King Leopold II’s message to missionaries journeying to the Congo in 1883

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The speech below which shows the objective of the Christian missionary journey in Africa

 

“REVERENDS, Fathers and Dear Compatriots:
The task that is given to fulfill is very delicate and requires much tact.
You will go certainly to evangelise, but your evangelisation must inspire
above all Belgium interests.
Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach
the niggers to know God, this they know already.
They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one Nzakomba, and what else I don’t know.
They know that to kill, to sleep with someone else’s wife, to lie and to insult is bad.
Have courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know already.
Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industrials, which means you will go
to interpret the gospel in the way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the world.
For these things, you have to keep watch on disinteresting our savages from the richness that is plenty
(in their underground. To avoid that, they get interested in it, and make you murderous) competition
and dream one day to overthrow you.
Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to
love poverty, like “Happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven” and, “It’s very difficult for
the rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront
us.
I make reference to their Mystic System and their war fetish – warfare protection – which they
pretend not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make it disappear.
Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the
recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings.
The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul.
You must singularly insist on their total submission and obedience, avoid developing the spirit in the
schools, teach students to read and not to reason.
There, dear patriots, are some of the principles that you must apply.
You will find many other books, which will be given to you at the end of this conference.
Evangelise the niggers so that they stay forever in submission to the white colonialists, so they never
revolt against the restraints they are undergoing.
Recite every day – “Happy are those who are weeping because the kingdom of God is for them.”
Convert always the blacks by using the whip.
Keep their women in nine months of submission to work freely for us.
Force them to pay you in sign of recognition-goats, chicken or eggs-every time you visit their villages.
And make sure that niggers never become rich.
Sing every day that it’s impossible for the rich to enter heaven.
Make them pay tax each week at Sunday mass.
Use the money supposed for the poor, to build flourishing business centres.
Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any black that has
a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker.
Teach the niggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours.
Never present a chair to a black that comes to visit you.
Don’t give him more than one cigarette.
Never invite him for dinner even if he gives you a chicken every time you arrive at his house.
Consider all blacks as little children, and require from them to refer to you as father.
My dear compatriots; if you apply to the letter all this, the interest of Belgium in the Congo will be
protected for many centuries.
I thank you.
King Leopold II
King Leopold II’s message
to missionaries journeying
to the Congo in 1883
The speech below which shows the objective of the Christian missionary journey in Africa
was exposed to the world by Mr Moukouani Muikwani Bukoko. He was born in the Congo
in 1915. In 1935 while working in the Congo, he bought a second-hand Bible from a Belgian
priest who forgot the speech in the Bible.
Source – https://www.fafich

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