Sensitivities

For all its talk about Islam being a religion of peace and its followers being normal and decent, the administration is sending another message with its actions. First, although it has taken pains to point out that Osama bin Laden was never a good and true Muslim and had hijacked a “great religion” for nefarious purposes, Team Obama took great pains to dispose of his body according to Muslim practice. I can see the need to treat it decently and with respect, but why according to specifically Muslim practice? I thought OBL wasn’t a real Muslim.

Then there is the matter of the decision to not show the pictures. Mr. Obama says he doesn’t want to “spike the football” and believes doing so would lead to an increased security risk at the hands of inflamed Muslims. Of course, I’m sure they are not “good” Muslims, either! This reminds me of the administration’s similar fear of what Muslims would do if that Florida pastor burned the Qur’an.

This latest decision is nonsensical. If the president is worried about the terrorists, how will they be more energized to attack us by the pictures of OBL than by his killing? And if Obama is worried about all those “good” Muslims being radicalized, think about it: Is a good and decent Muslim, heretofore a moderate, going to say, “Well, killing Osama didn’t really bother me, but when the U.S. released those photos, why, that was the last straw!”?

Judging by its actions, I think the administration has a low view of Islam and its followers, don’t you?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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