Tiptoeing Around Islam

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Tiptoeing Around Islam

One of the things that frustrates me about our troops being on foreign shores is how we bend over backwards to make sure we’re not offending Muslims. Do they worry about offending, us either there or here? Of course they do not. That’s because they consider us infidels.

They can practice their faith freely and openly in the United States. If they convert someone to their faith, no one bothers them. And certainly no one shoots up their mosques, hospitals and schools.

While we’re careful not to drop a bomb anywhere during the Islamic holy period of Ramadan, Muslim extremists blow up Israeli civilians during the most sacred and peaceful of Jewish holidays.

But it’s a different story over there. The penalty for leaving Islam and becoming, say, a Christian, is death. As we saw from the three Baptist missionaries who were murdered just after Christmas in Yemen, fanatics want to kill all Christians, Jews and Americans. Some of their religious leaders say murder is a sacred duty.

What kind of god is that? Certainly not the God who expressed himself most fully in Jesus Christ– not in Muhammad-- His only Son, without whom no man will ever see heaven.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.