Baptism Announcement gone wrong.

Baptism Announcement gone wrong.

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A church in Oklahoma is being sued for $75000 by a muslim convert. He is suing them because they announced his baptism which made his trip home to Syria very difficult. He was badly tortured and just about executed by Muslim extremist. The Christian worldview is a set of beliefs that hang together and depend on each other in an ordered way. This first step into becoming a Christian is to be baptized.
The man who is suing the church in Oklahoma asked repeatedly to have a private baptism to protect his safety. He had been promised by the church that the baptism would be a private baptism. However, soon after he arrived in Syria he quickly learnt that the church published the fact that he had converted and had been baptized. The man tried to deny the conversion however he was captured and toured for days before he was able to escape.
In Syria, you can be murdered for converting. He now fears for his son’s safety and his business there. The Oklahoma church went against this mans privacy and could have possibly gotten him killed. Converting to Christianity should not be something to be afraid of. The Christian Church knows about other cases where Muslim converts were tortured and killed for converting to Christianity, so they should have known enough to respect this man’s privacy.
I believe that the church should pay for this. He specifically asked to keep his conversion and baptism private and they did just the opposite. Not only did it put him in danger it is now possibly putting his son in danger as well. This man can probably never go home to Syria again without the fear of being tortured and killed. He will not be able to visit is son and will not be able to continue is business. It is not fair that he must suffer because he wanted to convert into Christianity.
Another reason why it is a good thing that this man is suing the Oklahoma church is that it could possibly help protect and save other Muslim converts from having to go through the same thing. He will be opening up the eyes of the church and make them realize what an awful thing it is that they did to him. They betrayed him.
It is unfortunate that not everyone can convert into Christianity and feel safe at the same time. The other religious world views are deeply offended that their individuals would convert and leave their religion. I believe that everyone should have the right to have their own religious belief, no matter what religion they were born into or grown up with. If someone decides that they want to convert to Christianity they should have every right to convert and feel safe doing so. This baptism should have been a great, happy moment in this mans life but instead, because his privacy was disregarded by the church, it almost killed him. Hopefully, the Oklahoma church will learn from this experience and will keep there word, as they should have before.

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4 thoughts on “Baptism Announcement gone wrong.

  1. I found this article to be a little disturbing. I find it completely disgusting that people would react in such hatred by torturing and almost killing a man for converting religions. The fact that the Oklahoma church did not keep his conversion a secret it seriously put a risk of killing this man. They did not think twice and have every right to be sued. The harms that came to this man were atrocious. I find that our society is seriously disturbing, although religion has started much controversy all over the world, we as humans have the right to believe what we want. I find it shocking that people could do something like this, by something so small as switching religions. Also the fact that the church did not keep their promise and put this mans life in danger, is going to give a bad name for the church. This will definitely be a learning experience.

  2. This article is extremely interesting for several reasons. First, the article contains the lawsuit document of the Plaintiff, a screen-shot of the First Presbyterian Church of Tusla’s website, and provides examples of other Christian leaders and their responses to baptising converted Muslims. All of these elements provide insight that matter to the case and express some understanding of two sects of two worldviews: the Christian and the Islamic.

    Although, I understand the feelings that you have portrayed in your blog post, I think some further discussion is necessary.

    Some Christians preform baptism when an individual is a child (infant) and others preform baptism when the individual is ready to profess their faith in Christ and proclaim their life as a Christian. This means, that the individual professes, witnesses God, and is willing to publicly claim their faith. The screenshot, which the article provides, expresses this in that it states: “when adults are baptized they make a public profession of faith”. Like many worldviews, the profession and claim to a worldview is beyond an individual – especially in an organised community of a church. The individual, no matter what tradition, if they faithfully believe, typically are willing to share that publicly. It is why we have these religious communities, which the Plaintiff in the article participated, agreed with, and eventually was baptised into.

    I do see how the church has violated his privacy. And I do agree that it has its share in the issues. Although, the profession of faith in Christianity, from my knowledge, is beyond a private relationship with God – it is a relationship with God’s people and that means the public. As you have written, religion is personal and all should have a right to practice their traditions. So, yes, the Plaintiff suffered for his conversion and for his Christian faith – but arguably, that is part of the Christian worldview. When politics (country, religion, the current state of Syria, etc.) cause collisions in worldviews to occur, it can cause great suffering. But, I personally cannot fully blame the First Presbyterian Church of Tusla of these lawsuit claims. Personally, I think that the Plaintiff, as an adult who was asked to be baptised should have a depth in his faith, an understanding of the public declaration of his faith, respect for the community he accepted into his life, and an understanding of what kind of persecution Christianity can bring upon oneself. The church can be sued for privacy breach, but if the Plaintiff’s faith is his truly apart of his life, then he should understand that a conversion is more than a celebration in a church. A change in one’s worldview is what others are willing to persecute.

    Thank you for your blog post. It clearly inspired further discussion.

  3. I found this article to be a little disturbing. I find it completely disgusting that people would react in such hatred by torturing and almost killing a man for converting religions. The fact that the Oklahoma church did not keep his conversion a secret it seriously put a risk of killing this man. They did not think twice and have every right to be sued. The harms that came to this man were atrocious. I find that our society is seriously disturbing, although religion has started much controversy all over the world, we as humans have the right to believe what we want. I find it shocking that people could do something like this, by something so small as switching religions. Also the fact that the church did not keep their promise and put this mans life in danger, is going to give a bad name for the church. This will definitely be a learning experience.

  4. This article is extremely interesting for several reasons. First, the article contains the lawsuit document of the Plaintiff, a screen-shot of the First Presbyterian Church of Tusla’s website, and provides examples of other Christian leaders and their responses to baptising converted Muslims. All of these elements provide insight that matter to the case and express some understanding of two sects of two worldviews: the Christian and the Islamic.

    Although, I understand the feelings that you have portrayed in your blog post, I think some further discussion is necessary.

    Some Christians preform baptism when an individual is a child (infant) and others preform baptism when the individual is ready to profess their faith in Christ and proclaim their life as a Christian. This means, that the individual professes, witnesses God, and is willing to publicly claim their faith. The screenshot, which the article provides, expresses this in that it states: “when adults are baptized they make a public profession of faith”. Like many worldviews, the profession and claim to a worldview is beyond an individual – especially in an organised community of a church. The individual, no matter what tradition, if they faithfully believe, typically are willing to share that publicly. It is why we have these religious communities, which the Plaintiff in the article participated, agreed with, and eventually was baptised into.

    I do see how the church has violated his privacy. And I do agree that it has its share in the issues. Although, the profession of faith in Christianity, from my knowledge, is beyond a private relationship with God – it is a relationship with God’s people and that means the public. As you have written, religion is personal and all should have a right to practice their traditions. So, yes, the Plaintiff suffered for his conversion and for his Christian faith – but arguably, that is part of the Christian worldview. When politics (country, religion, the current state of Syria, etc.) cause collisions in worldviews to occur, it can cause great suffering. But, I personally cannot fully blame the First Presbyterian Church of Tusla of these lawsuit claims. Personally, I think that the Plaintiff, as an adult who was asked to be baptised should have a depth in his faith, an understanding of the public declaration of his faith, respect for the community he accepted into his life, and an understanding of what kind of persecution Christianity can bring upon oneself. The church can be sued for privacy breach, but if the Plaintiff’s faith is his truly apart of his life, then he should understand that a conversion is more than a celebration in a church. A change in one’s worldview is what others are willing to persecute.

    Thank you for your blog post. It clearly inspired some further discussion.

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