Relativity

No, not physics this time, but religion.

The Washington Post as a weekly column, On Faith, in which John Esposito and John Voll expound this week on the same topic I tried to bring up. The money quote:

At a time when Islam is under siege from Muslim extremists and extremists from the Far Right in Europe and America, the judiciaries of Sudan and Saudi Arabia have managed to reinforce the vilification of Islam and used Islamic law as a weapon rather than a yardstick for justice. All our futures depend upon an ability to agree upon a global ethic, based upon mutual understanding and respect, that transcends our religious and cultural differences. Whatever our differences, there can never be an acceptable excuse for injustice and intolerance in the name of our religions.

John Hinderaker points out that this is quite a comparison.

As though Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or Jews were imprisoning people over teddy bears’ names, or flogging women for the “crime” of being raped!

The fact is that most of the Islamic world is backward economically, politically and culturally. To ignore this backwardness, and the extent to which a kind of madness, by no means limited to a handful of mass murderers, has taken root within many Islamic societies, is a willful blindness that serves no one’s interest.

Georgetown’s Professor Esposito apparently put is name to an “open letter” asking Muslims to forgive Christians.

Responding to an open letter in October signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals from around the world, the Christian leaders also asked the Muslim world for forgiveness “We want to begin by acknowledging that in the past (e.g. in the Crusades) and in the present (e.g. in excesses of the “war on terror”) many Christians have been guilty of sinning against our Muslim neighbours. Before we “shake your hand” in responding to your letter, we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world”, they said in the letter which was made available to the press here yesterday.

The Post chooses writers carefully, I see.

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