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Pat Robertson Says the Christian Thing to do is, “Destroy Your Friend’s Buddha Statue”

Everyone knows the Taliban are just the Afghan version of the Pat Robertson’s of the world, right? Pat Robertson was asked on air by a concerned Christian named “Jenny” about a moral quandary she had relating to her roommate’s “Buddha statue.”

Jenny: My friend who is a Christian has a Buddha statue next to her Christian ones. Is this ok?

Pat Robertson, who always speaks Biblically gave a pretty unequivocal answer, “Destroy it.”

Pat Robertson: No its not. Take it away and break it. Break it! Destroy it.

So the message is Christian statues are OK but not Buddhist ones, oh and don’t respect the property of other peoples!

Pat Robertson: Destroy Your Friends Buddha Statue

(WhatIfTheyWereMuslim.com)

Here at WITWM, we frown upon all acts of religious desecration. When the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan in March of 2001 it was not only unIslamic but immoral on many levels. Now Pat Robertson is calling for similar measures, can one imagine if a Muslim Imam had said something similar? As of now there is barely a peep about this. (h/t Critical Dragon)

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  • Sir David Illuminati membership number 16.69

    Just Stopping By
    I was thinking of Moses and assumed that if it applied to one Prophet it logically must apply to them all.
    Thats the problem I have with belief its an all or nothing thing, logically either I believe the whole thing or I dont . Their is no half measure or half logic on belief.
    Unfortunetly I have found nothing compleat I can believe in . And I have looked 😉
    Before anyone asks yes scientolgy is compleat bollocks 🙂

  • Franczeska

    “VRM”=Barry Sommer

  • JT

    I agree with you that Islam’s focus on the Prophets is unique among the Abrahamic religions. Islam goes further than Christianity and Judaism in that its followers try to imitate the lives of the Prophets as much as possible. So if the Prophet dyed his beard, then to many Muslims this is the Sunnah and it should be followed. It isn’t a religious obligation, and Muslims recognise that there is some logic behind all the Sunnahs. For example; growing a beard, trimming the moustache and dying the beard were ways for Muslims to differentiate themselves in appearance from non-Muslims of the time who had large moustaches and wouldn’t dye their grey hairs. The Prophet himself mentioned these reasons when advocating the practice.The Prophet shows ways in which we can apply Quranic principles into our daily routine and lead the most Islamic life possible. Without his example, some Muslims would take the Qur’an too literally or interpret it too liberally and add things to their religion such as saint worship and monasticism or legalise and prohibit things when they shouldn’t (and the Qur’an points to the People of the Book as examples of this happening). So, I guess that’s why Islam focuses on the Prophets more — because it wants to avoid a repeat of the ‘mistakes’ of the previous generations who didn’t follow their Prophet more closely and ended up with incorrect interpretations of their scriptures (from an Islamic point of view only, I should add).

    Deapite all this, it’s also known that the Prophets were capable of making mistakes (not major sins) and it is made clear by the Qur’an that they are all human beings and not God, despite what HalalPork says:

    “Say: “I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah is one Allah: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.” [Quran 18:110]

    Sorry for rambling on a bit, I lost track of the question…:)

  • Just Stopping By

    @JT: Nice find with Joshua 1:16-18. I should have remembered that. “But I don’t know if that’s significant to Jews in the modern age.” It hasn’t been for at least a couple of thousand years. I think what you found is the exception, but it is still a nice find.

    @JT and Muslim Heritage.com: Perhaps I was not clear that I was not talking about clearly religious interpretations, but it is my understanding that in Islam there is much more interest in following Muhammad’s behaviors generally because he is viewed as the ideal human than we find anywhere in Judaism for any prophet.

    To take an example, I think it’s true that some Muslim men dye their beards with henna because Muhammad may have done so, even though it is not a religious obligation. We don’t have much like that in Judaism (with what I find to be the notable exception of certain Orthodox groups that follow the dress code of what was essentially the Polish nobility several hundred years ago).

    While I think that Halal Pork’s statement on Muslims treating Muhammad as if he were God is obviously wrong, there is still the distinction that Islam is more prophet-based than Judaism, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he picked up his ideas from some website that took that kernel of truth and twisted it. For example, the Jewish declaration of faith does not include the belief in a particular prophet the way the shehada does, nor do we have common (or any?) prayers asking for blessings upon ancient prophets.

  • JT

    JSB, that is a very true observation. Muslims attach more significance to the words of Muhammad than Jews do to the words of Moses. There is a reason for this, and it’s because Muhammad had contact with God, through Gabriel, and so his opinions on religious matters are far more valuable than those of later scholars. The best interpretation of the Qur’an will be from the Prophet himself, who has been tasked with not only delivering this revelation but explaining it. This isn’t the same as the Prophet being on par with God.

    However, there are lines in the Hebrew Bible that indicate that the Israelites offered total obedience to Moses and then to Joshua such as in Joshua 1:16-18. And certainly Moses was in direct contact with God, not even through an angel, so his sayings must have had definite importance back then. But I don’t know if that’s significant to Jews in the modern age.

  • Nilufer R. Sage

    Muslim Heritage – Why chastise me when everyone else does it too?

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  • Ms R Sage, please stop feeding the troll. Hal Pork isn’t here for dialogue or to learn.

    It’s my belief he has been dumped by a Muslim girl, and he now has Fatal Attraction syndrome.

  • JSB

    We only had one Prophet, plus God clearly told us he was the final Prophet.

    God sent many Prophets to Jews.

    I can’t speak for God but had God said to obey Moses, then what would have been the purpose of other Prophets, because then even they would have had to obey Moses.

    It makes sense from a Muslim point of view.

  • Nilufer R. Sage

    I really wonder if Halal Pork would ever be up for an actual dialogue.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Sir David:

    Not that I agree with Halal Pork, but can you find me a place in the Hebrew Bible where it says to obey a prophet as opposed to obey the (specific) words of prophecy?

    This is not merely semantic, as there is a difference in the views of prophets in Judaism and Islam. Qur’an 4:80 says ” He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah” while I can’t think of any reasonably similar statement in any Jewish scriptures. Similarly, Qur’an 3:132: “And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.”

    Again, I don’t agree with Halal Pork, but I believe that it is the case that Muslims and Christians view the sayings and actions of Muhammad and Jesus, respectively, as much more authoritative than Jews would view any sayings or actions by a prophet that are not specifically described as prophesy. We don’t have any What Would Moses Do…

  • Nilufer R. Sage

    @Halal Pork – Ok, you said “MIGHT”. Sorry. I was just being hopeful. Lesson learned.

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