The readers who have been following my blog for a while might have noticed that I haven't commented on Ross Douthat's column for several weeks. It seems that the New York Times keeps trying to adopt the practice of making people subscribe to the online version of their paper. For me, the content of this newspaper just isn't worth the trouble, so I simply stop reading it whenever another such attempt is made.
Today, however, I simply have to comment at the new outburst of hatred coming from the most ridiculous parody of a journalist the New York Times has produced. Ross Douthat is a famous hate-monger. We all remember how he shakes with rage at the thought of women's independence. His current object of hatred, though, isn't women. Now, it's Islam.
Talking about the recent note issued by the Vatican that invites the members of the Anglican Church to rethink their religious affiliation and consider switching to Roman Catholicism, Douthat chooses to analyze this event as an attempt to take a stand against Islam on the part of the current Pope: "This could be the real significance of last week’s invitation. What’s being interpreted, for now, as an intra-Christian skirmish may eventually be remembered as the first step toward a united Anglican-Catholic front — not against liberalism or atheism, but against Christianity’s most enduring and impressive foe." This foe, according to Douthat, is what he calls "the Islamic challenge".
It's very annoying when stupid, uneducated people write articles for an esteemed newspaper. Before you can have opinions and express them publicly, you need to educate yourself about the subject you want to opine about. If Douthat actally opened the Holy Quran before trying to express himslef on the subject of antagonism between Christianity and Islam, he would have discovered that Surah 3:3-4 offers the following perspective on Moses and Jesus: "ALLAH is HE besides Whom there is none worthy of worship, the Living, the Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining. HE has sent down to thee the Book containing the truth and fulfilling that which precedes it; and HE has sent down the Torah (Law of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guidance to the people; and HE has sent down the Discrimination (judgement between right and wrong)." Is that an "enduring foe" speaking, or rather, a friend and an ally? What is the purpose of spewing hatred against a religion you don't know or understand?
Here are some of my previous posts about this joke of a journalist: