Saturday, March 24, 2012

Killing Christians

Imagine, if you will, that an obscure Christian pastor were to call for the public burning of Korans. How do you think Muslims around the world would react? How do you think the American public would react? What's that you say? Pastor Terry Jones has done that? Did he actually do it? Did he actually burn the Koran? No. He just bloviated about doing it and public outrage (there's that word) abroad and at home stopped him from going any further.  

Let's say American prison guards in Afghanistan inadvertently destroyed  copies of the Koran in which jihadi prisoners had written notes to one another . . . oh, that happened? The result? Seven Americans dead at the hands of our Afghan "allies," riots of outrage (that word) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, profuse and groveling apologies from the President, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, American Ambassador, government spokesmen, and military commanders on the ground, etc.

What do you think the reaction would be if the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope, or the Chief Rabbi of, oh, I don't know, say France in the wake of this week's shootings of Jewish school children by a jihadi, called for a prohibition on further mosque construction, or even for the destruction of all mosques in non-Islamic countries? Would the Western press bury that story? Would editorialists of right, left, and center refrain from condemning such an atrocious call? What if somebody had tried to act on that call? OUTRAGE! And that is as it should be because we are a civilized people who believe in individual freedom and the right to worship or not as we please.

Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared, March 12, that he saw  it “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The Mufti cited a story that, shortly before dying, Muhammad declared, “There are not to be two religions in the Arabian Peninsula.” That meant, per the GM,  that all nations on the Arabian Peninsula must be Church-free. Not only must there not be any new churches built, but that those that exist in some of the more "moderate" Gulf states must be razed.  A few stories here and there you can Google, but certainly no massive outbreak of outrage in Christendom, no editorial, no screaming headlines . .  . no razing of mosques. So we only reserve our outrage to protect Muslims in our midst, but not to protect Christians (and Jews) set upon by Islam.

And when I say "set upon," I do not refer just to words. Christian Churches are being burned in sub-Saharan Africa and in Egypt by Muslim mobs. Christians are being killed on an almost daily basis by such mobs. We do not see much reaction from the press or the governments of the West. No pleas to the UN, no resolutions from the UN Human Rights Council, not even much reaction from religious leaders in the West. We seem to have decided that, "What ya gonna do? That's how Muslims behave."  Are we wrong?

Coptic Church in Cairo Enjoying the Benefits of the Religion of Peace

1 comment:

  1. I thought Jones DID burn the Koran. Am I wrong?