People defend and justify the vile, barbaric Islamic “religion” in a number of ways. One way is to claim moral equivalence: Claiming all religions are equally evil or that Islam is justified in what it does because of the alleged abuses of Christianity.
Here are several common, but tired, and absolutely bazaar lines of reasoning ignorant Islamic defenders throw around to convince others that Islam ain’t so bad after all:
Look at the Crusades and what the Christians did. And Hitler considered himself a Christian and many of Germany’s “good” Nazis considered themselves Christians. They killed lots more Jews than Muslims have. And in Ireland Christians were until recently killing each other over small details in religion. And look at the “witch” burnings by Christians in early America. Timothy McVeigh was raised a Catholic and took communion before he died. And really, the Islamic Allah and the Christian God are the same god. [these are all paraphrased from a variety of comments to blog postings.]
Let’s take these warped interpretations of history one by one.
First, the Crusades: What did the Christians do? Look at the timeline of events of the Islamic conquests. Over a 400 year period Islam conquered, pillaged, and occupied both pagan and Christian lands and nations including the holiest sites of Christianity. Christians and Christian nations endured 400 years of terror, killing, and subservience. It is the Christian religion that provided the long suffering restraint during this extended period of Islamic terror. After 400 years, Christians finally responded with the Crusades. How dare Muslims and Muslim defenders use the Crusades as an example against us! Will we wait as long the next time?
Next, what about Hitler? Hitler was universally declared an evil man. His conquests were entirely for political, economic, and military reasons – not religious. And when did he ever claim his conquests were in the name of Christianity? Never! When did his storm troopers ever shout “Jesus Christ is greatest” as they overran cities and as they turned the gas valves of their holocaust chambers? Thousands of Christians were also murdered in the holocaust. The “nominal” Christians were the ones who went along to get along. The devout were the ones who escaped to fight or who were killed in the holocaust. Just the opposite is true of Islam. The marginal Muslims are not considered “radical” while the devout tend to be the terrorists and most vocal anti-westerners and anti-Semites. In fact, history shows that one of the greatest alliances of the Nazi’s was with a Mufti [Islamic leader of the middle east] who together promoted the elimination of the Jews. Islam was actively complicit in killing Jews; many Christians tended to be ignorant, indifferent, or too scared to resist. Much the same can be said of Christians today in the face of Islamic deception and threats. Muslims today express admiration for Hitler. Mein Kamp remains a best seller in Islamic nations.
What about the inference that the fight between the Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland was over “small details of religion?” A Christian doctrinal war? Hardly. It, too, was a battle for political supremacy and control. Again, Christians the world over condemned the violence. On the other hand, Islam as understood by the ummah worldwide declares Islam supreme along with their right and duty to subdue unbelievers wherever they may be found. In the meantime, playing nice in areas where they are a small minority is an Islamic doctrinal tactic useful until their numbers and strength are sufficient in a particular locale to take control with whatever political or violent tactic best meets their objective of domination.
The trials and burning of alleged “witches” was a brief and localized episode in America that lasted over a period of fewer than three years in the late 1600’s. Those events have been condemned by Christianity and by American juris-prudence ever since. Islamic violence, by contrast, has been a basic feature of Islam from its beginning in the 600’s AD to the present. The prevailing Islamic leadership continues to promote deception, intimidation, threats, and terror to further the supremacist aims of Islam.
And Timothy McVeigh – was he a “practicing Christian?” Was he even a Christian, practicing or not? The prevailing evidence indicates he was not. And he certainly did not commit his heinous act out of any command accepted by prevailing interpretations of Christian doctrine. On the other hand, Muslims who carry out their terror, deceit, wife beatings, etc. etc. are doing so based on the prevailing interpretations of their Islamic doctrine. Sorry, Islamic apologists. There is no “moral equivalence” here, either.
And one of my favorites promoted by ignorant Christians and others who are trying desperately to find some common ground with Islam:
Allah and the God of Christianity are the same god. The Pope and our last two presidents are amazingly naïve or wishful thinkers on this one because they promote this deception. Are they holding their respective noses while doing their best at being politically correct, believing their deception is better than the truth? There could be no greater difference between religious characteristics as there is between the characteristics of Allah of Islam and God of Christianity. Allah is a creation of one man, Muhammad, concocted from the pagan astrologer’s moon god (thus the moon and star atop every mosque and adorning every Muslim flag); God is not a creation of anyone but is immortal and the creator of all. Allah is unknowable; God is knowable and wants us to know Him. Allah is impersonal; God is personal and has taken human form to relate to us. Allah had no son; God had a son, Jesus the Messiah. Allah has a harsh and unloving spirit; God is love and promotes love as the best principle of Godliness. In fact, many knowledgeable Christian commentators believe that the god of Islam and the God of Christianity are total opposites to the point of Allah being of satanic origin and God’s major opponent in the final battle prior to the second coming of Jesus. Likewise, many believe that the Islamic Mahdi and Jesus Christ are polar opposites, each being the “Satan” and “Savior” in the opposing religions.
And so you have it – the various attempts at “moral equivalence” by Muslims and Muslim apologists. Beware of these and similar attempts to defend Islam while demeaning Christianity. Ignorant Christians are among the most gullible in both using and believing these warped arguments.