Palestine: Only Muslims Allowed
CAIRO, Egypt - Palestinian militants who held two Fox News journalists hostage for nearly two weeks threatened in a statement posted online Saturday to abduct non-Muslims visiting the Palestinian territories and kill them unless their demands were met.These are the folks that Centanni claims he has "sympathy" for. Centanni also wants journalists to continue to visit the region. Perhaps he wants them all to convert to Islam, too!
The statement, posted in the name of the Holy Jihad Brigades on a Web site frequently used by militants, said the group would kill any hostages it takes unless they converted to Islam, paid a ransom or Muslim prisoners were exchanged for their release.
“Any infidel blood will have no sanctity,” the group said in the statement.
Personally, I take offense at being told that my blood has no sanctity (unless I say the words, "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet"). For Christian believers like myself this is blasphemous! We believe that God has declared that his Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh. All people are created in God's image and, as Jesus puts it, "If you have done it to the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me."
God sent his son into the world so that all might be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. Christians must conclude that the slaughter of "non-Christians" by Christians simply because they are not Christians is a horrendous sin against God. Any edict by Muslims that declares that non-Muslims may be murdered simply because they are non-Muslims is equally horrendous.
Christians (and other Muslims, too, I trust) will view this evil proclaimation as having come directly from hell. We must oppose this view and we must oppose those who assert it with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength. If we say we love God...and if we say we love our neighbor as ourselves...then we must put on the full armor of God and stand firm against those who would attack us with their fiery darts of wickedness.
Evil is truly on the march. The dark clouds continue to gather. We must sound the trumpet and take our stand.
Some things are deserving of our hate.
Some things are deserving of being deemed intolerable.
Those who hold views such as those quoted above pose a threat to us all.
And they do not help the Palestinian tourist industry much, either.