In a sense, right-wingers who mock Allah are mocking God
Sarah Palin, political guru to the brainless, said this the other day in arguing against American military intervention in Syria:
“Let Allah sort it out.”
One can imagine that more than a few Islamophobes chortled like crazy at that clever remark.
But a question arises: Was Palin, in effect, mocking God?
There’s always been a lot of hair-splitting on the matter of whether Muslims, Jews and Christians all believe in the same God. But one basic fact remains: Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all monotheistic faiths rooted in Abrahamism. They all stem from the God of Abraham.
Then, too, there’s the fact that “Allah” is the Arabic word for “God.” Hence, there are Muslims, Jews and Christians of Arabic descent who commonly refer to God as “Allah.”
Which brings us to one of my favorite little factoids: Seventy-five percent of Arab-Americans are Christians, not Muslims. And since many Arab-Americans came to this country to escape the strife in their native lands, it only follows that some of them still use the same word for God they’ve always used — Allah.