On current events and judged as businesses, Christianity and Islam are headed for Chapter 11, takeover and breakup.
Failing businesses often abuse their customers. The once-mighty Xerox, struggling for revenue in the 1980s, lost its reputation by locking in its customers with abusive leasing contracts. The customers headed for the (Japanese) hills.
Islam – in Afghanistan at least – is following the Xerox model, attempting to hold its customer base by killing defectors:
The chief judge trying an Afghan man who faces a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity defended the court’s autonomy yesterday amid reports the man could be freed.
This policy opens Islam to attack by religions that reward rather than abuse their followers.
Companies that dump their core values suffer in the marketplace – Google is a current example. The Christian “peace activists” our troops just rescued in Iraq dumped a lot of Christian values. Here’s what they were doing there (my ellipsis):
CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) initiated a long-term presence in Iraq in October 2002, six months before the beginning of the U.S. led invasion in March of 2003.
So they began by providing cover for a mass murderer – not very Christian.
After the removal of said murderer:
The primary focus of the team for eighteen months following the invasion was documenting and focusing attention on the issue of detainee abuses and basic legal and human rights being denied them.
Didn’t the dead in their mass graves also merit Christian action?
Then their mission crept again:
Issues related to detainees remain but the current focus of the team has expanded to include efforts to end occupation and militarization of the country and to foster nonviolent and just alternatives for a free and independent Iraq.
In the course of this they got themselves kidnapped, and men risked their lives to rescue them, at great cost. And in their pride, they won’t acknowledge this (my ellipsis):
Before flying out of Baghdad on (a taxpayer-funded) RAF aircraft yesterday, (the) hostages released a brief statement that said nothing about the rescue force.
The hunt for (the) hostages involved:
250 men from the Task Force Black US/British/Australian counter-kidnap unit
100 men from Task Force Maroon, the Paras and Royal Marines backing special forces
15 men in helicopter crews
And tens of thousands of pounds spent on helicopter and transport aircraft flights
By inserting themselves into Iraq, these so-called Christians forced others to pay for and die for them.
The stock of Christianity is already low in Europe, and this episode will speed its decline.
Mrs G, fresh from India, reports that the Hindu religion is in good shape – it puts no gatekeepers between believers and their god, kills no apostates, and promotes the behaviors traditionally associated with Christianity and Islam – maybe Hinduism is the next new thing.