This is appalling. The leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq has called for the murder of the Danish cartoonist, and his editor, who “insulted” Mohammed by depicting him in a cartoon. (Story here).
“We are calling for the assassination of cartoonist Lars Vilks who dared insult our Prophet, peace be upon him, and we announce a reward during this generous month of Ramadan of $100,000 for the one who kills this criminal.”
How generous toward this cartoonist.
It gets better. He upped the reward to $150,000 if the cartoonist was “slaughtered like a lamb.”
That’s even more generous.
So, peace be upon Mohammed, but slaughter be upon Vilks, because Vilks “insulted” them. How generous of them! My, how they value peace!
The cartoonist is a “criminal,” but they are justice-seeking and “peace” loving? …over an insult? So, insults are worthy of death? What rank hypocrisy and quintessential evil this is!
These extremists are a frightening reminder of how dark the human heart really is at the core – what it is capable of. Hatred, deep pride, and murder – over a cartoon, over a percieved insult, out of fanatical defensiveness of a “prophet” that depends on his followers to go to even murderous extremes to defend his “honor.”
Christ is so very different from the god and prophet of Islam. While being immeasurably dishonored, insulted and unjustly murdered, He loved and prayed for his killers to be forgiven: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Too bad there are extremists like this in Islam that are so insecure over Mohammed’s “honor” that they think they have the obligation to kill those who don’t revere him like they do. It doesn’t compel other people to love their god or their prophets very much does it? That’s why theirs will remain a religion of force and not of desire. There’s no motivation to love their god, only fear to “respect” him. Yes, Christianity has had it’s extremists too. They are to be denounced just the same.
I’m so glad that Christ has died for me, even though I have dishonored him in countless ways. That’s why I love Him and long to live in obedience to him. I’m motivated by gratitude and love, not guilt or fear. He loved me first, despite my sins and insults against him. Grace is an amazing thing.
Christ captures the heart with His forgiving love and then transforms it, something Mohammed can never do.