Friday, September 15, 2006

Latest Muslim Ridiculousness

A big reason the early Christians fascinated people was the way they calmly took persecution and even prayed for their persecutors. I'm not going to get into any of the "means peace" or "is warmongering" arguments, but you simply don't get that much in Islam. Granted, the media won't report on the Muslims taking (what they perceive to be) their wrongs patiently. I realize and accept that.

I'll go a step further and say that we should remind ourselves that whatever the Koran said and didn't say, and whatever Muslim Sultans did or omited to do, we should encourage the peaceful Muslims to keep on being peaceful. Let's be honest, it's easier to have a theological debate with someone who's going to defend himself and his faith but who is not going to decapitate you then, say, with our friend Abdul in the top picture below.

However, when some folks in Denmark drew up some cartoons, the Muslim world blew up, marching around with signs reading "we will burn buildings" and following through with it, people in the west started to have a more difficult time embracing Islam as generally a good religion. I did not hear a single condemnation of the violent riots until quite a ways into it. I saw the sense of righteous indignation, but not the bearing wrongs patiently let alone praying for your enemy. On the part of peaceful Muslims I saw only the anger - which was understandable in my desires after hearing a co-worker make an absurd joke about the Mother of God were not exemplary - but I did not see the condemnation, let alone the charitable piety that was the hallmark of the Christian Martyr for centuries upon centuries. A tough standard to hold yourself and other to? Indeed, now suck it up and hold yourself to it.

So along comes the Pope and quotes a fourteenth century Byzantine emperor who said that the things Momahammad added to Christianity and Judaism was evil and inhuman. Is the response a firm but calm and respectful reproach? Nope. It's this:



and this:

He doesn't even say that he agrees with it!! He just quotes it within the context of holy war (something that has been practiced by both Christians and Muslims). But that means nothing....if something about Islam passes beyond the lips, whether it is said as a statement, a recollection of past or of other view points, or is mentioned with total ambivalence, if it isn't boot-lickingly glorifying of Islam, God help you.

It's early yet. Let's see how the reaction is from those we hold so dearly as moderate.

Outside of the physical marches, how does the debate go? Some Turkish guy comparing Benedict to Hitler and Mussolini. Very inspiring. Applause all around, guys!

EDIT: Bravo to Drew at the Holy Whapping for immediately spotting the absurdity in all this: guy implies that your religion is violent so you respond by burning him in effigy. Real smooth!