A new term for a new phenomenon: Christians who wish they could use Muslim scare tactics
I’ve no idea why anybody would complain about something that happened over six months ago and nearly 300 miles away. Presumably her tastes are so broad and easy-going that she couldn’t find anything to be outraged about in nearby London.
One thing that she has said rings a bell, though. What offended Mrs Mapfuwa was, apparently, that part of the exhibition depicted Jesus with an erection. The BBC reported earlier that “Mrs Mapfuwa, of Brentwood, said Baltic would not have dared depict Mohammed in such a way.” This is a reference to Mohammed, the most important prophet and messenger of Islam. And thus we have another instance of what must be now a rare growth trend among the ever-diminishing tribe of “offended” Christians. Deliberately comparing their own religion to the more thuggish, more insanely homicidal elements of Islam, they complain that this wouldn’t happen if they’d been Muslims.
There are several problems with this, not least that, in the tradition of Islam, Jesus is also a prophet and messenger, and will return to earth near the day of judgement. If Jesus with an erection is offensive to Christians, it is also offensive to Muslims.
But why this new term, “fatwa envy”? A fatwa is a religious opinion on Islamic law issued by a cleric. In 1988, the term acquired a rather nasty reputation in the west when the late, unlamented Ayatolla Khomeini, a leading Shia cleric and then President of Iran, issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie and his publishers for blasphemy. As a result, Hitoshi Igarishi, Japanese translator of Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses, was murdered, and two other translators survived attempts on their lives. Rushdie spent several years under 24-hour armed guard.
Since then the term “fatwa” in Western countries has tended to be used in the sense of a harsh and draconian legal sentence rather than a mere opinion.
Modern Christians are actually saying to us “you wouldn’t dare do something we disagree with if we had the power to have you sentenced to death.” In view of the fact that people in art and publishing have been killed by Muslim thugs in recent years, I find that bloody disgusting. If they want to be lumped in the same league as the islamic extremists, then so be it.