On Saturday, 10 medical care workers were gunned down in Afghanistan by Taliban who accused them of spying and preaching Christianity. While reports continue to debate whether or not the eye care workers were actually proselytizing, people miss the point: preaching your beliefs to someone else, in hopes that they will be converted, should not be a crime punishable by death.
One unbelievable OpEd piece stops just short of saying that the missionaries had it coming, citing all the crimes of past “missionaries” and crusaders. I’m sure that similar evidence was presented to German citizens before World War II to explain why the Jews were the root cause of most of their problems. If this editorial, instead of reviling Christians, was arguing that Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or people of any other particular faith should not be trying to persuade others to join their religion in a country where such actions get you killed, and that these missionaries should have known better, there would be an outrage. Milions of American citizens would demand that the reporter be fired for his insensitivity and his obvious bias, as well as the horribly inappropriate timing, accusing missionaries after they have been murdered.
But since it’s only an attack on Christians, there will be no outrage, so don’t worry. Especially if a well-known organization like the Taliban was offended by the missionaries’ presence and their attempts to persuade people to share their beliefs. Surely the people murdering these missionaries on suspicion of the high crime of proselytizing should be protected from such vicious attacks against their citizens.
Whether you’re a Christian or not, I hope you can grasp the bias that does occur in our society. Why are the obvious rights of certain faiths protected while anyone professing to be a Christian is criticized and linked to the wrong actions of other Christians, even in the wake of a tragic murder report? Read the article here and see if you agree with the writer … and with the Taliban.
Or you can move past the propaganda and decide for yourself, by clicking on various other news articles here:
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010