Guardian: ‘The evangelical giftwrapping of Islamophobia marches on’

It’s depressing that a decade after I wrote about a Christian charity’s thinly disguised Islamophobia, they’re still at it

It’s a simple idea. Find an empty shoe box. Fill it with toys, toothpaste or school crayons. And allow Operation Christmas Child to fly it out to some of the neediest children in the world. It’s the sort of thing that you can do together as a family. And it’s a pretty good way to introduce our children to how fortunate they are in comparison to others – not a bad lesson at Christmas…

…So far, so good. Except all is not quite what it seems with this charity. Yes, it is open about the fact that it is an evangelical Christian organisation, with a mission to share the love of Jesus with those who do not believe in him. It is slightly shifty about the fact that it distributes evangelical literature along with the boxes – though not actually in them – and that this literature promotes an exclusivist version of Christianity in the form of innocuous-looking comic book with the sinister message slipped in: “There is only one way to be friends with God.” In many places these boxes are distributed, this is thinly disguised code for: Islam is wrong…


Islam uses charities to send out its messages as well.  In fact, unbothered by political correctness, Islam does a great deal of this: even in countries in places like South America, Islamic missionaries are at work.

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