After a 2 year hiatus I'm back on speaking terms with my mom. And by speaking I mean she'll acknowledge I exist when I see her, we can speak about "safe" subjects, she texts me goodnight sometimes, and she forwards me radical pro-American, pro-Christian e-mails. Honestly though, this last part I could do without.
The most recent forwarded e-mail (originating in 2006) was titled "Politically Correct" and included a link to a Snopes.com article. The e-mail applauded Michigan State University's administration for not reprimanding a tenured mechanical engineering professor for an e-mail in which he suggested all Muslim students leave America if they're not fans of Western ideals. The forwarded e-mail says MSU supports the outspoken professor and asks everyone to forward the e-mail to everyone on their contact list so the whole country gets it. Highlighted, it says:
"We are in a war. This political correctness crap is getting old and killing us."
So I clicked on the link to Snopes, and found things were not quite what the forwarded e-mail said. The university could not legally publicly reprimand the professor but they did privately warn him of further comment and MSU did not agree with the professor's statements. Further, the professor was quite embarrassed that his e-mail went public and stated that he wrote the e-mail in haste believing the e-mail address he sent it to was that of one particular (probably very annoying) person. Instead, that e-mail was inadvertently sent to the whole Muslim Student Association. The professor quickly and publicly regretted the e-mail.
The whole fiasco started because the Muslim students protested the Danish cartoon of Muhammad as a terrorist. Thanks to freedom of religion they have the right to protest a cartoon that depicts their most revered prophet as a terrorist. What if the cartoon depicted Jesus as a terrorist? Does anyone think Christians would have been cool with it because "it's just a cartoon," like they said about the Muhammad cartoon? I highly doubt it.
If one cares to consider the history of Christianity, one might not be so quick to point out the flaws or violence in other religions. For thousands of years Christian and Catholic leaders have persecuted, murdered and banished people of all other faiths. The Crusades are considered a dark spot in Catholic history, but the widespread molestation of altar boys by celibate Catholic priests is a current dark spot. Christian leaders persecuted and banished their own people for centuries, condemning them to eternity in hell because they could not afford to literally buy salvation. Even today Christians preach peace and acceptance and love on Sundays, but for the rest of the week they pass judgement and ignore those in need.
No one is perfect. It's time to stop pretending.