WE have just come across this excellent letter written this week to The Age in Melbourne by Jack Jacoby, of Black Rock,Victoria, regarding the recent hostage situation in Afghanistan. It says it all:
The Taliban have at last released the South Korean hostages. I am sure most people have breathed a sigh of gratitude and feel great relief. But let’s think for a moment about what happened. A group of Christian zealots decided to conduct missionary activities to convert non-Christians in the non-Christians’ own country where non-Christians represent the vast majority of the population. Regardless of what you think of Muslims (and their own band of zealots), what incredible arroÂgance for Christians to enter a land inhabited by non-Christians and attempt to convert them to their brand of zealotry. Religious testosterone has reared its ugly head once again in the form of the fiction that is the creation of my god is better than the fiction that is the creation of your god.