Muslims in Indianapolis are using words like “bigotry” and “Islamophobia” to describe a new billboard that, by all accounts, appears to be an accurate representation of some of the disturbing truths regarding the head honcho in the religion of Islam – Mr. “Don’t Draw My Picture” himself, Mohammad. And while we wait for some deranged Muslim to blow the billboard and a few innocent drivers to kingdom come to prove that Islam is a religion of peace, we must first listen to them complain to the local news media.
The billboard, sponsored by a website called Truthophobes, is titled “The Perfect Man” in reference to Islam’s founder. Below it, there are a series of facts about Mohammad with check boxes beside them to let drivers know what this religion is really all about. They didn’t go and get these facts from some anti-Islamic book or some dubious history of Mohammad, either. No, each of the facts comes from the Quran itself. This is what Islam teaches ABOUT the founder of Islam.
So what’s the problem?
“I was a little disappointed when I saw that,” Farial Khatri of the Islamic Society of North America told a local Fox News affiliate. “We do support free speech, but we do realize this is also rooted in bigotry. We’ve seen them in New York and several others cities on billboards as well as other transit ads.”
We have to applaud Khatri for a rather muted, reasonable response to the billboard. He’s surely right that the billboard is not meant to promote Islam, but we’d take exception to the idea that it’s “rooted in bigotry.” It’s simply countering the mainstream liberal narrative that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this religion – that it is being “perverted” to further the aims of sick people who would be killing others regardless of what the Quran has to say. THAT’S nonsense, and it’s the kind of nonsense that we need to stop telling each other.
Other Muslim activists, like Rima Shahid of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, were not so measured in their response. “These are completely false statements,” she said in an interview with NBC News. “It perpetuates hate. It perpetuates misconceptions about Islam, and it makes our neighbors think we believe things that just aren’t true.”
Well, that’s the problem. They aren’t false statements, completely or otherwise. And whether or not you “believe things that aren’t true,” these are the words written in your holy book. So perhaps it is the fundamentalists that have your religion right, not the so-called moderates in the United States. And if that’s the case, stop crying to the news media every time someone says Islam is the problem. If your religion teaches things you don’t agree with…maybe it’s time for you to find a new religion.