Destroying One Koran vs. Destroying Many Christians Which is Worse?

Muslims protest the burning of a Koran.

The now infamous Koran burning by Florida pastor Terry Jones has created hysteria in the Muslim world. In Afghanistan alone, some twenty people, including U.N. workers, have been killed and beheaded to screams of “Allahu Akbar!” Western leaders around the globe—including Obama and members of Congress—have unequivocally condemned Jones’ actions (without bothering to point out that freedom of expression is a prized American liberty). Many are even blaming the deaths in Afghanistan directly on Jones; Bill O’Reilley says he has “blood on his hands.”

Yet, as Western leaders rush to profess their abhorrence at what one American did to one inanimate book, let’s take a quick look at what many Muslims are doing to many living and breathing Christians around the Islamic world—to virtually no media coverage or Western condemnation:

  • Afghanistan: A Muslim convert to Christianity was seized and, according to sharia’s apostasy laws, awaits execution.
  • Bangladesh: A Christian man was arrested for distributing Bibles near Muslims. Since Wednesday, thousands of Muslims have been rioting, injuring dozens—not because of Jones, but in protestation of women’s rights.
  • Egypt: A Muslim mob burned down another Coptic church and dozens of Christian homes; when Christians protested, the military opened fire on them while crying “Allahu Akbar,” killing nine. Another mob cut a Christian man’s ear off “according to sharia.”
  • Ethiopia: Muslims went on a rampage burning down nearly 70 churches, killing at least one Christian, and dislocating as many as 10,000. Christians living in Muslim majority regions are being warned to either convert to Islam, abandon their homes, or die.
  • Malaysia: Authorities detained and desecrated thousands of Bibles.
  • Pakistan: Two Christians were shot to death as they exited church; a Christian serving life in prison for “blasphemy” died in his cell under suspicions of murder.
  • Saudi Arabia: An Eritrean Christian has been arrested for sharing his faith with Muslims and is facing the death penalty; other missionaries continue to languish in Saudi prisons.
  • Somalia and Sudan: Christian girls—including a mother of four—were recently abducted, raped, and killed for embracing Christianity.

It should be borne in mind that none of these atrocities were performed in retaliation to Jones’ Koran burning; they’re just business as usual in the Muslim world. Moreover, the above list is but a quick and cursory sampling of the very latest in Christian suffering under Islam. Were one to include persecution from just a few months back, one could also mention the jihadist attack on a Baghdad church, killing 52 Christians; the New Year’s eve Coptic church explosion, killing 21; Muslim rampages that destroyed several churches in Indonesia, Nigeria, and the Philippines; Iran’s “round up” of some 70 home-worshipping Christians; and Kuwait’s—a nation that owes its very existence to U.S. war sacrifices—rejection to build a church.

Then there are the countless atrocities that never make it to any media—the stories of persistent, quiet misery that only the victims and local Christians know.

One would have thought that all this was at least equally deserving of media attention and Western condemnation as the burning of a Koran. This is especially so considering that, whereas only Jones is responsible for his actions, many of the aforementioned savageries—arresting and executing Christian missionaries and Muslim apostates, destroying or outlawing churches, seizing and desecrating not one but thousands of Bibles—are carried out at the hands of Muslim authorities and governments deemed U.S. “friends-and-allies.”

Such is the surreal and increasingly irrational world we live in, where irate Muslims and groveling Westerners obsess over the destruction of one book while ignoring the destruction of many human lives; where a guaranteed and hard-earned American right—freedom of expression—receives a lot of condemnatory huffing and puffing from those charged with protecting it, while murderous, barbarous—in a word, evil—behavior is devoutly ignored.

  • Mae

    I couldn't agree more!

  • Old Bob

    What a horrid culture. How terrible it must be to live as a christian or a jew in such societites. Muslim lands deserve to be seen as pariahs and isolated until they can rise above the intolerance and hatred of Islam. No immigration, no aid, no commerce. Let them eat sand.

    Of course then there is oil. Because of it we must deal with and even kowtow to these Muslims. No better reason exists to develop our own energy resources than to free ourselves from association with these intolerant fanatics.

  • sgornish

    I think the only way to enlighten our citizens including our politicos to the reality of Islam is to continually bring articles like this one to the attention of printed and radio media.

    • eevecca

      Yup, completely agree. So many people are ignorant of it

  • Andrew Butler

    Such times call for holiness and sainthood, whether you are a Christian or Muslim brother, we have but One Creator

    • MaB

      Depends on how people define sainthood, brother. If a shaheed is a saint, forget it.

    • tanstaafl

      Muhammed and Allah are one and the same. Was mankind "created" by a human being?

  • Andrew Butler

    Why compare two very disturbing acts of hate?
    The first was an act of incitement by a man that should know better and the second was a consequence of the first. by people who haven't had the opportunity to know better

    • Jhon

      "by people who haven't had the opportunity to know better…"
      How naive of you, how would they know better if what people like you ever did is only appeasing them? people learn from reward and punishment, they should be hold responsible for the atrocities they cause!

    • generalissimo

      why are westerners made responsible for violence they had nothing to do with? Pretending that muslims were incited by a guy burning a quran is sick. muslims would get incited by the color of the sky, if they needed an excuse!
      Why are muslims always assumed to have their attrocities excused by the western intelligentsia?
      "It's not honor killings, it's a cultural practice",
      "it's not misoginy, it's liberation of women",
      "it's not terrorism, it's desperation caused by social and economic exclusion"
      "It's not anti-semitism, it's resistance against the zionist oppressors"
      "It's not rape, it's respect for women who don't dress modestly"

      muztards are adults and know very well what they are doing! why the double standards and incredibly low expectations to evaluate muslim's actions, while everybody else (non-muslim) has to be treated like a responsible adult? we're not dealing with babies who don't know better. They know better! They know that killing is killing! No excuses. islam does NOT belong in the West, PERIOD!

  • Mordy

    Why all this trouble? There is no deity, not God, not Yaweh, not Allah, not Zeus, not Idin, nothing.
    Before man invented the wheel,. he invented a God.

    • Question

      Who invented man?

    • Return

      Do you have proof that man invented God?

  • RobbinsMitchell

    I don't really see what the big deal is about burning a koran…I use a page from it every time I have to take a mohammed….much softer than Charmin

    • generalissimo

      it's got just enough oomph to squish flies! Don't take my word for it! Oh, and if you tear a few pages from it, it's got just enough height to prop up that lazy limping piece of furniture everybody has lying around.

      You know what else the quran is missing? A few pages! No, seriously, it's missing a mascot, like all good toilet paper brands have these days. Maybe a puppy, a nice cuddly labrador puppy would make the quran a household name again… as it is, it's good enough for an outhouse. That and picking dog droppings… all you dog owners out there, don't forget to take your quran when you take fido out to fulfill the call of nature!

  • phillyfanatic

    In a word: there is no good Islamofascist but a dead one. Many Muslims are too fearful to agree with that but my guess is their lives would be far better if all of these sharia-jihadist-murderous types were eliminated right now. For 1400 yrs., they have spent much time in conquering, killing , expanding and being anti-West and Israel after 1948. The so called moderate Muslims must speak out against them but while doing that, there is no reason to burn any Koran. Sure, from my view it is pure hokum but without the Islamofascists using violence and murder, Korans would not be the issue. Peace, jobs, compromise, democratic leadership might actually have a chance.

  • TheTomster

    Western countries need to offer asylum to persecuted religious minorities of Muslim countries. They need to let these unfortunate persecuted Christians, Jews, etc. step to the front of the line and displace a Muslim. Perhaps these refugees can relate their experiences to fellow Christians in their new country and more people will become aware of this. Muslims need to know that this type of persecution won't be tolerated and there should be a price to pay for Islam's collective guilt. I'm disgusted that here in America it seems that Muslims are the first to whine and cry about discrimination. They make me sick.

    • Jhon

      I'll wholeheartedly second that