They're the homophobes who somehow tie every evil / tragic thing that happens back to homosexuality. Flood hits NYC, tornadoes hit OK, earthquake hits the west coast....it's God's way of getting back at us.
But when the Westboro Baptist Church announces they are going to protest the funeral of a soldier, for example, thousands of people (Christians?) turn out to protest the WBC protesters. We denounce people of our own faith (?) who preach hate and violence. We don't celebrate them.
Here Texas A&M students form a shoulder-to-shoulder human shield to keep Westboro Baptist Church protesters from disrupting the funeral of a soldier KIA.
But when Islamic extremists commit a heinous attack such as the one yesterday in London when several Muslims hacked to death a British soldier outside his barracks, I don't see rank-and-file Muslims lining up to disavow the actions of their fellow Muslims. Why is that?
"Gaza Arabs celebrate Boston Marathon attack with dance, candies"
You'll see a few individuals holding up little hand-lettered signs that say, "This isn't Islam", but they are totally overshadowed by the throngs jumping up and down in jubilation. The majority just sit on their hands.
Why don't they cleanse their ranks of those who scheme and plot to do harm to innocents? Instead, they seem to applaud them. If you knew someone was building a bomb or building a war arsenal, for example, wouldn't you call the police? Why do they allow their places of faith to be polluted by haters? Why don't they police themselves? Is this just a matter of the press reporting one side but not the other?
Yet after every atrocity committed by Muslim extremists in the name of Allah, the rest of us are cautioned (rightly) to not rush to judgement and take out revenge against all Muslims. We preach peace and fairness....we "talk the talk" and we "walk the walk".
Mainstream Muslims say they ARE a religion of peace. OK, fine. Then I'd like to see them do a little walking, too.
(Move over Salman Rushdie. I'm probably now on someone's hit list.)
*And please don't start your comment with, "Yeah, well, back in the dark ages Christians....". I'm interested in the here and now.