Sunday, December 09, 2001
Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham has gotten a lot of flak over his remarks about Islam, and he addresses them in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece here.
The persecution or elimination of non-Muslims has been a cornerstone of Islamic conquests and rule for centuries. The Koran provides ample evidence that Islam encourages violence in order to win converts and to reach the ultimate goal of an Islamic world. Conversions from Islam to any other faith are often punishable by death.
He's got it right.
I've got some friends who are missionaries to a muslim country in the middle east. When they go to talk in churches about their work, they go by assumed names. Why? Well, on the off chance that someone from a muslim country is in the church and may report them to the government -- barring them from entering the country. Think it's ludicrous? Well, they have to do it because it's happened before.
There are many in America who like to call Christians intolerant. They've got it exactly backwards.
In America you can find Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues, mosques, Shinto shrines. In Saudi Arabia a muslim who converts to Christianity is beheaded.
Liberals calling for tolerance should start dialing overseas, there's already tolerance at home.