By Tom Quiner
It was horrible.
Right here in our own country, a Christian mob of hundreds descended on half a dozen Muslims who were peacefully holding up signs which simply promoted their faith.
It was vile.
You can’t believe the invective, the sheer profanity, that spewed from the lips of the Christian youth who screamed at the Muslims to leave.
It was dangerous.
The Christians grabbed whatever they could and pelted the Muslims with water bottles, milk crates, even chunks of concrete. Blood flowed from the head of one of the Muslim men.
Even though the Muslim men were not verbally preaching their faith, even though they were simply holding their signs, the police descended on them and told them to leave. The police threatened the men with arrest and citation if they didn’t.
The police refused to protect them. They refused to honor their freedom of speech.
The Muslims were afraid of this. They had contacted city officials in advance of the event and asked for them to provide a “bullpen,” a secured free speech zone. Officials refused. The police eventually forced the Muslims to leave.
Okay, that’s not really what happened.
It was the other way around, as you can see in the scary video clip above.
If you have the stamina, watch the full 22 minutes.
I have a number of reactions.
First of all, what in the world are these Christian guys thinking? My hope would be that they are approaching this event in a Christian spirit. In other words, to be Christ to the gathered crowd that doesn’t know Him. The scripture passage they selected was the wrong one to select if that was their intent.
I’m dubious of their motives when the scripture passage they display reads:
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”
So these Christian guys are calling the Muslims thieves and liars. Perhaps that shouldn’t be the opening salvo if you’re truly trying to bring folks to Christ. John 3:16 would be a better approach, don’t you think?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It looks to me like they were trying to incite this gathering of Muslims and turn them into a snarling mob.
If that was their intent, they succeeded.
Next reaction: what about the Muslims? What kind of people are they? How are they raising their children? The snarling mob consisted primarily of angry Muslim youth. They hated the Christians carrying the signs. In your wildest imagination, could you ever picture a Christian crowd treating anyone that way in the U.S. today and the authorities letting them get away with it?
Does this video footage give you the warm fuzzies about the Muslim community?
If you were to say that this doesn’t truly represent the growing Muslim community in the U.S., I’d like to believe you. I really would.
But I don’t entirely. I know it’s politically incorrect to say that, but let’s be honest, their track record isn’t good.
In the Middle East, we’re watching Catholics being killed, burned, and harassed. Christians are leaving in droves because the Muslim religion does not tolerate freedom of religion.
A final reaction: why does our power structure allowed uncivilized behavior like this? Do the police and city council in Dearborn, Michigan, think so little of the Muslim community that they won’t hold Muslims to as high a standard as they do Christians?
Do they think Muslims are only capable of acting as barbarians, and that their job is to remove points of agitation (Christians) to keep them from getting riled up?
Isn’t this kind of demeaning?
Why do we tolerate violent Muslim mobs?
Why do we allow anti-American slugs like the Occupy Wall Street crowd deface and defile public property? Don’t tell me we do it in the name of free speech when we don’t extend the same courtesy to Christians.