BY Laura: Since when is it illegal to proselytize in America? Obviously this only applies if those targeted for conversion are muslims. If these were Jews or any other non-muslim religious group being proselytized, the pastor certainly would not have been arrested. I don’t expect we will hear from all those liberal ground zero mosque supporters screaming about religious freedom to speak out against this violation of religious freedom.
Pastor arrested for sharing gospel with Muslims…in Kansas
Posted on September 8, 2010 by creeping
Like in Dearborn, Michigan, proselytizing – or merely talking to Muslims on public streets appears to be against the law in the U.S. – just as it is under Islamic sharia rule.
A pastor is facing a court date after sharing the gospel with Muslims — in Kansas.
About 14 people, including three senior pastors, went to the local mosque to distribute to Muslims packets containing the books of John and Romans in English and Arabic and a DVD with testimonies of former Muslims. Pastor Mark Holick of Spirit One Christian Center was one of those passing out the packets to people leaving the mosque.
Holick tells OneNewsNow that when local police officers arrived on the scene, he was handcuffed then detained in a patrol car, where he repeatedly asked what crime he had committed.
Handcuffs small”And then about 15 minutes later, 20 minutes later, something like that, they finally came over and told me that I was being charged with ‘loitering’ and ‘failure to disperse,’” the pastor shares.
Asked if this episode occurred in Saudi Arabia, he replies, with a chuckle: “No, this was in Wichita, Kansas.”
The pastor says it was very disconcerting to see the gospel squelched — especially on a public sidewalk in a country with a constitutional guarantee of free speech. Holick believes police are suggesting that he was blocking traffic on the driveway.
“Of course we never did do that,” he assures. “There would be no reason for us to block vehicles — and they probably have no idea how much I like all of my organs and bones perfectly in the position they’re in right now.”
Holick says serious free-speech rights are in question, so he is asking the Alliance Defense Fund to represent him. There has been no decision on that so far.
via Free speech in Kansas? I guess not… (OneNewsNow.com).
Are you starting to see why there are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world? You can’t make fun of them or critique Islam – lest you be killed. You can’t share other religious beliefs with them – lest you be killed. And Muslims can’t leave Islam on their own free will – lest they be killed. As the Muslim population grows in the U.S. – these scenarios are becoming more real, and more frequent. Every day it creeps a little further.
Ramadan Accommodations: Tolerable vs. Troubling
by David J. Rusin • Sep 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm
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With the Islamic holy month having come and gone, Islamist Watch very briefly reviews and analyzes four illustrative cases of Western institutions attempting to accommodate Muslims' needs during Ramadan 2010. As always, the acceptability of concessions depends on the public-private divide and whether they infringe on the rights of others or grant Muslims special privileges withheld from everyone else:
*Muslim-heavy Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan, scheduled football practices for the middle of the night, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., so team members participating in the daytime fast could drink while training. Comment: This is a public school and the arrangement "discourages non-Muslims from playing on the team," as Robert Spencer aptly argues. And just imagine living near an illuminated field covered with teenagers during the wee hours. Moreover, is midnight practice required to maintain player health? No. Sessions beginning shortly after sunrise, for example, would allow the fasters to be well fed and hydrated. Also note that there are plenty of Muslim high school players across the country who practiced in daylight and survived the experience. In sum, this accommodation is excessive, disruptive to others, and unnecessary.
*German television channel RTL2 continuously displayed an onscreen notice indicating the start and end times of the daily Ramadan fast. Comment: The station is privately owned and thus can do as it wishes within legal bounds. Further, nobody's rights are violated here. But one is left to ponder: will RTL2 follow up on its interfaith outreach with graphics reminding German Catholics not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent?
*The municipal government of Helsingborg, Sweden, spent 30,000 kronor (around $4,000) to subsidize an Islamic student group disseminating information about Ramadan to the public. Comment: The head of the committee that "wants to contribute to better knowledge and understanding of different ethnic, cultural, and religious customs and traditions" insists that he would consider similar funding requests from other faith groups. If true, at least it would mean that religions are treated equally in Helsingborg. Whether the municipality should be paying for any organizations to spread religious messages is a separate matter.
*A public library in Espoo, Finland, created an isolated prayer space for Muslim use, with the library's regional director describing it as a "temporary arrangement for the period of Ramadan. There is not going to be a permanent place of prayer for them here." Comment: His statement indicates that the area was set aside specifically for Muslims and will be removed after Ramadan. Hence, this goes a bit beyond the previous case in that we have a taxpayer-supported entity offering privileges to Muslims that apparently are unavailable to non-Muslims. More problematic.
And with that, inevitable controversies over accommodating Muslims during Ramadan are finished for another year. Up next: inevitable controversies over accommodating Muslims during the Eids.
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