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April 02, 2003

I don't even know what to say about this.

Plans Under Way for Christianizing the Enemy

("The enemy"?)

Two leading evangelical Christian missionary organizations said Tuesday that they have teams of workers poised to enter Iraq to address the physical and spiritual needs of a large Muslim population.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country's largest Protestant denomination, and the Rev. Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse said workers are near the Iraq border in Jordan and are ready to go in as soon as it is safe. The relief and missionary work is certain to be closely watched because both Graham and the Southern Baptist Convention have been at the heart of controversial evangelical denunciations of Islam, the world's second largest religion.

Both organizations said their priority will be to provide food, shelter and other needs to Iraqis ravaged by recent war and years of neglect. But if the situation presents itself, they will also share their Christian faith in a country that's estimated to be 98 percent Muslim and about 1 percent Christian...

Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, has been less diplomatic about Islam than his father has been. Two months after the Sept. 11 attacks, Franklin Graham called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion" during an interview on NBC, the television network. In his book published last year, "The Name," Graham wrote that "The God of Islam is not the God of the Christian faith." He went on to say that "the two are different as lightness and darkness."

On the eve of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis last year, the Rev. Jerry Vines, a former denomination president, told several thousand delegates that Islam's Allah is not the same as the God worshipped by Christians. "And I will tell you Allah is not Jehovah, either. Jehovah's not going to turn you into a terrorist," Vines said.

This war is looking more like colonization every day. What are they going to do next, get the Iraqis to start building missions? Start selling them smallpox-infected blankets? Put them on reservations?

[thanks to Orcinus]

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NOW it makes sense. :)

This isn't about oil, about control over world, power over Europe. It's about.. CHRIST!

It's ironic how Muslim faith preaches that their God is the same as God of Israel and God of Jesus and everyone should follow God, while the Christian God according to Graham is like light to dark when compared to Muslim God.

We need to coin a new phrase for Bush Inc., something like Christian Extremists that twist and corrupt the true christian faith. :)

Posted by: Johnny at April 3, 2003 04:52 AM

"we'll give you food; if you convert to christianity."

Posted by: Akasha at April 3, 2003 11:12 PM

What will the people do when they confuse the Body-&-Blood-of-Christ packets with those of cluster bombs? Explosive salvation, there. And how long can someone live off of Welch's and crackers, anyway?

Oh, wait. It's all coming back to me now. This life doesn't matter. It's the eternal one that come later.

Posted by: Shawn at April 4, 2003 03:59 PM

Converting from one major faith to another doesn't usually happen that often. That is why missionaries have their best results with populations which do not have an established clergy, sacred writings, and tradition. Unless of course they also use fire and sword as they did in N. & S. America. The efforts to convert Muslims to Christianity will fail, just as they have before. Unfortunately, these efforts will only widen the split between East and West.

Posted by: JP at April 8, 2003 08:05 PM

I cannot believe what so-called christian Franklin Graham had to say about how evil the Moslem religion is. He further stated, the christians and moslems are destined to fight each other until the 2nd coming of Christ.
I don't know what type of christianity F. Graham belongs to; it sounds like a gutter religion to me. For the record I am a christian of Palestinian descent, and the christianity I know is not the christianity F. Graham belongs to and preaches. As for referring to Islam as an evil religion that preaches violence, I would like to remind F. Graham, that all the wars, warcrimes and genocides were committed by christians.The crusades around the 12th century, world war I, world war II, the Nazi holocaust, the use of atomic bombs and other WMD, colonialism of the worst kind, & I can go on and on.
Islam is a religion of peace and justice. It suffices to present some of the statements I read in the Koran, the book of moslems:
1. There is no difference between black & white, Arab or non-Arab except in their devotion to God.
2. Do not commit an agression against others, God does not like the aggressors.
3. Be kind to the poor and help them to the maximum of your capacity.
4. Stand by the oppressed and help them attain justice, and if their oppressors were your own brothers, do your utmost to change their way.

Finally I would like to add that moslems believe in Jesus Christ, and all the profits that preceded him, and according to Islam, anyone who denies any of the profits, Jesus, Moses, or any of the profits, is considered a heretic, and not a moslem.

Posted by: Ead Muzher at April 21, 2003 06:54 PM

I cannot believe what so-called christian Franklin Graham had to say about how evil the Moslem religion is. He further stated, the christians and moslems are destined to fight each other until the 2nd coming of Christ.
I don't know what type of christianity F. Graham belongs to; it sounds like a gutter religion to me. For the record I am a christian of Palestinian descent, and the christianity I know is not the christianity F. Graham belongs to and preaches. As for referring to Islam as an evil religion that preaches violence, I would like to remind F. Graham, that all the wars, warcrimes and genocides were committed by christians.The crusades around the 12th century, world war I, world war II, the Nazi holocaust, the use of atomic bombs and other WMD, colonialism of the worst kind, & I can go on and on.
Islam is a religion of peace and justice. It suffices to present some of the statements I read in the Koran, the book of moslems:
1. There is no difference between black & white, Arab or non-Arab except in their devotion to God.
2. Do not commit an agression against others, God does not like the aggressors.
3. Be kind to the poor and help them to the maximum of your capacity.
4. Stand by the oppressed and help them attain justice, and if their oppressors were your own brothers, do your utmost to change their way.

Finally I would like to add that moslems believe in Jesus Christ, and all the profits that preceded him, and according to Islam, anyone who denies any of the profits, Jesus, Moses, or any of the profits, is considered a heretic, and not a moslem.

Posted by: Ead Muzher at April 21, 2003 06:54 PM
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No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

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"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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