" 'We killed her for spreading Christian propaganda,' Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militant group, told Reuters by telephone." (Reuters)
"...Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said she was shot because she was teaching her religion.
" 'This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan,' he said.
" '"Our (leaders) issued a decree to kill this woman. This morning our people killed her in Kabul.' " (Sky News)
(From Sky News, used without permission)
Anti-Islamist propagandist? It's a moot point, now: she's dead.
Pop QuizThis prove that
- Islam is death cult1
- Motorcycles are dangerous, and should be banned
- Christians are dangerous, and should be banned
- Guns are dangerous, and should be banned
- All religion is dangerous, and should be banned
- None of the above
With Friends Like This, Islam Doesn't Need EnemiesAl Qaeda in Iraq discovered, a little late in the game, that beheading Iraqis right and left wasn't the best way to win their minds and hearts.
The victim, Gayle Williams "...had dual British and South African nationality and worked for SERVE (Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprise), an inter-denominational Christian charity that helps the disabled, the organization's chairman said in a statement...." (CNN)
Quite a few of the news articles about Gayle Williams politely refrain from using the word "Islam" at all. I suppose it's not considered nice to point out that "Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic nation. Proselytizing is prohibited by law, and other Christian missionaries or charities have faced severe hostility."
Which makes SERVE a very suspicious group. Maybe even subversive. Here's some background on what SERVE is up to in Afghanistan:
- "The group describes itself as a Christian charity registered in Britain. The Web site says it has been working with Afghan refugees since 1980 in Pakistan.
- " 'SERVE Afghanistan's purpose is to express God's love and bring hope by serving the people of Afghanistan, especially the needy, as we seek to address personal, social and environmental needs,' the site says.
- "Rina Vamberende, a spokeswoman for SERVE in Kabul, said the group is a Christian organization 'but they are definitely not expressing this on purpose. They are here to do NGO (aid) work.'..."
Actually, the Taliban may have a point here. In a way. SERVE, as a Christian group, is doing what Christians are supposed to do: healing the sick and helping the needy. Christians acting the way they're supposed to could be considered a form of proselytizing. Which is illegal in Afghanistan: and carries a death penalty as far as the Taliban is concerned.
The United Nations says that, through the end of July this year, 30 aid workers have been killed and 92 kidnapped in Afghanistan.
Islam: a Religion of Beheadings and Drive-By Shootings?I still don't think so. There's a mosque up the road, in Fargo, North Dakota, and the Muslims there deal with non-Muslims by inviting college students to come in and talk.2
Not that everything's peaches and cream around here. Some jerks spread feces on the Fargo mosque, back in 2004. Then, in 2005, "juveniles" threw a rock through a window of the mosque.
The point is, although the Taliban and some other Islamic enthusiasts kill people they don't approve of, that doesn't seem to be a universal Muslim practice.
I'm still pretty sure that Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other Islamic terrorists are to Islam what the KKK has been to Christianity: a severe embarrassment, not typical example of the religion or its followers.
- "Beheading Iraqis: Not Al Qaeda's Brightest Idea"
(October 25, 2007)
- "Taliban gunmen kill Western aid worker on Afghan street"
Los Angeles Times (October 20, 2008)
- "WRAPUP 1-British aid worker killed as Afghan violence spreads"
Reuters (October 20, 2008)
- "Aid Worker Gayle Williams Killed By The Taliban In Afghanistan"
The Post Chronicle (October 20, 2008)
- "Charity Worker Shot Dead in Afghanistan for 'Spreading Christianity' "
FOXNews (October 20, 2008)
- "Taliban: Aid worker killed for preaching"
CNN (October 20, 2008)
- "Aid worker killed in Kabul"
International Herald Tribune (October 20, 2008)
- "British Aid Worker Killed In Kabul "
Sky News (October 20, 2008)
2 The first mosque in the United States was built in Ross, North Dakota.