“Please help me, I don’t want to die,” wrote the man, who changed his name to John Calvin following his conversion.
A petition on Change.org is asking the Canadian government to “allow John Calvin to stay.” (Image source: Change.org)
“From as early as I can remember, I was taught that Islam was the one true faith, that violence was the only answer, and that the Jews were our enemies,” he wrote. “These were facts, as real and obvious as the fact that the sky is blue. These were ‘facts’ and deep down I wasn’t sure if I believed them.”
His journey to Christianity began in the most unexpected of places, when he was detained in an Israeli jail.
“My moment arrived in an Israeli jail, after I was arrested for illegally crossing the border, escaping from yet another argument with my family and the violence of my father. I was looking for answers to questions when and where I least expected them,” he wrote.
Comparing his experience to the conversion of Paul the Apostle on the road to Damascus, Calvin wrote, “It was in an Israeli jail where the doubts I had about everything I had ever been taught were finally silenced. Another man, a Palestinian man, hurt me in a way I could never have imagined, in a way that just isn’t talked about in our society.”
In previous interviews, Calvin said directly that he was raped by a Muslim inmate.