Once You’re Christian, Proclaiming it to the World Can’t Be Wrong … Unless You Were Muslim First

Posted: June 21, 2014 in religion
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This is a sad story, portrayed on WND a week ago in a three-paragraph snippet from Tulsa World: “Ex-Muslim Sus Church for Baptism News.” Here’s the story:

A Muslim convert to Christianity is suing First Presbyterian Church and its pastor, the Rev. James D. Miller, alleging that church leaders published an announcement of his baptism on the Internet after assuring him they would not do so.

The Tulsa County resident, identified only as John Doe in court papers for his own safety, alleges that because the news of his conversion appeared on the Internet, he was kidnapped on a trip to his native Syria by radical Muslims seeking to enforce Shariah law.

According to the filing in Tulsa District Court, he was bound, beaten and tortured for several days, and was forced to spend 18 hours a day in a 55-gallon electrified drum. He also was stabbed several times, shot, and threatened with beheading.

Now, I’m not condoning what the “radical Muslims” did. Apostasy in Islam (rejecting the Islamic faith if you were Muslim at any point in the past) is considered to be a serious offense, and there are several countries where it is punishable by death.

However, and because of that, it makes what the pastor did all the more unforgivable, especially if the allegation is true (that the pastor “[assured] him they would not” put his name on the website of being a convert).

What I find repugnant is that many of the 46 WND commenters have no sympathy for the John Doe and no condemnation for the pastor. Here is a sampling of the top several comments:

“AnitaHaircut” — “Jesus Christ said, “He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” “He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39,39
Also Matthew 24:9 states, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and will kill you and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.” Matthew 24:9. Yes, we will be hated, many have been threatened, tortured, murdered and it will only get worse. Because Satan hates Jesus and His followers, this is the price we pay until He comes. Be prepared.” I’m sure that’s of great comfort to John Doe while he’s recovering from being stabbed and shot.

“nobody” — “Jesus said, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” Matt 10:33 (KJV)” Uh huh … more words.

“Reason2012” decided to post a lengthy, multi-paragraph diatribe with the theme, “Islam is not a religion – it’s a political system of hate promoted through violence with religious sounding phrases interspersed.” That might be true, it might not — but what about the pastor who posted about this that started it all?

“Redtorino007” — “When you are baptized in Christ it is always put in the paper, its because you announce to the world who you are and who you believe in.” Except when you’re told it won’t be because you explain you’ll be killed for it.

Now, those are the top-rated comments. There are a few which are much lower rated that actually do feel sorry for the guy and think the pastor did the wrong thing. But, welcome to the echo chamber that is World Net Daily.

Edited to Add (same day): Not only am I behind in WND, I’m behind in my news reading. Here’s a post on the Washington Post that goes into more detail on the lawsuit.

  1. Flip says:

    What the…. That is f.d up.

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