Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News
Afghanistan, a country suffering from longstanding civil wars, has not seen the face of peace for a long period of time. Continuous bombings by fundamentalist Muslims have stolen peace from lives of Afghanis. However, more recently the country has been seeing some improvement in its situation and among its youth.
Today, a society in which people grow up in families with extremist ideas is facing a deep evolution in religious faiths. Informed Afghan authorities acknowledge that Christianity has obtained a special place not only among youth, but also among various layers in society and house churches are growing tremendously. An independent Shi’ite website in Iran has quoted a knowledgeable Afghan official as saying, “there is evidence of widespread Christian propaganda in Afghanistan and the existence of more than 10 churches that operate secretly in residential houses have been proven.”
In the past, a large number of biased reports and news have been published by Islamic Republic dependent media, trying to make Afghan rulers and politicians pessimistic towards American soldiers or organizations and foundations providing aid and services in Afghanistan and to convince them that the ultimate purpose of all these services is to spread Christianity.
At the same time, Human Rights advocacy groups are concerned that reducing the power of the U.S. in Afghanistan will result in the growth of religious based violations and Islamic persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians. It is even possible that Taliban forces would openly declare war against Christians.
On the other hand, new reports indicate that the tendency towards Christianity has even spread among the elite and well-known Afghan figures and some members of the country’s parliament have embraced Christianity. This clearly indicates that a reform is taking place in Afghani’s zealous and traditional beliefs.
In this connection, Farsi news service of AghanTelex, also published a report on the conversion of some members of the Afghani Parliament to Christianity and wrote, “Evangelism and Christian propaganda is taking place in the country at a high level, but this is the first time that those who call themselves representatives of the Afghani people not only have become “apostates” but have joined Christian ministries to evangelize. This time they want to present their Christian services to Muslim people through parliament.”