Showing, of course, that while Muslims expect Christians in their own homelands to show sensitivity to the religious feelings and laws of Muslims, that same obligation does not apply in reverse.
An Eritrean Christian is facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia after being arrested for sharing his faith with Muslims.
Mussie Eyob was detained by the authorities at a mosque in Saudi's second largest city, Jeddah, on 12 February. He had gone there to meet and talk with local Muslims after speaking about Christianity at the Eritrean Embassy for three days. Eyob was arrested for preaching to Muslims, an offence that carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.
Hmmm. . . . now what would Muslims do if folks in a non-Muslim country decided that it would start executing Muslims for sharing Islam with non-Muslims?
Oh, I know! They would riot and burn and rape and pillage and kill anyone who they decided served as a good surrogate for Christianity.
I wonder -- would the Saudis show a little leniency in this matter (perhaps even stop banning Christian activity completely) if a bunch of us poured into the streets, rioted, destroyed mosques, and killed Muslims in protest of Saudi religious intolerance and insensitivity?
No, not a chance. Because, after all, the Islamic view is that only Muslims have religious rights, while non-Muslims have the privilege of practicing their faiths only if they are properly submissive to Muslim rules and regulations.
In other words, acting like Muslims would not do a thing to stop Muslim Saudi Arabia from enforcing Muslim law.
it s times like this that I sort of find myself wondering if Ann Coulter didn't get it right after 9/11 -- We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. Not as, as Coulter angrily suggested, in the name of revenge. As a means, however unpalatable, of putting an end to the human rights violation that is Islam.
And then I stop, and remember something I have written more than once over the years. Christians, like Muslims, are called to martyrdom by our God. Our martyrdom, however, is not achieved by driving a plane full of innocents into a crowded building or by detonating an explosive strapped to our bodies while standing amongst those we have decided are the enemies of God. No, for us martyrdom consists in putting ourselves at risk, to the point of submitting to bodily death at the hands of God's enemies for daring to proclaim the Gospel message that Jesus Christ our Lord is Risen from the dead and has therefore broken the chains of death for us as well. And so while I hope that Mussie Eyob is miraculously delivered from his prison cell like Paul and Silas, I cannot help but admit that I will rejoice if our God -- not the false "Allah" of Islam -- wills that Eyob drink of the same cup that Christ did in the Garden of Gethsemane. After all, it is a witness such as this that shows the ultimate strength of the Gospel message and its superiority over that of the Quran.