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Monday, February 16, 2015

The "21"




Where do we go from here?

How does mankind move forward when 21 Christians, followers of the Prince of Peace are murdered...no, slaughtered precisely because they are Christians?  Slaughtered by members of the "Religion of Peace" in the name of Allah the moon god and the prophet/pedophile/bandit Muhammad as they tried to make a living as laborers in Libya.

I have watched Islam for almost 30 years, watched it metastasize and grow, cancerous and malignant into something that re-defines the word barbarity.  I am stunned beyond the capacity for rational thought, spun into a world of pain and confusion I never knew existed, scrambling for answers to questions I can barely assemble.

The discord, dissonance, derivative responses and deliberate deception from all quarters is almost overwhelming, What I thought I knew, that gut feeling that all you know must be true has been tossed to the four winds, scattered with no immediate means to gather them up again in a coherent form.
I am trying to see this through different lenses, so I can get order from chaos.  My theological training and upbringing, my Jewish heritage and acceptance of Jesus as my savior all tell me that Islam is not the benign, peaceful and tolerant religion akin to the other two Abrahamic faiths.  The Qur'an, as read with a critical eye in the doctrinal arena does not in any way comport with the Bible or Torah (OT) except in the fact that the Qur'an can be divided into two distinct readings: verses based in Medina and verses based in Mecca.  As with the Bible, there can be two different yet connected books but only one that is used and accepted as binding and correct for the times.  We do not follow the OT regarding killing Jebusites, or wiping out an entire city because they were sinners (Sodom and Gomorrah) yet the Qur'an calls for open-ended and continuous warfare against unbelievers until "religion is for Allah alone".

This theological certainty, upheld as correct by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence and Al-Azhar University makes it very difficult to address the need for a reformation within Islam.  If the recognized leaders of Islam would re-open the concept of "Ijtihad", where Islamic scholars and leaders assemble and reinterpret, re-evaluate and re-certify the basic tenets and teachings of Islam, bringing Islamic thought, practice and doctrine in line with the time period occuring at that time, Islam 2.0 in its truest sense could happen.  In other words, Islam needs a reformation to throw out the dangerous, embrace the peaceful and do it in a way where it has effect and enforcement.
There have been questions about poverty, disenfranchisement and marginalization of Muslim immigrants in European countries.  There is concern about toppled governments becoming more Islamic (the sharia law) with Western powers being blamed.  I listen to these voices, trying to make sense, if there is any to their arguments and rhetoric.  In this line, there is little if any truth to the claims that being poor or lacking in opportunities causes Muslims to attack their host country.  If that were true, every time a beheading occurred the rational given on the video would be about the evils of the slums, or lack of jobs, or complaints of no social clubs where young Muslims can go to get a leg up in society.  No, the complaint is always about the incursion of Western powers, the killing of innocent women and children, and that the West has declared war on Islam.

Then there is Islamophobia.  The great bugaboo of rational and honest discussion about the texts and teachings of Islam.  It is the only way to immediately shut down any conversation about Islam, and always from those who have the most to hide.  Many have bought into this false claim, noting that any criticism of Islam or Muslims is nothing but the worst sort of behavior, an irrational response to a peaceful people who just want to get along.  It encourages and supports the victim status Muslims now enjoy, enabling the censorship of any speech that is seen as demeaning, derogatory or insulting to Muslims or Islam.  It is, in effect the realization of the Goebbels Derivative; repeat a lie often enough and eventually it becomes a truth.  Also research Saul Alinsky for details on shutting down conversation you don't want people to hear.

The media will not tell the truth about the genocide of Christians in the Middle East, always referring to the jihadists as anything but what they call themselves.  Militant, attacker, extremist, terrorist, whatever name you want to use is fine as long as there is no way to attach the name to Islam or Muslims.

I ask; who exactly murdered the "21"?  Was it those pesky Protestants?  Bothersome Baptists?  Mean Mennonites?  Which group had the most to gain from killing Christians in the Middle East?  Who has a recorded historical and doctrinal hatred of Christians and Jews?
From our dear world leaders, the answer is...not Islam.

Where do we go now?  If it is not Islam, and no one is willing to identify the motivation that drives our enemies to attack us, what chance do we have to survive?  Who do we point a finger at?

We don't, and that is what bothers me the most.  It should be obvious to anyone that Islamic doctrine, as upheld by recognized Islamic leaders and practiced by some Muslims is the most dangerous threat the globe has ever faced.  This idea is, fortunately beginning to take hold among the masses, but there is still a long way to go before there is any chance to stop the march of the caliphate into Europe, and then the West.

We may not wake up in time.

I bleed for the fallen 21, my heart is ripped from my chest for the 21, I weep buckets for the 21.  I know not their names, only their faces; frightened, calm in prayer, detached, they all resonate deep within me.  They are my Christian brothers, murdered solely because they practiced a faith not allowed in the new Islamic caliphate.

I do not know what to think.  I pray for guidance and understanding, but it does not come easily.  I hear the voices of reason but cannot make out what they mean.  I cry out for light, I am handed only darkness.

Where do we go from here?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The barbarity of Islam and the Islamic State

Kaseasbeh



As vicious and barbaric as murder by fire is, it is not anathema to Islamic teachings.  As much as Western leaders whine and cry over the atrocities perpetrated by jihadists, they cannot show, through texts and teachings that Islam is the religion of peace they so desperately want it to be.  As long as the Islamic State can base their actions on the Qur'an and the hadiths of Muhammad no one is safe, especially Muslims seen as "not Muslim enough".

Here is but one story from Muhammad’s conquest of Khaybar that illustrates how what the Islamic State did is in line with Islamic teachings: “Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (T. was brought) to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.” (Ibn Ishaq 515).

There is also this hadith, in which Muhammad says: “Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.” (Bukhari 1.11.626).   Thanks to Robert Spencer for the above quotes.

There are many other passages and traditions that uphold the burning to death of  those who went afoul of Islamic doctrine.  The West, in its infinite wisdom feels like it has the responsibility to define what Islam is, mostly to deflect the uncomfortable aspects which belie the "religion of peace" moniker assigned by apologists and those who refuse to see the truth of Islamic theology.

Unless and until the West begins to talk truthfully about Islamic teachings that uphold this kind of violence, and hold Islamic leaders responsible for this kind of behavior, it will continue and grow. There is nothing safe about ignoring the china shop bull, and concentrating only on cleaning up after the destruction serves only to blind us to the reasons the carnage happened in the first place.

Many more will die at the hands of Islam.  1400 years of history prove this as Islam marches again across the globe.  Will we have the backbone to stand up for what is right, or will we lay down and die, all to make Islam feel loved and respected?  The answer is rapidly coming at us, like the light at the end of the tunnel that turns out to be a careening, oncoming train.

The clash of civilizations is coming and we will be forced to choose sides.  Liberty vs sharia, democracy vs theology, laws of man vs laws of Allah.  May God protect us from the scourge that is Islam.