The Koran Versus the Bible
Last week, noting the disparate treatment the press gives to religious slights, I quipped,
It’s an interesting cultural distinction, though, that urine on Christian symbols is “art” whereas urine on Muslim symbols is “torture.”
This morning, Donald Sensing has an excellent essay explaining why this is so. An excerpt:
The analogy is not exact, of course, because Christians cannot point to or touch Christ because “He has been raised; he is not here,” while there are hundreds of millions of copies of the Quran available in the world.
This distinction is one reason why there were no riots by Christians when Andres Serrano displayed his work (I cannot call it a work of art), “Piss Christ.” That the work was extraordinarily insulting to Christians was self evident, but there was no “abuse of Christ” in the work because Christ is not present on earth to be abused.
The Quran is holy to Muslims in a different way that the Bible is holy to Christians. Until the rise of American fundamentalism about a century ago, the Christian assertion that the Bible was Ã¢€œthe word of GodÃ¢€ was understood more analogically than literally. That the texts of the Bible were inspired by God – James said the Scriptures were Ã¢€œGod breathedÃ¢€ – wasnÃ¢€™t doubted, but the notion that the Bible was dictated verbatim by God is really only about 100 years old and is a small-minority belief among Christians today.
Much more at the link, including an explanation of why understanding this distinction is crucial to the war on Islamist terrorism.