Last week, I posted a blog where I called Islam evil. A few days later, I revised and said religion was evil when Christianity illustrated how it could be just as repulsive. But it’s one thing to post that on an internet blog. It’s quite another thing, however, to show up to a public school wearing a shirt that says, “Islam is of the Devil.” This of course led to the student who did this being sent home from school, which I feel was an entirely appropriate punishment.
When the kid was interviewed, she admitted to not even really having any contact with any Muslims and that she doesn’t know why that is. Really? You can’t figure that one out?
Then Wayne Sapp, the senior pastor at Dove World Outreach Center and the man responsible for making the shirts, gives a completely ridiculous false analogy where he attempts to compare a shirt calling the religion of others of the devil to a hypothetical shirt declaring that your mom is really your mom. Cause obviously those 2 ideas are comparable in terms of their appropriateness in school.
And here’s Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center talking about the shirts:
Now the Friendly Atheist asks exactly the same question I would. You think these guys would defend a person’s right to wear a shirt in school that reads “Jesus is of the Devil”? Given how many times I’ve seen evangelical Christians overreact to even billboards that simple tell non-believers that they’re not alone, I find it very, very hard to believe these guys would so passionately defend the rights of someone to wear a “Jesus is of the Devil” shirt in school.
Now as much of a defender of free speech that I am, I wouldn’t defend either shirt. I agree with the hosts of the first video above. Promoting your love of Jesus is fine with me. Attacking someone else’s beliefs in school is unnecessarily divisive and can reasonably be censored within a school setting.