On the Other Hand . . .


That fact that the likes of President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Gen. Petraeus, the FBI, the Pope, Oprah, the cast of Jersey Shore, and that guy from the Staples commercial who yell’s Wow! That’s a low price!” are all predicting new waves of jihadis and suicide bombers because some loon in Florida says he’s planning to burn some Korans, tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the moral equivalence of Islam and Christianity.

Andy McCarthy, the lead prosecutor on the 1993 WTC bombing case has it right when he says:

Terry Jones is a jackass. . . But that’s beside the point. Burning a book sacred to Muslims is a stupid, provocative thing to do. Yet, it is conscious avoidance — okay, willful blindness — to claim that Jones is causing the threat to our troops, in addition to the threat of other attacks and riots by MuslimsĀ (of the sort we’ve seen with the Danish cartoons, the false claims of Koran-flushing at Gitmo, the school teacher who named a teddy bear Mohammed, etc.).

Those are all pretexts. The cause is Islamist ideology, which is dehumanizing of non-Muslims (or, in the case of the Ahmadi, even of Muslims who reject core parts of Islamic doctrine). It is the ideology that puts the world’s Muslims on a hair trigger.

Christians are grieved and sometimes outraged when sacred symbols of the faith or even Christ himself is desecrated or defiled in art, film, theater or public protest. But such are commonplace in our culture and around the world precisely because those who do it know they have nothing to fear.