I don't know about you, but I am getting pretty sick and tired at what is offensive to Islam these days.
I am not Catholic, but I have a lot of respect for the Pope. When he mentioned some medieval reference to Islam in a speech about tolerance, I thought, ho hum. But, I am not Islamic. Muslims around the world condemned the Pope's remarks, and to prove that they are not evil, Muslims set fire to several churches and killed a nun. All in the name of being good, I suppose. Further, Al Qaida got involved, saying that it would "break the cross and spill the wine. Accept Islam or death. "
Well, that is tolerant. What is it with these people? We who claim the Christian faith have had decades upon decades of people deriding us for our beliefs, and you don't see us killing folks. And, there are the Jews, if anyone has a beef in this world it is the Jews after what happened to them in Hitler's Europe. You don't see Jews threatened to blow up the local bus and kill the local clergy.
While everyone from President Bush to Hillary Clinton tell us that the real Islam is not being practiced by those extremists who call for violence, the silence of the so called "real" Muslims is deafening. Where are those moderate Muslim voices condemning those who call for the death of the Pope over mere words? Where are those moderate Muslim voices in condemning attacks on Christians. Where?
They are hard to find. What we find instead are people telling us that the our culture should apologize. And, I don't know for what. Should we apologize for not killing people over their religious beliefs? Should we apologize for tolerating different views and freedom? Should we apologize for allowing women to become educated and seen as equal parts of our society and culture?
I am offended at the acts of Muslims in the wake of the Pope's remarks. I am offended that churches were burned. I am offended that a nun lost her life. I am offended that the Pope is threatened for mere words. I am offended that some group of thugs in Iraq dares to say they will break the symbol of my religious belief.
From cartoons to remarks distorted, I am sick and tired of the world being on its tip toes to cater to those morons who act like violent robots at the drop of a hat.
Is it Islam that makes those ignorant masses act as they do? Probably not. I own a copy of the Koran, and nowhere does it say, "that shall be a violent stupid being. " But, the failure of moderate Muslims to condemn the distorted view of Islam is disturbing. By their silence, and the liberal world view of tolerance, the world is quickly becoming a place where a handful of extremists decide what can be said, what can be drawn, and what can be commented upon.
And, that offends the Hell out of me.