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Friday, February 10, 2006

Diana West Gets It

Diana West has a great piece on dhimmitude in the west. I have noticed, as many others have, that we capitulate to Islam far too much. Not that religious tolerance (note: "tolerance" not "acceptance") of its adherents isn't a bad thing, but I draw the line at having to compromise my own beliefs and liberties in order to satisfy the egos of Muslims. Another question I have is how can we as a freedom loving people be religiously tolerant of a religion that is offended at the mere presence of other religions?

Anyway, getting back to the dhimmitude thing, West mentions that the BBC has two very different pages regarding Islam and Christianity. I thought I would take a look at this and see if it was true.

How far does it go? Worth noting, for example, is that on the BBC Web site, a religion page about Islam presents the angels and revelations of Islamic belief as historical fact, rather than spiritual conjecture (as is the case with its Christianity Web page); plus, it follows every mention of Mohammed with "(pbuh)," which means "peace be upon him"—"as if," writes Will Wyatt, former BBC chief executive, in a letter to the Times of London, "the corporation itself were Muslim."

I decided to check this out and compare the two myself. The Muslim page does indeed say "peace be upon him" about Mohammed, but when compared to the Christian page, it is very lopsided in it's presentation. For example...

Muslim Page

The Islamic scripture is the Holy Qur'an. Muslims believe that the Qur'an was revealed to humanity by God through the Prophet Muhammad.

Christian Page

The Christian holy book is the Old and New Testament of the Bible

Now, this may be splitting hairs, but why is it that when speaking about the Muslim book, we see "Holy Koran" (apostrophes are for abbreviations, and I don't know what "Qur'an" is an abbreviation for) while talking about the Christian book, we see "the Christian holy book... the Bible?" The way these are worded, they make the Koran sound objectively holy while the Christian book is holy according to the opinions of its adherents.

Getting back to West's point though, we should not be so willing to tolerate Islam in the west that we renounce our own beliefs for the sake of "not offending" Muslims. That isn't how liberty works.