On September 11th, 2012, a Muslim cleric named Abu Islam stood outside the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo as protesters chanted anti-American rhetoric and eventually stormed the embassy walls to tear down and further desecrate our flag to replace it with their own. Abu Islam stood outside and protested some obscure film being made in America that, allegedly, defames Islam. How did Abu Islam show his disdain for what he perceived as being an egregious slight against his religion? He burned the Holy Bible. How does one say, “hypocrite” in Arabic?
The important thing to take away from this story is that while a global jihad appears to be brewing because Muslims feel defamed, consider this: Christians’ holiest of text has been desecrated, and the number of Islamic locations stormed with machine guns and bazookas is… let me check my records… oh, yes, none.
Okay, fine. I’ll admit it. As a Christian, I find it offensive. In fact, it is so offensive, Abu Islam is now off of my Christmas card list.
All joking aside, I do not consider the burning of the Holy Bible to be in good taste. Especially since my understanding of theology (which is not what it should be) leads me to understand that the fundamental principles of kindness, tolerance and compassion are the same for Islam and Christianity.
Furthermore, nothing illustrates ironic hypocrisy like showing that it is wrong to desecrate an important symbol of one religion by desecrating an important symbol of another.
After burning the bible, Abu Islam claimed that next time he would urinate on it. Classy.
I checked the news today. As far as I can tell, the Egyptian Embassy has not been stormed. No rabble have thrown Molotov cocktails or opened fire. In the wake of Abu Islam’s defamation of the Christian religion, people seem to have rolled their eyes and moved on with their lives. So, as a thought exercise, let us contemplate; what does that say about Islam? What does it say about Christianity? There is no wrong answer, it’s just something to think about…
Another question: I wonder how many Egyptian officials are calling Abu Islam or otherwise condemning him for “hurting our feelings?”