Babies are strapped into airplane seats enroute to LAX during “Operation Babylift” with airlifted orphans from Vietnam to the US. April 12, 1975.
Most of the babies taken to the United States by “Operation Babylift” were not orphans in the first place; they were children from refugee camps who were fraudulently designated as orphans by American relief workers — most of them with religious affiliations — who believed they’d be “better off” being raised by white Americans.
Operation Reunite is an amazing nonprofit run by Babylift victims which seeks to use DNA testing to find and reconnect with their real families back home in Vietnam.
So basically look at this photo of kidnapped babies.
“they were children from refugee camps who were fraudulently designated as orphans by American relief workers — most of them with religious affiliations — who believed they’d be “better off” being raised by white Americans.” ( @freedominwickedness )
Not “religious affiliations.” Christian. They were Christian. Holt International Children’s Services, Traveler’s Aid-International Social Services of America, United States Catholic Conference, Pearl S. Buck Foundation, etc. are all CHRISTIAN organizations, mostly founded by actual missionaries.
It wasn’t that they’d be better off being raised by “white Americans.” It was that they’d be better off being raised by white American (fundamentalist) CHRISTIANS. I’d even argue that as long as they were fundamentalist Christians, it wouldn’t matter their race. This is an outgrowth of Christian missionary work and forcibly “saving” children and bringing them to Christ (see also, the growing movement of missionaries in West African countries to adopt children, who really only care about these children insofar as they can save their souls, not that every child should have the right to a family), while outwardly saying that they’re merely “humanitarian” aid.
Read this article about Kathryn Joyce from Mother Jones about the “”orphan theology” movement that has taken hold among mainstream evangelical churches, whose flocks are urged to adopt as an extension of pro-life beliefs, a way to address global poverty, and a means of spreading the Gospel in their homes.”
“The ultimate purpose of human adoption by Christians is not to give orphans parents, as important as that is. It is to place them in a Christian home that they might be positioned to receive the gospel.” –Dan Cruver, “Reclaiming Adoption”
Don’t say “religious” when you mean Christian.