The world has rightly condemned the burning of a Quran two months ago by an atheist activist in Sweden. Actions such as these – designed to cause hurt and outrage rather than foster respectful discussion or debate – are reprehensible.
Furthermore, along with the needless hurt caused to our Muslim neighbours around the world, it is most often Christian communities in Muslim-majority countries who suffer the consequences.
Western governments have condemned the burning of the Quran, but remain silent on the burning of churches, Bibles and Christians’ homes.
The anger felt about the Quran burning has no doubt helped to fuel the anti-Christian riots in Punjab, Pakistan, in which at least 22 church buildings were attacked – five of them burned – and dozens of Christian homes were set ablaze by extremists. Bibles, hymnbooks and other Christian books were burned by the mob.
Yet there was been a marked difference in the world’s response to the actions of an atheist extremist in Sweden and its response to actions of Islamist extremists in Pakistan. Why does the silence persist? Read more...