Since this morning’s atrocity in Paris, I’ve noticed a couple of people with very active fantasy lives. Specifically, I’ve seen the suggestion that Christians would behave like the gun-toting savages we’ve seen today, or at least wouldn’t discourage such actions, if their ox were being gored. One Facebook commenter said American Christians “would do the same thing if they thought they could get away with it.” In short, we’ll tolerate blaspheming Islam in a way we wouldn’t tolerate anti-Christian satire and invective.
An academic I know also declares that Christians should consider how they would act if confronted by gross acts of anti-Christian blasphemy. He then condemned the shooters “who just made life a little harder for Muslims in the West.” Ah, the real victims.
They’re late to the party, of course — Withywindle already took care of this before eight this morning — but again, I think we must remember the senseless slaughter of the author of Corpus Christi (Yes, I know he was threatened, but he’s still here, six years past the three score and ten. May he continue to live, and live well.) or the massacre at the museums that have exhibited Serrano’s Piss Christ. You remember those crimes, don’t you? You remember when the artist who drew National Lampoon‘s “Son-O-God Comics” was driven into hiding to the point that he may only be found at comic conventions across the country, don’t you?
What? You don’t remember that? You think there may be a touch of false equivalency at work? Don’t be silly — it must have happened. After all, if Christians — those American Taliban — only thought they could get away with it, they’d be doing the exact same thing.
I think it’s worth noting that this sort of twaddle even offends friend of faith Richard Dawkins:
But to take such a stand as those I’ve mentioned above indicates a level of certainty about the souls and morality of others that borders on (dare I say it?) an article of faith.