• Kristen mission?

    En bra artikel om hur en bra relation och samvaro mellan kristna och muslimer i staden Dearborn i delstaten Michigan, förstörs genom att religiösa fanatiker från andra städer kommer och försöker ”pranga” på sin syn på Jesus. Man är provokativ och nedlåtande, till den grad att även stadens borgmästare tröttnat och förbjudit dessa fanatiker från att sprida sina filmer och sitt material. Materialet är aggressivt och oförskämt, dialog går inte att föra ifall man har en sådan attityd.

    De kristna säger saker som ni går till helvetet för ni bär slöja…Ändå finns det i bibeln uttalanden från Paulus:

    But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraces his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is the same as if she were shaven. For if a woman is not covered, let her be shaven. But if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. A man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man. For man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why the woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head, because of the angels. /First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 11. Read verses 3-10

    På liknande sätt kan jag se hur folk som försöker göra ”dawa”, mission för islam, där de försöker få folk att bli rädda och ska frukta.

    Det är min plikt att sprida islam, men jag har aldrig riktigt gillat det. Även när vänner ville bli muslimer, så rådde jag dem att ta reda på mera eller ifall de vill så skulle jag kunna ta fram information från andra inriktningar än den jag följer. Islam är sanningen, shiaislam är den rätta vägen, men den passar kanske inte alla, den kanske bara passar mig och det kanske finns andra vägar att nå till Allah. Att leva hela sitt liv på att försöka omvända så många som möjligt och så kanske man själv valt den felaktiga vägen, den ruttna, då hjälper det inte att jag hjälpt dem omvändas till helvetet (ja jag talar med er wahabiter).

    Hela texten på engelska finns längre ner:

    Christian evangelists target Dearborn’s large Islamic population

    BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
    FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

    Standing amid a
    crowd of Muslims at June’s 2009 Arab International Festival in
    Dearborn, the Rev. George Saieg declared: “I’ve been commanded as a
    Christian to reach out to these people.”
    The
    California man is part of an ongoing effort by at least eight Christian
    groups across the United States to spread the gospel in Dearborn — a
    city known for its sizeable Islamic population. The groups have visited
    Arab festivals, schools and mosques to talk about Christ. They’ve
    handed out thousands of pamphlets, books and DVDs. Others have held
    debates.

    But
    the push has caused tensions at times, resulting in lawsuits,
    accusations of assault and a fierce debate about how Islam can coexist
    with Christianity in the West. Some of the activity, local residents
    said, has provoked and insulted instead of engaging people in a civil
    debate about religion.

    “They know nothing about Dearborn,” Mayor John O
    Reilly Jr. said of one
    Christian group that drew criticism for its actions at the festival.
    “We have such a wonderful interfaith community.… Dearborn is a
    community of faith, but it’s a community of every faith.”
    Pushing of Christianity causing tensions

    The Christian missionaries came to Dearborn this summer from across the
    United States to win over souls for Jesus.
    The
    evangelists handed out literature, held religious debates and met with
    residents in a city they sought out because of its large numbers of
    Muslims. It’s part of an increasing effort by some Christians, mostly
    evangelicals, to convert the Muslims of metro Detroit — in schools, at
    festivals and on street corners.
    To
    Eric Haven, executive pastor at Woodside Bible Church in Troy, the
    growth of Islam in the United States gives churches a chance to convert
    closer to home.
    ”For
    years, Christians have sent missionaries around the world to proclaim
    the gospel of Christ,” Haven said. ”In this day and age, the world is
    coming to America. … So, it’s a great opportunity.


    The
    efforts have stepped up in recent years as more Christians have become
    aware of the Islamic presence in Dearborn, where about one-third of the
    city’s 98,000 residents are of Arab descent, many of them Muslim and
    some Christian.
    Some
    say the conversion activity has gotten more confrontational: They point
    to a controversial video produced by a Christian group about a
    religious dispute=2
    0in Dearborn this summer that has already drawn almost
    1.4 million views, making it one of the most watched videos on Islam.
    There
    is money behind the push. One group spent at least $67,000 on
    materials, airfare and lodging for Christian activists to visit
    Dearborn this summer.
    Angry vs. friendly evangelism

    The manner in which the
    evangelists operate in Dearborn varies. Some are aggressive, telling
    Muslim women they are going to hell for wearing Islamic headscarves.
    Others are more friendly, with some making appointments with
    Arab-American leaders and city officials to declare their intentions.
    The
    efforts have some residents worried that adults are manipulating their
    children. A wrestling coach at Dearborn’s Fordson High School was let
    go in May 2008 after complaints from parents that he allowed an
    assistant to convert Muslim students. One student was baptized at a
    camp the assistant helped supervise in 2005.
    Other
    parents complained to Dearborn school officials when a Christian
    entertainment group was allowed to perform in schools in March; the
    group did not openly talk about Christianity during its school
    performances, but did tell students about evening shows at a local
    church.
    Accusations of harassment

    Some residents said the efforts in recent months have crossed over into
    harassment and bigotry.
    During
    the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn in June, for
    instance, some Christian evangelists were accused of openly insulting
    Islam’s pr
    ophet. And others yelled at passersby ”that they were going
    to hell because they were Muslim,” according to a Dearborn police
    report.
    The
    provocative language and in-your-face approach have troubled both local
    Muslims and Christians, who said that metro Detroit’s Muslim population
    is being unfairly stereotyped and slandered by outsiders who have
    little knowledge of Islam’s long history in Michigan.
    ”They
    accuse Dearborn of being intolerant; they’re the ones being
    intolerant,” said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab
    American News.
    Free-speech argument

    The evangelists said they’re
    the ones who are being harassed, claiming that some were unfairly
    kicked out of the festival for expressing Christian views.
    ”We’re
    not against these people,” said Pat Rojas, a Christian from Evangelical
    Free Church in California who attended the June festival. ”We’re only
    there to help. They have a choice: They can accept Jesus or they can
    reject Jesus.”
    Rojas
    and other Christian evangelists were ejected by security from the
    festival after accusations that they were harassing and insulting
    Muslims, police reports said. The evangelists deny they were fomenting
    trouble.
    The Rev.
    Haytham Abi Haydar, a Christian evangelical convert from Islam with
    Arabic Alliance Church in Dearborn, said that a Christian group called
    Acts 17 Apologetics caused the problems at this year’s Arab festival.
    ”They
    put cameras in their faces and were very antagonistic,” Abi Haydar said
    of the group
    that produced the controversial video that has drawn
    almost 1.4 million views on YouTube.
    The
    efforts of Christian groups are often coordinated. Pastor George Saieg
    of Arabic Christian Perspective, an evangelical group in California,
    handed out literature at the festival for the past five years. He asked
    other Christian groups, including Acts 17, to visit metro Detroit this
    summer.
    For six
    months, Saieg and his group invested time and money preparing for the
    Arab festival, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the group
    contending they were banned from distributing Christian literature on
    the sidewalks.
    ‘Tidal wave of Islam’

    The week of the festival,
    Christian evangelist Josh McDowell proclaimed at Woodside Bible Church
    in Troy that ”the tidal wave of Islam is coming fast and furious, and
    now is the time to become involved,” according to an article in the
    church newsletter.
    The response of Muslims to the missionary efforts varies, Christians
    said. Many have an open ear.
    That
    includes Ahmad Hammoud, a security guard at the Arab festival. He said
    he has no problems with an open dialogue about religion, pointing out
    that Muslims revere Jesus and consider him a prophet.
    But,
    ”why do you have to stand there and put down our religion?” Hammoud
    said, referring to one preacher at the festival. Why not instead ”stand
    on the corner and say, Jesus is a peaceful person. We know he’s a
    peaceful man.”
    Contact Niraj Warikoo: 313-223-4792 or warikoo@f
    reepress.com
    Additional Facts
    Followers of Jesus are on a mission

    Christian
    groups, mostly evangelical, are flocking to Dearborn in an effort to
    convert its Muslim population. Here’s a look at some of the more active
    groups:
    Arabic Christian Perspective:
    Based in Anaheim, Calif., and started in 2001, the group does outreach
    at mosques and Arab festivals. Also known as Ministry to Muslims, it’s
    headed by George Saieg, a pastor. It filed a free-speech lawsuit
    against the City of Dearborn in June, alleging the city trampled on its
    right to hand out literature on sidewalks at the Arab International
    Festival that month.
    Acts 17 Apologetics: Features ministry work of David Wood, an
    evangelical from New York,
    and Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam who lives in Virginia. Visited
    metro Detroit at the request of Saieg. Produced a controversial video
    on a dispute at the Arab festival in Dearborn.
    Confident Christianity:
    Based in Houston and headed by Mary Jo Sharp, who helped film the
    controversial video of the Arab festival. Works with Saieg and Arabic
    Christian Perspective on debating Muslims.
    Josh McDowell Ministries:
    A native of Michigan, McDowell is a popular Christian evangelist who
    warned of the ”tidal wave of Islam” during a June visit to Michigan.
    Attended the Arab festival, where he and his assistants handed an
    Arabic novel to passersby that promoted Christianity.
    Arabic Alliance Church:
    Based in Dearborn, established in 2002. Has run a booth=2
    0for several
    years at Arab festival. Headed by the Rev. Haytham Abi Haydar, who
    criticizes groups such as Acts 17 Apologetics for tactics he says are
    too confrontational.
    Sources: Free Press research

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