When it comes to the Rev. Franklin Graham speaking at a prayer breakfast at the Pentagon, tolerance is suddenly forgotten. Graham, whose son is a Ranger serving his fourth tour of duty in Iraq to free the people and defend our right of free speech, has been un-invited to speak because of a comment he made regarding Islam that offended some Muslims.
True, he over-spoke in calling Islam evil. He later redefined his statement as referring to Muslim extremists. There are peace-loving Muslims and some of them suffer at the hands of extremist Muslims. Their counterparts in previous years when extremists went on a rage across Europe were the ones who courageously put an end to the violence and turned more to academic pursuits.
However, the extremists are finding their justification in their holy book the Koran. That justification includes killing 3,000 people on 9/11, suppressing women, filming as they cut off the heads of persons who oppose them, stuffing explosives in shoes and shorts in an attempt to kill unsuspecting non-combatants, murdering playwrights because of a production of which they disapprove, threatening comics because of an offensive portrayal, and proposing to drive Israel into the sea.
All that does sound evil.
Theo-political Muslin extremists find justification for such conduct in the Koran. Here are some examples.
* Jews and Christians who are called infidels are to be fought against until all "religion is for Allah" (2:193).
* "Let not believers (Muslims) take disbelievers as their friends ..." (3:28).
* "Don't believe anyone who is not a Muslim" (3:73).
* Non-Muslims are "evil livers" (3:110).
* "If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them. Against them you are given a clear warrant" (4:91).
* "The disbelievers are an open enemy to you" (4:101).
* Allah gave Muhammad the one true religion and sent him to conquer all other religions (61:9).
The 109 "war verses" of the Koran give further encouragement to violence.
There are 164 Jihad verses in the Koran.
It may be such principles as these contained in the Koran that have led some to conclude that Muslim extremists are evil.
Back to being PC. As Christians, many are offended when the name of the one they call Lord is blasphemed or profaned.
Many Jews who revere the name Jehovah so much they won't spell it out and are offended every time someone says, "God da...." PC rules don't seem to apply to these two religions.
Jews and Christians are belittled and mocked in the media regularly. It is open season more so on Christians today, though Jews have suffered over the years. How about giving a little PC treatment to these groups?
Graham's organization, the Samaritan's Purse, has sent millions of dollars of goods to Muslim countries in relief efforts. Does that count? He has shown his compassion for them.
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church. Contact Price at email@example.com.