|february 20, 2006 (0012us)
furor from lack of love
This slogan has been flaunted in a lot of Muslim protests against
Muhammad cartoons published by a Danish paper Jyllands-Posten.
better get it right, though! This slogan means much more than
anger toward the Muhammad cartoons. It means utter lack of
understanding of our 'democratic' attitudes. It means there's an abyss
between the Muslim main mass spirit and the Judaeo-Christian main mass
spirit, and the bridge to cross it is not yet in the making.
week somebody told me, "Those Muslim protests against Muhammad cartoons
are deeply shocking. We've got to reject mental backwardness and stand
up for freedom of expression." I replied, "What about someone
publishing a cartoon of you pulling down your old father's pants and by
force ass-fucking him?" Immediately the man blushed, outraged, and said
vehemently, raising his hand, "How offensive! How dare you a man of God
think of rude things like that?! That's altogether different,
anyway..." I cut him off, "No, it's not. The Muhammad cartoons shock
our Muslim fellow humans so much as my offensive words just shocked
you. That's by no means different. So they react the way you on the
verge of violence have just reacted at my rudeness. Freedom of
expression is not freedom of offense."
I added, "A Muslim isn't more backward than you a Christian. Only, just
like you, he so far has failed to love his neighbor so much that he
could stay impassive when faced with a strong vexation. A lack of inner
peace denotes judgment. The judgment has leapt
onto your tongue like a flea, unawares (Rev of Ares 36/16). Now, a
man that loves his neighbor ought not to judge him, ever."