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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grace and Freedom

Nothing invokes passion like the images and sounds of freedom.  From William Wallaces's cry,  to the visceral reaction of cheering throngs today as Egypt’s ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, appeared this morning in court.  The bible talks a lot about freedom.  One of the hallmarks of the Spirit’s movement is freedom. It’s a mark of God at work. 2 Corinthians says that “[t]he Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Just north of my summer quarters, a group of Moroccan protesters will be brought to justice for "incitement to break the fast in public" during Ramadan. As most of you know, during the month of Ramadan, Muslim’s are supposed to abstain from drinking, eating, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset.

This is the first time in Morocco that a group of "non-fasters" appears in public to protest against the current law and call for the right not to practice Ramadan in public, observers note. They want to get rid of a law that "punishes every Muslim openly breaking the fast of Ramadan, before the “iftar” meal which marks the end of daylight.

The local branch of the Moroccan Council of Ulema (Muslim theologians), denounced the protests describing them as "agitators". Saying it was an"abhorrent act that defies the teachings of God” and deserving of “serious sanction."

The oppression of Islam and the desperation of masses of humanity searching for the true and living God is especially evident during Ramadan which began August 1. Millions about millions not even allowed to swallow their own Saliva as they try to please a god who offers no grace or promise of salvation.