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Over the past few years, we’ve seen several incidents where violent Muslim protests over relatively minor slights earned big government and corporate concessions. Death threats over a few cartoons of Mohammed caused media outlets all over the world to censor themselves in ways that they would never have done otherwise. Muslims have murdered people because they felt insulted and the nations of the west have generally treated the killers as sympathetic victims, not brazen thugs.

The message to everyone else could not be more clear: violence earns capitulations. I, and others such as Glenn Reynolds, have wondered how long it would be before adherents of other faiths would put the lesson into practice. Well, that day has arrived.

When New York artist Andres Serrano plunged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine and photographed it in 1987 under the title Piss Christ, he said he was making a statement on the misuse of religion.

Controversy has followed the work ever since, but reached an unprecedented peak on Palm Sunday when it was attacked with hammers and destroyed after an “anti-blasphemy” campaign by French Catholic fundamentalists in the southern city of Avignon.

The violent slashing of the picture, and another Serrano photograph of a meditating nun, has plunged secular France into soul-searching about Christian fundamentalism and Nicolas Sarkozy’s use of religious populism in his bid for re-election next year.

That last paragraph interests me. Few news outlets would say that the dozens of violent Muslim incidents over the past few years have plunged any nation into “soul-searching” about Islamism. Indeed, I’d be hard-pressed to say that any nation has given much thought at all about how their weakness makes them a more appealing target to everyone willing to bring a little violence to the table. To the contrary, most of Europe, as well as the United States, have gone in the opposite direction. They’ve shielded Islam from any criticism and actively persecuted critics.

So now members of another religion — this one a Christian religion —  have joined the Temper Tantrum League and we’re all just a little less safe and free because of it. I suppose I should be full of condemnation right now, but how can I criticize those French Catholics for emulating Islamic success?

(via memeorandum)

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One Response to “What European Christians Have Learned from Islam”

  1. Andrew33 says:

    I have Muslim friends who I cannot name out of fear of death that find this as repulsive as we do. Unfortunately most Muslims do not understand the concept of secular government or separation of "church" and "state". When they see a Koran burning in America, they think this is government sanctioned because nobody tells them otherwise and therefore it is assumed much like you assume your neighbor has running water because that is the norm.

    Also, the Europeans brought this on themselves by encouraging N.African and Arab Muslims to move there with the intent of making them a welfare class just as those in power in America have deliberately made the black and more recently hispanic community into a welfare class here. We must learn from this and not force LEGAL immigrants from other countries whether they be of different religious or ethnic backgrounds because the result is always extremism and divisiveness. Most people don't discuss the rampant racism and SEGREGATION that occurs in liberal Europe that is giving voices to those with extremist messages.

    There are 2 lessons here: First, we must be extremely careful about who we let in here and why, and second once we let those people in we must accept the personal responsibility of making sure that those people aren't isolated only to become 2nd class citizens of society. If the people wanting to come here aren't coming to become the latter, they shouldnt be coming here at all.

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