Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Noble Purpose

Updated: November 29, 2014 5:30 am

NOW, if Islam and Christianity could and should join hands for the noble purpose of secularizing India, does that mean the Quran and the Bible are more or less saying the same thing? The President of the USA, a Christian with a Muslim ancestry, seems to think so. For the American government, which is already giving billions of dollars to Pakistan as alms, is spending an additional four lakh dollars for a symbol that would hopefully help the Pakistanis to like Americans more—or to dislike Americans less. It is a sculpture to be put up in the new American embassy in the Pakistani capital—the sculpture of a camel staring at an oversized needle. It is supposed to represent both the Biblical and Quranic identical views that it is as difficult for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of heaven as it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. Oh my! Is that why the rich Americans are giving away so much of their riches to their Pakistani poor relations in charity? But what if, as the fable goes, the camel pushes the (American) Arab out of the tent?

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