First, a couple of disclaimers. Yes, there are some Muslims who oppose such reaction. They are a minority and I think even they will admit they are not as outspoken as are radical members of their faith.
Second, there is almost no reason to believe all the rioting started in the Middle East on 9/11 was as a result of a film released a month ago.
The riots are a result of a large radical Muslim element who believe everyone who does not espouse their belief is an infidel to be killed in the name of their god. For many in this school of thought that includes other Muslims who do not believe as they. Those peace loving Muslims are in a vice between the suspicion of the West and the fear of the East.
Now back to the concept that the video caused the riots. If the video was offensive, did that give the right for such a violent response toward innocent people and a government that has in many instances supported them?
Our response to the riots has been to give our troops more sensitivity training. Don’t show the sole of your foot in the presence of a Muslim, don’t accept anything with your left hand, don’t blow your nose in the presence of a Muslim, and don’t handle the Koran without sanitary gloves has been stressed among our military since the riots began.
Now consider the response of other faiths to affronts shown them.
Consider the “art” of Andres Serrano, who depicted a crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine. It was displayed in a museum and called “Piss Christ.” The exhibit was sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, an agency of the U.S. government.
Couple that with the “art” work by Chris Ofili showing the Virgin Mary smeared with elephant dung amid a collage of pornographic messages. Still no riots.
Did Christians and Jews revolt when the Bible was taken from schools? Did those highly offensive acts give license to become marauders?
After World War II, during which Germans killed over 6,000,000 Jews, did mobs of Jews burn German government buildings? When the Ten Commandments given Moses were taken from public places did they riot?
With appropriate homage for the peace loving Muslims, America must wake up and admit there is a peace loving community among Muslims, but there is a vast aggressive element that not only desires to wipe Israel off the map, but to destroy the country which they call “the great Satan.”
Let us pray for our President and the one who aspires to be President that they will face reality.
Speaking of the election and choosing between a president with Muslim leanings and a Mormon with Constitutional government leanings, keep in mind we are electing a commander in chief, not a pastor-in-chief.
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church.