After the Presidential speech last night, many Christians in Springfield and around the country are still questioning the wisdom of supporting the current Afghan government with the lives of American troops. Waiting until 2014 may serve the Afghan government and police forces, but it does not stop the deaths of our military personnel.
Over sixty percent of Springfieldians responding to a KOLR/KSFX poll believe we should get out. The majority believe it should be done with care. A small percentage believe we should get out as soon as possible. Christians often fall into this catagory. They do not see any reason to sacrifice more of our people to maintain a government that does not guaranty one of the freedoms that the United States was built on, freedom of religion.
While President Obama proposes to slowly remove American troops, many Christians want to know why we are protecting a government which allows the execution of Afghanis who convert from Islam to Christianity. When we started the War on Terror, we wanted to find those who attacked new York and Washington on September 11, 2001. Those men have been captured or killed. The Taliban and al-Queda are still fighting to stay alive.
We understand that these groups want to kill all Christians. Not only extremists in Islam want to kill all who convert from Islam to Christrianity. Why do mot Islamic countries have laws that allow execution of christian converts? Some require a trial while others simply look the other way while Muslims murder new Christians.
Non-Christians may believe it is wrong for Christians to evangelize others who have their own beliefs. That is not the question here. The question is, should other countries allow their residents to freely decide what religion they accept? A follow up question is, if they do not allow freedom of religion, should American lives be sacrificed for the protection of such a government?