I'll Pray For John Allen Chau, But I Won't Pity Him

I'll Pray For John Allen Chau, But I Won't Pity Him

He crossed a line he knew better than to cross.


If you've heard in the news recently, John Allen Chau traveled to North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal to declare Jesus to the Sentinelese Tribe that inhibits the remote island. The 30,000-year-old tribe off-limits visitors without their permission and is known to be incredibly aggressive to outsiders. The tribe has their preferred lifestyle. They are set in their ways.

John Allen Chau knew the tribe would reject him if he attempted to enter their land and become one of them. His diary suggests this.

"I made sure to stay out of arrow range, but unfortunately that meant I was also out of good hearing range…I regret I began to panic slightly as I saw them string arrows in their bows…I felt some fear but mainly was disappointed. They didn't accept me right away." He wrote over the two days of his attempted mission.

But Chau disrespected the Sentinelese Tribe's ideals and attempted to make contact on the island not once, but twice.

Chau paid a fisherman 25,000 rupees to smuggle him as close to the island as possible. On his first attempt, one of tribespeople (only about 10 years old…maybe a teenager) fired an arrow that struck his Bible.

A warning shot. But this was not enough of a hint.

The next day, Chau prepared a second approach which he described in his diary as, "You guys might think I'm crazy in all this, but I think it's worth it to declare Jesus to these people."

"The eternal lives of this tribe is at hand and I can't wait to see them around the throne of God worshipping in their own language."

Chau turned his diary over to the fisherman and took a kayak to the North Sentinal Island.

The next day, the fisherman reported seeing a body being buried on shore, which appeared to be the body of John Allen Chau.

To me, that warning shot suggested "stay away – you are not welcome here," not "welcome to our tribe."

Let's recap. Chau's diary suggests he knew what would happen if he made contact with the Sentinelese Tribe. He survived his first attempt but went back for a second attempt. He was convinced these people needed Jesus.

I do not feel remorse for Chau. Not the slightest bit. He knew his actions were going to cause horrific consequences. And then he had to face his consequences.

I have no problem with people believing in a deity, following a religion, or leading a spiritual lifestyle. People have the freedom to believe and practice as they please. But when people start forcing their religion on others, especially those who clearly do not want it, it becomes an invasion of personal space.

If someone doesn't want your religion, leave them be. If they want your religion, they'll come looking for it. Therefore, I feel absolutely no sorrow for Chau.

Do I feel sorry for his family? Sure, they did just lose their son, brother, and uncle, after all.

But he was arrogant for attempting his mission to declare Jesus to the Sentinelese Tribe. Feel free to disagree but disrespecting the tribe's lifestyle is uncalled for.

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Every minute 24 people experience violence from their intimate partners in the U.S.

I've been hearing about wrong-doers getting away with their criminal actions since before I knew O.J. stood for Orenthal James.

From the wrongly accused getting put away to letting the unlawful walk, the U.S. court system keeps letting us down. Victims of rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse resonate with this struggle too often. Unfortunately, it's not just the court system that keeps failing rape victims, it's all of us.

The term "rape culture" has been introduced and shared throughout feminist circles to describe a poor social conditioning that is experienced culturally. It refers to a set of actions that affect every woman. Don't get me wrong, rape culture also includes trans and gender non-conforming people (and cis men), at disturbingly high rates.

I understand it's a people's issue — gender aside. However, it's not a secret that rape culture affects women on a much broader scale.

The simple fact that most women limit their behaviors because of the existence and possibilities of rape, says more than I ever could. Compared to men, more females live in fear of rape. Women think twice about the short skirt they wear, while men have no issue streaking in public.

Rape culture showcases rape as prevalent and sexual violence against women as normal or excused in the media and popular culture. It's about a ridiculous amount of cultural practices that we, unfortunately, all take part in as a society. Rape culture refers to situations in which sexual assault and rape are normalized.

Rape victims get taken advantage of every day, and not just by their perpetrators. If we can't understand how our society normalizes rape, sexual assault, or domestic violence, how can we expect positive change? Skewed interpretations of what rape culture means make it easier to deny it's happening and harder to prevent it. The examples below are more than just anecdotal or isolated incidents, rather they are small parts of a large societal trend.

Rape culture is…

1. Adding pressure to victims to speak up about their rape because their rape kit has an expiration date.

2. A pop song telling young girls “blurred lines" (consent) means everyone “you know you want it.

3. A judge sentencing a 50-year-old man to just 30 days in jail because the 14-year-old girl he raped was “older than her chronological age."

4. Offering support to athletes who are charged with rape, because their victims basically ruined their careers.

5. Companies creating decals of women bound and tied to bring in new clientele and “promote their business."

6. The justice system that fails to hold rapists accountable for their actions.

7. People who blame survivors instead of the perpetrators.

8. Sayings like “boys will be boys."

9. Sayings like “if he ignores you or is mean to you it means he likes you."

10. Simply assuming sexual assault cases are usually false, when in fact only 2-8 % are.

11. Journalists who think it's okay to use the words “sex" and “rape" interchangeably. They are NOT the same.

12. Politicians who say rape is “something that God intended to happen" or that rape is sometimes considered “legitimate rape.

13. Calling students or ANYONE a liar for having the courage to report their rapists.

14. Telling victims they are overreacting if they happen to call someone out for catcalling them.

15. Rape jokes.

16. Sexual assault jokes.

17. People who tell women they need to take certain precautions to prevent rape, instead of telling men to NOT rape.

18. Reddit threads like “You just have to make sure she's dead" and then linking it to the story of a 13-year-old girl who got raped and buried alive in Pakistan.

19. Reddit threads who support men causing pain to women during sex.

20. Hashtags that support accused rapists.

21. Defending celebrities who are accused of rape simply because of their social status, without listening to the victim's story.

22. When more women feel scared to walk outside at night than men.

23. When most men have never checked their back seat to make sure no one was there.

24. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 women reports experiencing rape versus 1 in 71 men.

25. Prestigious universities covering up campus rapes to maintain a positive reputation.

26. Phrases like “suck my dick" or “fuck you."

27. Using the word rape as a substitute for winning: “I just raped that game!" Or using it in the opposite context: “That game raped me!"

I could easily keep going, and by now I'm sure you've caught on to what rape culture really signifies. Examples are everywhere and they permeate our society on all levels. Why is this even important or significant? Because together we can make a difference. The more people that become aware and get on board, the less rape will become normalized.

Society, as a whole, needs to understand that rape is NOT okay, and it NEVER will be.

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In A World Of 'Fake News', Remember That It's Still Important

News is one of the most important assets to the public as it brings information, insights and focus to what's going on in the world around individuals, so why are people acting like it's not relevant anymore?


Today, I have a bone to pick.

Now, it's not a bone to pick with everyone because I can guarantee those who read this article are not individuals this issue applies to or even refers to. The people who take the time to read this article are the ones who understand my frustrations, and they are right there with me when it comes to wanting to see a change.

The topic at hand, a progressing issue which is spreading through today's society like the plague, revolves around the importance of news. The importance of providing, listening, and keeping up to date with current events which are circulating on multiple media platform as I write this.

News, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "a report of recent events", is the most relevant, impactful form of receiving information. Current events can range from essential information such as what's going on in the government, to the current status of the environment, what's occurring in countries overseas.

On the other side of the spectrum, news can also encompass information the public wants to know such as the fastest/most effective ways to lose weight, stories about puppies, and even what Kylie Jenner wore to the gym this past Tuesday morning.

In the United States Constitution, the first amendment addresses how freedom of the press is an important foundation this country was built on. So, in 1787, the founding fathers knew how absolutely crucial it is to allow reporters to do their jobs without consequence no matter the severity of a factual story. They were aware of the fact citizens deserved to be kept up to date with events without being held back or blocked from reporters' stories.

So now, as this has been addressed, why is it that more and more people in society are writing off journalists and the entirety of the news industry as less important each day? With the term "fake news" circulating more than it has in recent years, people are disregarding the news as dishonest, biased, and oftentimes "too depressing" to read.

There is a blatant problem with this perception of the news, and it discredits journalists everywhere as this mindset grows with younger generations deciding it's not worth their time to watch or read the news.

However, news is everywhere. You can't escape it no matter if you believe it to be false, not trustworthy, or anything other than what it intentionally represents.

With the expansion of technology, access to news is easier than ever. With apps, online newspapers, a variety of news stations airing, and around the clock access to a story of any genre at your fingertips news is more prevalent than it has ever been. Media is constantly adapting to new technologies and ways to get stories out to the public in the most effective ways.

News is meant to inform you and keep you up-to-date on the events occurring on the planet we live in. Where would we be without news? I can tell you this: we wouldn't be nearly as educated or intelligent as present ourselves to be. We would be clueless, ignorant beings going through the motions of everyday life without a single idea of what is actually happening in the surrounding world.

Without news we would be a flawed society…. or at least even more flawed than we currently are.

Thus being said, my reasoning for wishing people would give more credit to those involved in the news industry and media is self-explanatory. Individuals who have chosen a career path involving journalism, the media, or communications overall are essential to bringing the public information they rely on.

I firmly believe those who think the news in 2019 is a "joke", "fake", or not worth their time need to reevaluate their values. News brings so much crucial information into our lives that we would be lost without. Yes, there are some aspects of the news that aren't the most informative as they are deemed as clickbait or fluff pieces, however, every story is a story. And each story deserves to be written and heard by someone no matter how relevant or irrelevant it may be.

Whether you like it or not, the news is important.

It's essential. And those who bring it to us each day are equally as important because without the overworked reporters or low-budget papers we wouldn't have half the coverage apparent today. Without mass-scale news stations bringing us coverage up to the minute and online news platforms releasing stories throughout each hour, we would be simply uninformed, uneducated beings.

Those who work in media deserve more credit for the content they give us; what journalists write or broadcast deserves more attention and an incredible amount of more respect than what individuals in today's society are giving to it.

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