السبت، فبراير 11، 2006

How Enlightening!!

Over the past few weeks, we have all witnessed fervent objections by Muslims all over the world over the Mohammad Cartoons published in Denmark. There have been demonstrations, flag burnings, burning of churches, a priest was assassinated and of course boycotts of Danish products.

Throughout these events, we have heard from Muslim scholars everywhere that they are offended because Islam teaches respect for one's religion. They vehemently denied such "crime" would ever be committed against Christianity or Judaism in the Muslim world. A Muslim blog-friend told me "if that happened to Jesus, Muslims everywhere would get offended "before the Christians would"!!!

WOW! What great, heart warming sentiment. Well, in that spirit I'd like to present a sample of books on Christianity that are sold at Islamic Centre for Enlightenment in Cairo. So I hope the good people at Al Azhar get this and seeing that these books are extremely offensive and in fact blasphemous to Christians everywhere, I am certain they'll plead to the president to "order" the bookshop to remove them immediately. Because after all freedom of speech shouldn't apply to insulting religions

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That's just a picture of the centre for "enlightenment"

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Title: Why They Broke the Cross by Abu Islam Ahmad Abdalla

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Title: Christianity: from monotheism to Polytheism
Clearly a book on one of the most popular concepts in the Islamic world: that Christians are polytheist and as such infidels!

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Title: Pagan Beliefs (or Idol worship) in the Christian Faith by various authors. You gotta love the pictures on the book cover

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Title: A Nation Without a Cross by Islam Ahmad Abdalla

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Title: Become Muslims; Avoid Harm
A lovely catch phrase out of Islamic history. Mainly used as a kind of warning, convert to Islam or else! You can see the huge cross on the page indicating the warning is directed to Christians.

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Title: The Non-Existent God by Ahmad Deedat
Again, love the cover with the damaged Bible in the scales.

Respected Islamic scholars,
As a Christian, I consider these books blasphemous and offensive. In the past I thought, oh well, they're free to write what they like. After all, no matter what anyone says, Christianity is stronger than a bunch of books. I thought that you either agreed with them, or didn't object because you too believed they are free to write what they liked. It is a free country!

But now you have declared that you do not and will not tolerate any offence committed against any faith. It brought tears to my eyes...I was indeed moved by your heart felt words. I thought "they probably didn't know about the books. They probably forgot Sheikh El Sharawi's weekly TV program where he called our Bible a fake. They mustn't have heard of the CD's bus and taxi drivers put on that call us infidels!"

Well, here you go, esteemed scholars. The above is but a small sample. If you look around you, you'll no doubt find more. I am looking forward to hearing your condemnation of such anti-Christian sentiments, and your pleas to the president to do something about it. Remember; freedom of expression should never touch faith!

7 Comments:

Blogger A Free Man said...

Well this is the double standards that are practiced in the Islamic world!
They have for centuries raped and violated other nations, cultures and peoples.
A good example is Egypt, the Islamic hoards swept in, overthrew the Roman Imperial power(Byzantium), and imposed themselves on Egypt. Originally most people remained Christian, however some converted for an easy life, some no doubt were forced, then they began to out breed the Christians.
Today I the Copts, are oppressed and under the Islamic heel.
The same happened in Lebanon, north Africa, Mesopotamia, Persia, India and what today is Turkey.
The fall of Constantinople in 1453 was a dark day in the history of the world, the Roman Empire was finally ended, the Christian East was finally enslaved, the Balkan Christians faced 500 years of slavery, unfortunatly the Christians of all the Eastern Empire, were abandoned by the West to their fate!
A shameful episode in the history of the West!
Today we are only reaping what we have sown.
Muslims see how they West was only too eager to abandon our Christian brothers in the East to their fate, they witnessed our weakness, cowardliness and our cynicism.
That is why they press the West, that is why they test us.
And every time, the Muslims push the boundary they find we have retreated again!
We have no one to blame but our selves for the shameful treatment of the Christians in the Islamic world.

فبراير 12, 2006  
Blogger DavidNic said...

Good post. You know, as I look around I notice that bloggers are doing a better job on this whole story than the media.

فبراير 12, 2006  
Blogger Marcguyver said...

Good Post Neferteeti,

Love the satire! Sadly, it's absolutely truthful.

فبراير 12, 2006  
Blogger Raymond's Edge said...

Yes, I agree!
This is a great post! Every time I visit here I learn something. I hope you keep writing! Especially showing the books. It is one thing to talk about something, but you also show what you are describing.

فبراير 12, 2006  
Blogger Egypeter said...

This is nothing short of absolutely OUTRAGEOUS. As a Copt, issues like this deeply saddens and angers me. Not only are they disseminating hatred but also lies regarding Christianity and Judaism. And does anyone else find it funny that this is at the so called, "Islamic Center for Englightenment?" Huh, if that's enlightenment than I'll remain "unenlightened"...thanks. Someone needs to be banning that junk and writing Islamic stuff on tolerance and moderation.

Peace

فبراير 12, 2006  
Blogger Bent El Neel said...

Thanx for the kind words everyone. Material of this nature has existed for years in the Islamic world. As a result Muslims in Egypt are completely ignorant of the truth about Christianity and all they know is the twisted half truths and absolute lies they are fed. Seeing there is no way Christians can respond to these absurd claims about their faith without risking persecution (preaching Christianity is prohibited by the law), they (the Muslims)remain entrenched in their ignorance. (as an example see my discussion with a guest Mohamed in "Mum; your daughter is dead" and "The Truth According to Who?", and also his comments on Amillennialist's blog especially "When one is unwilling to admit basic facts, what is there left to say?" and the replies posted on "Avoiding the truth and changing the subject does not a persuasive argument make" )

I truly wouldn't dream of banning anyone from writing these things. I believe in what Jesus said about His church and that the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. But it is the right of every Christian to be given the opportunity to respond, and the responsibility oif every Muslim to accept criticism as much as they dish it out!

فبراير 13, 2006  
Blogger CMinor said...

Thank you, Neferteeti (and Egypeter, who posted the link to your blog on The Big Pharaoah) Your post dealt with this issue with wit and grace. I read a number of your previous posts and was just left in shock. The U.S. media tends to ignore stories like these, to our shame. I took the liberty of forwarding your link to a widely-read journalist/blogger here who often writes on women's and religious issues. Hopefully she will make use of it; if she responds to me I'll let you know.

أبريل 08, 2006  

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