The Pope, Bin Laden, and Magdi Allam

Osama Bin Laden’s latest message, delivered Thursday, included a warning to Pope Benedict XVI.

In that context, how are we to interpret the Pope’s decision to personally baptize a “prominent Muslim journalist” at tonight’s Easter Vigil, other than as a cool, calculated declaration of defiance?

Washington Post notes that the Vatican kept it a secret, releasing the news only an hour before the liturgy began. Allam is a noted critic of Islamic terrorism and a supporter of Israel, and has been receiving police protection.

Update: Magdi Christian Allam has written about his conversion–and he hopes indeed that it will be seen as a provocation–and that Christians will cease being “prudent” about evangelism in Muslim countries, and will step up and defend converts from Islam.

Update: Some Muslim leaders are wondering who is advising the pope on these things.

By the way, the guy was hardly a “prominent Muslim.” He is a journalist with a flair for grabbing headlines, who never practiced Islam.

2 thoughts on “The Pope, Bin Laden, and Magdi Allam

  1. As long as people seek to make the Holy Name of Jesus known and are not seeking deliberate martyrdom. Many predominantly Muslim countries have indigenous, pre-Islamic Christian populations. The recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn Evangelical missionaries with some very bad consequences.

  2. The story of Allam’s conversion brings tears to my eyes.

    I don’t have figures at my fingertips, but I believe I’ve read that Christians have been fleeing Egypt and Muslim countries of the Middle East since the late 19th century.

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