A Muslim Defends Christianity in Britain

The following is excerpted from an article by Anna Tomova, a Muslim writing in today’s “Visit Bulgaria”.

A Muslim Defends Christianity in Britain

“It seems the national religion of Great Britain i. e. Christianity is under siege, it is not only marginalised and derided, but by the very institutions that should be defending it.”

“Case in point is that of Nurse Shirley Chaplin, banned by Devon and Exeter NHS Trust from wearing her crucifix while on duty.”

“This surely is an affront to the very concept of religious liberty, once regarded as a cornerstone of UK, a democratic, respectful and tolerant nation.”

“However, a new form of virulent secularism seems to be sweeping through society, with Christianity as its target…”

“….All true religious faith, when practiced with benevolence and humility, only serve to strengthen our society, and to undermine religion is to undermine society, itself.”

“It does not seem coincidental that repeatedly attacking Christianity, has seen the social fabric of Britain becoming increasingly frayed, losing our strong moral compass, family breakdown and with violent crime at record levels, while Britain’s once famous sense of community spirit is swiftly evaporating.”

“In the face of such aggressive secularism, it is but natural for Christians and Muslims to become natural allies, being part of the great Abrahamic tradition, with a key verse in the Koran reading: ‘The people closest and dearest to Muslims are those who say: ‘We are Christians.’’ ”

“Therefore, British Muslims should consider it their duty to defend Christianity when it comes under assault, to recognize the central role Christianity has played in the creation of their shared cultures.”

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  1. #1 by logiopath on April 8, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Chris, why don’t you get things over with, and simply convert to Islam?

    • #2 by Christian Beyer on April 8, 2010 - 5:13 pm

      I already converted – to Uncle Ben’s Rice. What strange Aristochristoplatonic world are you inhabiting these days?

    • #3 by Jack on April 9, 2010 - 7:55 am

      Don’t worry, he’ll convert soon.

  2. #4 by logiopath on April 8, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    Aah! It feels good to be back, especially when I use the computer provided by Towson University, whilst writing from my authentic Ivory Tower.

  3. #5 by bfried5 on April 8, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    What Aristochristoplatonic kind of world? The one in which the Savior called us friends.

    More like an egalitarianchristoplatonic world, instead of an Ishmaelcentrimisteleological one.

  4. #6 by anon on April 9, 2010 - 4:52 am

    The Christian Churches and Jewish community condemned the minaret ban when it happened in Switzerland.

    I could be wrong, but it seems to me, this isn’t just about religion, but something bigger—an “identity” crises. Globalization and the establishment of the European Union has sown the seeds for a new identity–one that is moving away from the previous paradigm of a “nationalist” identity. This phenomenon also seems to be happening in Asia. We also have a politico-economic bloc–the ASEAN. In both situations extremist political parties are taking advantage of the nervousness created by the changes to push for an extreme type of “nationalist” rhetoric.
    —all of this is just part of figuring out how to live in a more globalized, mutli-ethnic, multi-religious space with less defined identity markers–or even multiple identity markers?

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