Guy Pagès has a mission that is both ordinary and extraordinary. His call is to save the souls of men for his faith and he specialised in converting Muslims.
This is not only the space where Christian and Muslim culture clash, but where democrats and Social Justice Warriors can lose it.
Leaving Islam is still considered a sin worthy of death by many Muslims, not giving one’s all to rescue souls is a sin worthy of eternal punishment for some Christians.
However, a battlefield of ideas is provided by our cultural framework that we espouse, the field of democracy. Democrats like myself, who are neither Muslim nor Christian, are there to pick a side, the side of impartiality.
Muslims have all the rights in the world to try whatever they can think of to convert the whole country to Islam. The same right, however, must be guaranteed for Christians. The faith with the more convincing ideas may win more followers, and eventually even all. The belief systems may change and adapt in the same way Christianity and Islam have changed in the past, in the long process of their expansion.
As long as both sides abstain from violence that intellectual battle is welcome in the reign of a democracy. Non-violence, however, can only be guaranteed when both sides get their voices heard. This is the point where Social Justice Warriors fail our culture. Today, all battles of ideas are fought over the internet as Guy Pagès correctly acknowledges. Muslims have their presence already there and so does Guy Pagès.
While the Social Justice Warriors take no umbrage with Muslims who try to convert Christians, the legitimacy of Guy Pagès presence, however, is constantly questioned.
We have now the ludicrous situation that his French Wikipedia entry was deleted while the short English language stub is not. And yet the Social Justice Warriors’ thoroughness must not be underestimated. Twitter has already warned to put ‘restrictions’ on Guy Pagès’ account.
He vows to continue his work against all odds. May the Lord be with him…and with the Muslims.