The Christian Science Monitor reports that the reform-minded Emir of Qatar is donating land for the building of the first Christian church in Qatar since the arrival of Islam in the 7th century. To give some historical background, Monitor reporter Michael Theodoulou writes, “Missionaries brought Christianity to the Gulf in the second half of the 5th century, but it disappeared from most Gulf Arab states within a few centuries of the arrival of Islam.”

Christianity “disappeared!” Poof! Like magic! It’s kind of like saying, “Jews first migrated to Germany in the Fifth Century, but disappeared a few years after Adolph Hitler came to power in 1933.”