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.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Christianity is a proselytizing religion, so deal with it cupcake!

  • Alain

    Distributing religious literature is the equivalent of beheading non believers according to this marxist rag. Sometimes I find such literature (most often JW) in my rural mailbox and have the choice of using it start the wood stove or to accept the message. Isn’t it amazing that I am not hurt, offended, depressed or outraged over it, so I am sure the Muslims are not endangered by it.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep, it is pretty easy to ignore the JWs. No threats or violence, just throw it out, if you don’t care for the message.

    • Canadian

      Endangered, no. But they sure are offended, depressed, and outraged.

      • Alain

        True but then when are they not?

  • Xavier

    They want a note that says “Islam and Christianity both worship Allah, but Islam is better. Or we keel you.”

    • Frau Katze

      I’m noticing an uptick in “Muslim Jesus” articles just lately. I’m theorizing it’s seasonal and they show up every Christmas.

  • Clausewitz

    Cram it you commie bastard.

  • Linda1000

    You know really, I doubt if +80% of the 60,000 little kids in northern Iraq receiving those shoe boxes can read English, no matter if they’re Muslim or Christian, etc. So unless the religious literature is written in various languages it would be meaningless to most kids receiving the gift.

    • Minicapt

      Some of these proselytizing campaigns have been running for 140 years. Usually the tracts are in the local language, but often comic-style publications are also used.


  • Canadian

    Simple! If any religion is said to be good, it means that islam is bad.

  • LauraS

    Our family loves Operation Christmas Child. I never realized it had an “islamophobia” component. Now I love it even more!

    • Frau Katze


  • roccolore

    “Islamophobia” is a term used by supporters of Muslim rape gangs and apologists for Lee Rigby’s killers.

    • Frau Katze

      I’m always on the lookout for it. I even have a Google alert devoted to it (that’s how I found this one).

  • Pete_Brewster

    If Islam is not wrong, nothing is wrong. The sooner the Grauniad accept that the better.

    But go on, let’s slander Americans who take their faith seriously. Why, they’re almost as bad as loyalists.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      One of the left’s insults for America is that we were founded by “heavily armed, tax-protesting, religious fanatics”.

      That always brought a smile to my face! 🙂

  • Ken

    What a rag The Guardian is. You have to be pretty low to be attacking Operation Christmas Child.

  • doubtfulguest

    The saddest – and I mean ‘saddest’ in the sense of ‘most utterly tragic’ – thing about this article is the fact of who wrote it. You could be forgiven for thinking it was just another dhimmi liberal Guardian relativist – and, in a way, you’d be right. But what is more sinister about this particular dhimmi liberal Guardian relativist is the fact that he’s a priest in the Church of England. Rev Giles Fraser (formerly the Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral) is the Guardian’s resident media whore cleric and non-believing Christian. And he HATES conservatives and evangelicals with a raging passion. So there you have it: a high-profile member of the C of E is equating the distribution of leaflets promoting Christianity with violent jihadist activity and condemning Christians for wanting to spread belief in Jesus because it’s ‘Islamophobic’. It just shows you what an absolute mess the established church is in over here.

    • Frau Katze

      I didn’t know that. Dreadful. Is the UK lost? Islam is destined to rule?

      I’ve given up on “progressive” Christians. They’re fakes, half of them are atheists…why don’t they just say so?

      • doubtfulguest

        You’re right. Maybe they enjoy the status and influence? You don’t tend to find too many progressive Christian leaders in churches where they don’t either develop a media profile or get well paid for it!

        I think once Islam properly gets a foot in the door of the C of E, it’ll sound the death knell for genuine religious freedom in the long-term. It may take some time before we end up with full-blown Chrislam as the official state religion, but Lord Harries’ suggestion a couple of weeks ago that the Quran should be read at the next coronation is another worrying step in that direction. There are Christians in the Church prepared to speak out about this fraternising with Islam, but generally they seem to be in positions of less influence, and those who are well-known – Michael Nazir-Ali, for example – often provoke the same sort of reaction displayed in the Guardian article and cries of ‘Islamophobia’ from the progressive clergy. So, in that sense, the Church is basically a microcosm of wider society.