Father of John Chau, American Missionary Who Was Killed by Remote Tribe on North Sentinel Island, Blames ‘Extreme Christianity’ for His Son’s Death

John Allen Chau of Vancouver, Wash., with his parents.
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The father of slain American missionary John Chau blamed “extreme” Christianity for his son’s death while on a mission to evangelize an isolated and hostile tribe in the Andaman islands.

Patrick Chau, the father of the 26-year-old from Washington state who was killed by a tribe on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal last November, didn’t hold back about his true thoughts on his son’s death when recently asked for comment by the United Kingdom-based news outlet The Guardian.

Although Patrick Chau is like his son in the fact that they both are graduates of the charismatic evangelical Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, the father is unlike his son in the fact that he no longer considers himself a Christian. He is now a follower of Chinese philosopher Confucius.

In an email, Patrick Chau called religion “the opium of the mass[es].”

“If you have [anything] positive to say about religion, l wish not to see or hear,” Chau wrote.

The father detailed that he was not supportive of Chau’s missionary desires, which were a point of contention that they agreed not to talk about.

“John is gone because the Western ideology overpowered my [Confucian] influence,” Chau was quoted as writing, adding that evangelical “extreme Christianity” was to blame for his son’s life coming to a “not unexpected end.”

The elder Chau reportedly took issue with one of the central components of Christian belief, the call that Jesus gave his followers to go and make disciples of all nations as seen in Matthew 28. The command is better known as the Great Commission.

The news of Chau’s death stirred criticism from many commenters, including some Christians, who disagreed with the way Chau went about his missionary calling. Chau went to an island of isolated inhabitants that the Indian government has banned unpermitted visitors to visit. Chau was viewed by many as “reckless.”

Critics were quick to point out that contact with Chau could have spread disease to the hardly-ever-contacted tribal community that is not immune to common illnesses.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith