by John Hawkins | December 9, 2008 11:55 am
…then why is this going on at its holiest site?
At noon, pilgrims were still trickling into the area filled with thousands of tents in the plain of Arafat 15 km (10 miles) east of Mecca where they will pray until sunset.
…The haj retraces the path of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad 14 centuries ago after he removed pagan idols from Mecca, his birthplace, years after he started calling people to the new faith, now embraced by almost 1.7 billion people worldwide.
….Despite a ban on political activities at haj, a senior Iranian cleric gave a speech at Arafat to a group of pilgrims, who chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”, Iran’s state television showed.
Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri, head of Iran’s haj mission, told the pilgrims some Muslims had despaired “in the face of Western civilization’s onslaught” but that today there was a “resurgence of Islam”.
At Islam’s holiest site, they’re chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Gee, that’s funny, I don’t remember chanting “Death to Saudi Arabia” or “Death to Islam” at church last Sunday.
Moreover, if there were Christians doing that, I’d have said something about it because I wouldn’t agree with the sentiment and wouldn’t want people like that making my faith look bad.
So, why don’t “moderate Muslims” care enough about their own faith to speak up — or is the problem that they do care enough to speak up, but they just agree with the sentiment?
Speak up, Muslims, most of the non-Muslim world wants to know the answer to that question.
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