Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Radical Islam in prisons

Prison Fellowship is a Christian ministry to prisoners and their families. It helps to transform prisoner's lives, to bring them back into society as productive citizens, and to provide aid to prisoner's families and children. I just received the following e-mail from Prison Fellowship:

Dear Friend,

Right now, known al-Qaeda affiliates are filtering propaganda literature into our prisons. Yes, terrorists are recruiting right here in U.S. prisons!

Meanwhile, Barry Lynn and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are trying to shut down InnerChange Freedom Initiative - a program proven to transform lives and reduce repeat crime.

Isn't something wrong with this scenario? Shouldn't we be more concerned with removing radical Islamic literature from our prisons than removing the Bible?

A recent study on radical Islam in U.S. prisons conducted by George Washington University and the University of Virginia concluded with a recommendation to create a federal commission to investigate the issue now rather than face a crisis later.

I agree wholeheartedly, but I can't help but note an irony here: The largely unimpeded spread of radical forms of Islam through our prisons coincides with increased opposition to the one really successful antidote - that is, the spread of Christianity.

Our program works - and we have studies to prove it. IFI is the best solution to the alienation and rage that fuels conversions to radical Islam, as well as to gangs and other hate groups inside prisons.

Taking programs like IFI away, and making it hard for Prison Fellowship to operate within prison walls, leaves terrorists and other radical groups as the only game in town.
Please stand with us today against the spread of radical Islam and sign a pledge of support to keep InnerChange Freedom Initiative in our prisons (
http://www.pfm.org/generic.asp?ID=5702). Send a strong message that we will not tolerate the use of our prisons by terrorists as a recruiting ground for their misguided cause.

In His grace,

Mark L. Earley

P.S. Please sign the pledge of support today (http://www.pfm.org/generic.asp?ID=5702) and be sure to forward this important e-mail to your friends and family. It's urgent that we get the word out about this critical matter!

I went to the website of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and found many, many articles condemning Christians for criticising Islam, but I couldn't find a single article even addressing the issue of radical Islam in our prisons. What kind of organization turns a blind eye to attempts by radical Muslims to undermine our nation, but tries to eliminate a Christian program that with a proven track record changing lives for the good?

1 comment:

Kevin said...

fI've gone into prisons and met with prisoners and shared the gospel with those who voluntarily wanted to hear it. I've met several former prisoners whose lives have been completely changed by Jesus Christ here in the US and South Africa. Sharing the gospel with these men, and the transformation that comes from Christ if they choose to follow Him is good for our nation. These are men who have abandoned racism, abandonded violence, are fighting life long drug and alchohol addictinos and have dedicated their lives to loving their fellow man. They need hope, they need love, and they need support. The ultimate salvation of this prisoners is of utmost importance to Christians, but the immdiate benefits of peaceful non-violent cooperative prisoners should be something all Americans can support.