Letter From Wicked King Leopold II to Christian Missionaries in Africa

16 Dec


Filosofia e Ciências Humanas Departamento de História 
História Contemporânea 
Prof. Luiz Arnaut Textos e documentos 

Letter from one of the most evil King 
Leopold II of Belgium to Colonial 
Missionaries, 1883

Reverends, Fathers and Dear Compatriots: 

The task that is given to fulfill is 
very delicate and requires much tact. 
You will go certainly to evangelize, but 
your evangelization 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 (will) 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 

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.  

Evangelize 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.” 

 The letter which follows is Courtesy of Dr. Vera 
Nobles and Dr. Chiedozie Okoro.  

"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 

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 centers. 

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." 

“The above speech which shows the 
real intention of the Christian missionary 
journey in Africa was exposed to the 
world by Mr. Moukouani Muikwani Bukoko, 
born in the Congo in 1915, and who in 
1935 while working in the Congo, bought 
a second hand Bible from a Belgian priest 
who forgot the speech in the Bible. 
– Dr. Chiedozie Okoro 

 We should note:  

1] that all missionaries carried out, 
and still carry out, that mandate. We are 
only lucky to have found King Leopold's 
articulation of the aim of all Christian 
imperialist missionaries to Africa.  

2] Even the African converts who today 
manage the older churches in Africa 
(the priests, bishops, Archbishops, 
Cardinals etc of the Roman and Protestant 
sects), and especially also those who 
evangelize Born-Again Christianity, 
still serve the same mandate.  

Which is why they demonize African gods 
and Anglicize African names, and drop 
the names of African deities which form 
part of African names; and still attack 
and demolish the African shrines that 
have managed to survive, e.g. Okija 

3] Those Africans who voluntarily converted 
to Christianity before the colonial 
conquest such as Affonso I of the 
BaKongo in the 15th century probably 
did not discern the purpose of the 
brand of Christianity that was supplied 
to them.  

Which was probably why they fell easy 
prey to the missionaries and the 
white traders and pirates who followed them.  

But their Japanese counterparts probably 
did discern the game, even without access to 
some version of Leopold's letter.  

But even if the Japanese Shoguns did not 
intuit what Leopold makes explicit, they 
clearly realized the danger of Japanese 
converts to Christianity forming a fifth 
column within Japanese society and state, 
a fifth column loyal to their co-religionists 
in Europe.  

To rid Japan of that danger, in the late 
16th century, the Shoguns began their 
expulsion of Portuguese and Spanish 
missionaries on the grounds that they 
were forcing Japanese to become Christian, 
teaching their disciples to wreck temples, 
taking and trading slaves, etc.  

Then, in 1596, it became clear to the 
Japanese authorities that Christianization 
had been a prelude to Spanish conquest 
of other lands; and it quickly dawned on 
them that a fifth column loyal to Rome 
and controlled by the priests of a foreign 
religion was a clear and present danger 
to the sovereignty of a newly unified 

Soon after, the persecution and suppression 
of Japanese Christians began.  

Early in the 17th century, sensing the 
danger from a creed that taught obedience 
to foreign priests rather than the Japanese 
authorities, all missionaries were ordered 
to leave and all Japanese were ordered to 
register at the Buddhist temples.  

When Japanese Christians took part in a 
rebellion, foreign priests were executed, 
the Spanish were expelled and Japanese 
Christians were forbidden to travel abroad.  

After another rebellion, largely by Christians, 
was put down, the Japanese Christians 
were suppressed and their descendants 
were put under close state surveillance 
for centuries thereafter.  

In the 1640s all Japanese suspected of 
being Christians were ruthlessly 

Thus did Japan, by 1650, save itself from 
the first European attempt to mentally 
subvert, conquer and colonize it. 



4] The African captives who were taken 
abroad and enslaved, and the Africans at 
home after the European conquest, having 
already been forcibly deprived of their 
autonomy, were in no political position to 
resist Christianization.  

Thus the Christianity still practised in 
all of the African American diaspora, 
just as that in the African homeland 
since the start of the 20th century, 
continues to carry out the Leopoldian mandate.  

Hence, for example, whereas the White 
Born-Agains of the USA, when in the US Navy 
ships in WWII, sang: “Praise the Lord, 
And pass the ammunition,” the attitude 
of African Born-Again converts today is 
best summed up as: “Praise the Lord, 
And lie down for the manna.”  

Thanks to a century or more of this 
Leopold-mandated missionary mind 
control, African Christians are not 
an activist, self-helping, economically 
engaged, politically resolute, let 
alone militant bunch.  

Hence their putting up with all manner 
of mistreatment and exploitation by 
their mis-rulers, white and black. 

The most they are disposed to do to 
their mis-rulers is to admonish them 
to “Fear God!” – as one protester's 
miserable placard read in last week's 
Lagos demonstration against the latest 
of the murderous fuel price hikes by the 
OBJ Misgovernment.  

The idea of an uprising to tame their 
mis-rulers is alien to the religiously 
opiated frame of mind of the Nigerians. 

5] The lesson in the contrast between 
an Africa that the Christian missionaries 
brainwashed and subverted, and a 
Japan where this brainwashing and 
subversion was forcibly prevented, 
is stark and clear.  


What then must Africans of today begin to do to save themselves 
from brainwashing by their White World enemies here on earth? – T
hat is the question.







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