Food for thought for the moral and religious equivalence crowd – how many Christian-led riots has this incited? How many have died as a result? Where’s the equivalent outrage?
Though I can’t vouch for its complete veracity, the story from Saudi Arabia certainly has much more comprehensive credibility, much more established detail, and a much longer history than Newsweek‘s factual faux pas that sparked a firestorm of riot in Afghanistan and heightened distrust of American intervention in the region.
The larger questions must continue to be asked: How compatible is Islam with liberal Western notions of democracy, pluralism, and the rule of law? What Islamic leaders, if any, will take the mantle of reform and make a widespread and lasting impact? How long will it take?
Or will oppression and persecution remain the norm in places like Darfur, so ably highlighted in recent days by Jared and others?