Sam Shamoun Asked to Stand Down: An Open Letter to AnsweringIslam by Yahya Snow
Recently, one of my colleagues alerted me to some harrassment and insults he had received at the hands of Sam Shamoun.
Sadly, this is not an isolated case; I have personally been the subject of Sam Shamoun’s harrasment and hounding (as well as other colleagues of mine). This is far from the behaviour of a gentleman. My colleagues and I, do not warrant such abuse.
We appreciate Sam Shamoun has a history of misdemeanours and has left a trail of insults, hatred and name-calling directed at Muslims and their faith but one would have thought Shamoun would have matured with age (the man is around the age of forty now); given his recent repertoire of abuse this clearly is not the case.
Recently I rebuked Sam Shamoun’s colleague (David Wood) due to his “obnoxious” behaviour; this rebuke only came about due to the unwilling nature of those (Christians) around Mr Wood despite my prompting that they need to rebuke him as his behaviour was clearly out of control (dare I say…unChristian). This rebukes seems tohave had apositive effect on some ofthe Christians in his circle.
Shamoun’s situation carries parrallels, though Shamoun’s case is much more severe due to the prolonged nature of his venom…I ask the Answering Islam team to rebuke Sam Shamoun, better still in my view there is no place for somebody of Shamoun’s disposition in the field of apologetics; perhaps now is the time for Samuel Green or a senior colleague to say “thanks Sam but no thanks” and part company.
Surely now is an opportune time to dispense with the services of Sam Shamoun, there are a number of young Christian apologists who could fill the void quite easily without clogging it with the abysmal hate Sam Shamoun engenders.
Perhaps more worrying to those who hold the Bbile in high esteem, Shamoun seems to be interpolating his own wording into the Bible; he is editing the Bible in order to support his arguments. This is not on!
The choice is certainly down to Mr Green and his colleagues but the view from the trenches is that of Shamoun portraying Christianity and Christian values in a poor light. To be frank, Christians and non-Christinas are being repelled by his behaviour and these calls of a rebuke are certainly in merit of swift and decisive action.
The Nadir Ahmed-Sam Shamoun days are well and truly over…if only others can realise this reality and aid us in elevating the discourse to a higher (and more noble) ground.
Dare we imagine Sam Shamoun realising the awkward position he puts his colleagues and his fellow Christians and falling on his sword and leaving the scene in an upright manner.
By Yahya Snow