Christians condemn publication of Prophet Mohammad’s-cartoons
By Hassan isilow
The Southern Christian Leadership conference (SCLC) has condemned the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing insulting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
‘‘We condemn the publication of these insulting cartoons against the Prophet of Islam and would like to show our solidarity with all Muslims across the globe during this difficult time’’ SCLC’s Randy short said in a telephone interview with Africa Witness from Washington.
The cleric said it was hypocritical for the French Interior minister Manuel Vaus to use freedom of expression as a means to defend the publication of the insulting cartoons.
‘‘It’s hypocritical for France to say the cartoons were an expression of freedom, when the same country (France) had outlawed the wearing of Muslim face veils.’’
He claimed that France had cooperated with Nazi Germany during the holocaust, but they would still find it offensive if some one made a movie showing their involvement in the holocaust.
‘‘I think its only freedom of expression when it suits the French government’s interests. How would the French feel, if someone made a film about the genocide they participated in Algeria? ’’ the cleric questioned. He also echoed his support for Muslims protesting against the recent anti-Islamic video which insults the Prophet Mohammad. ‘‘I believe Muslims have all the right to protest against the blasphemous which attacks their most revered figure’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Author Kevin Barret believes that the Zionist lobby are behind the current global campaign aimed at tarnishing the image of Islam. ‘‘The Zionist lobby has systematically used the western media to fight its war against Islam. And I believe they are behind all these current blasphemous depictions of the Islamic Prophet Mohammad’’ he told Press TV on Thursday.
But it seems the west is not only determined at tarnishing the image of Islam, but also of other major religions including Christianity. This week a fresh controversy erupted after researchers reportedly found a scrap of an ancient papyrus written in ancient Egyptian Coptic which reads that “Jesus said to them, my wife”. This new piece of alleged evidence has raised fierce debate in the Christian world about Jesus Christ’s marital status. Most Christians and the Catholic Church have long maintained that Jesus was not married and therefore believe the newly found evidence is insulting to the faith.
“Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim,” Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said in a conference call with reporters cited by Reuters. The Harvard professor said that the papyrus will fuel debate about whether Jesus was married or not.
In 2003, Dan Brown’s best-seller “The Da Vinci Code” triggered uproar among Christians after claiming that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children. However, the holy Bible does not mention a world about the marital status of Jesus. Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.
In the Noble Qur’an, Jesus is called “Isa”. He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).
As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.
Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.