Apparently Christian minister Neal Hicks, who has spent thirty years proselytizing in Japan, doesn't see it that way. To him, the Japanese earthquake is an opportunity. The Japanese victims are vulnerable, and it's up to Mr. Hicks to take advantage of their vulnerability.
According to Hicks, there has not been anything like this since WWII that's prompted the Japanese to turn from their 'no-god' god to the living God. "The Japanese are once again shaken. They're asking eternal questions again. We have another window of opportunity, and there are missionaries in Japan who are prepared to communicate the Gospel."If you believe as I do that a person's mental, ethical and spiritual needs are more important than material needs, then isn't Mr Hicks actually worse than a looter? A looter takes material things, but Mr. Hicks is using tragedy to steal people's spiritual beliefs, to pry them loose from their cultural heritage and push his own brand of religion.
"I think it is probably one of the most opportune moments--at least in the last 50 to 60 years since the war--that we've ever had," says Hicks.
I have an idea, Mr. Hicks. According to your religion, God saw fit to send this earthquake to Japan and kill somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 people. Maybe instead of convincing people to worship the very god that screwed them, you could help clean up the mess.
In my opinion Mr. Hicks and his ilk are no better than common looters. Mr. Hicks comes in the guise of friendship when people are in terrible anguish. A truly moral man, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or anything else, would just roll up his sleeves and get to work. He wouldn't say one word about his religion unless he was asked for spiritual help. Mr. Hicks should be ashamed of himself.
I'd rather meet a looter. At least the looter is an unabashed thief.