If you haven’t heard of this story, somehow I’m not surprised. Between the lack of actual news in American newspapers, coupled with the anti-Christian bias prevalent in these rags, it’s no wonder we may see the most newspapers bankruptcies in history this year:
David Fulton, 60, a former army major, and his wife Fiona, 46, were convicted of sedition after sending critical emails about Gambia and its president, Yahya Jammeh.
Mr Fulton is now confined to a cell, eating only food that is brought to him by friends because of fears that he will be poisoned. Even before last week’s court appearance, his life story could have come from the pages of a thriller.
He married Fiona 25 years ago, shortly after being released from Dartmoor Prison where he had served a sentence for armed robbery and she had worked as a prison visitor. In 1999 they sold their house in Torquay, gave up their jobs – she as a teacher, he as a mechanic – and left Britain with their young children Iona and Luke.
They bought a house in Gambia, a former British colony with a population of only 1.7 million, of whom 90 per cent are Muslim. Funded by donations from Britain, the Fultons worked full-time as missionaries – Mr Fulton as a chaplain for the Gambian army, Mrs Fulton visiting the sick and dying.
“They fell in love with the country when they visited it on holiday but they were also shocked by the poverty,” said Mrs Fulton’s father, Peter McMinn, 80, who lives in Teignmouth, Devon.
The couple established a weekly church service at their home and began to recruit a small team of followers. One friend said: “People would go to him and ask him for help. They would say ‘My son is dying’, or ‘My village needs water’ and request his charity. He had a lot of power.”
But family and friends in Britain grew used to stories of how their cars or house had been burgled – incidents Mr Fulton blamed on fanatical Muslims. Attacks on Mr Fulton and on the couple’s property became almost a regular occurrence, and he began to carry a gun with him.
Friends expressed surprise that he had to use it on only one occasion, when two men attacked him as he left the army barracks after work. He was pulled to the floor but managed to wrestle free and pull his gun, firing and hitting one of the men in the thigh.
Mr Jammeh, who has called for the beheading of all homosexuals, came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has ruled ever since, staging elections that have been marred by reports of intimidation and corruption.
In their correspondence, they wrote how they believed that three men who had been helping with their missionary work had been poisoned and killed after Mr Fulton found a note on one of the men’s bodies that read “one less Christian”.
In one email, entitled “Hell in Gambia”, which was used as evidence in court, the Fultons explained their frustration clearly. They wrote: “This country is sinking fast into a morass of Islam.”
And as the rancour deepened, so their sense of humour darkened. In another email Mr Fulton wrote: “I believe it is quite clear that there is a growing extremist element in the army and indeed in the country. I suggest that we arm the Muslims with sticks and the Christians with machine guns and let them fight.”
In sentencing the couple, the magistrate wrote: “These two British convicts are without doubt the enemies whose real motive must be to destroy the peace, love and harmony that has coexisted between Muslims and Christians for generations in this country.”
Yeah, that notorious Islamic “peace, love and harmony.” You hear Sooooooo much about that all over the world.
Prosecutors say that some time in 2007 and 2008 Fulton gave a false administration number “with intent to defraud” and falsely presented himself as a military officer by wearing a military uniform. If convicted Fulton could face an additional prison sentence of up to a 18 months.
Remember the previous article? As a military chaplain, Fulton would have both a military uniform and an administration number, wouldn’t he? Claiming these are false is just some dumbass backwater Gambian’s idea of piling on charges.
And since he can’t eat the prison food for fear of poisoning, he’s likely to starve to death in prison in 18 months.
A gaunt-looking Fulton appeared in court on Monday but did not enter a plea to the new charges, instead asking for an adjournment to talk with his lawyer. Judge Lamin George then suspended the case until Mar 3.
David Fulton and his wife Fiona were arrested in Banjul in late November. They pleaded guilty to charges of sedition, or inciting resistance to lawful authority, for having criticised Gambia in a series of round-robin emails related to their Christian missionary work in the predominantly Muslim state.
On Dec 30 they were sentenced to one year in prison with hard labour and a fine, becoming the first foreigners to be jailed for sedition in Gambia, a country often criticised for its human rights record. They have publicly apologised and pleaded for clemency from Gambia’s President Yahya Yammeh.
The Fultons, who have lived in Gambia since 1999, have ties to the Westhoughton Pentecostal Church outside Bolton in northwest England. According to the church’s website, Fulton, 60, was chaplain for the Gambian army and had a ministry on the river, which involved reaching villages only accessible by boat.
Pray for the Fultons. Pray hard. Modern-day persecution of innocent Christians, just like in Paul’s time.