In his recent U.N. address, President Barack Obama boldly prophesied that the future would belong to those who do not insult the prophet Muhamad. I both hope and suspect his is a false prophecy. The problem with his approach is that it is impossible. Exploring the question of what insults the prophet Mohammed yields answers as varied as Teddy Bears and movie trailers. Consider just a few of the “offenses” to Islam which led to rioting, violence, and killing:
Miss World pageant(2002);
A Teddy bear (2007);
Facebook Photo (2012):
Speech from the Pope on how all religions should agree that Murder is wrong (led to worldwide murders);
And, finally, free speech itself offends some Muslims.
Honestly, it would be easier to state the one thing that apparently doesn’t offend violent Muslims: Perfectly enforced Sharia Law in a Muslim state. Everything else (as noted above) is offensive to violent Islam. Sadly, violent Islam speaks for the Muslim world. Non-violent Islam is unheard over the noise of terror. And violent Islam is offended by anything and everything that is not complete submission to Islam.
Playing the shell game of which action will offend Muslim terrorists is about as liberating as deciding which handcuffs you want to wear, which color you want your prison jumpsuit to be, or which weapon you’d like used in your own execution. Such decisions might feel liberating in the moment, but they will never end well.
When it comes to appeasing Muslim violence, accommodations lead only further into fear; accommodations are by nature admissions of defeat. It’s time to admit that non-Muslims aren’t the problem. America is not the problem. Christians are not the problem.
Christians to Hold Prayer Day for Egypt amid Civil Unrest | Christianpost.com.
We should all join in praying for Egypt and especially for the Christians who live there. They have been oppressed and persecuted for years, and it is not certain what will happen next. Of course, the Lord knows what will happen next. May He bless His people with the hope they need to persevere. It is interesting that all of this has broken loose just after the Pope issued his sermon encouraging Christians there.
Another Christian was shot and killed in Egypt according to this news report. It is not yet clear whether this was an act of persecution or murder. The shooter opened fire on a bus filled with passengers. It is possible that the bus was targeted because it was from a Christian village. The news report points to a number of issues creating conflict between Christians and Muslims. I think it is fair to say that Christians are not treated like other citizens in Egypt. There are significant distinctions in the freedoms of Christians and the freedoms of Muslims.
Not too long ago, Pope Benedict got the whole world in an uproar by suggesting that Islam has a violent past and should, rather, focus on establishing relations with others by way of reasonable discourse. Now, he is at it again. Here’s a quote:
“Genuine religion … stands at the base of any authentically human culture,” he said. “It rejects all forms of violence and totalitarianism: not only on principles of faith but also of right reason.”
We shall see what the consequences of such language will be.