Forced Conversions Are So 500 Years Ago

by Mike on August 28, 2006

in Religion

Yesterday was a day of celebration because Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were freed after being kidnapped by inhuman savages in Gaza. I avoided the issue of their forced conversion to Islam because I didn’t think it was appropriate given the good news. Unfortunately, some conservatives in the blogosphere thought yesterday was a day to condemn the pair because they succumbed to the Islamonazi demands that they convert to Islam at gunpoint. Disgusting.

Growing up Catholic, I always wondered what I would do in a similar situation. I still do. I’d like to think I would find the courage never to deny Jesus Christ. But I can’t say what I would do because I don’t know. Neither do those who condemn Centanni and Wiig. Christian martyrs throughout the centuries are considered courageous because it took unimaginable courage to proclaim their faith while under duress. It isn’t as easy as selecting a brand of ice cream.

Sure it would have been courageous to spit in the face of their captors. I’d like to think that’s what I would do. Hopefully, I’ll never know. However, Centanni and Wiig should not be condemned for their decision, especially on the day their ordeal ended. Those who criticize them must remember they do so from the comforts of their own homes.

That said, this story is another cruel reminder of what we face in the war against terror. It is crucial that we do not forget before the reminders grow too tragic. If these savages want to live in the stone age, I say let’s bomb the back there.

Click this Al Reuters link for the disturbing video of the forced conversion.

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Ryan August 29, 2006 at 11:09 am

Unfortunately Islam has been doing this since the AD 600s. At first it was to unite Arabia and quell potential rebellions, but then it got pretty crazy–Christians could live only as 2nd class citizens, Jews would be openly persecuted and treated as worse than Christians, and others must convert or die, especially the blacks in North Africa.

Using these 1400 year old techniques in 2006 is unfortunately the m.o. of these Islamonazis. They only want to get back to the “good ol’ days” when the opposition could be bought or killed with ease.

I agree with Mike that one can’t know what they’d truly do in such a situation, until they are in that situation. I believe that in a hostage situation where beheadings and executions are normal and religiously sanctioned by some is one where I’d probably say or do what I needed to to get back to my family and loved ones. I’m sure God would know my heart and forgive anyone under such duress.

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Mike August 29, 2006 at 11:41 am

My 500 years comment was designed to be fair to the religion of peace because back then it wasn’t exclusive to them.

Thank you for pre-empting the revisionist history which claims that the three religions sang cumbaya under Islamic rule. I think the Jews would have problem with that claim.

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