Slain relief workers were not proselytizing, Christian group insists
Catholic World News - August 09, 2010
After 10 members were killed in Afghanistan, a Christian relief group has denied that its members are engaged in efforts to convert Muslims.
Leaders of the International Assistance Mission, responding to reports that 10 staff members were killed by the Taliban, said that their mission in Afghanistan is humanitarian. "Our faith motivates and inspires us, but we do not proselytise. We abide by the laws of Afghanistan," insisted Dirk Frans, executive secretary of the group.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our September expenses ($13,263 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: stpetric -
Aug. 09, 2010 7:26 PM ET USA
I would appreciate greater clarity in the understanding and use of the word "proselytize". The media-and even some in the church-seem to use it as a synonym for "evangelize". But it seems to me that "proselytize" has negative connotations that we ought not associate with evangelism, such as implications of deception, coercion, bribery, etc. In my more paranoid moments, I suspect many in the media are happy to foster that confusion, because they see evangelism as inherently suspect.