“Muslim migrants riot in Athens,” May 24, 2009, www.theage.com.au: “Dozens of cars have been smashed, 14 people injured and 46 arrested in riots by Muslim migrants over the alleged defacing of a Koran by a policeman.” The article adds that “Police said they would investigate the allegation that an officer tore up an Iraqi migrant’s Koran while checking his identity papers in Athens last week.
“Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan,” May 22, 2009: “[U.S] Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages, amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.” The article added that ”The unsolicited Bibles, sent by a church in the United States, were confiscated … at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops … from proselytizing while deployed there ….” The punchline to this sad story is that “Such religious outreach can endanger American troops and civilians in the devoutly Muslim nation ….”
Why do so many Muslims declare jihad when someone burns a Koran but equally devout Christians yawn when someone burns a Bible? Could it be because Christians realize that Jesus, the Living Word, remains unfazed by the destruction of the printed word? Why do Christians generally support the First Amendment rights of all adherents to all faiths to proselytize their hearts out but many Muslims issue fatal fatwas against anyone criticizing Islam, or Mohamad, or suggesting the divinity of Christ? Could it be that Radical Islam is an insecure faith which doubts its ability to survive in the marketplace of ideas? Why is it that this regligion must so often be spread and enforced by force of arms? Heritical Christians got over that sort of stupidity a very long time ago.
As I read these closely related stories, I recalled the vicious anger of the countless university professors who have condemned our pro-life, Genocide Awareness Project displays on their campuses. They are secular mullahs who are scandalized by the outrageous notion that we would invade their political domains and proselytize their students with the pro-life perspective on abortion. Their university’s “hate speech” prohibitions are a form of Sharia Law. How dare we break their monopoly on the dissemination of ideas? And yes, there have been mini-riots and arrests on campuses populated by pro-aborts who have attacked our signs. They too, it would seem, doubt their ability to defend their faith. They realize that the truth depicted in our abortion photos invalidates their Culture of Death dogma.
And the campus pro-life organizations which cover-up the horror of abortion and are angry at us for exposing it, remind me of the Defense Department. They are afriad that people with whom we disagree aren’t going to like us if we show them the truth: So pro-lifers cover-up the truth about abortion and the Defense Department covers-up the truth about Jesus.
Afghanistan is an ungovernable country, on nearly the same level as the failed state of Somalia. The State Department may make brave pronouncements about “nation building” but the truth is that we are there to protect America, not to end millenia of fratracidal tribal warfare. We want to deny al Qaeda and the Taliban a staging area from which to launch attacks against the United States. We can do that most effectively if we retain the support of what passes for Afghanistan’s national government. That national government’s claim to legitimacy is so tenuous that it can not survive riots in the streets. Passing out Bibles written in some Afghan dialect could bring down the government, bring in the jihadists and bring over the dirty bombs the Islamists so fervently wish to detonate in American cities.
Christian missionaries have often risked their own lives to spread the Truth of Christ. Today it would also be the lives of huge numbers of Americans which would be placed at risk if our nearly impossible task in Afghanistan were made even more difficult. CBR can force its way onto American university campuses more readily than America can force its way into an Afghanistan so radicalized that every man, woman and child were ready to die in a jihad against us. Let’s pray for the speedy arrival of a time when Christian missionaries can do the Lord’s work responsibly among the Afghan people. But that time is clearly not now.