Christianpost reports ” An expert on Islam said Thursday that the United States and other Western nations are indirectly aiding the spread of radical Islamic groups abroad.”
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of U.K.-based Barnabas Fund, said at a lecture hosted by Family Research Council that the “Arab Spring” is a good example of how the United States and other nations are enabling the spread of Islamism, especially in Libya and Egypt.
In Libya, he said, the support given by NATO and the U.S. to the rebel group, known as the NTC, is a matter of concern.
“We had to support the NTC, which was the rebel group,” said Sookhdeo, who added that “they were a coalition of groups that included al-Qaida.”
“We have removed one dictator and replaced that dictator with a political ideology rooted in a religion that wants our destruction.”
From that example, Sookhdeo moved to Egypt, which also recently had a dictatorship toppled by the civilian uprising.
“The conclusion is the Salafist Wahhabists have effectively triumphed,” said Sookhdeo, noting that the elections resulted in the Salafists gaining around 60 percent of the seats in the legislature.
Sookhdeo, a former Muslim who now heads a Christian persecution watchdog group, also believes the Republic of Turkey is also on the verge of having an Islamist government.
“So we all back Turkey, but Turkey is changing. It’s not the Turkey of Ataturk, but the Turkey of a new political order which is increasingly religious,” said Sookhdeo.
The Historical Parallel
Sookhdeo spent the first half of the lecture focusing on documenting the religious component of the rise of Nazism in Germany. He drew a parallel between the threat that Nazism posed to Christian leaders then, and the similar threat faced by Christians in the U.S., Europe, and the Muslim world today with radical Islam.
He talked about the “Protestant Reich Church,” which was the denomination Nazi leadership set up in order to unify German Protestantism into a singular pro-Nazi entity. In response to it, theologians like Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer founded the “Confessing Church,” which resisted Nazi efforts to control Protestantism and also spoke out against the regime as a whole. Full story