Family fears for abducted pastor

2012-07-15 09:47

Boston - The family of a Boston pastor abducted in Egypt is appealing to his captor to release the 61-year-old man, saying he is a diabetic and the family fears for his health.

The son of Reverend Michel Louis told The Associated Press on Saturday that his father was on a church group trip to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped Friday when an Egyptian Bedouin stopped their bus on a road linking Cairo to Mount Sinai.

Louis' son, Reverend Jean Louis, says the family is concerned about all three and does not want to discuss communications with the US government so as not to jeopardise their chances for release.

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-15 10:18

    Great idea. Go to a majority Muslim country in a state of political uncertainty and walk around tracing the steps of a mythical man in a dress. Bound to get someone's attention. Of course being a pastor he can always pray the problem away but methinks that is not going to help any. The Bedouin fellas are going to need hard cash.

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-15 11:07

      You really are an ...........

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 11:29

      Faith can move mountains

      Squeegee - 2012-07-15 11:33

      You truly are a despicable religious troll. Fortunately , more and more readers are seeing through you and you small band of bigots.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-15 11:44

      I " gotta hand it to you " Zaa !

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 11:47

      john.loveland.9 Don't be shy. Say it or pray it! Or refute my contention that praying is a fruitless waste of energy.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 11:48

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier Faith can move mountains ... but cannot cure amputees.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 12:06

      squeegee.pilot Oh look its squeegee.pilot calling everyone a troll who does not share his creepy crazy world view. Do you ever post anything else than name calling comments? Last time you told someone to grow up because he criticised religion and then you deleted your post to avoid embarrassment when you got called out. You are a pathetic little coward who does not have the courage of his convictions.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 12:15

      I think Natalie du Toit will disagree with you and Oscar Pistoirus. God allows this to happen us to make us stronger. I have Epilepsy and I don't see it as my weakness I see it has my strength. I also just lost my job, I see at has God closing one door and opening another

      Squeegee - 2012-07-15 12:16

      zaa, really? It sounds like you work at News24. How do you know my post was not deleted like a lot of my posts? Usually I just ignore you as you don't seem to have an opinion on anything other than criticizing believers. Your hatred of faith has become a zealous religion of its own.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 13:22

      No I said he allows pain to make us stronger. I don't believe God has this syndrome at all, of course its your choice to believe that article. God was using Isaac as why to say one day I am going to send my own son. And if you read Exodus you will see that the Israelis disobeyed God by worshiping false idols and such stuff. God is a God of love and when one of his children suffer he suffers to and you left one person out of your argument. The real culprit behind all pain and suffering...they say the greatest trick the devil played on the world was getting people to believe he his not real

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 14:58

      I believe we have reached a stale mate, you will continue to believe there is no God and I will continue to believe there is. I will of course respect your views as an atheist, but when the time comes for us to die we will see who is right : )

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 16:17

      squeegee.pilot How have I noted you delete your posts when you are embarrassed by the counter comments to your silly posts accusing all and sundry of being trolls? Because you do it that often. Ok?

      cassandra.e.olivier - 2012-07-17 16:55

      I am not scared of dying!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing I have to fear is fear it self.

      cassandra.e.olivier - 2012-07-17 16:58

      You can find me on facebook

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-15 10:30

    gees, gentlemen he is only a pastor.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 11:49

      Well they are judging his wealth by all those televangelist crooks they see on TV with the private jets and many mansions.

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-07-15 15:16

      Only a pastor? He makes his living from telling lies. That makes him a con artist and therefore a criminal.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-15 15:20

      The good pastor almost certainly believes we reap what we sow. If that is the sole cause of the world's suffering, we're lucky still to be here

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-15 10:33

    Touring the troubled land under forceful conditions?

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-15 10:56

    It is Kharma. And as always, for every one rogue there are a hundred angels.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 11:45

    I really hope he will be ok

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-15 13:12

    To the 'atheists' commenting, u don't believe God exists, good for you! Why does it bother you that we do? You spend your lives rubbishing our beliefs! Why? Are you sure you are atheists or are you actually the devil's advocates posing as atheists? Leave the believers alone, we are entitled to our own beliefs, and having experienced many Devine moments in my life, nothing will make me believe in 'nothing.' Evil exists, good exists! There's no doubt about that! If I link good with my God and evil with the devil, how does that affect you as a non believer? How much evil is being prevented everyday by believers that are God fearing? What sort of a world are you advocating for by telling people to believe in nothing? It is my belief that you are not atheists but devils advocates, and if you really are atheists, than the above statement should not insult you since you don't believe the devil exists either! Your response will be very inte resting, so would your actions on your death beds!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-15 15:52

      Is that the god that makes Siamese Twins?

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 16:19

      @Lennon New here are you? This is why we bother - Religion sucks trillions of annual dollars from a world budget that is reeling, and plans to take even more. Religion divides families, neighbors and nations, obliterating the harmony that could be achieved in reason-based societies. Religion grants the right to repeatedly beat a child. Religion grants the right to kill innocents. Religion grants the right to teach fables in place of science, civics, and ethics. Religion is used in commerce and politics to manipulate the masses for profit. Religion demeans those who believe it, and also those who don't. Religious evangelists repeatedly try to harvest vulnerable children by instilling foundational fear into them. Religion repeatedly attempts to impose its creepy views on such issues as abortion, contraception and the right to die with dignity on the rest of society. Religion takes my tax money to subsidise these activities.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-15 13:17

    Cassandra and squeegee don't let your faith be shaken by these devil's advocates, their time will come!!! It always does after a near death experience!! The Lord and the devil exist as much as good and evil does!!

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-07-15 15:22

      Hahaha..precious. You really believe the god you serve is not evil? Clearly you haven't read the bible. Nor do you read the news every day and realise how much terror is committed in the name of religion. Not to mention the billions of rands that con artists like this pastor steal from gullible suckers like you on a daily basis.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 16:20

      You are not the first to threaten me with an afterlife in hell. You may use your hell to frighten little children but is has no affect on me. You guys are so positive they know who the god of the universe is, who the source of all evil is and what exactly happens in the hours following my last heartbeat. I am not impressed by these threats from regular human beings no different tfrom me who claim to know that which it is impossible for us to know. I'm genuinely confounded by your presumption that you have more ability to obtain afterlife information than I am.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-15 17:14

    The God I serve brings out the good in me. I don't impose my religion or faith on anyone. Like I said, these are my beliefs and you can write a twenty page essay on why I should not serve him, buy you would be wasting your time! At no point did I threaten you but I have witnessed non believers turning around after near death experiences just like those that use religion for evil or personal gains! In every good institution, you will always find detractors!! As a whole, religion, faith and fear of the living God do good for the billion believers!!! Your examples are always of a hand full that bring disrepute to a good institution!! A handful that might even be non believers like you serving their purposes!! Keep your beliefs and I'll keep mine, one day we'll exchange notes again and believe me, it won't be me that would have his views!! Best of luck!!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-15 17:37

    I hope someone is able to rescue him and the other abductees and return them safely to their homes and families. As an atheist, anyone or thing that is suffering or in trouble, will always have my empathy and compassion.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-15 17:43

    @zaatheist, I'm sorry u misread what I wrote, at no time did I comment about what will happen after death, I said, it would be interesting to see your actions on your death bed!!! That is, BEFORE you pass on!! I have witnessed turn around in thoughts and actions from non believers at this time!! Continue believing in nothing, I just ask that you stop ridiculing those that do!!! Believe me, I'm not gullible, my personal experiences have made me change from the person that you are trying to advocate me to being!! It's very easy to label a believer that has been mischievous to push your agenda, there are over five billion believers! You cannot try and use the argument that there are a million that are being mischievous!! That would be a gullible statement from a non believer!!! There are more believers than non believers and yet you'll find that most of the rapists and murderers are people that, like you, believe in nothing!!

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 19:47

      "their time will come." How pathetic. On my death bed. PAH! There is no god now and there will be no god then. Just because you have been brainwashed and suckered in to believing that their is an invisible magic man in the sky who grants wishes do not think everyone else is a gullible as you are. There are more believers than non believers. Argumentum ad populum. Where were you educated. FAIL! "Yet you'll find that most of the rapists and murderers are people that, like you, believe in nothing!!" You are digging bigger and bigger holes for yourself. Like Catholic and protestant clergy I suppose. Continued

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 19:47

      The Associated Press reported recently that three insurance companies receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by Protestant clergy, challenging the assumption that clergy sexual abuse is an exclusively Catholic problem that does not take place in other churches. That is a higher number than the annual average of 228 “credible accusations” brought against Catholic clerics in records reported by the Catholic Church in response to media scrutiny, a priest observed in a Fox News commentary questioning why the story isn’t garnering more attention. While the report about abuse in Protestant churches doesn’t absolve guilty Catholic priests or those who enabled them, said Father Jonathan Morris, it offers a more complete picture. “The problem of sexual abuse has no denominational boundaries,” he wrote. The AP obtained figures on sex-abuse claims from three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America–Church Mutual Insurance Company, GuideOne Insurance and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-15 19:48

      All you have confirmed is that Christianity, in most of its many forms, is in fact a totally immoral dogma. The claim that one can behave like a total selfish and uncaring bastard towards your fellows during the week, go to church on Sunday, toss a sufficiency of money towards the preacherman and be absolved, and not have to take responsibility for, one's despicable behaviour is a totally immoral, disgusting and contemptible concept. Religion truly is a mental illness.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-16 09:06

      @LENNON - this is for you buddy:

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