The “Chinese curse”, “May you live in interesting times,” apparently has gained control of our minds. As if drugged or hypnotized, we stared, blinking at television screens as the President of the United States of America told us, “ISIS is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents.” The fact that it was the President who said this convinces me the lunatic fringe is no longer on the fringe. It’s right there in the heart of the matter, ensconced in the seat of power. Indeed, these are interesting times.
The president’s statement, “ISIS is not Islamic,” ignores the very claims of ISIS, and discounts the significance of their religious motivation. Isolated from any context, the issue of whether or not ISIS is Islamic may be a good topic for polemic argument. But this is not a theoretical question. Yet, by saying, “No religion condones the killing of innocents,” the president confirmed a religious connection, just as if he had prefaced that statement with, “And even if ISIS were Islamic”. If ISIS is indeed not Islamic, there is no need to make the statement that no religion condones the killing of innocents. Such defensive “reasoning” is childish.
But the real kicker in this momentary scene, played out in the pageant of these interesting times, is the complete absence of any historical context, or documentation. Perception is the only thing that matters to the inmates running the asylum. There is only one politically permissible view. Reality be damned.
“No religion condones the killing of innocents.” What about the religion of Molech that required child sacrifice? Perhaps that example doesn’t carry much weight because it comes from the Bible. Alright, what about the human sacrifice practiced by the Aztecs, Mayas and Zapotecs? Ok, maybe that’s just ancient history. But in my lifetime there has been a religion that not only condones the killing of innocents, but incites followers to do just that. That religion is Islam.
“Hold it right there!” I can hear the chorus from the politically correct. Most Muslims are “moderate”. Islam is the “religion of peace”…interesting statements in these interesting times…The fact is that the Muslims I have met have all seemed to be nice people. I don’t doubt that for a minute. But what is it about their religion that these so-called “moderates” are moderating? In order to understand that, you have to turn to the authority of their religion.
First of all, Islam is not the religion of peace. It is the religion of submission. “Peace,” as envisioned by Islam, will be achieved when everyone is Muslim (“all religion is for Allah” — Koran 8:39). That means that pure Islam, as opposed to moderate Islam — the Islam taught by Imams from the Koran — believes that Muslims are to place all infidels (non-Muslims) into submission. Don’t look now, but that means there is no freedom of religion under authentic Islam. In fact there is no freedom at all. Everyone must submit to Islamic authority.
So, how is this vision of “peace” attained? By Jihad. What is Jihad? The politically correct will tell you it is the struggle (often an inner struggle) to bring about a better world, a better life. Such is the “moderate” view. But the meaning of Jihad, taken from the context of the Koran, means “fight”. At the very least, Islam is a religion that uses fighting to gain converts. Historically, (I realize in these interesting times most people consider history meaningless and irrelevant.) Islam has spread through the brutal conquest of nations. That’s what started the Crusades.
Muslim warriors would give innocent people three choices from the Koran: convert to Islam, submit to the humiliation of dhimmitude or die. This “killing of innocents” is exactly what ISIS has been doing in Syria and Iraq. The reason for it is not that these thugs are an aberration, not that they are fanatics going beyond what their religion teaches. But these Muslims are purists. They actually believe the Koran when it says to fight and kill the infidel. And they are willing to put that faith into action. But the president’s fantasy sweeps us into a world like The Emperor’s New Clothes. We all have to pretend, despite what our eyes are telling us.
We have to pretend that Mohammad wasn’t a ruthless warrior, that he didn’t slay anyone who wouldn’t submit to him. We have to pretend that when Mohammad wrote the word “fight” in his Koran that he didn’t really mean fight. He didn’t really mean to take the sword and slash others with it until they could no longer resist. He wasn’t really a murdering conqueror. He was a man of peace. He respected freedom of religion. He didn’t wish any harm to innocents. He was man of virtue, a wise prophet of God.
Should the Lord tarry, and historians of the future are able to look back at this time in history, they will most likely call it the Age of Ignorance or the Age of Deception. Ignorance leads to deception and deception promotes ignorance, so either way, it describes these interesting times in which we live. Recently, I read an article by Kenneth Berding about the declining level of Bible literacy among Christians http://magazine.biola.edu/article/14-spring/the-crisis-of-biblical-illiteracy/ . But we aren’t exclusively ignorant of the Bible. We are equally, if not more ignorant of the Koran. The fact that the President of the United States of America can argue against the reality of religious motivation for ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group shows a troubling ignorance on the part of Americans.
For anyone who cares to understand the threatening nature of Islam (I realize a lot of people prefer to pretend to admire the Emperor’s new clothes.) I suggest reading Robert Spencer’s book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And The Crusades). While you’re waiting for the book you can go to http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/023-violence.htm and read many verses taken from the Koran (Quran) and the Hadith extolling violence for the purpose of spreading Islam. The choice is yours, whether you educate yourself or nurse your pet fantasies.
I do not delude myself into thinking that mere factual information will have any impact on how some people think. Everyone is his own authority. Truth is relative. It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe in something. You just have to make up your own mind as to what is true for you. It’s all good. We live in interesting times.
See the video and read the article from the Thomas More Law Center, in which British Imam Anjem Choudary justifies the actions of ISIS (or ISIL).