Christian Rage vs. Muslim Rage

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On the morning of September 11, 2012, I pored over various websites where I typically get my morning news. At one of them, I read about the latest so-called artistic expression given to this culture by the secular elite: It was a woman doing sexually indecent things with a crucifix. “Oh, well,” I muttered to myself, “nothing new here. Forgive them, Lord, they know not what they do.”

I moved along, saddened by what I just read, but certainly not surprised. But note what I didn’t do: I didn’t stand up and start screaming at my computer that this person should die. I didn’t start searching for the art gallery or building where the so-called art was displayed, so I could rush there with plans of violence. I didn’t start emailing fellow Christians to organize a demonstration.

By the end of the day, however, I was witnessing just that on my television from the Arab-Muslim world, beginning in Cairo, Egypt and spreading like wildfire. They were reportedly enraged (in part) over an offensive video about the prophet Mohammed. Their outrage is nothing new, of course. They do this all the time, ordering fatwahs and death threats against everyone from Salman Rushdie to a Danish cartoonist. Just last week, the French government closed embassies in 20 Arab countries because a French newspaper ran an unflattering cartoon portraying a naked Mohammed.

Christians, on the other hand, at best merely complain when staring aghast at a piece of alleged art like “Dung Mary,” or “Piss Christ,” or a photograph of a crucifix submerged in urine.

And yet, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard secularists claim the problem here isn’t Islam but religious intolerance generally. No, it isn’t. The Muslim world has the tolerance problem. I know our Muslim friends don’t want to hear that. Indeed, not all of them are intolerant. But if they don’t like being perceived that way, then they need to take effort to clear up these perceptions, to clean up their own house.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

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Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • http://twitter.com/PamelaGrothaus Pamela Grothaus

    Yes, tolerance in the US seems to be alive, well and thriving for just about anything except Catholicism and Christianity, in general. While we Catholics are taught from infancy to be kind and tolerant, Muslims indoctrinate their young to despise infidels. Hence, the very different reations you describe to attacks on religion: the Catholic sighs, the Muslim draws his sword.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wulfrano.ruizsainz Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

    Wrong on all counts. Islam is a false religion. Anybody can say whatever he or she wants against Islam (Psalm 95:5). Christ, on the other hand, is God. Therefore, antichristian blasphemers (like the whore Karen King and the satanist Ed Brown) will all go to Hell while still alive to burn forever.

  • AnnaMarie53

    I am sick to death of hearing over and over from out POTUS that the world’s unhappiness it all the fault of America. Baloney! It has gotten to the point where I can barely stand to hear him whine and castigate us both as a people and as Catholics. Worst of all, Obama CLAIMS to BE a Christian! What hypocrisy!

  • nah

    Islam is and always has been an intolerant, conquering religion that uses violence to force conversion, devotion and freedom. The majority of muslims live in fear of their religious leaders and the extremists.
    Violent retribution, because of insults to a fallible human prophet, shows how shallow their faith is in an all powerful, merciful God.
    God’s majesty is beyond human capability to insult or diminish. His power and greatness is manifested in humility, Jesus and His cross are that manifestation. It’s in man’s humility that God will not refuse to come down to lift man up.

  • Ejike

    Islam is indeed a violence religion look at what dey make there children do in my country but we dont fight for our God but he fight for us here in Nigeria evry day they bomb churches with all the people and the bible in it yet no body protested about that it. Islam is indeed a violence religion

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