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Afraid? Got to be kidding me.

Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: Islam-killer bees, and I need a bigger flyswatter

Submitted by Amir (United States), Feb 20, 2006 at 22:23

I am afraid? You got to be kidding me. Mostly rightwingers in the West are afraid. They constantly whine about growing Muslim immigrants in the West and other such issues, not me.

"Christians don't spend billions of dollars on world evangelizations."

They certainly do. You obviously have never listened to Christian radio. They constantly beg for money to 'evangelize' the world. Mostly the money is used on the poorest in poor countries (like Africa) with hidden agenda of 'spreading the gospel.'

"Because people, let's say in Africa, prefer the message of Love the gospel preaches instead of Koranic and sharia hatred."

Islam is still the largest religion in Africa (around 45%). 90% of North Africa is Muslim. Christianity was spread by colonial powers mainly in South African countries replacing African religions (not Islam) with Christianity. In the last 1400 years, no region with Muslim majority has ever been converted into Christian majority except using force and inquisition like in Spain. There were Muslims in South Africa (1% or 2% -- brought as slaves from Malaysia and India centuries ago), and they are still Muslims. Algeria was ruled by France for 300 years (when state-sponsored Christian mission was encouraged by the colonial rulers) but Algeria is still 99% Muslim. Even is South African region, Islam is growing --not dying. Here is an article from Western newspaper on Rawanda (a Christian country)

Rwanda's Growing Faith – Islam

http://www.mediareviewnet.com/Rwanda%20Growing%20Faith%20in%20Islam.htm

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When 800,000 of their Tutsi countrymen were slaughtered in a massacre that began 10 years ago this week, many Rwandans lost faith not only in their government but also in their religion. Today, in what is still a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Islam is the fastest-growing religion.

Many people, disgusted by the role some Catholic priests and nuns played in the genocide, have shunned organized religion altogether, and many more have turned to Islam.

"People died in my old church and the pastor helped the killers," said Yakobo Djuma Nzeyimana, 21, who became a Muslim in 1996. "I couldn't go back and pray there. I had to find something else."

Wearing a black prayer cap, Nzeyimana was one of nearly 2,000 worshippers at the Masdjid Al Fat'h last Friday. The crowd was so large that some Muslims set their prayer mats on the dirt outside the mosque and prayed in the midday heat."

The Muslim community now boasts so many converts that it has embarked on a campaign to construct mosques to accommodate all the faithful. There are about 500 mosques scattered throughout Rwanda, about double the number that existed a decade ago.

Although no accurate census has been done, Muslim leaders in Rwanda estimate that they have a million followers, or about 15 percent of the population. That, too, would represent a doubling of their numbers over the past 10 years.

Muslim leaders credit the gains to their ability to shield most Muslims, and many other Rwandans, from certain death in the 1994 slaughter. "The Muslims handled themselves well in '94 and I wanted to be like them," said Alex Rutiririza, explaining why he converted to Islam last year. With killing all around, he said the safest place to be back then was in a Muslim neighborhood. Then as now, many of Rwanda's Muslims lived crowded together in the Biryogo neighborhood of Kigali.
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