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“Bulletproof” cross

“Bulletproof” cross

The Washington Post describes the dream of a Karachi businessman to offer hope and comfort to the Christians of Pakistan.

Christians are a small minority of the mostly Muslim country of Pakistan, and they have suffered abuses and violence in recent times, causing many to flee the country. Parvez Henry Gill says that God told him in a dream to find a new way to protect his fellow Christians from persecution and fear.

“I said, ‘I am going to build a big cross, higher than any in the world, in a Muslim country,’ ” said Gill, 58. “It will be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free.”

Erected at the entrance to a Christian cemetery prone to vandalism, the cross will stand 140 feet tall, with a 42-foot crosspiece, the largest in Asia, according to Gill. He has invited the Pope, the Queen of England, and Hillary Rodham Clinton to the dedication of the cross upon its completion, although he acknowledges that he does not know if they will attend. He hopes, nevertheless, that his fellow Christians in Pakistan will receive a clear message.

Gill said, he hopes it can convince the members of Pakistan’s persecuted Christian minority that someday their lives will get better.

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Edward Dunar

I think the appropriate response to this article is compassion and prayers for those facing persecution and violence rather than judgment of their (peaceful) methods of trying to find hope.

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Aelred Bernard Dean, BSG

I do not understand the purpose of building a large cross in a nation that primarily follows the teachings of Islam? It appears to be an act that is going to create disharmony instead of creating understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of other faith traditions: to divide and not to unify. Instead of spending money on an object that will divide people and may create more violence, why not use that money to help people.

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David Allen

I understand his sentiment, but I wonder how long those intolerant of Christians in Pakistan will allow it to stand? It may survive a few bullets, but how about some C-4 at its base?

Bro David

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