And the Egyptian government must take it seriously. Al Arabiya News reports,
Egypt is taking a jihadist’s calls to destroy the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx “seriously,” an Egyptian interior ministry source has said, according to reports.
The source, who was not named, spoke to the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper late Monday in response to Sheikh Murgan Salem al-Gohary’s television interview earlier this week.
Gohary, a jihadist with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues.
The Islamist, previously twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such “idols.”
“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences.
“God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols,” he added. “When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”
Check out the rest of the story at Al Arabiya News.
Of course destroying the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids is crazy but not to ideologues. Yes, I know that as I write more damning events are actually taking place in the neighborhood. But both the threats to the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids and the current far more dangerous Gaza crisis have ideological bases rather than moral or even pragmatic bases. No, they are not morally equivalent. One threatens to destroy our shared heritage. The other is destroying life and limb. One is based on religious ideology pure and simple. The other is based on ideologically amplified responses to long standing evil policies and behavior of the Israeli government and to evil policies and behavior of Hamas.
Via Dispatches From the Culture Wars.