You see, the Imam told us, Adam was black because he was made from dirt. Ok, I thought. Sure, why not. The Imam went on. He said, we know that bones are white. Therefore, Eve was white. Because bones are white, and she was made from Adam’s rib.
All that would have been fine, except for the fact that throughout, the Imam insisted this had to be correct because it was based on scientific knowledge. This Imam was educated at, I believe, Al-Azar university in Egypt, the preeminent university in the Muslim world.
Now, had this been a Christian saying this (particularly any form of fundamentalist Christian) the Episcopalians in the audience with me (nearly all very liberal) would have laughed and poked fun at the ignorant comments. But these Episcopalians said nothing. At first I thought it was nice that they kept their comments to themselves. Later, when I brought up the comment the Imam had made, several of the liberal Episcopalians actually defended him! And I wasn’t commenting about the man personally, just that I found it curious that he would make such a comment. But the cultural relativism had taken hold.
As Sir Robin says: “When political ideology comes first, other truths are sacrificed.”
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