This past week, we have seen an eruption of violence throughout Europe and the Middle East by Muslims objecting to a Danish newspaper’s portrayal of Mohammed in a comic strip. Our President has been telling us since 9-11 that Islam is a peaceful, noble religion.
In remarks at the Isalmic Center in Washington D.C. just six days after terrorists attacked America, President Bush said:
“These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it's important for my fellow Americans to understand that…The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.”
And in his State of the Union speech last Tuesday, the President again stated:
“No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it. And one of the main sources of reaction and opposition is radical Islam -- the perversion by a few of a noble faith into an ideology of terror and death.”
If Islam is such a “noble faith” why has there been such violence? Maybe Islam isn’t quite as noble of a religion as our President would have us believe.
P.S. John Piper makes a great point about the differences between Jesus and Mohammed in this week’s edition of “Fresh Words” .