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October 3, 2005

Update on Islamic Death Threats

Topics: Islam And The War On Terror

We received the following letter from South African missionary Peter Hammond summarizing the arrest and apprehension of a Muslim man who threatened to kill him. Remarkably, the lawyer representing the terrorist has threatened the arresting officer!

Dear Friends,

Thank you so very much for your prayers during this difficult time.

Last week, the detective inspector investigating the threats called me in to the local police station to explain the recent developments. Since Frontline Fellowship began receiving hostile and threatening phone calls and the Fatwa by fax, as a result of our new book: -"Slavery, Terrorism & Islam The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat",they had traced the fax, seized a laptop containing a death threat, and arrested and charged a Muslim man - who admitted to typing out the death threat, and faxing it to our Mission. However, the man maintained that hehad no regrets about it, because I deserved death for writing what I haveabout Islam.

The Inspector informed me that the man was well supported by Muslim organisations and had engaged the services of a lawyer who has since threatened both the police inspector and the prosecutor dealing with the case.

The Muslim lawyer claimed that Muslims worldwide will oppose this case and that their lives will be at stake, unless they drop the prosecution of their man. The audacity and arrogance of a lawyer threatening a police inspector and senior prosecutor and attempting to interfere with the process of justice is so outrageous that it needs to be exposed and opposed. Evidently, these people do not respect either freedom of religion or freedom of speech. Neither do they seem to have any respect for the sanctity of ife.

Nevertheless, despite these threats both the police and the prosecutor believe that this case is so serious that it must come to court. They wanted to know if I would be willing to take part in their Witness Protection Programme. As this would require curtailing my public ministry,I could not consider that. They expressed concern for my safety if wecontinued with this case. The prosecutor has been warned that there would be major demonstrations outside the Wynberg Court if the case proceeds. They assured me that while they could arrange adequate protection during thetrial, they expressed concern for what could happen to us after that. At this time the police are arranging regular patrols passed our home and mission.

All the details of the death threats from Muslim extremists are available on the website, including the death threat letter, our initial press statement, and a summary of Islamic attacks on Christ and the Bible from the Islamic Propagation Centre International, based in Durban, South Africa.

However, I am convinced, as Martin Luther was, that we are immortal until our work on earth is done, and the safest place in the world is in thecentre of God's will.

"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of asound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

Yours for faith and freedom,

Peter Hammond

When terrorists threaten publicity helps. Peter and his family would appreciate any addition exposure of this case you can provide.

Updated: listed on StoptheACLU, thePoliticalTeen, Basil's Blog

Posted by Hyscience at October 3, 2005 5:53 PM

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