The Confident Christian
9/14/12 at 05:06 AM 2 Comments

Placating Ishmael

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Back in February of this year, the unintentional destruction of a number of Qurans on an Afghan American military base had U. S. officials making multiple apologies to the Muslim country, including one coming directly from President Obama.[1] The apologies didn’t do any good because shortly afterwards a gunman wearing an Afghan National Army uniform murdered two U.S. troops over the incident.

The Taliban used that event to try and rally all Muslims to their cause and publicly stated: "We should attack their military bases, their military convoys, we should kill their soldiers, arrest their invading soldiers, beat them up and give a kind of lesson to them that they never dare to insult the holy Quran.”[2] 

The recent violent Islamic protests directed at U. S. embassies in Libya, Yemen, and Cairo over a crudely made movie about Muhammad, and the murder of U. S. ambassador Chris Stevens and others by what appears to be a calculated attack by Islamic terrorists underscore the fruit that radical Islam bears. This isn’t surprising as evil always craves justification and approval. When it thinks it finds both in a religion, it smiles broadly and believes it’s found no better home.

Equal Treatment?

What’s interesting about these situations is the consistent and oftentimes rapid stream of apologies to Muslims for any supposed offense against their belief system. By contrast, when Christianity is deliberately trashed by a group of people, such forgiveness-begging rarely occurs.

When a British art gallery a number of years ago put a Bible on display in the open and called upon all visitors to deface it via writings, drawings, etc., many eagerly accepted the invitation. Yet, I can’t recall any British official apologizing to the Christian or Jewish community for the event. What would have happened if they had substituted the Koran for the Bible?

When the Sacramento County Public Law Library displayed a painting called “Moral Values” by San Francisco attorney-artist Jeri Wyrick, which depicted a large Bible with the label “Warning: May Impair Judgment”, I don’t remember the governor of California expressing any regret over it or over the comments made by Wyrick, which were: “I came to the conclusion that there must be something about religious faith which renders people stupid.”

When a Colorado art exhibit showcased Jesus in a homosexual act, I didn’t hear of any apologies from those involved or from any Colorado politician. Instead, the only statement returned to the Christians’ peaceful protests were: "We have to be a country where freedom of expression thrives".

I thought it odd, also, that only Christians raised their voices to decry the ‘artwork’; no Muslim outcry came even though Islam supposedly holds Jesus in high regard. I wonder if the same silence would have been experienced if Muhammad had been substituted for Jesus?

Opponents of religion worldwide nearly always try and say that all faiths are the same; that they are all equal in the harm or threat they bring to humanity and the way they respond to abuse and insults.

It’s just not true.

Waking Up

The recent aggressive Islamic protests may have sent a wake-up call to those asleep at the tolerance wheel who formerly accused many that have been sounding the alarm on this topic of being “Islamaphobic”. For example, watching Afghanistan President Karzai condemn the “criminal act” of the movie denigrating Muhammad while at the time offering no condemnation of the murder of the Americans at the U. S. consulate in Libya prompted CNN reporter Peter Bergen to write, “With allies like this, who needs enemies?”[3] 

These are things that many of us have been saying a long time. Placating Ishmael rarely, if ever works for long.

You only have to view the contrasts with the recent Islamic incidents and the aforementioned events that struck out against Christianity to see why radical Muslims are appeased and how Christians are left empty handed in the apology department when abuse comes their way. The fact is the two faiths are simply instructed to handle opposition differently.

Think not?

I invite you to listen to the last words of each founder for the competing faiths on how to treat their enemies. The last words of Muhammad were: "O Lord, perish the Jews and Christians. They made churches of the graves of their prophets. There shall be no two faiths in Arabia" (Hadith Malik 511:1588).

And the last words of Jesus where His enemies were concerned?

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

[2] Ibid.

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