The Dutch Catholic bishop about whom I posted yesterday wants to replace the word "God" with "Allah" so that comity between religions will be mankind's peaceful future.
Alas, there are many in Islam who believe--forgive the crass analogy--that the cards have already been dealt. Take, for example, a Persian Shi'a hotshot cleric, Hasan Rahimpur Azghadi, a member of the Iranian Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, who is sure that Christianity is already a reeking corpse. His comments were unearthed by MEMRI, the archive of opinion in the Islamic orbit.
The following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Hasan Rahimpur Azghadi, member of the Iranian Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV on July 20, 2007.
Hasan Rahimpur Azghadi: The expiry date of Christianity passed more than a thousand years ago. They are dragging this corpse with them. The expiry date of Christianity has passed, because of its contradictions, superstitions, and polytheism, and because it cannot resolve the theoretical and practical problems facing mankind.
Islam, in contrast to Christianity, is not a corpse that you have to drag--a reeking corpse, on which you have to constantly pour eau de cologne and perfume, and wash it in order to keep it clean.
I myself don't believe in preserving such a religion. These Westerners must be very religious, if they have kept a corpse of a religion devoid of content, for a thousand years. Real men they are! They continue to go to church and to read the New Testament. The New Testament and the Torah are so full of strange things that if you read them to children, they would start laughing.