That tweet was of a link from FrontPage online (whatever that is). I want to say I saw a Drudge headline, as well as a link at Glenn Beck’s site.
The video showed what were a group of street evangelists standing outside the Arab festival in Dearborn, MI, when Muslim’s begin pelting them with rocks and debris. The police arrive and tell the Christians to move along, and I think some of them get threatened with arrest or were arrested.
However, the Christ and Pop Culture blog had contentions with what really happened. According to them, it was a group of ultra-fundamentalist KJV-only street preachers led by Reuben Israel. Reuben has had run-ins with James White, btw.
They were being insulting to the Muslims at the Dearborn Arab Festival including waving a pig’s head on a stake. (Insults are always worthy of stoning). Additionally, older Muslim men were trying to calm down the younger men to keep them from responding with violence. Though Christ and Pop Culture blogger opines that such behavior never justifies violence, the fact of the matter is the Christians were the aggressors and the Muslims were just minding their own business until they were forced to react, so we really shouldn’t blame them for their trash throwing.
Now David Wood has posted his remarks on the Muslim stoning of Christians.
I agree with Wood. I’m certainly not a fan of Reuben Israel and his crowd of street screeching trouble-makers. And I appreciate the Christ and Pop Culture blogger for drawing out the clearer picture of the events. But the reaction the Muslims had to a group of wackos only goes to show you the deficiency of the Islamic faith to deal with those who oppose it. The immediate reaction when they are mocked is to respond in violence?
This is especially true when Mohammad is defamed in some way. It’s bizarre.
A couple of points of contrast.
First. Reuben and his boys are notorious for going to Salt Lake City to hassle Mormons at their annual conventions. He stands outside with signs condemning Joseph Smith and waving the Mormon sacred underwear at the crowds. The Mormons are obviously upset at such foolishness, but to my knowledge, none of them have resorted violently to such antics.
Second point. Do you know how cruelly mocked Jesus is by the homosexual community in San Francisco? Every Easter Sunday, a group of sodomites put on a hunky Jesus contest in a public park that involves some of the vilest satanic, sexually perverted acts you can imagine. Do a search on the subject if you think I’m making it up.
Though it would be an amazing spectacle to behold watching Reuben and his band of miscreants “screech” at one of these events, no Christians have ever shown up to throw stones at the sodomites.
What if the sodomites did a hunky Mohammad contest? What would be the response by the Muslim “youth”?
The older Muslims can cry shame on the younger people for responding in such ways, but the response of violence is intrinsic to the core Islamic faith. Islam does not tolerate dissent, so it won’t tolerate free speech in a free society even if it is coming from crack pots.