Started by peter_speckhard, August 16, 2021, 08:12:33 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on August 18, 2021, 08:19:37 PMAnd the theological import or input of or for all of this is....?(Now laughing at how, not so long ago, when the discussion got contentious, a thread deemed "political" was shut down.)
Quote from: Charles Austin on August 18, 2021, 11:26:34 PMOur country, we must admit, has failed its moral obligations before, and it is possible that we will do so again.
Quote from: Dave Benke on August 20, 2021, 10:50:11 AMForwarding this link, received from many and various sources, for donations for Afghan refugees to be routed through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS): https://secure2.convio.net/lirs/site/Donation2?df_id=4079&4079.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T/. I'm certain our congregation will be contributing, and encourage individuals and leaders on this board to do the same. Dave Benke
QuoteChristians have historically had a small community in Afghanistan; there are currently no reliable estimates of its population. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan does not recognize any Afghan citizen as being Christian, except many expatriates (although, Rula Ghani, the country's First Lady from 2014 until 2021, is a Maronite Christian from Lebanon). Afghan citizens are not legally permitted to convert to Christianity; although there are no explicit laws that forbid evangelizing by non-Muslims, many authorities and most of society view its toleration as contrary to the practice of Islam. There is only one legally recognized Christian church building in Afghanistan, the Catholic chapel at the Italian Embassy which has been operational since the 1930s. Under the Taliban, there were many more restrictions.