Good vs. Evil in Afghanistan

In America, we have experienced evil people manipulating the Bible to control people’s lives. Pastor Jim Jones took his “followers” to Guyana to create a happy, peaceful colony. He controlled his 900 followers and they killed themselves or were shot when Jim Jones felt threatened by an American Congressman. Other cult leaders included Charles Manson, David Koresh, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Marshall Applewhite, and many more.

Why haven’t American leaders called ISIS and other terrorist groups, evil cults?

The Religious Basis for Islamic Terrorism states, “The Islamic terrorists can legitimize their movement as an act of violent Jihad permitted by the Quran essentially because of religious sanctions that permit the use of violence as an act of defense and to preserve the will of God in Islamic communities.”

Cult leaders and their lust for power can inspire followers with their philosophies with horrifying results. Cult leaders gained international recognition, but Americans spoke up and exposed the dark side of humanity.

GOOD Religions / EVIL Religions (Cults)

Freedom to speak up / Leaders in control

Supports freedom to debate ideas / Controls mission and behavior

Encourages support for families / Separates family from follower

Encourages “Love thy Neighbor” / Distrust & exposes nonbelievers

People look within for forgiveness / People don’t question, they follow

Welcomes everyone / Uses guilt and punishment to control

Offers love and support / Creates hate, division, and violence

What can we do and what can they do about it?

Guns, bombs, and ground forces alone, cannot change an evil religious ideology. People can fight the growing threat of terrorist cults if they are understanding what else they can do. The Afghan people and Americans need to know about the awesome power of the human spirit and prayer to overcome evil. The number of good Afghan people is much greater than the evil men who want to control and brutalize them into submission. They can save themselves by spreading the word about the power of prayer and turning to a loving God.

Freedom is an inner journey, not a submissive path. The Afghan people must stand together with their creator to become free people. Praying to a loving God is far more powerful than most people believe. The beginning steps are spreading the power of faith and love to overcome evil. The Afghan people can quietly support each other to find the resolve and commitment to defeat evil! Gradually, strong men and women will evolve with faith and unshakable conviction. That is the big difference between free people and the ideology of total control. It has been achieved before; it can happen again.

“Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” Psalm 118:5


Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”

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