What happened recently in Libya, where the American Ambassador and three of his aides have been killed most probably by a Salafist commando, raises again the spectrum of religious fundamentalism.
Following initial reactions, first of the American administration and then of Western media, what strikes me is clear, and absolutely legitimate, I would add, condemnation of violence inspired by Islamic fundamentalism. Yet, at the same time, in the same reactions, I see much less willingness to expose and condemn Christian and Jewish fundamentalists that, in fact, are equally guilty, at least morally speaking, of the killings in Libya. And I am talking, of course, of the authors of the movie distributed on the internet that offended the religious feelings of Muslims.
It seems illogical and strange that people who are very quick to condemn acts that are offensive to Christians or Jews, are not so ready to protest against similar acts directed towards Muslims. Again, it seems that, for them, such acts are legitimate because directed towards the ‘enemy’. How disgusting and totally contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who taught us to do good to those who hate us, let alone people of other faith than ours.
Nevertheless, rational and self-reflective reactions start appearing, thank goodness. Here are two of them:
It was time.