Faith is not a crime

With one voice, world should condemn slaying of Christian aid workers

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All anyone in the media can talk about in the case of 10 aid workers slaughtered by the Taliban is what the aid workers were up to.

Were they spies? Or worse -- gasp! -- were they Christians proselytizing?

Even entertaining the question is acceding to the enemy's insidious slander against Americans and Christians.

Surviving aid workers have felt compelled to deny any Christian motives on the part of the murdered health-care workers in Afghanistan, six of whom were angels from America.

We have little doubt the medical volunteers were simply tending to people who desperately needed health care. But we say: What if they were missionaries? Is that a crime now?

Yes, in certain Muslim sections of the world.

To aid workers wherever you are in the world: We don't care what your motivation is, as long as you are helping others. But if you are doing it because of your Christian faith, you shouldn't be made to feel ashamed about it, or deny it three times before the cock crows.

In effect, radical Muslims want to criminalize the spreading of Christianity. Radical Muslims love to throw the word "martyr" around, claiming they can become one if they just kill enough infidels. What a perverted world view.

But truly, in the sight of God, it is people such as these aid workers who are martyrs -- especially if they were acting out their faith!

Those wearing their faith on their sleeves will be judged by their actions. Judge the Taliban's, and judge the aid workers' however you like. One set of actions is from another century, like the savages who perpetrated them.

Regardless of the motivations of those involved, the killing of aid workers may be the most heinous crime known to man. If one could harness the wind and the earth and the water, one could scarcely commit a more despicable or tragic act.

The enemy loves to point the finger to any American combat error as a war crime -- even as our enemies cower like clucking chickens behind their women and children and other innocents, baiting our forces to attack. Much of the world is prone to fall for the ploy, putting American forces on the defensive in world opinion -- while our enemy, with impunity, employs the scythe of 7th-century tactics.

Where's the world's condemnation for our enemy's many war crimes?

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natchez
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natchez 08/10/10 - 10:16 pm
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They knew the risks. They

They knew the risks. They felt their life was worth the price. No story here.
This has nothing to do with our military forces. And this was probably committed by bandits and if so it is not a "war crime".

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Junket831 08/10/10 - 11:47 pm
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ACES you've made an excellent

ACES you've made an excellent point in this editorial. If we tolerate the building of a mosque or "cultural center" next to ground zero then we should tolerate missions of any faith reaching out to help the less fortunate wherever that takes them.

That being said, it is important to note that certain spots in the world are at war right now and while the cause may be noble, the environment is such even with armed escort violence is bound to occur. The presence of non essential civilians in a combat area only raises the risk to everyone including the locals you are trying to help.

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baronvonreich 08/11/10 - 12:14 am
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Get a grip ACES. Actions have

Get a grip ACES. Actions have consequences. When you go into a war zone you may get killed. It doesn't matter if they were passing out toothbrushes or Bible overruns from the Gideon's latest mass printing. When you go into a country where the rights of all citizens aren't protected by an Americans style Constitution and similar laws then you may be persecuted. Actions have consequences. To imply these victims were "angels from America" is as absurd as saying they were murdered by "7th century savages." That is nothing but propaganda for the Christian zealots.

I failed to see any mention of the fact America invaded a country that neither attacked nor threatened America and has killed thousands of innocent people. America needs to worry about is going on inside its borders and not with how other countries are governing themselves. Americans quickly forget how we fought for our independence from the British, spurned military occupation by the French, and fought a bloody civil war in an effort to define ourselves. Why don't we allow other countries to find themselves via their own path instead of dictating to them or invading them?

And junket831 - America's religious freedoms do not extend past our sovreign borders. America has no more a right to tell another coutnry how to run its affairs than Iran, North Korea, or Greenland has to tell America how to run its affairs. And where is the outrage of the construction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero? Why just the outrage at the proposed building of a mosque? Does the 1st Ammendment only apply to Chrisitans? I think we all know and that hypocrisy is wretched to its bitter core.

dani
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dani 08/11/10 - 01:24 am
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My understanding is that the

My understanding is that the mosque is not intended for religious ceremonies only. There will be 15 floors and some will be used for "Charitable works". I think we are nuts to let this happen, the mayor has offered them other land, if they want to get along, they will com promise. Perhaps a zoning law??
We are being led down the primrose path, not by Muslim officials, but by our own radical left-wing who wants to convince the public that it is about religion alone.
Take off the blinders...please!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 08/11/10 - 05:24 am
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Truly the Christian

Truly the Christian missionaries were hated without cause for good deeds done to a suffering people. The souls of believers who die for their faith are with Christ:

"1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.

"4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years" (Revelation 20:1-6, New American Standard Bible).

When God inspired this passage through the apostle John, most of the world was ignorant of the Gospel. Satan, however, has been bound so that he can't stop the Gospel's spread. That's why the Gospel is known even on this side of the world. When released, Satan will be able to gather all the nations of the world against the camp of the saints (Revelation 20:7-9). But he and his army will be defeated and judged (Revelation 20:10-15).

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sjgraci 08/11/10 - 05:52 am
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No one of a sane mind

No one of a sane mind condones these killings. But, no one of a sane mind would go into Afghanistan and "proselytize" their fundamentalist religion against another fundamentalist religion in a war zone. Doing so is asking for trouble. This is the Taliban we are talking about.

I'm not saying what they got was justified, what they got was horrible. But, when any religious group goes into a country that was ruled by equally religious zealots, these outcomes should be expected. The only people who think Christianity is at war with Islam and vice verse are the far right wing nuts in both religions.

We live in the United States of America. We accept all religions including Islam. That does not make it logical or right for Christians of America to go to third world war torn countries and promote their religious views expecting the same treatment. It don't work that way folks; we are better than them for a reason.

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shivas 08/11/10 - 06:59 am
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Wow, what a hard-hitting

Wow, what a hard-hitting editorial peice. Now, will the AC report on the most corrupt man in Congress- Nathan Deal? WIll they objectively report on the investigation (before leaving Congress) of his no-bid contracts with the State of Georgia? Just wondering if the AC will report rather than be a propoganda machine. I bet at one time Morris actually had a dream to own and run a newpaper. Instead, he's created a right-wing propoganda rag.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/11/10 - 07:01 am
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In the eyes of the secular

In the eyes of the secular leftist, the Christian giving aid is equal to the Muslim suicide bomber.
Neither this article or anything else will change that p.o.v..

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Runner46 08/11/10 - 07:48 am
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I think there is a lesson

I think there is a lesson here. A Christian can "turn the other cheek" only so long before that Christian is no longer among us, especially in Moslem countries. We must be practical about what is happening in the world if we are to survive as Christians. Here in the States, Moslems preach tollerance of others, but when they have the upper hand, what do they do? I think we all know the answer to that question, because we see it printed in our morning newspapers. Those who are tollerant of others reap what they sow, as should those who are intollerant. The Christian Bible does not tell us to "kill the infidel" as does the Koran.

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momster59 08/11/10 - 07:48 am
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Runner 46 - when they have

Runner 46 - when they have the upper hand they do as the christians who had the upper hand traditionally did in the past. Fortunately for us we live in a land where our Constitution denies any zealots the right to persecute others of different belief systems.

dani
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dani 08/11/10 - 08:01 am
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momster..Did Christians ever

momster..Did Christians ever have the "upper hand"?

momster59
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momster59 08/11/10 - 08:20 am
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No, I will say TRUE

No, I will say TRUE Christians did not, but extremist "christians" have had the upper hand for at least 1500 years where ever they went, just as TRUE Muslims do not have the upper hand in these extremist countries which are under the violent control of extremist "muslims". In both cases, the upper hand is not about the true faith teachings and is all about power, corruption, greed, hate, bigotry, intolerance.

Runner46
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Runner46 08/11/10 - 08:32 am
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As I see it, the Moslem

As I see it, the Moslem mosque would be better built in some other area that is not so sensitive than within close proximity to where a Moslem attrocity was committed. It would be the right thing to do if Christians were involved. There are some politics involved with this present site. If Moslems would like a new mosque, why not show a little sensitivity and build the mosque in a more acceptable location. The way it looks now is that the imamam wants it built as a monument to the Moslem attrocity, which just feeds the anger of Christians against them.

airbud7
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airbud7 08/11/10 - 08:36 am
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"The God Delusion" = "the

"The God Delusion" = "the process of non-thinking called faith" Richard Dawkins.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/10 - 08:39 am
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These talented people who had

These talented people who had dedicated much of their lives to study hard to become physicians and nurses in order to help the poorest of people have been murdered. They didn’t take work for their talents to make lots of money. They went to the poor.

Even if they were foolish to go where they were, that’s no justification to kill people who are helping you. They could have been ordered out of the area by the Taliban instead of being assassinated as the Taliban, in detail, explained they did.

When mankind falls this far, I’m worried.

shivas
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shivas 08/11/10 - 08:57 am
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I believe this is one of the

I believe this is one of the reasons we are at war with the Taliban. That's why Obama has focused our war efforts in Afghanistan, unlike his predecessor.

dani
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dani 08/11/10 - 08:59 am
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shivas..and stirred up a

shivas..and stirred up a real, live hornet's nest.

Mr.L.A.Kegbrat
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Mr.L.A.Kegbrat 08/11/10 - 09:03 am
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I take issue with the

I take issue with the editorial writer's claim that the Taliban are cowards. They are using the tactic that will most likely succeed. The U.S. has overwhelming firepower. To go toe to toe would mean their annihilation.

I don't think U.S. forces are any braver. Just think. The U.S. uses robotic planes to kill the Taliban. I can't think of any tactic more cowardly than that.

The people who were killed were pushing their stupid religion in a land of barbaric, ignorant, apemen. What did they think was going to happen? And btw, Faith is a crime in Afghanistan, if it's not Muslim faith.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/11/10 - 09:12 am
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All the details of the

All the details of the murders of the medical aid workers in Afghanistan are not yet settled. Were the killers Taliban, motivated by religious zeal, or robbers motivated by simple greed? Either way, the murders were brutal, cowardly, and very sad. The murderous acts and their perpetrators should be universally condemned. But what also is not completely clear is whether the aid-givers limited their generous actions to medical intervention in the lives of poor, deserving Afghans, or also acted as Christian missionaries, consciously and openly proselytizing. The workers' organization states categorically that it is their established policy that its aid workers are not to proselytize; it is forbidden. So, until there is evidence to the contrary, I assume the aid workers were not proselytizing. This leads to ACES apparently rhetorical question: "What if they WERE missionaries?" Radical Islam tries to spread its religious beliefs by the sword. Christian missionaries try to spread their religion in more subtle ways, often under the guise of acts of benevolence: "Here, eat this food or swallow this pill, and by the way, here's a Bible in which you will read that Jesus loves you but not the religion you were raised in." Yes, a distinction should be made between Islam's brutal, deadly methods and Christianity's subtle, conniving ones. But more important than this difference is the similarity of the "proselyting" methods of these two religions. Both flow from a belief in the superiority of their religion over the other. "What if they WERE missionaries?" Makes a very big difference. The audacity, the presumptuousness, the insensitivity, the hubris of Christian missionaries telling other people in a place on the other side of the world that theirs is a false religion should be condemned. Efforts by Christians to convert believers in Islam (or any other non-Christian religion) are a form of emotional and psychological violence. If they WERE acting as missionaries in addition to aid workers, should they deserve to die? No, but when aid workers also act as Christian missionaries, they know they may end as martyrs. Our world would be a MUCH better place if no one believed martyrdom for religion was a worthy or honorable reason to die. I have NO SYMPATHY FOR RELIGIOUS MARTYRS, CHRISTIAN OR OTHERWISE!.

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bettyboop 08/11/10 - 11:13 am
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Christian's will always try

Christian's will always try to help the ailing and those suffering and yes in the name of Jesus Christ and no one will ever stop them....with that being said we as a Country have no business in Iraq or Afghanistan this war puts barry on the same level with President Bush. We can't win againest these animals....bring our troops home...protect OUR borders from invaders.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/10 - 09:26 am
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If Taliban medical workers

If Taliban medical workers snuck across the Mexican border to treat our poorest Americans and taught Islam while they were at it, the most I'd do is help them find a restaurant that would fix them breakfast without bacon or ham.

Mr.L.A.Kegbrat
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Mr.L.A.Kegbrat 08/11/10 - 09:54 am
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No, the U.S. uses robotic

No, the U.S. uses robotic planes to execute innocent people so we don't have to look them in the face.

And those doctors were pushing Christianity.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/11/10 - 09:56 am
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How do you know for sure

How do you know for sure these doctors were pushing Christianity....were you there? Did you witness this?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/11/10 - 10:22 am
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InChristLove: I take it at

InChristLove: I take it at the start that your name is probably a pretty good indication of the degree of your open-mindedness. Let's start with your labeling of Mr. "Kegbrat" as "scum." It that your idea of Christian
forbearance? Did Jesus teach you to call people names like that? In fact, Mr. K makes one excellent point, which is the use of unmanned drones is absolutely cowardly, as well as grossly irresponsible, as drones frequently kill women and children as well as their military targets. But what I most want to comment on is your naive faith that these aid workers were not trying to win souls for Christ. It makes absolutely no difference what their organizations claim. Their rules against proselytizing are window dressing, and they know it. The tactics these crusading aid workers use are subtle. They may not even hand out Bibles (though they frequently do); they approach a poor, starving child and hand the child some food. They tell the child, "Here, take this food. It comes from Jesus, and he loves you." If the child asks, "Who's Jesus?," the worker has the opening he / she was looking for. Their defense? "I didn't proselytize; I just responded to a question a child asked me." Pure hypocrisy! And please do not tell me this doesn't go on all the time! In a slightly different version of this, hundreds of Christian teens from the Augusta area travel to Central America every year on "mission trips." Their true mission is to "witness" for Christ. They are not only the perpetrators of brain-washing, they are victims of the brain-washing goals of their churches' Youth or Mission Ministers. Their goal is to instill the idea that Christianity is better than all other religions. One way or another, most of the world's wars throughout history have been fought over religion.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/11/10 - 10:21 am
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One more thing: as the many

One more thing: as the many recent free medical clinics in New Orleans and other American cities have shown, there is a tremendous need in the U.S. for medical services. The need is even greater in these economic conditions. All the Christian medical missionaries outside the country could easily operate here. Why don't they? Simple: although they obviously are motivated sincerely to give medical help to those who deserve it, they have an equal if not more powerful motive in trying to convert people to Christianity. They would not have nearly the same opportunities to proselytize here, so they don't. So if you have ever wondered, as I have, why these Christian medical missionaries would rather travel to non-Christian countries when their own U.S fellow citizens are crying out for medical help, you now know part of the answer....

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Boogaloo 08/11/10 - 10:39 am
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Whether robotic planes or

Whether robotic planes or ambushes, innocent people are being killed. Their families will never forget and will probably never forgive. "Scum", now that's a good one from the poster with the righteous name.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/10 - 10:48 am
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There are free medical

There are free medical clinics in Richmond Cty., by the way. But again, let's none of us not recognize these insane murders for what they were.

Innocent civilians have always been killed in wars, but when you line them up and shoot them one by one, that's murder.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/10 - 10:48 am
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consolidated

consolidated

chascush
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chascush 08/11/10 - 10:52 am
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Mr. Kegbrat, ‘I take issue

Mr. Kegbrat, ‘I take issue with the editorial writer's claim that the Taliban are cowards.’
You, sir, are the coward.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 08/11/10 - 11:00 am
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You cannot try and

You cannot try and rationalize with a rabid animal. Much like the animals that executed these unfortunate aid workers. You can banter back and forth about their reasons, intentions, beliefs, etc, all day to no avail. I especially find it disingenuous that despite this organization doing this kind of aid work in that same area for over 30 years, that somehow these folks broke the rules and tried to proselytize, and therefore forfeited their lives. Yes indeed. Their fault. Nonsense! They were robbed and killed by animals! I won't even give them credit for being the least bit human, as any person with the slightest bit of humanity in them, would never have done this. However, as usual, the taliban quickly claimed credit, touting this as something that they were actually proud of doing. Further, any time someone claims that they are, "Christian", then all the usual suspects clamor to use their, "Un-Christian", actions or words against them simply to discredit them, due to the somewhat nebulous nature of perceived, "Christian standards". Here is the plain truth. We are there. Like it or not. These courageous Samaritans were there too, trying their best to help the locals, that are in dire need of the help. They were robbed and killed in the most cowardly fashion by animals. People are angry about it. Stop trying to defend the actions of murderous animals, or blame their deaths on their faith! They knew the risks, and they accepted them. They are in a better place now. Those responsible should meet exactly the same fate. There is only one cure for rabid animals. They need to be put down. There it is...deal with it.

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