As constant viewers know, I have been whacking around the Muslim extremists who think it's okay to incite young Muslim men into hateful rages against America that result in things like flying hijacked airliners into buildings.

Nonetheless... that does not mean you and I should go around attacking Islam. It is the religion of a billion people around the world, and we believe here in the U.S. that people are free to believe as they choose.

It's called religious freedom. Consequently, the comments of a Baptist minister at a Southern Baptist convention this weekend makes me cringe.

Here's what the Rev. Jerry Vines had to say:

"Christianity was founded by the virgin-born son of the lord god Jesus Christ. Islam was founded by Mohammed, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives, and the last one was a 9-year-old girl."


Those Muslim Americans who are asking for responses to statements like this are predictably horrified, as they should be. But it's the rest of us who really ought to be telling the reverend to put a cork in it.

Saying things like this does not help. It's like that loony imam in Saudia Arabia who said that Jews need the blood of Arabs to make Purim pastries.

It's not only stupid, but it flies around the world on Al Jazeera and reinstills the hate and the vitriol directed against us.

Besides... the Baptists and any number of other religious sects and denominations should not be hollering about Mohammed's life a thousand years ago, when so many contemporary religious lives are requiring civil prosecution.

I, for one, would appreciate it if the reverend stuck to condemnation of terrorists who say they follow Mohammed rather than trying to undermine the moral and religious leadership of a man who a billion people believe is the prophet.

That's My Word.

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