In a whole page rant about the ‘intolerance’ of the Americans who oppose building a moseque/Islamic centre so close to Ground Zero, veteran diplomat Dennis Ignatius manages to put forward just one line about how a similarly sensitive comparison exists in Malaysia:
Some, of course, consider that two blocks is too near. We have a somewhat similar debate in Malaysia when it comes to building churches and temples.
So no criticism or condemnation of the Malaysian condition, but Americans are bigots. Uh huh. Afraid to criticize his employer and benefactor of so many years? I’ll have to file this one under UMNOpocrisy just for that.
And of course, as with all Ground Zero Mosque apologists, he simply cannot consider how the building of a mosque/Islamic Centre at such a sensitive spot might similarly be insensitive to the family and friends of those who died in 9/11.
How would he feel if it were the other way around?
Think he would opponents of the Giant American Flag hateful phobes in that case?
In the meantime, will he use his black belt in diplomacy to persuade Saudi Arabia to stop burning and trashing Bibles as a matter of official policy? Go on, tell Muslims that burning Bibles is against what they are supposed to believe or something.
Or is his closing line actually a well camouflaged call for the Ground Zero Mosque planners to reconsider the hurtful impact their actions are having?
The best response to intolerance is for Christians and Muslims to strive to outdo each other, not with aggressive responses or irrational actions but by walking in forgiveness and overlooking each other’s misdeeds as we are both commanded to do.
Nope! Just a call to let them do whatever they please, because ‘forgiveness’.
Dennis Ignatius is the narrow minded bigot here, not emotionally wounded and grossly insulted ordinary Americans. Don’t he dare preach to me about what a Christian is supposed to be like.
(But then, he’s a diplomat – it kind of comes with the territory and immunity, doesn’t it? Good job pandering to your political masters, I’m sure they’re very pleased with their little high profile dhimmi.)
UPDATE: He manages to redeem himself in my eyes though.