This is sad. Leila Fujimori writes for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
A mainland group of born-again Christians shouted a message of hellfire for homosexuals and others for five hours yesterday as University of Hawaii students shouted back. ...
... "They started making personal attacks on people's culture," said Ann Clarke, 18. One of the "preachers" told a Korean student that he is going to hell for his Buddhist beliefs and told Hawaiians they are going to hell because they worship false gods and believe in witchcraft, she said.
The proselytizing group, Bema Ministries (also known as Cry to God Ministries), sees its activities as "preaching." But of course it's not preaching, it's just hate. I believe I remember the Gospels pretty well, and there's nothing in them that would justify this. Christians I know are appalled at this sort of behavior.Any cause or religion can turn malignant. It has happened in Buddhism from time to time. Eric Hoffer wrote in The True Believer (1951):
Only the individual who has come to terms with his self can have a dispassionate attitude toward the world. Once the harmony with the self is upset, he turns into a highly reactive entity. Like an unstable chemical radical he hungers to combine with whatever comes within his reach. He cannot stand apart, whole or self-sufficient, but has to attach himself whole-heartedly to one side or the other.
The fanatic is perpetually incomplete and insecure. He cannot generate self-assurance out of his individual resources out of his rejected self but finds it only in clinging passionately to whatever support he happens to embrace. This passionate attachment is the essence of his blind devotion and religiosity, and he sees in it the source of all virtue and strength. Though his single-minded dedication is a holding on for dear life, he easily sees himself as the supporter and defender of the holy cause to which he clings. The fanatic is not really a stickler to principle. He embraces a cause not primarily because of its justice and holiness but because of his desperate need for something to hold on to. [Hoffer, The True Believer, HarperPerennial edition, pp. 84-86]