The cartoon is funny.
But it speaks to a serious issue: Whether there exists a vast, silent majority of observant Muslims who resent the hijacking of their religion by terrorists and murderers. It is, you will pardon the expression, an article of faith among Western leaders that such a majority exists.
Because if it were not so -- if the true majority of Muslims, those living in Dar al-Islam and those living among us in the West -- support or at least condone the extremists then Osama bin Laden is right: We must be at war with Islam... because all Islam is at war with us.
I believe Osama is wrong.
I believe that there is a majority of Muslims who reject murder in the name of religion.
That is why the post I ran yesterday afternoon is so important to me. I don't know who is behind Muslims United; I don't know who paid for the ads in British newspapers or who is funding that web site. It may be that some people who claim to support their position are doing so only to deflect popular pressure and police investigation -- but I can not believe that all the people behind these ads have such impure motives.
So the cartoon above is funny... but not entirely correct.
We must listen for the voices condemning violence that emanate from the Muslim community. We must engage them in conversation. We must make certain they are heard, in our community and in their own. Because Christians, Muslims and Jews must learn to live in peace and harmony -- and here's the true sticking point, I realize -- not just with each other but also with those who believe in other things or in nothing at all.
Still, our human father, Abraham, would want nothing less for his family. What father doesn't want his descendants to get along? It surely must be what Our Father wants also.
Our regular, frivolous programming will resume next week. I get uncomfortable standing on a soapbox like this.