Man taps finger aggressively on cover picture of Christopher Hitchens book ‘God is not Great’.
Man: That’s sacrilege, that is.
Me: What is sacrilege?
Man: That. God is not Great.
Me: Oh, I’m sorry. Are you a Muslim?
Man: (surprised) No. I’m a Catholic.
Me: Well, Christopher Hitchens used that phrase as a play on the Islamic saying ‘God is Great.’ You know, ‘Allahu Akbar’? It’s a reference to the Islamic God.
Man: Oh. (pause) Okay.
Me: So that’s okay then?
Man: Yes. That’s okay.
Me: Why is that okay? Muslims worship the same God as Catholics and Jews do. How is it both sacrilege and okay to say that the same God is not Great?
Man looks puzzled, then walks away.