Except he doesn’t, he says. But in any case, somehow these assailants got the crazy idea that Islam forbids non-Muslims to proselytize among Muslims. Expect Honest Ibe Hooper, Boy Reza Aslan, and Brave Ahmed Rehab to jet over to Gaza forthwith, and to explain to them that Islam teaches tolerance.
Marisol commented on this story here, but I thought I’d remark on the cognitive dissonance between this (and so many other stories like it in the Islamic world) and what Islamic spokesmen in the West tell gullible non-Muslim audiences about Islam. “Gaza assailants plant bomb under Christian car: Dr. Maher Ayyad say received text messages to halt evangelical work or face harsh punishment,” from the Associated Press, February 27 (thanks to Kevin):
A prominent Christian surgeon in the Gaza Strip said assailants threw a bomb at his vehicle and sent him threatening messages.
Dr. Maher Ayyad, 55, says no one was hurt in Friday’s bombing, though the explosion damaged his brother’s vehicle.
He said Sunday that after the blast, he received text messages to halt evangelical work or face harsh punishment. Ayyad says he does not preach his faith….