The idea that respect means remaining silent, and the notion that resorting to violence in response to an 'abuse [of] the universal right of free speech' is not only absurd, but is clearly out of touch with what respect for different beliefs has meant.
(PRWEB) September 12, 2012
The director of a Christian ministry dedicated to the defense of the Christian faith and an expert in worldview analysis called for the resignation of the person who issued the 'apology' in response to attacks on the embassy in Egypt. He further suggests that this may have emboldened the attackers in Libya, with tragic consequences.
Anthony Horvath is the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, a Christian 'apologetics' ministry. 'Christian apologetics' refers to the defense of the Christian faith. He has been on numerous local and national radio broadcasts speaking on a variety of issues and has columns published at such sites as Worldnetdaily.com and the Christian Post.
In the statement, Horvath said:
"While some people are rightly denouncing the state department's knee-jerk apologizing for 'misguided individuals' who 'hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,' I noted with particular interest the skewed notion of 'respect for religious beliefs' that their press release says is 'a cornerstone of American democracy.' No doubt, such respect really is a cornerstone of our democracy, but the idea that respect means remaining silent or that resorting to violence in response to an 'abuse [of] the universal right of free speech' is appropriate, is not only absurd, but is clearly out of touch with what respect for different beliefs has meant in America."
Whoever wrote the release should "resign immediately," says Horvath, "or, barring that, be fired."
Horvath is especially concerned about how Christians were singled out for blame but Muslims were given 'a pass.' He says that people are always complaining about how violent religion is and then they turn around to give examples from Islam to discredit Christianity. It isn't a new experience for him, though.
He writes: "It is pretty common in my experience to have people denounce all things religious, and Christianity in particular, because ‘religion is so violent’, only to have them then produce examples of specifically Islamic violence to demonstrate their point. A good illustration of this, is Richard Dawkins’ arguments in his book “The God Delusion” in a section titled ‘Undeserved Respect’ where he targets the specifically Christian concept of God and to ‘prove’ his point, proceeds to give case after case of Muslim atrocities. Apparently, in the atheistic mind, Christians filing lawsuits is equivalent to murdering filmmakers–and storming embassies and slaying American diplomats."
Horvath continues: "The whole attitude exhibits a profound lack of a sound sense of proportion. The press release by the embassy in Cairo exhibited the same distorted sense of proportion: the speech of some American Christians is 'bad' but the violence of the Muslims was understandable and forgivable. But as they say, 'It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.' It is reasonable to suspect that the latest 'stop' on the apology tour emboldened the assailants in Libya."
Horvath urges the US Government to exhibit more common sense: "But I don't expect this to happen. After all, what am I going to do? I'm a Christian; the worst I'm doing is calling for someone's resignation. The other folks may very well cut off their heads."