Tuesday, December 01, 2009

 

Moo-slim hypocrisy on Dee-splay

In case you don't know, Swiss voters approved -- 57 percent to 43 percent -- a referendum to ban the construction of minarets in their French/German/Italian-speaking country.

Responding to the vote, "Egypt's top cleric, Ali Gomaa, called the referendum an 'insult' to Muslims, while the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the largest international Muslim group with 57 member states, called the vote a 'recent example of growing anti-Islamic incitements in Europe by extremist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, racist, scare-mongering ultraright politicians who reign over common sense, wisdom and universal values.'"

Hmmm ...

Egypt's Copts are an endangered minority. Exposed to continuous and subtle pressures, their numbers are dwindling. Thousands have emigrated; no official figures are available as to their numbers in the diaspora today, but reliable sources count two million living in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and other countries of Europe.1 Thousands of those who are left behind convert to Islam every year to escape persecution; for example, between 1988 and 1990, 50,000 Coptic university graduates did so.2 Those who stay faithful to their religion in Egypt find themselves increasingly marginalized and alienated in their own country.

And double-hmmmm ...

The Saudi Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين), or Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) prohibits practice of Christian religion. All citizens must be Muslims. There are probably more than 1 million Roman Catholics in Saudi Arabia. The percentage of Christians among the about 1.2 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia likely exceeds 90%. Conversion by a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy, a crime punishable by death if the accused does not recant. The Government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services. Bibles and other Christian materials are prohibited.

Someone needs to ask the Organisation of the Islamic Conference what "universal values" are being violated when Muslim gov'ments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. routinely persecute Christians and Jews as a matter of public policy.





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