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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 01:48 PM
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74. and *that*
was from a right-wing media outlet, until recently a flagship of the Conrad Black organization: the Telegraph.

"Southern Baptists have prayed for years that Iraq would somehow be opened to the gospel," his appeal began. That "open door" for Christians may soon close.
Hmm. And that door was opened for them by ... why, it couldn't have been the US government's illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq, could it??

The US Agency for International Development has said that the government cannot rein in private charities. "Imagine what the US Congress would say to us," said a spokesman in April.
Hmm. The US government, as the occupying power in a country, can't control who enters that country, and for what purpose? Well who *does* have that authority? -- that authority, to control who crosses its borders, being one of the prime markers of a sovereign state, after all. And if it ain't the US government, did somebody ask whoever it is whether they wanted Southern Baptist missionaries there? Like, did they get a visa from somebody? I think Iraqis probably need visas to enter the US ...

Southern Baptists from North Carolina visited Iraq in October to help hand out 45,000 boxes of donated food. One of the team, Jim Walker, told IMB's Urgent News bulletin that he met village children "starved of attention and I could tell some of them have not eaten well. But their biggest need is to know the love of Christ."
And of course, he's not doing anything to fill that "need". Noooo.

Mr Hanna concedes his new Iraqi friends were possibly drawn by the novelty of meeting Americans. "But you don't discount that, you use it as an opportunity to tell them about Jesus. Last time we only took 8,000 Arabic Bibles to Iraq. In future missions the goal is one million."
Yeah, just like you use food as an opportunity to tell starving people things they didn't ask you to tell them about.

If I were Iraqi, I might very well be asking these people "who invited you?" And I'd think it very obvious that the US government, which does indeed have the power to control who enters the country, which Iraqis certainly don't have, is the answer to that question.

The missionaries pose a dilemma for President George W Bush.
And obviously he's the one who can choose between the horns of that dilemma, and has done just that by allowing them access to Iraq that they were denied before the invasion and occupation.

I'm sure it's not difficult for Iraqis to see whose work the Southern Baptists in their midst are doing.

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