Allah knows best

When I picked up my paper this morning, my eye was drawn to the headline, “The tsunami was the will of God. Allah knows best”, attributed to “Muslim leader”. Inside, the paper quoted a range of religious leaders’ reactions to the tsunami, all of whom described the event in fatalistic terms. Iqbal Sacranie’s comments were more considerate and constructive than the Buddhist representative’s:

What might have precipitated the tsunami was a lot of people coming together who had the karma for a short life and, to an extent, this is perhaps a reflection that these areas were over-populated.

By highlighting the Muslim leader’s comments, the paper was exploiting the latent islamophobia that has grown over the last few years. It may be a good way to attract the reader (it worked for me), but it is the little digs such as this that lead to prejudice becoming culturally accepted.

I am with you all ways

The creator of these pictures explains how he was inspired to start:

I was awakened in the middle of the night with a clear, vivid impression that the Lord wanted me to do some special drawings — drawings depicting ordinary people in their everyday environment . . . . with one important addition: the presence of Jesus Christ and His involvement in those routine activities.

Now I admit I really loved the pictures, as in laughing out loud, but then I’m an unrepentant atheist who’s going to suffer the agony of eternal damnation …

In the meantime, I thought of giving the pictures captions. I’ll start. In the bank teller picture, Jesus is saying, “That’s it. Nice and easy. Keep your hands where I can see them and no one will get hurt.”