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TIKRIT, IRAQ – In another shocking development in the unfolding
story of Saddam Hussein's capture, sources in Iraq have informed The
Holy Observer that the former Iraqi dictator converted to Christianity
shortly after being taken into custody.
Numerous accounts of the raid that led to Hussein's capture corroborate
the story that upon being removed from the "spider hole" in
which he was hiding, Hussein spotted a WWJD bracelet on the wrist of a
4th Infantry Division soldier and began pointing at it and yelling excitedly.
Witnesses relate that the soldier then walked Hussein through the four
spiritual laws with the help of an interpreter and a pocket-sized Arabic
translation of the New Testament on the way to the undisclosed location
where Hussein is being interrogated.
Sources tell THO that Hussein then prayed the prayer of salvation and
related to the soldier that he first became interested in Christianity
when members of his regime presented him with materials being circulated
by Southern Baptist missionaries who were expelled from the country for
proselytizing. The materials were specifically targeted to Muslim men,
and they explained the many similarities between the Southern Baptist
and Muslim views on the role of women, abortion, homosexuality and other
social issues. Sources say Hussein was fascinated by these materials,
and expressed interest in becoming a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.
In a statement released by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
Chairman Gary A. Smith, Southern Baptist leaders expressed solidarity
with Hussein and called for the fallen despot's immediate release.
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"This is a man who has asked for God's forgiveness for his
sins," Smith said in the statement. "We know that his transgressions
are many, but let he who has no sin cast the first stone…we look
forward to welcoming Saddam Hussein into the Southern Baptist fold."
While it did express concern over the fact that Hussein's conversion
did not happen with the use of a King James Version of the Bible, the
statement goes on to say how effective a repentant Hussein could be as
a coordinator of missions in the Middle East.
"We believe that, as a Christian, Saddam Hussein would have the
visibility and the knowledge to impact the Middle East for Christ in a
way that has not happened since the crusades," Smith said. "Let's
not forget that the Apostle Paul was a despicable persecutor of Christians
before his conversion. The good that Saddam could do would outweigh the
evil deeds he has committed, and that is why we are calling for his immediate
and unconditional release."
But some international religious leaders are not quite so optimistic
about the sincerity of Hussein's conversion.
"I think this is a pretty obvious public relations ploy by Hussein,"
said Robert Holmes, president of the Center for the Study of World Religion
– a London-based religion think tank. "He has a history of
doing whatever is necessary to survive, and he thinks that he can endear
himself to Americans by converting to the predominant American religion.
What he doesn't understand in this case is that becoming a Southern
Baptist will actually win him very few friends. He would have been better
off converting to Scientology."
U.S. defense officials would not comment on the validity of the conversion
story, but a senior Pentagon official did confirm to THO that Hussein
has been wearing a t-shirt that says "My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter"
while in custody.