Donald Hank
Akhtar Hussain, thank you for making the right choice
I am grateful. Your choice left no grieving widows or orphans that night.
By Donald Hank
April 12, 2011

My Muslim friend Mahmoud sent me an email with an attachment regarding a Pakistani man, Akhtar Hussain, who burned a Bible at a church in Pakistan as a protest against the Koran burning by Terry Jones. The desecrator was arrested and charged with a crime that carries a sentence of up to 10 years.

Mahmoud said that the Bible is a holy book in the Muslim world as well, is himself incensed by this act and is interested in my reaction. Ok.

First I wish I had Mr. Hussain before me. I would like to thank him for making the right choice.

Hear me out, please.

The Christian Post reported the reaction of world Christendom to the Bible burning. It was the usual bland politically correct pabulum, uttered for the consumption of their constituents: "we condemn this act of desecration..."

It was utter hypocrisy, because these clergy desecrate the scriptures constantly by distorting the Word of God every chance they get.

World "Christendom" today is increasingly tolerant of the most crass and outrageous desecration of the scriptures by the clergy. Every Sunday from the pulpit and in their weekday communications with the secular world, "Christian" pastors routinely distort the Word of God, blasphemously declaring that God accepts homosexual marriage and homosexual priests and pastors. They constantly desecrate the legitimacy of government, at variance with the exhortations of Jesus and the Apostle Paul. Jesus said to give unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Paul said the authorities are given their power by God.

Yet most denominations today illegitimately strip the Constitution and the will of the people (in whom governing power is vested) of their authority by endorsing illegal immigration and providing sanctuaries for law breakers.

Many pastors also substitute godless socialism for the legitimate gospel of Jesus Christ, trampling on the "bread of life" doctrine and elevating the doctrine of material bread high above it.

Still others, while claiming to represent conservative Christians, support leftist dogma or godless far-left candidates.

Muslims love it when Christian leaders condemn people for doing what Akhtar Hussain did. And they love it when we say "people like that belong in jail." It brings them closer to their goal of having the West make laws that protect holy books, at variance with the Constitution and the Magna Carta.

They are hoping that softheaded American Christians will get behind a new bill that may be proposed shortly by the Democrats and one GOP jackass, Lindsay Graham (have you see the video? He really is one), and that is, a bill that would outlaw desecrating the Koran. Now, mind you, the US military burned 2500 Bibles in Afghanistan that were the private property of military personnel, and that is fine with the clergy. Not one Christian leader said "we condemn this act of desecration." And, while Christian leaders condemn (they seem to savor that word) Terry Jones for sullying a false religion that honors murderers, not one of them objects to the new proposed freedom-crushing legislation.

But what should be done to Akhtar Hussain, you ask?

Well, what would Jesus do?

When Jesus was being murdered, He cried out to His Father: Forgive them for they know not what they do.

Mr. Hussain is a Muslim. For him, the Bible is not holy. For some Muslims it is, but not for all. For him it is not a holy book.

He has not read the Bible and doesn't know about the saving power and grace of Jesus' blood.

If the ones who killed Jesus were to be forgiven for their ignorance (even without asking forgiveness), don't you think Mr. Hussain will be forgiven for his ignorance of the life-giving message of salvation?

I don't know the answer to that question. If they were Christian clergy desecrating the Word, as is their wont, then there could be no forgiveness, because they know the Word and they know what God expects, and they desecrate the Word in spite of it. So don't be surprised at how few preachers and priests you see in heaven.

But Hussain probably doesn't know any of this.

One thing is certain: Hussain's punishment is not a question for men to decide. God will decide the issue when Mr. Hussain comes before Him at the Seat of Judgment.

When men try to judge people on religious matters and create "religious crimes," as the Pakistani legislature has, and as Lindsay Jackass Graham and his fellow jackasses on the other side of the aisle want to do in our country, then God is displeased because they are doing what the crowd was doing when they tried to stone the adulteress. Because this is not our domain.

Here is what I say to Akhtar Hussain:

As a Christian, I am saddened that you burned the Bible, but that act proved you don't understand the Bible. To understand it is to love it, unless you belong to Satan.

But then, for you, given your upbringing, and given what Terry Jones did to a book that you consider holy (wrongfully so), you had a choice. You could have taken a human life or you could have burned that Bible, as you did.

As a result of your choice, there were no grieving widows or orphans that night, just a little pile of ashes and a minuscule quantity of carbon added to the atmosphere of your fair city. God was sad, but He knows your fate and perhaps He is waiting for you to make another choice now.

That's all you did, and it could lead to something really wonderful. My fingers are crossed.

Not only that, your choice gave Christians all over the world the opportunity to witness to Muslims like you, and, not counting the stupidity of our clergy, we did it by our restraint and tolerance.

Not one Christian anywhere in the world harmed a Muslim over this act of yours. It was not a Christian but a Muslim policeman who placed you under arrest and it will be a Muslim judge to sentence you.

The entire Muslim world can see the contrast between Pakistan's harsh Sharia law and the angry murderers in Afghanistan and Iraq on the one hand and, on the other, the shining example set by forgiving Christians, who, rather than speak ill of you, pray for you sincerely and wish you the best. I join them tonight in praying that you will find Jesus and that God will bring you great peace, joy, prosperity and happiness.

I also sincerely pray that the judge will be lenient.

Thank you for making the right choice.

Muslims massacre Christians after getting UN support. Obama and European leaders silent. UN does nothing to stop massacre. The West's involvement in the Middle East is consistently anti-Christian, pro-Muslim, promotes savagery:

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Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.


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