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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Can You Imagine the Outcry If …

Christians in America certainly seem to be an overly defensive lot, sometimes.  We get all out of sorts when we feel like we're being slighted.  We get indignant at offenses – at real offenses and, more often than not, at perceived offenses.   

And then to cover our indignation we have taken to saying things like “Can you imagine the outcry from Muslims if Allah had been mocked this way?”  (A backhanded way of saying that Muslims are overly sensitive and reactionary and prone to violence)

But this is whining.  This is petty. It does no good to say “well at least I'm not as bad as so-and-so,” which is, essentially, what this whine boils down to.

So what? If Jesus is slighted in the media?  So what?  He’s a big boy.  He knows how to deal with it.  And so what? If some followers of Islam react violently to perceived insults to their faith?  That doesn't give us license to behave badly ourselves.  And comparing our faults to the faults of others doesn't make ours disappear.

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