Regular readers (ah, heck, I know only one guy has read this blog so far, but I can dream, can't I?) may recall a previous post about how the mainstream media will bend over backwards to avoid portraying Muslims in a negative light, no matter how many women they stone, trains they bomb, schoolchildren they massacre, or infidels they behead.
That previous post focused on a Reuters article describing Muslim burnings of Christian churches in Nigeria as "Muslim-Christian riots." Yeah, like lions eating a gazelle on the Discovery Channel are having an "interspecies luncheon".
Now, via LGF, comes another example:
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Fearing bombings and shootings by Islamic militants, some Christians in Indonesia are abandoning traditional churches in favor of more unorthodox but secure confines, such as hotel ballrooms and office blocks.Why are the Christians so scared? Glad you asked:
[A]ttacks against Christians, who form just 8 percent of the population, have increased since ex-dictator Suharto's downfall in 1998, and amid a global rise in Islamic radicalism... Four years ago, suspected militants from the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group bombed 11 churches on Christmas Eve, killing 19 people.So far, so good. The article is factually describing the scene. But next comes the inevitable excuse-making for the behavior of these adherents of the Religion of Peace:
The vast majority of Muslims in Indonesia practice a moderate version of the faith.Got that? Don't worry about the occasional mob, riot, or wave of church-burnings. These guys are a peaceful bunch. In fact, it's the Christians' fault for provoking them:
Muslims say evangelical Christians are partly to blame for rising religious tensions. They say hundreds of foreign-funded evangelical groups use churches in Muslim-dominated neighborhoods to convert locals — a claim some Christians acknowledge is true.Those reckless, disrespectful Christians! Actually having the nerve to try to convert people to their religion! Surely that justifies some bombin' an' killin'! (Note to Muslims: Maybe if Islam wasn't the most repressive major religion on the face of the Earth, conversion to Christianity wouldn't look so tempting.)
Apart from the craven moral equivalency of AP reporter Michael Casey, there is one more thing about the article -- indeed, about all of the articles linked in this post -- worth mentioning: No Jews were involved in any way, shape, or form. Think about that. None of these Muslims thinks he is striking a blow against Israel, Zionism, or Ariel Sharon. So the next time someone tells you that Muslims around the world would settle down if it weren't for all those darn Jews stirrin' up trouble, ask: What about Nigeria? What about Thailand? And what about Indonesia?
Or Sudan? Or the Netherlands?
This could go on for a while, but I've got other things to do.
It appears RidingSun now has had two, count' em, TWO different commenters (not including yours truly) and a few other visitors. Woo-hoo!
Look out, Prof. Reynolds! Your days of blogospheric hegemony are numbered...