Saturday, January 5, 2008
Afghanistan's Islamic Council warned president Karzai Friday about allowing missionaries into the country. I'd like to know why? What is it that these "clerics" are afraid if? Could it be that fear is the only thing they have with which to rule their flocks? Do they fear that if the message of the missionaries were heard that Muslims would convert to Christianity by the thousands? They don't demonstrate much 'faith' in their religion if they are afraid of a little competition. Rather, it shows a tremendous lack of confidence in the message of their prophet and the truth of their religion. These clerics live in fear that what they believe may in fact be false, it is, and that if Afghanis (and Muslims in most Islamic countries) were given a chance to hear an alternative message, one of peace, that they would convert and the clerics would lose their power. Their power is really an arrogance, a greed, a hunger. It is the power a rapist feels over his victim, an executioner over a condemned prisoner, a drill seargent over a recruit. It is not a power based on respect or persuasion or faith and that is why Islam is a prison, its believers condemned, its future angry and bleak.