In 2012 in Pakistan, as Christian children were singing carols inside their
church, Muslim men from a nearby mosque barged in with an axe, destroyed the
furniture, desecrated the altar, and beat the children. Their justification for
such violence? “You are disturbing our prayers.... How dare you use the
microphone and speakers?” Welcome to the true face of “Muslim grievance” – what
I call the “how dare you” phenomenon. Remember it next time “progressive” media
and politicians tell you that Muslim terrorism – whether the 9/11 strikes, Fort
Hood massacre, Boston bombing or recent London beheading – are products of
grievances against the West. Missing from their analyses is the supremacist
nature of Muslim grievances.
The Conditions of Omar, a foundational
medieval Muslim text, mandates this sense of superiority over
Among other stipulations, the Conditions commands conquered
Christians not to raise their “voices during prayer or readings in churches
anywhere near Muslims” (hence the axattack in Pakistan). It also commands them
not to display any signs of Christianity – specifically Bibles and crosses – not
to build churches, and not to criticize the prophet.
If the supremacist
nature of Islamic law is still not clear enough, the Conditions command
Christians to give up their seats to Muslims on demand.
consider when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to white passengers in
a white supremacist environment.
Sincere grievances arose: how dare she
think herself our equal? But were such grievances legitimate? Should they have
been accommodated? In my new book, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on
Christians, I document hundreds of attacks on Christians.
In most cases,
the Muslim attackers are truly aggrieved. For example, in 2007 in Turkey, a
publishing house distributing Bibles was stormed and three of its Christian
employees tortured, disemboweled, and finally murdered. One suspect later said:
“We didn’t do this for ourselves, but for our religion [Islam]....
religion is being destroyed.”
Similarly, in 2011 in Egypt, after a 17-
year-old Christian student refused to obey his Muslim teacher’s orders to cover
up his cross, the teacher and some Muslim students attacked, beat and ultimately
These Turkish and Egyptian murderers were truly aggrieved:
the Conditions clearly state that Christians must not “produce a cross or Bible”
around Muslims. How dare the Egyptian student and Turkish Bible publishers
refuse to comply? In Indonesia, where it is becoming next to impossible for
Christians to build churches, Christians congregated to celebrate Christmas 2012
on empty land where they hoped to build a church – only to be attacked by
Muslims who hurled cow dung and bags of urine at them as they
These Muslims were also sincerely aggrieved: how dare these
Christians think they can build a church when the Conditions forbid it? (See
Crucified Again for a new translation of The Conditions of Omar.) Weeks ago in
Pakistan, after a Christian man was accused of insulting Muslim prophet Muhammad
– another big no-no according to the Conditions – 3,000 Muslims burned down two
churches and some 200 Christian homes.
Take a look at their pictures;
these are undoubtedly people with a “grievance.”
Most recently in
Pakistan, when a Muslim slapped a Christian and the latter reciprocated, the
Muslim exclaimed “How dare a Christian slap me?” Anti- Christian violence
In short, any time non-Muslims dare to overstep
their Shari’a-designated “inferior” status, supremacist Muslims become violently
From here, one can begin to understand the ultimate Muslim
For if “infidel” Christians are deemed inferior and
attacked for exercising their basic human rights, like freedom of worship, by
aggrieved Muslims, how must Muslims feel about Jews – the descendants of pigs
and apes, according to the Koran – exercising power and authority over fellow
Muslims in what is perceived to be Muslim land? How dare they! Of course, if
grievances against Israel were really about justice and displaced Palestinians,
Muslims – and their Western appeasers – would be aggrieved by the fact that
millions of Christians are currently being displaced by Muslim
Needless to say, they are not.
So the next time you hear
that Muslim rage and terrorism are products of grievance, remember that this is
absolutely true. But these “grievances” are not predicated on any universal
standards of equality or justice, only a supremacist worldview.
author, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is the author of the new book,
Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (Regnery, 2013). He is a
Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and associate fellow at the
Middle East Forum.