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Evangelicals Should Avoid ‘Muslim-Baiting,’ Says Professor

Amen, I agree.  


WASHINGTON – An evangelical professor who was part of a summit on foreign policy held at Georgetown University believes that evangelicals should avoid “Muslim-baiting.” David Gushee, founder of the organization Evangelicals for Human Rights and professor at Mercer University, told The Christian Post that evangelicals should not participate in projects like the anti-Muhammad film that sparked violent protests in the Middle East.

“We certainly need to have no participation in what you might call ‘Muslim-baiting.’ If we know that attacks on the character of the prophet Muhammad evoke predictably violent reactions, it’s just foolish and unwise and immoral,” said Gushee. “You want to avoid such things from happening and we need to quarantine out of our community this kind of Muslim-baiting that is happening on our fringes.”

Gushee also told CP that the violence by reactionary Islamic mobs in Libya and Egypt should never be considered justified in their actions. “We also need to say that random killings of westerners or Americans or Christians because some foolish person somewhere made a film about Muhammad are wrong too,” he said. “Outbursts of randomly directed violence against people who were not involved with the provocation are unjustifiable and must be condemned.”


Also wanted to note how sick I felt reading some of the comments left under this article by professing Christians at the Christian Post. Christians in America (not all, but the ones I always seem to come across online) have completely forgotten what they are here for. Jesus didn’t tell us to go out into the world and bash, mock, or denigrate another’s religion, He told us to preach and teach Christ and offer the Good News of the Gospel. Our mission is to bring the lost to Christisn’t it? 

I dare say Paul would have accomplished nothing if at Mar’s Hill he would have started out mocking and bashing all the false pagan gods those folks worshiped! (See Acts 17).


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