Obama silent while Saudi grand mufti targets Christianity
If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic. Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern, and rioters in the Middle East would kill each other in their grief. But when the most influential leader in the Muslim world issues a fatwa to destroy Christian churches, the silence is deafening.
On March 12, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The ruling came in response to a query from a Kuwaiti delegation over proposed legislation to prevent construction of churches in the emirate. The mufti based his decision on a story that on his deathbed, Muhammad declared, “There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula.” This passage has long been used to justify intolerance in the kingdom. Churches have always been banned in Saudi Arabia, and until recently Jews were not even allowed in the country. Those wishing to worship in the manner of their choosing must do so hidden away in private, and even then the morality police have been known to show up unexpectedly and halt proceedings.
This is not a small-time radical imam trying to stir up his followers with fiery hate speech. This was a considered, deliberate and specific ruling from one of the most important leaders in the Muslim world. It does not just create a religious obligation for those over whom the mufti has direct authority; it is also a signal to others in the Muslim world that destroying churches is not only permitted but mandatory.
Rolling Back the Jihad
That facetious suggestion about the Pope banning mosques from Europe sounds like a plan, except that it doesn’t go far enough.
Let me propose a deal to Sheikh Abdul Aziz: Suppose we let you go ahead and destroy all churches on the Arabian Peninsula, provided that you allow all Christians to emigrate with their families beforehand. And yes, that includes fully compensating the Christians for their property so that they can make a new start somewhere else.
But in return for that, we non-Muslims will go ahead and demolish all mosques and madrassahs that are outside of the Arabian Peninsula, wherever in the world they may be, and no matter how many Muslims live nearby. Every single one of them. Of course, if any of those Muslims in other parts of the world insist on continuing to practice Islam openly, we’re sure you’ll allow them to make their homes on the Arabian Peninsula where they will be free to do just that.
This is how we roll back the jihad. It’s long overdue.
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