My brother, Mike, pointed out something that really made me think. He does that. I’d tell you to follow him on Twitter so he can make you think too, but I have thus far failed to convince him to sign up. Maybe someday. If it happens, it’ll be ReEmergent Church Blog newsworthy, so stay tuned.
He asked a question about the continuing legal battle in Pakistan over a Christian woman accused of blasphemy: “If this woman’s death sentence for ‘blasphemy’ is upheld by the local, high, AND supreme courts of Pakistan, can we please reopen the discussion that Islamic violence is being perpetrated [not] only by ‘radicals’ and ‘extremists?'”
I’ve normally been on the “benefit of the doubt” side of this debate most of the time–often a counter to my brother, a veteran of the recent Iraq war, who is ready for someone to name names and call Islam out as a systemic perpetuation of violence, oppression, discrimination… you name it.
However, Mike clearly has some things right. Read the rest of this entry »