Sunday, May 22, 2005

Perspective on Muslim Outrage

There's an excellent post at the smedley log which links to an article by Ali al-Ahmed, a Saudi Muslim. He illustrates the hypocrisy of Muslim outrage over supposed desecration of the Qur'an by citing examples of Muslim intolerance of other religions, including desecration of the Bible and other religious symbols. Samples:

...the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.

The Bible in Saudi Arabia may get a person killed, arrested, or deported. In September 1993, Sadeq Mallallah, 23, was beheaded in Qateef on a charge of apostasy for owning a Bible.

Muslim communities in the West are the first to admit that Western countries--especially the U.S.--provide Muslims the strongest freedoms and protections that allow Islam to thrive in the West.

It's nice to see things put in perspective now and then.


Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Tom, one of the things I liked the most about this particular article was that it exemplifies the difference between Islam in a free society and Islam in an unfree society.

We all need to keep that distinction in our minds. He is quite correct, but the very fact he is writing as he is should tell us something about what Islam is not innately.

10:25 AM, May 22, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

I have to agree with MM. It makes me wonder if there is a true reformation, will it come out of the west?

11:46 AM, May 22, 2005  
Blogger Brad Todd said...

This lack of tolerance for anything Christian or Jewish is very wide spread in the Muslim world...I posted a very similar article on my blog...

It seemed like Ali al-Ahmed had read my mind...

Good post....

2:41 PM, May 22, 2005  
Blogger Skizz said...

Thank YOU! I know all the libs are trying to say that WE are racists and intolerant of Muslims and their religion, but this is good evidence of it being the other way, not to mention when those 40 Pakistani Christians got arrested for praying and having Bibles in Riyhad.

By the way.. you've been BLOGMARKED! Keep up the good work on posts such as this.

12:05 AM, May 23, 2005  
Blogger Amal said...

Thanks much for your blog. Loved it. Being a non-practicing Muslim in the western world, my number one comment to practicing Muslims who complain about a lack of freedom in the west (especially after 9/11) is : LEAVE. Go back to where you came from and then write and tell me how much freedom you do not have.

1:48 AM, May 23, 2005  
Blogger John Walter said...

There are a few different book sources I've read that speak of an historical event in the Moslem world back in the 1200s. A fatwa was issued declaring that the Koran was a revelation of wisdom which had existed before time, that no further development of Moslem doctrine was possible beyond a literal reading of the Koran, and that anybody who attempted an analytic interpretation was an apostate subject to execution. This "closing of the gate," as I've heard it called, supposedly locked all Islam into a medieval mind-set. Has anyone else heard of this?

12:36 PM, May 23, 2005  

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