Apologists Everywhere

I’m stealing this gem away from our normal comics and nerd stuff writer Rob because I feel it’s in my wheelhouse more than his, forgive me if I ruin the finer points of comic book society in the process. You’ve been warned.

There is a controversy stemming from Marvel Comics’ release of X-Men Gold #1 involving an artist putting in an anti-semetic and anti-Christian verse on the t-shirt of Collassus as well as a building with the numbers 212 on it. These are all references to a current battle on Indonesia over the mayor of Jakarta. Ahok, also known as Basuki Purnama Tjahaja is the first non-Muslim mayor in 50 years, and the conservative Muslims in Jakarta are having none of it. I’ll break down the manutia of the controversy.

The t-shirt on Collassus references QS 5:51 Which us Quran Surah 5:51 which translates to:

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. 

This verse was brought up by Ahok as what the conservative Muslims were telling congregations why they shouldn’t vote for him, he’s a Christian afterall. Though he apologized for it it is extremely true because they habe stated he shouldn’t be mayor because he’s not a Muslim. The numbers 212 are a reference to a protest march on December 2nd (they do dates as dd/mm) where Muslims demanded the arrest of the mayor for blasphemy (that’s Muslim tolerance everyone!)

The subtle messaging wasn’t lost on Indonesian fans who took to social media to point it out to Marvel, and marvel says they are taking “disciplinary action”. Where it gets interesting is G. Willow Wilson, creator of Me. Marvel decided to do her apology tour. Not only does she pull the “many different interpretations” card, she even blames the Saudis (Sunni) for the translation in English, she then gives an ignorant Arabic lesson about the definition of the word “wali” which is better translated as ally, than any of her sad attempts at apology for Muslim culture.

In reality, none of what Wilson says matters though. Whether you can interpret the text differently or not the Muslims in Jakarta are interpreting it the way we think they are! The problem isn’t what it says, there are alarming things in the Bible, the difference is in 2017 Islam still practices like it’s 1400 years ago, when will you people realize that’s the problem?


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