Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Does Nicholas Kristof Read This Blog?

Of course not; don't be silly.

But he DOES make the same point that I've made: imagine if the Muslim world had a runaway best-selling novel in which the climax was Allah killing all the Christians - not to mention, in addition, the Jews, Hindus, atheists and and every other non-Moslem in the entire world.

Well, we'd be screaming bloody murder over on this side of the world, wouldn't we?

We'd be citing it as proof-positive that Islam was a violent, blood-soaked religion, wouldn't we?

Well, that's exactly what we have with the Left Behind series.

"The "Left Behind" series, the best-selling novels for adults in the U.S., enthusiastically depict Jesus returning to slaughter everyone who is not a born-again Christian. The world's Hindus, Muslims, Jews and agnostics, along with many Catholics and Unitarians, are heaved into everlasting fire: "Jesus merely raised one hand a few inches and . . . they tumbled in, howling and screeching."

Gosh, what an uplifting scene!

If Saudi Arabians wrote an Islamic version of this series, we would furiously demand that sensible Muslims repudiate such hatemongering.

Silly me. I'd forgotten the passage in the Bible about how Jesus intends to roast everyone from the good Samaritan to Gandhi in everlasting fire, simply because they weren't born-again Christians."

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