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
That's just a picture of the centre for "enlightenment"
Title: Why They Broke the Cross by Abu Islam Ahmad Abdalla
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!
Title: Pagan Beliefs (or Idol worship) in the Christian Faith by various authors. You gotta love the pictures on the book cover
Title: A Nation Without a Cross by Islam Ahmad Abdalla
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.
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!