A chance encounter reminded me of the true dangers of the liberalism in the West that allows those who hate us to enjoy our culture.
There were about six people in the whirlpool including a Jewish couple from New Jersey, a Muslim businessman from the African nation of Guinea and myself. Someone mentioned drug use in the United States among the youth, and with a broad smile the Muslim businessman said, “We don’t have that problem in Guinea – if someone has drugs or guns they are executed.”
I looked at him calmly and said, “Yes, and if a Muslim converts to Christianity he is executed as well.” The Muslim’s smile turned quickly into a straight face, and his eyes filled with hatred. The Jewish couple, realizing they were in a hot tub with a man that would be willing to cut their throats if they were found in Guinea, quickly exited. Within a minute just the Muslim and I remained in the tub. He said to me, “We have freedom of worship in our nation and respect other religions.” He thought that I could be fooled as easily as former President George W. Bush or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That was not the case.
“Really,” I replied. “Tell me then why your president ordered the brutal torture, execution and mutilation of Pastor Michel Loua?” The reply from the Muslim was swift: “That was a special case. Those who are born Christians are not bothered.” He then smiled and said, “You should visit our nation.” I replied that I had visited most of Africa, including Sudan, on fact-finding missions, but given the fact that I valued my life I had no plans on visiting his nation any time soon. At that point the Muslim smiled, bid me good day and departed, leaving me alone in the whirlpool.
I had written about the execution of Pastor Michel Loua in 2010. In 2006 he and his family came to the United States so he could attend seminary in preparation to preach in Guinea. He graduated in 2009 with a master’s degree from Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. He and his family were members of the Rosewood Baptist Church, and in December 2008 he preached a revival there.
Loua returned to Guinea in June 2010 and was arrested within a few weeks. He was literally offered as a human sacrifice to “enhance” the leadership of the president. One news source said that “according to Guinea Muslim beliefs, it was necessary to kill an infidel (non-Muslim) to insure the new leadership’s success. Loua was reportedly tortured, shot through the heart and his body mutilated.”
Pastor Loua was born a Muslim and accepted Jesus as Savior at the age of 22. After his conversion he survived, among other things, a stoning by his Muslim relatives.
At the time of his death he had been married to Elisabeth for 15 years and had three children – a 14-year-old son and two daughters, aged 12 and 4. At the time of his murder by President Alpha Condé, his wife was expecting a fourth child.
Occasionally, my wife and I take a seven-day cruise in early December or January when the prices are about half off. The meeting above with the African businessman occurred on a medium-sized cruise ship in the Caribbean, and as a result I was to cross paths with him a couple of other times during the week, including once as he was seated with two of his wives for lunch.
I am very sure that a liberal columnist would have found the meeting in the whirlpool exhilarating and by now would have had an article at Huffpost touting the glamour of multi-multiculturalism and stating what a wonderful example the whirlpool experience had been.
I had a far different view because I knew that pastors like Michel Loua, and in some cases their families also, had been hacked to death in Africa simply because they were Christians. I had met a man in a hot tub who was enjoying Western culture while making his money selling aluminum ore to the West, and thereby enriching Islamic tyrants who are trying to spread their own revolting and murderous system. Pastor Loua is just one of countless innocent victims who, if they could, would warn us of the dangers of being too trusting of other cultures – even those that cannot and will not be tolerant of others.