vs. Muslim hypocrisy
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Jim Rutz
The flap over the cartoons of Muhammad has vividly shown, once again, that we’ve been snookered into playing a one-sided game. And if you dare question the rules, you’re a hateful, narrow-minded bigot.
The rules are as follows:
- Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, homosexuals, liberals and a potpourri racial minorities must be treated with kid gloves in all public media and private conversations. In matters of action and politics, they should normally be given preferential treatment.
Conservative American white Christian heterosexuals are fair game.
Of course, blacks constantly find themselves on both ends of the stick, favored and disfavored. But that deserves another entire column or two.
Jews also get shoved out toward both ends of the spectrum of respect. On their behalf, we bristle with anger and disgust when the president of Iran vilifies the historicity of the Holocaust. But although the killing of 6 million Jews should never be forgotten, it has now become a hollow number in our cultural catechism, isolated from its larger context in World War II. Can even one college graduate in 10 discuss the quantity and makeup of the other 56 million or so who joined them in death? Our reaction to the Holocaust should remain a hugely important matter for us, yet it has fizzled into a set of politically correct rules that cloud the importance of those who died.
That brings us to the matter of the dozen second-rate cartoons of Muhammad as compared to the vicious, demonic violence and hatred that flow daily from Muslims to Christians and Jews. Nobody is telling the story of the perhaps 10,000 Christians who die each month at the hands of Islamists. To the press, our treatment of jihadist prisoners is a far larger issue. (By the latest official count in World Christian Encyclopedia, 14,000 Christians die as martyrs in an average month, and I am told by compilers of the statistics that the bulk of them are killed by Muslims in Muslim lands.)
In my past writings, I’ve tried to emphasize how nice the typical Muslim is – and how warm and hospitable my many Muslim friends have been. But now we’ve entered an era where the host of refugees called Palestinians have fairly and squarely chosen the path of violence. Until now, we have viewed them as oppressed victims deserving of our continued largess. But in their election they forfeited the right to pity and welfare. They have joined the jihadist forces and freely chosen to be military enemies of the United States and Israel. I feel our wisest option is to cut off all aid now.
Yes, the cartoons are certainly in bad taste, but not nearly as bad as the tasteless destruction of the Second Century, 175-foot tall statue of Buddha by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. There should be no debate about Muslim "taste." Slaughter has been a central part of Islamic history ever since Muhammad realized his 10 years of preaching hadn’t succeeded and shifted gears by raiding a caravan and turning his movement into a convert-or-die war against all mankind. (And let it be understood that the horribly executed medieval Crusades were conceived mainly as an attempt to take back the Holy Land that the Muhammadans had conquered by the sword.)
As Phyllis Chesler has observed:
There are now penalties for trying to tell the truth about the danger of jihad or about the barbaric and pathological nature of militant Islam today. If you tell these truths in the Arab and Muslim world, you’ll be beheaded, probably tortured, certainly jailed, exiled if you are lucky. Many Muslim and Christian dissidents have suffered precisely this fate … Try to say this in Europe and you might be butchered, as Theo Von Gogh was, or simply imprisoned in purdah, veiled, or threatened, forced to go into hiding, or honor-murdered as so many Muslim girls and women are.
On the street I hear "Jesus Christ" all the time, and I’m not supposed to act offended. But try using an epithet about Muhammad around Muslims and see what happens. Or see what happens when you mention "Life Alert: The Medical Case of Muhammad," a book by a neurologist and psychiatrist which shows from accepted historical records that Muhammad was merely the victim of partial complex seizures, which cause religious delusions. You will find that political correctness is a one-sided game.
Let’s stop playing it.
James Rutz is chairman of Megashift Ministries and founder-chairman of Open Church Ministries. His recent book, "MEGASHIFT: Igniting Spiritual Power," announces major upgrades in human life and a coming transformation of society.
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