Response to Pretoria News article - “Anti Muslim Pamphlets at TUKS” PDF Print E-mail

 

The Editor

Pretoria News

Dear Editor

Please allow me to respond to the article “Anti Muslim Pamphlets at TUKS”. Unfortunately your staff reporter failed to contact our mission to get the other side of the story.

We do not see why your article vilified a mission dedicated to helping persecuted Christians whilst effectively excusing those students who displayed extreme intolerance, even to the point of tearing up and burning some of our mission’s literature, and making death threats against our missionary. Our mission has received abusive and threatening phone calls from people identifying themselves as Muslim students of the University of Pretoria. We have also received a death threat Fatwa by fax.

Frontline Fellowship is a respected international mission which for 23 years has been serving suffering Christians and assisting persecuted churches throughout Africa. During this time I have represented our mission at churches, conferences and colleges in 28 countries. We have never before experienced such intolerance and hostility on any university campus, nor at any missions week.

There is nothing in the Frontline Fellowship missions display that could possibly be construed as inflammatory or offensive. Unless one finds that serving the suffering is offensive. Perhaps those who support the rights of un-elected governments to bomb hospitals, schools and churches might find our medical, agricultural and educational ministry to the victims of such oppression offensive, but surely no student of the University of Pretoria, committed as UP is to the “values of human dignity, respect, tolerance, diversity…religious freedom…” could possibly object to our missions of mercy?

The End of Islam article which your report claimed was “hate speech”was actually a response to hate speech against Christians published by the Islamic Propagation Centre International and distributed at the University. I do not know how any representative of an academic institution committed to “the right to free speech and freedom of religion” can possibly describe our mission’s response as “inflammatory and offensive”. Many of the historical atrocities reported in the article are offensive, but surely the reporting of the historical facts in itself cannot be offensive – unless we are offended by the facts of history?

The most inflammatory words in the article are quotes taken directly from the Quran and the Hadith (The Muslims Holy Books).

The End of Islam may be dealing with the explosive reality of radical Islamic terrorism worldwide, but it does not blame all Muslims for this. Right in the introduction it makes clear that this is the work of “radical Muslim extremists”.

Most Muslims are not terrorists. However, it is a fact that most terrorists are Muslims. This fact has been discussed everywhere fromTime magazine through The London Times as writers worldwide seek to grapple to understand this phenomenon of suicide bombings, and international terrorism.

Although our mission base has been bombed ten times by the National Islamic Front Government of Sudan Air Force, and although I have been bombed by radical Muslims even while preaching in church services in Sudan, nowhere in any of our literature will you find a call for retaliation, revenge or violence. On the contrary, the article which you called “inflammatory” includes a full A3 fold-out poster entitled“PRAY FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD”. Far from The End of Islam calling for any hostility or reprisals, the article ends with a passionate call to prayer:“Pray for the Muslim world…pray for the women suffering…pray that the Church may respond to the threat of Islam with prayer and action – to win Muslims for Christ…’Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…’ Matthew 28:19”

I do believe that your report misrepresented our mission and materials.

In addition, I believe you owe our missionary in question an apology for effectively blaming him for a situation of which he was plainly the victim.

It is most unfair to pass off the burden of responsibility upon those being threatened, rather than focusing on finding and disciplining those students guilty of such intolerance, misconduct and death threats.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Peter Hammond

Director

 
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