CHRISTIAN TOLERANCE AND ISLAM

I don’t post these articles because I’m a Christian. I’m not a Christian. But I am a lover of Christians in general, my kids are all Christians. I see Christians doing good and generous things for millions of downtrodden all over the world, no matter their religion. Christian ministries feed the poor and hungry and provide medical aid to women and children all over Africa, Asia and South America. I don’t see the Muslims doing that for anyone other than Muslims.

Sure, some Christian ministries proselytize, but so what. They are helping the disadvantaged, rather than sitting by and doing nothing. They are there out there – by the thousands — at their own sacrifice to feed and care for suffering.  

I am also a lover of Jews and Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists and Hindu, or any group of people who are content to practice their faith in freedom without imposing dogma upon others, and with respect for the faiths of others. It’s not about tolerance. It’s about respect.

“Tolerance” pertains to putting up with what you don’t like. We tolerate traffic jams and rude people. “Respect,” in contrast, refers to showing honor and esteem.A good friend told me that Muslims were “the salt of the earth.” I wish I could feel the same, but I’m hard pressed. All I see around the world from the Islamic faith is dogma. In countries where the numbers become the majority, it is more than dogma, it is intimidation, fear and often times, violence against non-Muslims. Wherever the Muslim numbers become the majority, the radical fringes become more emboldened and non-Muslims become more and more subjugated. That’s supported in all the history books.

 Thus, we are now in a position to “tolerate” Islam, because…like a traffic jam, we might not have a choice as they grow into more significant population numbers in the U.S. But it doesn’t mean I have to respect them, any more than they respect me.The Imams of Islam demand “tolerance.”  But the track record for practicing what they preach is pretty dismal. They claim they are a religion of peace, but that track record is equally as dismal. So, permit my cynicism.

When I see thousands of Muslim groups traveling to India, to feed the Hindu, or to Zimbabwe to feed heal the Christians, and the level of fear and threats of violence comes to a halt around the world, I’ll start seeing Islam in a different light. Until then, I make no apologies for my absence of respect.

A Christian reader send me these links as a sample of recent Islamic tolerance around the world. Worth checking them out. This is a short log during a three-week period this summer, July 29 to Aug 19:

Pakistan
A dozen masked men shot five Christians to death as they came out of their church building.

Morocco (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
The Morocco king says that Evangelical Christians must stop preaching or get out of the country.

August 2, 2010

Bangladesh
Two Christian families suffer extortion and beatings.August 6, 2010
Zanzibar
Officials stop a church from being built and build a mosque instead.August 7, 2010

 Afghanistan
Eight foreigners and two Afghans of the International Assistance Mission (IAM), a Christian charitable organization providing aid and medical assistance to the Afghan people were killed by the Taliban. Details HERE. August 8, 2010

Indonesia
In the latest jihad attacks on religious minorities in West Java, 300 Islamic hard-liners intimidated, bullied and assaulted a priest and 20 Christian churchgoers praying in a field on Sunday morning.August 9, 2010

Somalia (hat tip to JihadWatch)
A Somali militant group with links to al-Qaida on Monday announced it had banned three Christian aid agencies.August 10, 2010

 Maldives
Christians can’t have Bibles or religious literature in this Muslim country.August 11, 2010

Saudi Arabia
Al Qaeda says kill the Christians and Jews.

Malaysia
More closures of non-Muslim religious clubs in Malaysian schools, including Christian fellowships, have surfaced.August 12 2010

Pakistan
Christians observed a ‘Black Day’ of protest yesterday to mark the many discriminations they endure, above all the blasphemy law, which continues to inflict suffering on its victims.August 13, 2010


Indonesia (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Mob threats lead to church closure. Update HERE.

Algeria (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
A group of Christian and Muslims from Algeria, Morocco and Italy are planning a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Augustine. One of their intentions is that “Muslims who have heard the call of the Lord Jesus should not be prohibited from entering the Church.” This refers to some episodes in France and Algeria, where many Muslims who wanted to be baptized, have been impeded by priests and bishops, fearful of the consequences and overly precautious.

 Malaysia
Two Muslim youths are sentenced to five years in prison for an arson attack on a Christian church. August 14, 2010

Egypt
An imam called for jihad against the Copts, and over the next two days, many Copts were assaulted.August 16, 2010

Pakistan
Rapes of Christian girls reflect a hidden trend as they are commonplace but rarely reported.

Lebanon
Shia-controlled Al-Manar and NBN networks pull Iranian series based on an apocryphal story about Jesus in which Judas dies in his place.Nigeria (Hat tip to Jihad Watch)
Muslim students of the University of Ibadan this morning paralysed activities during a protest against the institution’s refusal to expel a part four law student who preached gospel in the school mosque.

Somalia
The tiny Christian population is regularly persecuted by Islamic extremists so they are asking Christians worldwide to pray for their safety during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

Indonesia
The country that is home to the world’s largest Muslim population celebrated its 65th Independence Day today amid a widespread sense of distrust in the government’s ability to check attacks on churches by Islamist groups.August 19, 2010

August 17, 2010

 Egypt
The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt has warned followers that the police in the country are wiretapping their calls and said they should not confess sins over the phone.

Zanzibar
Christian university students have been denied the right to worship, while on another part of the island, a Christian leader has been jailed.

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