Category: Persecution

My Kingdom for Non-Biased News!

2004 vacation 095While recent videos depicting Muslim Street Patrols attempting to enforce Sharia Law in East London, UK disturbed me I decided that it would be prudent to investigate further before forming an opinion.

The threat of a movement bent on imposing Sharia Law in western nations, particularly the UK and the US appears to be real but to what degree? The majority of Muslims living in the west seem to be peaceful people who enjoy the freedom of religion guaranteed by the US Constitution and the British Human Rights Act. In my experience they are willing to live by the law of the land and accept the rights of others to worship according to their own beliefs and traditions.

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The more I researched, the more I discovered that completely unbiased information on this issue is about as common as the proverbial needle in the haystack. Conservatives highlight instances within the US involving court cases that factor in Sharia Law when the litigants are Muslim and from Islamic nations. Liberals are quick to downplay the same instances as anomalies and nothing more than fuel to feed the fires of unwarranted fear.

Further investigation begged questions as to whether or not such decisions have contradicted US law or not. Navigating the complexities of Constitutional Law is a daunting task, as provisions exist allowing for the enforcement of contracts and obligations established in other nations according to foreign laws.

Attempts in some states – most notably Alabama and Oklahoma – to implement state constitutional amendments prohibiting any foreign law to be factored into US court cases have produced a confusing quagmire of complexity that could actually conflict with the US Constitution.

Any aspect of Sharia Law that conflicts with the US Constitution should not be considered regardless of whom the litigants or defendants might be. If I were arrested in Iran for violating Iranian (Sharia) law what is the likelihood that I would be afforded a trial based on US Law?

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Groups advocating the implementation of Sharia Law in the west are small. However, as I considered that fact, I remembered a question I asked my mom and dad when I was young. My parents were young adults in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s so I asked them what they had thought of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s before the invasions of Europe and Africa began.

They’re response was telling.  “We thought that he was a funny little man with a funny mustache on the other side of the ocean and that the brown-shirts were insignificant gangs of street thugs.”

Everyone should be free to sleep at night – even if it is with one eye open. If someone, anyone would provide an accurate and comprehensive assessment of this complicated issue then perhaps we could sleep with both eyes closed.

 

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“Fear of Missionary Doctors”

 

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Among the criticisms levied against Christians is our perceived hypocrisy and apparent lack of love for those not within our fold. Yet a recent article illustrates that when Christians observe the universally respected teachings and tenets of Jesus, we are still to be scrutinized.

The article written by self-acknowledged atheist, Brian Palmer questions the motives and quality of missionary doctors in West Africa. His position implies that Christians are a potential threat even when we are living out the love of Jesus.

The article asks, “Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?” The focus falls on the following concerns…

First, religious proselytizing may interfere with the focus of providing medical attention.

Second, there is a perceived lack of accountability to any oversight organization such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) or any local government organization within the nations where care is provided.

Interestingly, the organization that provides the lion’s share of care is Doctors Without Borders or MSF, the French acronym by which they are known. MSF is not a religious organization but a humanitarian group founded in 1971 in an effort to provide basic health care to individuals in desperate need. The fact that some of their volunteers are Christians has nothing to do with the group’s mission or vision. It is however, representative of the number of trained medical personnel who are followers of Jesus and are dedicated to his charge to help those in need.

Regarding oversight, if the missionaries are doing sub-par or even dangerous work, in other words if local nationals are receiving poor health care, if their incidences of illness are increasing or if their overall health is worse than when medical workers are not providing care, would they not refuse care and perhaps ride the missionaries out of their land on a rail?

In Palmer’s defense, he does acknowledge that the USA exports commercialism to developing nations and there is no “push back” for doing so.

The purpose of my blog is to initiate and maintain respectful dialogue between people of varying faiths or no faith. There are times when the absurdity of a situation moves me to speak in defense of our faith community. I empathize with the frustration of those who have experienced negative encounters with people of faith and / or their representative churches or organizations. But when God’s people live out what is expected of them by God and man and they are still criticized then a response is merited.

We don’t demand that anyone believe what we believe or even join our ranks. On the contrary, it is no benefit to anyone if individuals are coerced into following Jesus. We are striving to focus less on the  angry rhetoric of morality control in order to present by example and by word the love and teachings of Jesus.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

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