9/11 changed me profoundly. Had 9/11 not occurred I would never have had the slightest notion of ever making a study of Islam, especially its early years. I would never have found out about the millions of Christians that are in daily danger because of their Religion. Briefly, I was proud that for a few million of us, at least, it still means something very profound to be a Christian, as no doubt had been the case in Nero’s and Caligula’s Rome, or the nobility of an elite Roman Legion, the Theban Legion, who were wiped out to a man because they would not participate in the Empire’s desire to persecute Christians in Gaul (now France). The Spirit of Early Christianity was indeed still alive, just as Jesus Christ is still alive.
But it also dawned on me that I know enough about the real world not to allow these millions of incredibly brave Christians to face their fates alone. I first heard of a group called Voice of the Martyrs, a group that was started by a martyred Romanian Christian over 50 years ago. I joined them, briefly joined a Church that is a part of “the Voice” network. The Church was small but very nice, and held a big event where everyone put together survival kits for Christians in Pakistan, after a big earthquake. Likely is that a lot of the aid also went to Christians who shared with the same Islamic neighbors who are hostile to them.
Later, I worked more closely with International Christian Concern, and on my own met extremely brave wonderful Christians from India and Goa. Since then I have founded a Yahoo group concerned with the issue, with the simple title, Stop Persecution of Christians. The introduction to the group states that 250 million Christians are in danger of persecution at any one time, that over 2 million Southern Sudanese Christians were murdered, while the world looked the other way. Instead George Clooney and Angelina Jolie bring the world’s attention to Darfur, where the same government that killed 2 million Christians in southern Sudan (a happy ending of sorts – due to become an independent nation soon), kills 600,000 and, of course, all the attendant atrocities.
While understanding the frustration that likely underlies any desire to burn the Koran, I would hope that the people intending to do so realize that Christians in Islamic nations are, de facto hostages. Often anti-Christian sentiments are used just to commit crimes, especially the rapes of young Christian girls in the cases of Pakistan, Egypt and other nations. The burning of the Koran would become license for criminal Islamic mobs to go berserk. In any hostage situation it is the worst idea imaginable to burn a picture of the hostage taker’s mother.
To Those of You Whom Intend to Burn the Koran:
Please Pray About It and I Pray That You Announce to Cheers That You Have Changed Your Minds to Get A Chance to Tell the World About the Suffering Body of Christ in the Islamic Nations