Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Guardian utterly wimps out

In the Guardian each day there is a wonderful 'Eyewitness' double page of a huge colour photograph. Always exciting, illuminating and worthwhile.

Last Tuesday the picture was of Mount Moses, Sinai. The caption in the paper said:

Sunrise on Mount Moses or Jebel Musa (7,497 ft) in Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments and Muhammed's horse Boraq ascended to heaven.

A letter writer said this, today:

Surely the caption on your picture of Mount Moses (Eyewitness, 11 August) stating it was "where Moses received the 10 Commandments and Muhammad's horse Boraq ascended to heaven" is missing the word "allegedly"?

The caption on the web page now reads:

Sunrise on Mount Moses or Jebel Musa, where Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments and the prophet Muhammad's horse, Boraq, ascended to heaven.

Now I am not of the view that all Bible accounts are to be taken as historically accurate, but I love the introduction of uncertainty into the biblical account whilst maintaining unqualified acceptance of the Islamic tradition. Wimps. Unless it was deliberate. In which case - a curse on them and all their camels.

1 comment:

dmk said...

Mohammed allegedly had a horse called Borat? Was it from the glorious republic of Kazakstan?