We keep hearing from western followers of Islam how theirs is the "religion of peace", and how they only want to peacefully co-exist with everyone else.
Setting aside that this professed attitude is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Koran, I want to talk a little about a single recent example of Islam, the "religion of peace" in action.
I want to talk about the case of Hiba Abdelfadil Anglo from Khartoum, Sudan.
On June 17, 2010, Hiba Abdelfadil Anglo, then just 15 years old, was abducted by a gang of Muslim men. She was beaten until she was unconscious and then locked in a room where the leader of the gang raped her.
She was moved from location to location for months, beaten and raped as her captors saw fit and under threat of death if she tried to escape.
They insulted her family and called them "infidels."
Her crime? She was a Christian.
In the eyes of her Muslim captors that made her sub-human and subject to their every evil desire unless and until she denied her own faith and converted to Islam.
I only heard about this case yesterday morning as my Pastor was preaching on the Beatitudes, He spoke of how hard it was to preach on being persecuted for Christ to those of us living in a Western nation.
Professing Christians in Western nations, he said, cannot comprehend the persecution that goes on in other parts of the world.
He then cited just two examples.
Hiba's case was the first he spoke of. While she was abducted over a year ago, we were only hearing about it because Hiba had miraculously managed to escape from her captors and returned home to her family.
“I had tried to escape three times before, but they captured me every time and beat me a lot,” she said, sobbing.
“Apart from abusing me sexually, he tried to force me to change my faith and kept reminding me to prepare for Ramadan,” she said.
“I cannot forget this bad incident, and whenever I try to pray, I find it difficult to forget. I ask believers to pray for me for inner healing.’
The horror of what she endured for the past 12 months is with her daily. She lives in fear of her captors, that they will come for her again. She finds prayer difficult. She finds everything difficult.
It's not hard to understand why. The actions of so-called Muslim men against this 15-year-old girl are heinous. They are atrocious. They are, by any measure I can come up with, indefensible.
The report of Hiba's story on BeTheDomino.org ends with this:
We ask that you would please pray for Hiba. Pray for both physical and emotional healing. Pray for peace in her heart, and in the heart of her family. Hiba fears that her attackers may come back for her.
Pray that her story would touch the lives of others, and that she would be continue to be a voice for those who feel as though they have no voice. Share this story with others. This girl has a story that needs to be told. People need to know about this, and realize what we take for granted can cost someone in another country everything.
Pray that her attackers would be brought to justice.
All I can say to that is a hearty "Amen."
That a group of Muslim men can kidnap, beat and rape a 15-year-old girl because she does not share their faith speaks volumes on the character of those men, and by extension, their religion.
But the horrific acts of these men against a 15-year-old Sudanese girl is not even the most disgusting part of Hiba's story. Believe it or not, it actually gets worse.
Hiba's mother said that when she first went to a police station to open a case, officers told her she must first leave Christianity for Islam.
What kind of a human being acts that way? What kind of police officer treats the kidnap, beating and rape of an child so callously?
Apparently, a Muslim policeman in Khartoum...
“You must convert to Islam if you want your daughter back,” officer Fakhr El-Dean Mustafa of the Family and Child Protection Unit told Ikhlas Anglo, Hiba's mother.
The news report goes on to say, almost tongue-in-cheek:
Recently transferred to another station, Mustafa was not immediately available for comment.
Yeah, I bet.
There's nothing quite like showing to the world what a complete and callous scumbag you are to send such a corrupt and insensitive cockroach scurrying for cover.
So much for getting any justice or help from the police...
“Since my daughter was kidnapped, I have been living in a state of fear and terror,” said Ikhlas Anglo, 35, a mother of two daughters.
A relative of the girl said police are fully involved in the crime, as officers had traced the phone number of the kidnappers but were reluctant to admit that to the girl’s family.
‘‘The police have a direct link with the kidnappers,’’ the relative said.
There is still one final shock to my sensibilities to come.
Believe it or not, after giving her permission to take time off to search for hir missing daughter, her employer fired Ikhlas Anglo from her job without so much as even telling her.
As a human being I cannot comprehend how anyone can defend the actions of any of these professing Muslims, from the kidnappers and rapists who first abducted young Hiba, to the police who told her distraught mother, “You must convert to Islam if you want your daughter back," to the employer who cared so little for his Christian employee that he would fire her without warning AFTER telling her she can have the time off to search for her missing daughter.
Muslims, if this is your "Religion of Peace" then I want no part of it.
Not in my neighbourhood, not in my city and not in my country.
I cannot comprehend how you can defend your fellow Muslims in circumstances like these.
In fact, in not loudly and publicly denouncing these criminals, you condone their every act.
Shame on you.