Muslims may have noticed Dr James White being attacked by the Christian right wing, specifically Christians who make their livelihood out of the Islamophobia industry. You know, the “hey Americans, the Muslims are commanded to kill Americans, you guys need me to come to your churches and pay me to speak out against Muslims and Islam” types who don’t have jobs but steal a living out of fear-mongering against Muslims.
James White has made some important statements about arguments against the Quran and the Prophet which are being used by Christian apologists – these statements if applied consistently condemn the methods of Jay Smith and David Wood as inconsistent and unfair.
We’ve all seen wild-eyed Christian apologists on the internet coming out with attacks against the Prophet such as the thighing hoax , necrophilia claim or the claim of cross dressing. All of those mentioned are from David Wood. But the polemics of Jay Smith, Usama Dakdok or Joseph Najm from ABN would all tie in with James’ criticism of arguments against Prophet Muhammad.
To be honest, they could have been from many more Christian polemicists, that’s how rampant this abandonment of fairness, truth, and respect for others and oneself actually is amongst internet Christian polemicists. One thing that is clear, Muslims have been looking at each other perplexed due to the noticeable lack of Christian elders, pastors or even their more mature colleagues to rebuke them or make some sort of statement about polemics that are quite frankly embarrassing to any Christian with a shred of desire for truth, accuracy, consistency and fairness.
We know it’s difficult for a Christian to come out and do so due to the way Christian apologetics to Muslims works – it’s herd mentality and group think. The person who doesn’t join in winds up having less support, less popularity and I’d imagine less cash!
So it’s great to see James R White making these statements about Christians using unfair and inconsistent polemics against the Quran and the Prophet.
I’ve personally spoken out against the polemic that Paul of Tarsus performed a homosexual act during a circumcision. I was told they (those who propagate that polemic) only do so because “they (the Christians) do it to us (the Muslims)”. Clearly, there’s a vicious circle of malicious polemics.
James does not name Christians who attack Islam with unfair and inconsistent arguments who he claims “threw him under the bus” but that’s immaterial here. It’s important to know, if you apply James White’s statements consistently and are familiar with the methodologies of David Wood and Jay Smith then one would conclude his statements about unfair and inconsistent attacks on the Prophet and the Quran would at the very least apply to a bulk of their work. There’s no two ways about it. Anybody who has seen their arguments knows they operate on an inconsistent and unfair paradigm. I just hope some church elders can pull them aside and talk to them.
I think James White and those Christians who are of a similar mindset will agree with this piece 100% of how the argumentation style of folks such as Beth Grove, David Wood, Usama Dakdok and Sam Shamoun lead to Christians questioning and doubting Christianity.