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  • Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    Muslim Hate Crimes

    FoxNews reports "Sudan on Wednesday charged a British teacher with insulting religion and inciting hatred, a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes, six months in prison or a fine, after she named a class teddy bear 'Muhammad'"."

    1. Will the 7 year old boy be charged as well since he initiated the name calling?
    2. Will the parents of the 7 year old boy be charged as well since they named their son Muhammed?
    3. What hatred was incited by this (except for hatred toward a non-Muslim)? What evidence is there?
    4. Are Muslims suggesting there's something different about Muhammed than other humans, or other prophets? Will they impose the same penalty for similar use of names like John the Baptist, Jesus, etc., who according to their doctrine were also prophets?
    5. Ever heard or any or many hate crimes for using the name "Allah"? (I'm told in Muslim dominated regions practically speaking it's okay to use Allah's name in vein, but you better not mention Muhammed in any negative way in the slightest form, or you'll incite rage and you'll pay dearly). Interesting, isn't it, there's more allegience to Muhammed than to Allah.
    6. What do these charges suggest about the Muslim position in regard to freedom of conscience and expression of religion? Note, in this case, it's not by spiritual persuasion and argument but by physical pressure and punishment that the teacher (and others) will be forced to recognize the Muslim prophet. What a difference from Christianity!
    7. Suppose this matter in the Sudan will receive due attention from many in the Muslim community in America (or around the world) who claim they stand for freedom of religion? What level of condemnation will be lifted?
    8. To what extext should Christians (whether in America or elsewhere) and other non-Muslims be concerned to ensure we do not (if not already) come under Muslim dominion, law, or influence?
    9. Should not reports like this serve as motivation for both gospel evangelism and exposing the practices of those who set themselves up against the knowledge of God, that obedience might be unto Christ, whose name IS set apart, not by the power of the Sword, but by the power of the Spirit!

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