Last night, comedian and late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien made a huge mistake. He assumed that he's free to poke fun at Islam the way he's free to poke fun at Christianity, Mormonism, etc. And now he's being called a "racist," because, as everyone knows, Islam is a race.
After hearing about the new Muslim superhero "Ms. Marvel," Conan tweeted:
His tweet, of course, makes joking reference to Surah 4:3 of the Qur'an, which allows Muslim men to marry up to four women. (Muhammad is the exception; he was allowed to marry far more than four women.) Not surprisingly, fans were not amused:
Some fans obviously don't know much about Islam, since they think that Islam forbids sex with minors (Islam actually allows sex with prepubescent girls):
As usual, there were endless cries of "racist":
Conan has since removed the Tweet, and I doubt he'll ever joke about Islam again. Islam and its defenders have sent yet another message to the West: Islam is not here to be treated equally, so learn to respect it. If you're at all offended that the Qur'an promotes polygamy (4:3), and the rape of female captives (4:24), and spousal abuse (4:34), and sex with prepubescent girls (65:4), and the violent subjugation of unbelievers (9:29), then you will be called a "racist," a "bigot," a "hate-monger," and an "Islamophobe."