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Old 08-30-2001, 07:40 PM   #21
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Allow me to clarify:

I am not opposed to foreign aid workers. I am opposed to those who blatantly pose as foreign aid workers--and yes, they do actually give aid--but their primary motive is religious conversion. This is exactly why I'm opposed to Bush's 'faith-based' proposal!! Last I heard, lying was a sin too.

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And I do hate the Taliban. They are poor excuses for Muslims. They may have the force and the loud voice to say they are 'right,' but Islam, for well over 1000 years, preached tolerance of those of other religions. Yes, it was the Muslims who protected the Jews in Palestine before, during, and after the Crusades, while the Christians were busy killing them. It's a real big shame that things had to change, but that seems to be the trend amongst the 'religious' nowadays--they have incredibly short collective memories.

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Old 08-30-2001, 07:50 PM   #23
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Finally, foreign aid workers will do nothing to rid the Taliban. The only way that will happen is by military force. If the Taliban were running a European nation, NATO would have already slaughtered them. Of course, it is more than notorious that the U.S. doesn't get involved very often in non-Caucasian countries.

And I do apologize for sounding harsh. I'm having issues with organized religion lately. It's hard being both religious and an intellectual, not to mention another thing a few of you know about. Forgive me if you have been offended.

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Old 08-30-2001, 07:52 PM   #24
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BTW, Iran is considered 'liberal' amongst the Muslim world. I do suggest procuring a National Geographic feature on Iran. It shouldn't be too hard to find, as it was only published in the last year or two. Basically, there is far more to it than the Western negative press.

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Old 08-30-2001, 08:32 PM   #25
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Wow, this has turned into a hot debate.
Perhaps I should clear up some of my earlier comments.
I am saying that these good people were fully aware of the dangers they would face, and they decided to risk all that for God anyway!
They feel so strong about their mission and the Truth, as they see it, that they walked in as lambs into a wolf's den, to HELP and serve fellow human beings. Damn the consequences!
My God, I admire that!
Bless these poor souls! ("Poor"? Hmmm... They may in fact be very "rich", and I dont mean money-wise).
Civil disobedience for human dignity and justice IS a very necessary practice. It is also a very dangerous practice. One must be willing to stand up for what they
believe and "suffer the consequences" ; for the change that is very necessary.

Jesus Christ did it. And He died for it. BUT look what He brought to the world by it! http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08374c.htm

Mahatma Ghandi did it. And he died for it. And look what he brought. http://www.mahatma.org.in/

Dr. Martin Luther King did it. And he died for it. And look what he brought. http://www.wakeamerica.com/past/spee...ng_082863.html

These men DID "turn the other cheek". Of course it does not mean to "turn a blind eye". It means to "expose" the aggressor. It means to NOT give the power to the aggressor by retaliating.

My God, think about it. All except one of the apostles was murdered because of what they taught; because of what they believed.
They knew of the dangers, but they also knew about "the big picture".

So do these "captives" in Afganistan.

Jesus of Nazareth had something to say about such folks at the very end of the Beautitudes. http://www.preciousmomentscommunity....eatitudes.html


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Trash Can:

I understand your perspective now that you have explaine it. Thanks.

Melon:

Granted, Iran has made some "reforms" since the post-Ayatollah Komeini regime, but even as recently as 1996, they jailed 2 Christian priests when it was discovered that they converted after being born into Muslim families. After diplomatic pressure (which was influenced in no small part by Amnesty International and several religious groups), they were released and tasted freedom. They disappeared and were murdered a few days later, executed by fundamentalists for the crime of apostacy, which they had earlier been jailed for.

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Another thing,

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Originally posted by melon:
Allow me to clarify:
I am opposed to those who blatantly pose as foreign aid workers--and yes, they do actually give aid--but their primary motive is religious conversion

I don't understand why you oppose evangelism when you're a Christian?

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Old 08-31-2001, 08:27 AM   #30
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I would like to know more about how the Taliban found out about the activity of the people being prosecuted.

They must not have been very descreet?
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I would like to know more about how the Taliban found out about the activity of the people being prosecuted.

They must not have been very descreet?
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That's a good question, ]{arao]{e. But, not having a very good record on public relations/media affairs, the Taliban has not released any details of the alleged acts; I don't know if they have even discussed this with the American/Australian/German envoys trying to negotiate the situation. We may never know.

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Just a thought on the issue at hand...I wonder if many of you are aware of the status of foreigners in a strict Muslim country. You are automatically suspect merely on the basis of your difference. To a zealous and fundamentalist government a Christian aid organization would be a threat, and I'm not surprised at all to see these kinds of charges levelled.

One difficulty in discerning what actually happened is knowing what defines proselytizing? If you are of a different faith can you not practice that faith while in another country? If someone asks you why you are different than they are you allowed to say so? Or is that pushing your religion on them? Where does one draw the line? It's an intricate tightrope act, and as Bama said...we may never know. But from personal experience, I would definitely take the claims of "proselytizing" with a huge grain of salt.

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Did you know that in Communist China, it is against the law for any kind of teacher to share the gospel unless they are asked specifically about the gospel, in which case they are bound under law to tell everything they know. Isn't that interesting?
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I wish I had been around yesterday afternoon to respond to sula's first post, but I'll respond now anyway....

Preach it Sula-girl!! You got me all fired up!! Thanks.
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I wish I had been around yesterday afternoon to respond to sula's first post, but I'll respond now anyway....

Preach it Sula-girl!! You got me all fired up!! Thanks.
lol, spiral. You STILL have to email me! Hurry up, I'm leaving the Cities next week!!!

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The Taliban: Another repressive regime brought to you by the CIA.
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The Taliban: Another repressive regime brought to you by the CIA.
"Great Manuel Noriega!!"... Why does this NOT surprise me!?
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The creation and expansion of the Taliban is much less due to the CIA than some believe; in fact, it is born more of anti-Western cultural identity and misguided fundamentalism.

But I can see where it would be convenient to blame the Taliban on the U.S. and the C.I.A. I've even heard people blame tornadoes and hurricanes on the U.S. and the C.I.A., so why not!

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U2Bama,

No one is solely blaming the CIA for the rise of the Taliban. Of course the situation is more complex than that. But having said that, it is a fact (and this comes from official de-classified documents) that the CIA aided the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan (with the aid of Pakistani corrupt officials and other thugs during the 80s war vs. Russia and continuing through the 90s) by providing aid through the opium and heroin trade in the region (just like they've helped Manuel Noriega in Panama, the Contras in Nicaragua, and several others in the region). As you may or may not know, this is nothing new for the CIA. Even if the people it deals with are known drug traffickers, Nazi war criminals, etc., as long as the ends justify the means, the CIA will continue to do it. Don't take my word for it though. Research it. Look it up.
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