The Missionary and the Terrorists

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Ps104_33, Jun 11, 2007.

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    The June 4, 2007 issue of The New Republic has an interesting report on a Christian missionary couple, Gracia and Martin Burnham, who were taken prisoner by the Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines.
    What caught my eye was this statement by Gracia Burnham: "We thought that, at the beginning, the fact that we were Christian missionaries would be held against us, but we found that not to be true at all. In fact, they really admired us because Martin explained that New Tribes missions goes to place where people are worshipping rocks and trees, their ancestral spirits. They're not worshipping the one true God, and we tell them who the one true God is. So they (Abu Sayyaf) felt we were kind of doing the same thing, which shocked me because we are as far from Islam as I thnk you can be."
    The point here is that, contrary to what many Americans think, the Islamic radicals do not see their conflict as one with Christianity. They see it as a battle betwen Muslim monotheism on the one hand, and atheism and paganism on the other. Their objection to America has more to do with a perceived paganism than with America's "fundamentalism." From Abu Sayyaf's point of view, we too worship rocks (Paris Hilton) and trees (Al Gore).

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