Wahhabism: A Concern for both Christians and Muslims

I recently commented to some Muslims that it “sounds like the Wahhabis are a thorn in the side of Islam the same way Westboro Batpist and other hate movements are a thorn in the side of Christianity.”

One replied, “Imagine what it would be like if Westboro had several trillion dollars worth of oil, their own publishing houses, and a military. And they started exporting their hate via undermining traditional scholarship, able to buy the press, started funding churches all over the world and started calling themselves ‘authentic’ Christianity. Imagine if they could buy their way into independent churches by subsidising the pastor, building little copies of them all over the world, started their own TV shows, and a free university churning out thousands of missionaries a year to spread their version of Jesus’s (a.s.) teachings. Imagine if they started importing poor youth from Third World countries and disenfranchised youth from richer nations, and paid them to study their syllabus, and then gave them money to go back wealthy and preach.”

“There would be extreme fire and brimstone pastors by the dozen, and more ‘moderates’ who preach about love and compassion, but slowly undermine the established order by slipping in ideas that seem reasonable but actually contradict the Gospels. And imagine of they change the dialogue and created a dichotomy such that any non-Christian is automatically an infidel, and anything to do with them is suspicious. And if anybody called them out, it would be discrimination.”

“Imagine if they could fund proxy wars all over the Christian world to create the chaos they needed to kill the opposing clergy and pastors, and church leaders by funding militants. And then funding ‘peacekeepers’ to stop those militants.”

“Now imagine it has been going on since the early 1900s. That is what Wahhabism is to Islam.”

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