- Feb 20, 2006
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- Queensland, Australia
Tina,TinaG said:I feel a little hypocritical for having started this thread and railed against the islamization of the free world and its threat to Christians, but it seems the only suggestions seem to be about repressing islam, deportation (which wouldn't be an option if so many muslims hadn't been invited in), etc... It's a tricky situation to deal with a religion whose tenets basically deny Western values of free choice, plurality and debate, without becoming as oppressive. Short of wishing islam would just disappear from the earth, I think the only thing that will turn the tide against islam will be strong evangelism and an unwavering Christian faith. However, the brutal violence of islam has got a lot of people (me included) thinking twice about making evangelizing muslims or making public statements against islam knowing they could get you hurt or killed.
It's good to have a rant every now and then. ;D
But the problem in Europe, I believe, is not so much Islamisation, as deChristianisation. Perhaps concerted efforts to evangelise Europe wouldn't be such a bad thing because increasing Christians numbers could at least present a buffer.
With regard, to the Archbishop's comment, I caught the tail end of news report on Queensland TV which had some young Brits making comments like "what the Archbishop suggests would be a good thing" with a kind of "hail fellow, well met" attitude. Unfortunately I didn't hear enough to get any impression that they understood what they were so thoughtlessly agreeing to, and I seriously doubt that they do.
So what worries me most is that people have short memories (or simple lack of knowledge) when it comes to history. I have heard at least two well-known presenters of documentaries concerning the Middle East and the Crusades making such statments as only Christians resorted to "converting by the sword" and indicating quite strongly that Muslims were peace-loving folk all minding their own business, only to find themselves at the mercy of brutish Crusaders. While that's not entirely untrue to some extent, it's a gross misrepresentation of the overall historical facts. And the Crusades (horrible as they were) were a lot more complicated than simple rape and pillage missions.
However, if that sort of "it's all our fault" history has been dished up for sometime, it's no wonder that Europeans are leaving Christianity and bending over backwards to apologise for their forebears being such thugs. Naturally, any effort to correct such a mistaken view is going to be seen as racist and bigotted.