Earlier today, shortly before leaving for the night Orthodox Easter mass at our church, we found out that Mark Harding has passed away on Friday. It was devastating news – Mark was a dear friend, compassionate Christian, great conversationalist and nothing could ever stop him from helping others. At this point it is difficult, or rather impossible, to overcome the pain and write something about his life. Maybe in a few days I will do it in detail.
Let me just say now that what shortened his life and caused his untimely death was his passion to help others. He was one of the first Christian ministers to see the threat of the militant Islam. He didn’t hate Muslims – he saw them as misguided souls in a need of help to get out of their trap. Some of them loved him back and appreciated his efforts, others, and they were the majority, hated him and did everything in their power to destroy him. In 1997, through the efforts of the Muslim fanatics, he was convicted for “hate speech” over criticizing Islam. He was the first significant casualty of the Muslim barbarism in Canada. After his conviction, he was sent for “re-education” to the terrorists of ISNA – the sinister Muslim organization that was caught later financing Muslim terrorism in Pakistan.
The trial ruined his health, but he continued his work with quiet dignity, trying to look into the future instead of lamenting over the past. He was a good man who is survived by a loving family and many friends.
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