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In the News (Tue 25 Jun 19)

  
  ISM, Inc. Welcome
The misconception is that all proselytization is coercive and deceptive.
The stereotypical proselytizer is a creature out of a nightmare: a concealing, conniving, and premeditating zealot who deliberately preys on the vulnerabilities of homesick and culture-shocked internationals and isolates them further from the world of education, culture, family, and friends.
In fact, it is too narrow to view proselytization as operating only in religious contexts, when there are political, social, and even economic contexts in which convert-makers attempt to snare the proselyte as surely as any stereotypical itinerant preacher.
www.isminc.org /idea/proselyte.html   (1149 words)

  
  Proselytism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The English language word proselytism is derived ultimately from the Greek language prefix 'pros' (towards) and the verb 'erchomai' (to come).
In the Bible, the word proselyte denotes a person who has converted to the Jewish religion, without overtly negative overtones.
Views on the propriety of proselytism, or even evangelism, differ radically.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Proselytization   (917 words)

  
 Category:Proselytization - XFamily - Children of God
Proselytization or, as The Family calls it, "witnessing" is a fundamental part of life within The Family.
Members are encouraged or required to proselytize and it is a quotidian activity for many members.
Proselytization in The Family is almost always combined with soliciting and is the primary source of funds for the group.
www.xfamily.org /index.php/Category:Proselytization   (99 words)

  
 Spero News: Hindus decry proselytization of tsunami victims   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Though relief aid is desperately needed in the region, and most aid groups are sincere in their humanitarian efforts, reports from several media sources confirm that some evangelical organizations are expressly proselytizing to tsunami victims while distributing aid.
In a most egregious case, a Virginia-based missionary agency abandoned relief efforts in Indonesia when their bid to airlift 300 Muslim orphans in Indonesia to raise them in a different faith was foiled by the government.
HAF condemns proselytization to vulnerable and desperate victims as a reprehensible exploitation that is a blow to the ideals of pluralism that HAF firmly supports.
www.speroforum.com /site/print.asp?idarticle=1189   (397 words)

  
 PEDDLERS OF DIVINITY
Proselytizers generally see themselves as genuine and altruistic persuaders, as carriers of a message that may transform individual lives and perhaps even rectify injustices in the social order.
Here, the major proselytizers were not the famous preachers such as Whitefield, but instead relatively anonymous plain-folk evangelicals who changed the region from its backwoods indifference to its status as the Bible Belt, the land of conservative Christianity.
Evangelical proselytizers, by the very missionary nature of their faith, have had a natural advantage, but other groups have adapted and borrowed evangelical models successfully.
web.uccs.edu /pharvey/peddlers_of_divinity.htm   (11042 words)

  
 Status of religious freedom in Mauritania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The state of Mauritania has a constitution which establishes the country as an Islamic republic and decrees that Islam is the religion of its citizens and the State; the Government limits freedom of religion.
The oath of office includes a promise to God to uphold the law of the land in conformity with Islamic precepts.
Although there is no specific legal prohibition against proselytizing by non-Muslims, in practice the Government prohibits proselytizing by non-Muslims through the use of Article 11 of the Press Act, which bans the publication of any material that is against Islam or contradicts or otherwise threatens Islam.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Status_of_religious_freedom_in_Mauritania   (704 words)

  
 Proselytization Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Proselytization is the attempt to win people to a particular cause, belief, or religion.
At times the word has taken on a negative meaning by those who object to any attempt to convince others, and because of historical patterns of the use of force in word and action in the attempt to convert others.
Forced conversion is a type of proselytization, but not the most common type.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/p/pr/proselytization.html   (103 words)

  
 The Freedom of Proselytization
By asserting that proselytizing is wrong, the government, in effect, condemns Phil's belief that proselytizing is necessary.
But proselytization by itself is not immoral and should be left unrestricted by the government in the aim of achieving religious freedom.
Others might further argue that those who proselytize are intolerant of potentials and should not be allowed to continue with their "hate crimes." Many supporters of this argument would claim that one cannot objectively evaluate religions on the basis of truth and that being unable to judge means that all religions are equally true.
www.eng.uwaterloo.ca /~mboos/writings/the_freedom_of_proselytization.htm   (2245 words)

  
 International Religious Freedom Report: Qatar
Non-Muslims may not proselytize, and the Government regulates the publication, importation, and distribution of non-Islamic religious books and materials; however, in practice individuals and religious institutions are not prevented from importing Bibles and other religious items for personal or congregational use.
Individuals caught proselytizing on behalf of an organization, society, or foundation, for any religion other than Islam are sentenced to a term in prison no longer than 10 years.
If proselytizing is done on behalf of an individual, for any religion other than Islam, the sentence is imprisoned for a term no longer than 5 years.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/anti-semitism/relqatar04.html   (1841 words)

  
 ENSLAVEMENT AND PROSELYTIZATION   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This was in response to the policy of enslavement and proselytization practised by the sultans and their governors in all the centuries of Muslim rule.
After a few generations the Indian Muslim forgot the circumstances of his ancestors’ enslavement and conversion; he began to take pride in his new faith because it opened up for him new avenues of rise and gave him a share in the rulers’ or masters’ wealth and loot.
During the fifteenth century exertions for proselytization through enslavement were going on in the Muslim ruled regions which had broken away from the Delhi Sultanate and established independent kingdoms like Gujarat, Malwa, Jaunpur, Khandesh, Bengal and the Deccan.
www.bharatvani.org /books/mssmi/ch6.htm   (3796 words)

  
 C. Alex Alexander's Blog - C. Alex Alexander web blogs, C. Alex Alexander blogger in India,
Again, starting from 1836 CE, the Indian Orthodox Church was subjected to the machinations of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) of the United Kingdom with the connivance of the British Residents who were assigned to the Kingdom of Travencore to serve as Agents of the British Crown[2a].
Proselytization was not a distinctive hallmark of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches of early Christianity.
Jesus himself appears to have condemned proselytization when he said, “woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more than the child of hell than yourselves"[4].
www.sulekha.com /blogs/blogdisplay.aspx?cid=4616   (6435 words)

  
 VOLUME I - PART IV - CHAPTER I. - CONCLUSIONS (FINDINGS)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This is found very prominently in the case of Roman Catholic Missions operating in the hill tracts of Surguja, Raigarh, Mandla, etc. Cases where coercion was reported to have been used are generally of those converts who wish other members of the family to join their Christian parents or to secure girls in marriage.
The objective is apparently to create Christian minority pockets with a view to disrupt the solidarity of the non-Christian societies, and the mass conversions of a considerable section of Adivasis with this ulterior motive is fraught with danger to the security of the State.
To prevent misuse of hospitals including clinics and sanatoria for purposes of proselytization, the rules relating to the registration of doctors, nurses and other auxiliary personnel should be suitably amended to provide a condition against evangelistic activities during professional services.
www.bharatvani.org /books/ncr/8vipiv.htm   (12594 words)

  
 Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Air Force Proselytization Rules   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the wake of a scandal at the Air Force Academy over recruits being pressured to convert to Christianity, the Air Force is reviewing a policy that set up a distinction between proselytizing believers and unbelievers (or at least those unaffiliated with a particular denomination).
It's a breach of ethics to proselytize, say, a Jew or a fellow Christian from another denomination, but it's not a breach of ethics to do the same thing to an atheist or a deist.
If it's just a question of free speech for the chaplains, they should be free to proselytize members of other denominations or religions as well, but they're not.
www.stcynic.com /blog/archives/2005/10/air_force_proselytization_rule.php   (980 words)

  
 In the Agora: Air Force Proselytization Rules
In the wake of a scandal at the Air Force Academy over recruits being pressured to convert to Christianity, the Air Force is reviewing a policy that set up a distinction between proselytizing believers and unbelievers (or at least those unaffiliated with a particular denomination).
It's a breach of ethics to proselytize, say, a Jew or a fellow Christian from another denomination, but it's not a breach of ethics to do the same thing to an atheist or a deist.
After all, an agnostic is not committed to a position on the question, and you seem to imply that a positive stance on theology is the standard for protection from proselytization.
www.intheagora.com /archives/2005/10/air_force_prose.html   (2577 words)

  
 The Volokh Conspiracy - Atheism and Proselytization:
However, atheists are frequently accused of "proselytizing" for merely mentioning their atheism, or responding in a discussion from a perspective informed by atheism.
Second, given the tendency of some religions to at the same time proselytize and take offence at irreligious messages, I think it is important to remind them that exchange of ideas is a two-way street (indeed, that their message should be examined and adjudged as an exchange of ideas).
Again, I'd like to criticize your use of "proselytation" here considering the negative connotations the word tends to carry and the vast difference between the actions of atheists compared to theists who we normally think of as proselytizing (generally only those that are actively seeking to engage others for the sole purpose of conversion).
volokh.com /posts/1192167418.shtml   (15323 words)

  
 Baha’i Proselytization in Malwa, India
Their reason for choosing this city was based on their desire to proselytize among Hindus, as very few members of this religion had entered the Baha'i Faith, and Varanasi was the hub city of that tradition.
Their proselytizing efforts were focused primarily on the distribution of Baha'i literature and the continued participation in the city's inter-religious activities.
Such an insight becomes extremely significant in relationship to any discussion of Baha'i proselytization in India for the primary reason that until the beginning of the mass teaching era the manner in which Baha'u'llah was presented in the subcontinent was essentially rooted in this tradition.
www.h-net.org /~bahai/bhpapers/vol5/indiabf.htm   (10713 words)

  
 Michael Williams -- Master of None: Proselytization and Free Speech   (Site not responding. Last check: )
You should be aware that proselytization has something of a bad reputation in many circles because it often goes beyond mear persuasion and veers close to outright bribery.
Posted by: jonag at September 17, 2003 08:24 AM I hope it's obvious that I'm not in favor of coercive proselytization -- both for theological and social reasons -- but there's nothing offensive to freedom and liberty if a private organization requires its employees to be of a certain religion.
Posted by: Michael Williams at September 17, 2003 11:11 AM I agree with you that Beth has conflated two issues, but I can see where she is coming from.
www.mwilliams.info /archives/003463.php   (965 words)

  
 Apocalypse and Milennium: A Bibliography
Proselytization (recruitment) involves 1) strategies of access (how do and in what contexts can missionaries meet prospects and then get them to listen?) and 2) tactics of conversion (how can prospects, once found and listening, be persuaded to accept what they hear?) Strategies can be carried on face to face or can be mediated.
The Unification Church's (UC) mediated strategies, as observed by Lofland, were "massive failures." They had marginally better luck with face to face approaches, the most successful of which were "covert presentations in religious gatherings," largely because of the open interaction rules and presumption of sincerity that characterize them.
To form a core group, a prophet will be greatly helped if (s)he finds an established network to convert more or less together; they require "intensive interaction" with the prophet and with each other.
www.bu.edu /mille/scholarship/bibliography/bibliosubjects/439.html   (1320 words)

  
 Proselytization and communal self-determination in Africa - SIM database
Proselytization and communal self-determination in Africa - SIM database
Religious proselytization: historical perspectives at the end of the twentieth century, by J. Paul Martin and H. Winter
Muslim proselytization as purification: religious pluralism and conflict in contemporary Mali, by B.F. Soares
sim.law.uu.nl /SIM/Library/books.nsf/0/37592056ca2e51a8c12569ad00338e5a?OpenDocument   (284 words)

  
 REPORT FOR THE UNIVERSITY SENATE
Religious instruction, religious proselytization, conducting religious services, or projects requiring a specific religious belief or affiliation would no longer be acceptable service-learning experiences.
Religious teaching or proselytization is not sufficiently rigorous academically to be a valid service-learning experience.
Religious teaching or proselytization is more academically rigorous than some service-learning activities that are currently acceptable such as walking dogs at the Humane Society or picking up litter.
www.uwec.edu /Usenate/APCIssues/ServiceLearningRevision.htm   (1201 words)

  
 History News Network
The only proposition to which I'm committed is that left-wing proselytization takes place in the classroom and that it is a problem.
Actually, I was only assuming "ex hypothesi" that 100% of right-wingers proselytize (a simplifying assumption that seems to have gone under your otherwise rather touchy radar screen).
But since NOT all right wingers DO proselytize, my point can be made stronger: if not all right wingers proselytize and there are a tiny number of them in sum, then given their larger numbers, proselytization by a relatively SMALL number of left wingers will constitute a bigger problem than proselytization by right wingers.
hnn.us /comments/57056.html   (606 words)

  
 AAR Abstracts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In this paper, I examine how, under the guise of proselytization aimed at helping East Asian Buddhists achieve modernization on a par with Japan’s, Japanese Buddhists attempted to reform Buddhism on the continent.
In my examination of Japanese proselytization efforts in East Asia, I will concentrate on sermons concerning the doctrine of onshin byodo, that is, memorializing enemies and friends with absolute equality.
Between 1877 and 1945, Korean Buddhists showed a variety of responses to the enticements of Japanese Buddhist missionaries and later, to the political domination of the Japanese colonial government.
www.aarweb.org /annualmeet/2002/pbook/abstract.asp?ANum=A44   (639 words)

  
 Hindu American Foundation Disturbed by Reports of Proselytization by Tsunami Relief Agencies - Hindu American ...
Though relief aid is desperately needed in the region, and most aid groups are sincere in their humanitarian efforts, reports from several media sources confirm that some evangelical organizations are expressly proselytizing to tsunami victims while distributing aid.
In a most egregious case, a Virginia-based missionary agency abandoned relief efforts in Indonesia when their bid to airlift 300 Muslim orphans in Indonesia to raise them in a different faith was foiled by the government.
HAF condemns proselytization to vulnerable and desperate victims as a reprehensible exploitation that is a blow to the ideals of pluralism that HAF firmly supports.
www.hinduamericanfoundation.org /media_press_release_tsunami_relief.htm   (397 words)

  
 Qatar
Non-Muslims may not proselytize, and the Government formally prohibits the publication, importation, and distribution of non-Islamic religious books and materials; however, in practice individuals generally are not prevented from importing Bibles and other religious items for personal use.
Converting to another religion from Islam is considered apostasy and is technically a capital offense; however, since 1971 there is no record of an execution for such a crime.
Though the Government does not normally provide official explanations of such cases, proselytization is often the suspected cause.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/irf/2003/24460.htm   (1480 words)

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