Evidence of Things not Seen discusses the decision by Borders Books not to sell the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains the inflammatory cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. The reason given by Borders is that it would compromise the security and safety of its customers. Evidence of Things not Seen points out that Borders has no qualms about selling material offensive to other groups. Is this sensitivity to Muslims really disingenuous?
If the concern is really about causing offense to a religious group then ,yes, I would call it disingenuous. However, I think Borders is really worried about safety. Catholics do not become murderous rioters over the publication of a plethora of anti-Catholic tomes. Radical Islamo-fascists do.
Read the commentary by M. Zuhdi Jasser from today’s Washington Times.
Then read this article by Jesuit Priest Samir Khalil Samir. Finally read this by Richard Cohen in the Washington Post. Three different publications with different political agendas. Yet they all say something very similar and very frightening. Since September 11, 2001 we have been trying very hard to say Islam is a religion of peace. These terrorists do not represent true Islam. Is that just wishful thinking on our part? The entire nation of Afghanistan with a democratically elected government wanted Abdul Rahman to die for converting to Christianity. Is the entire nation a fringe element of Islam?
I want so much to believe that an Islamic nation can really live in peace and respect international standards of human rights. I am praying very hard that is not a Western delusion.