“Mr Swaibu Malinzi, another Muslim, said since the preachers had ‘waged a war on Muslims’, they had also been forced to declare a Jihad against them.”
Last month, on May 3, the third anniversary passed of our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest that was attacked by jihadis in Garland, Texas. In the wake of the attack, not a few Christians told me that I had done a terrible thing in co-organizing and speaking at the event. They claimed that Pamela Geller and I were gratuitously provoking Muslims, and brushed aside our response, which was that to bow to intimidation, in that case the threat of violence against those who drew Muhammad, would only encourage more intimidation.
Very well. But those Christians should take careful note of this incident. They thought that Pamela Geller and I were poking Muslims in the eye by holding our event in defense of the freedom of speech, and that we should have been more respectful. But these preachers in Uganda were simply preaching the Christian faith, and comparing it favorably to Islam, as Islamic preachers routinely compare Islam favorably to Christianity. Yet they still ended up being accused by enraged Muslims of “despising Islamic teachings at their crusade,” and ended up having a jihad declared against them.
The lesson is clear: some Muslims consider any expression of the Christian faith (as well as any expression of other non-Muslim religions) as provoking to Muslims. So all the good Christians who castigated us for holding our free speech event in Garland should be consistent. If their intention is to avoid provoking Muslims at all costs, they should close down their churches now and convert to Islam. It would be the tolerant thing to do.
IGANGA- A group on Muslims have attacked Christians [sic] preachers, accusing them of “despising Islamic teachings at their crusade”.
The crusade that was presided over by Pastor Moses Saku, was organised by the Bible Evangelism Ministry, at Kigobero Grounds in Iganga Town.
It degenerated into chaos when a group of Muslims said the Born Again preachers were using the platform to ‘demoralise Islam’.
Pastor Saku, the Muslims alleged, told his congregation that ‘Christianity was far better than Islam’, to the irritation of some Muslims who were in attendance.
This prompted Police from Iganga Central Police Station to intervene.
Mr Ayub Waiswa, one of the Muslims, said they had from the onset of the crusade, warned the Christian preachers against making provocative statements.
Mr Swaibu Malinzi, another Muslim, said since the preachers had ‘waged a war on Muslims’, they had also been forced to declare a Jihad against them.
The preachers, however, dismissed the allegations as untrue and accused their Muslim counterparts of gagging them from telling people the ‘truth’.
“We have never abused Muslims or Allah but it seems they [Muslims] are concerned by the way we were highlighting the contradictions in the Koran,” Pastor Saku said….