I see that a French magazine has published insulting cartoons of Muhammad. What a pathetic and counter-productive use of the freedom of speech. In recent years I have had the pleasure of meeting and debating many Muslims both publicly and privately. We have debated our points with vigor while remaining respectful of each other.
We must not let those who want to mock and insult ruin the important process of debate that we are having. Our debates/blogs/comments provide an opportunity to listen and learn from each other, to understand our own position better, to be confronted with uncomfortable truths, to practice patience and grace and to take the things of God seriously. To mock and insult avoids these things.
So I want to encourage all my Christian and Muslim friends to not let the mocking and insult win. Let’s keep on debating with respect.
The Revd Samuel Green
PS Respectful title solution (by Sam in the Mercury 27/9/2012),
“A solution to the dilemna … is to speak of Muhammed as “the Muslim Prophet Muhammed”. This is a respectful title yet does not force the Shariah’s requirements on non-Muslims.”