The sad part of this story is (assuming we can believe the newspaper) is that this poor guy did nothing to infuriate the Muslims other than preach the gospel.
Minister beaten after clashing with Muslims on his TV show
By Jonathan Petre; Last updated at 4:39 PM on 15th March 2009
A Christian minister who has had heated arguments with Muslims on his TV Gospel show has been brutally attacked by three men who ripped off his cross and warned: ‘If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs.’
Mr Samuel, based at Heston United Reformed Church, West London, said: ‘He put his hand into my window, which was half open, and grabbed my hair and opened the door. He started slapping my face and punching my neck. He was trying to smash my head on the steering wheel.
Then he grabbed my cross and pulled it off and it fell on the floor. He was swearing. The other two men came from the car and took my laptop and Bible.’
The Metropolitan Police are treating it as a ‘faith hate’ assault and are hunting three Asian Muslim men.
Pakistan-born Mr Samuel, 48, who was educated by Christian missionaries and moved to Britain 15 years ago, said that over the past few weeks he has received phone-in calls from people identifying themselves as Muslims who challenged his views. ‘They were having an argument with me,’ he said. ‘They were very aggressive in saying they did not agree with me. I said those are your views and these are my views.’
He said that he, his wife Louisa, 48, and his son Naveed, 19, now fear for their safety, and police have given them panic alarms. ‘I am frightened and depressed,’ he said. ‘My show is not confrontational.’
Fair warning minister: It is now. (Unfortunately.)
Police melted away in the face of mass protests and authorities tried — and failed — to put Mr. Sharif under house arrest, opposition leaders said.
The lack of resistance by police left Mr. Sharif to lead thousands of government opponents on a so-called long march to Islamabad. Government opponents were planning to converge in the capital Monday to press for the restoration of judges fired by Mr. Zardari’s predecessor.
Surrounded by thousands of cheering and flag-waving supporters, Mr. Sharif called the rally a “prelude to a revolution” as he set out on the 200-mile trip trailed by scores of cars and trucks.
Mr. Zardari’s government had offered a small concession Saturday — which an opposition official said still stood, though it wasn’t mentioned in the prime minister’s speech — saying it would appeal a February Supreme Court decision barring Mr. Sharif from holding elected office because of a prior conviction. The decision derailed the political career of Mr. Sharif, who is among Pakistan’s most popular politicians.
U.S. officials have been frustrated by Pakistan’s inability to prevent insurgents crossing into Afghanistan to attack U.S.-led forces.
Attacks by Islamist militants, who view Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif similarly, continued. On Sunday, suspected militants attacked a transport terminal in northwest Pakistan used to hold supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
These are the people our President wants to “negotiate” with — to “open a dialogue” with.