbles from time to time and let a bit of reality back in, but sadly, "us versus them" is still a hard-wired instinct which can be suppressed but will never completely go away. If not religion, we'd find other things to fight about. I guarantee it.

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    • No, it just means yo

    • It just means you can't blame human behavior on religion. It was (is) people all the time!

  • It's come to a point where it's no longer about religion because clearly these people sent Muslims. They're just politically motivated lunatics!