Malaysian PM: Muslim-Christian “rift” threatens the world

posted at 1:15 pm on November 29, 2006 by Bryan

Moderate Islam as represented in Malaysian government says Christians are the problem in the world today:

Ties between Muslims and Christians are under “extreme stress” and the growing divide between the faiths is threatening international stability, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

Abdullah, the current chair of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, called on the
United Nations to hold a special conference to address the schism.

The rift is “one of the gravest threats to international stability in the history of the world,” he said in a speech at a United Nations function here late Monday.

Detailing the geopolitical reasons behind the rift, Abdullah touched on anger in Muslim countries over flashpoints plaguing the Middle East.

“The Muslim world sees the suppression of Palestine, the invasion of Afghanistan, the conquest of Iraq and the destruction of Lebanon as a complicity to humiliate Muslim countries,” he said.

Wait a minute–no mention of why we invaded Afghanistan? Or Iraq? The fact that even Arab states “suppress” the Palestinians? And who instigated the “destruction” of Lebanon?

I’m sorry, but it’s not possible to have a rational dialogue with anyone who takes such a one-sided view of the war starting with Afghanistan and working out from there. And this guy leads a major Muslim country; he’s not some Sadrist or al Qaedist ranter. He’s not an obscure imam in Karachi. He’s a Prime Minister, and supposedly one of the moderates.

Let’s let him continue:

But the prime minister, who is an Islamic scholar by training, also outlined ideological differences between the two religions and criticized Christian states in the west for dismissing Islamic practice.

“Muslims see the refusal of the Christian west to acknowledge Islam as a way of life for all Muslims as intolerance and arrogance,” he said.

That street should run both ways: Christians have at best a dhimmi status in most majority Muslim countries. Their way of life is seldom acknowledged by Muslim governments, and is usually repressed. In Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and several other Muslim countries, you can be executed for converting from Islam to Christianity. In Pakistan, Muslims bomb churches full of innocent Christians. The same happens in Sudan and nearly everywhere Muslims and Christians live in close proximity in the developing world. So perhaps the PM should look at his own side of the conflict before blaming others.

But back on our side of the world, at least one Christian agrees with Malaysia’s “moderate” PM: Christians should start dismantling their beliefs to accomodate Muslims.

“We need to forsake the Christendom model,” [Lipscomb University theology professor Lee] Camp said. “The most basic Christian commitment … is that we say we believe in the Lordship of Jesus. But, if we claim that, how can a Muslim or Jew trust us, if we say Jesus is the Lord of all Lords?”

Camp is unspeakably ill-informed and naive. He’ll welcome his new Islamist overlords with open arms.


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