The hate mail bag doesn’t rest even for Christmas:
Subject: you spreader of evil and corruption on gods earth
I am a liberal muslim who celebrates christmas with my children also my doctor is a jewish friend but after viewing your website and reading some of the comments I will start practising my religion which after all is the fastests growing religion on earth and is the final message revealed by the one true god. I will no longer celebrate christmas as you know that is does not stem from christianity and I will change my Doctor as you know that Jews believe that they are superior to gentiles, constituting racism.
Of course, there is a good deal that doesn’t ring true about this message from a non-practicing, liberal Muslim, starting with the fact that he is familiar enough with his religion to know the phrase “corruption on gods earth,” which comes from Qur’an 5:33: “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.”
Another is that a site dedicated to universal human rights and the equality of dignity of all people would lead him to break his putative friendship with his alleged Jewish doctor and to stop his supposed syncretistic and tolerant celebration of Christmas. Even if this really were the kind of site its enemies claim that it is, a man so broad-minded as he suggests he is should be able simply to dismiss it and go about his business.
But I assure you, I do not take the claims this man has made about himself seriously. I post this merely to point out that the crude propaganda never ends, and that it is usually more sophisticated than this, and many are taken in by it. And also, above all, I post it to emphasize that our struggle is against those who think that penalties such as those stipulated by Qur’an 5:33 for “corruption in the land” constitute justice. Let us continue to defend true canons of justice, the dignity of all people, and equality of rights for all (even women and non-Muslims), for as long as the global jihad threatens such principles.