British media are reporting that Arthur Cunningham and Joseph Abraham, American evangelical ministers who’ve been living in Great Britain for years, were told by a police community support officer to "stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham."
Cunningham said the officer told him and Abraham in February that they "were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station."
The men also said the officer told them that if they returned, they would "get beaten up." It’s not clear from media reports who would administer the beatings, the Muslims or the police.
Does it really make a difference who gets to beat them up?
But note the conclusion:
Either way, this is another disturbing example of a great nation ceding its culture because its elites are too invested in political correctness. They’re so intent on establishing themselves as models of tolerance and moral defenders of diversity that they’re willing to be cowed by the radical elements of Islam that are eating away at their civilization…
As it is, England has become a revolving door of migration, the rotation of which is putting a new face on an old nation. Britons are leaving in large numbers and are being replaced in larger numbers by outsiders.
While many of the foreigners relocating in Britain are skilled workers who are necessary to the health of the economy, the country is experiencing a brain drain, the worst in 50 years, the media say. The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development says no other nation is losing qualified people so fast.
Personally, I’m not sold on the idea of handing out tracts in a Muslim area as a winning game plan for personal evangelism. Evangelising Muslims is generally involves a process of relationship building. But considering that Muslim communities in the UK tend to be isolationistic (evidenced by the "no-go" zones they’ve carved out for themselves) this may be the only way to get one’s foot in the door. That’s between them and God, not the police.
It’s interesting to note that, while secularists in the UK (and here for that matter) whine about how retrograde Evangelical Christianity is, they blithely permit the kind of emigration and brain drain that the UK is experiencing. I’ve discussed all of these issues here before, but linking two guys handing out tracts with the long-term viability of a nation–coming from the source it does–is quite a statement.