Religion of Peace: Fight or Flight
Terror - Islam
Thursday, September 15, 2016
“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemies of Allah and your enemies…” (Qur’an 8:60)
When Jesus told the Jews, His first followers, to spread the good news, there were limitations. It was not carte-blanche slaughter. He told His followers to spread the Good News; and when they came upon a crowd who was not interested, leave. It was simple. If the Jews did not want to hear their message he told them to shake the dust off their sandals and leave. He did not tell anyone to forcibly convert others; he did not tell His followers to enslave the non-believers; He did not tell His followers to charge an exorbitant tax to nonbelievers nor did Jesus ever say to kill anyone.
Even in pre-Christian Judaism, God did not instruct the children of Israel to slaughter the rest of the world if they didn’t convert.
Not so with Islam.
Under Islam the options of one’s lifestyle are limited. The Quran instructs its followers to conquer, convert, enslave, tax (jizya) or kill all inhabitants of planet Earth who do not believe that Allah is God and Muhammad is his Prophet. We have to acknowledge that Jesus is inferior to Muhammad; and under consequence of death, no one shall defame the name Allah or the Prophet.
As a newsaholic I hear every day the following: Islam is peaceful; Islam has been hijacked by Islamists; the jihadists are not interpreting the Quran properly; and the apologies continue. News anchors proclaim the peace of Islam and are quick to call others who disagree, phobic. But then, why wouldn’t people be Islamophobic?
The USA just celebrated the 15th anniversary of the largest terror attack in US history. The day after that attack, September 11, 2001, even CNN anchors were talking about God; and God bless America; God bless the USA. It seemed that day and many weeks thereafter, God was everywhere in conversation.
And then it seems we forgot. We have hundred million dollar athletes refusing to stand for the same flag our enemies want to defeat. They kneel or turn their back on the heritage of their country while our enemies also turn their backs and defame the flag of the USA. It’s really disgusting to see them in bed together.
I cannot say that the Quran does not have some peaceful verses (suras) and loving verses mixed in with verses of hatred and bigotry and superiorism. They are there.
When I first read the Quran, it reminded me of a beautifully wrapped present: the peaceful verses are like the wrapping paper and the ribbon is the loving verses. The package, however, is the bulk conglomeration of other verses. And the other verses are the verses that Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Wiccans, atheists and everyone else better investigate. I am afraid they will not.
When my oldest daughter was only 15, a lot of kids were reading the Satanic Bible by Anton Lavey. I was well into my born-again experience and could not get enough of anything “religious.” I would talk to anyone and everyone, no matter their faith or no faith at all, if they wanted to talk. My wife once told the Sunday school class that I talked to Jehovah’s Witnesses until they looked at their watch and said they had to leave. This is true.
I picked up one of the Satanic Bibles and read it. It was frightful to me that kids had experienced the ouster of God from the school systems yet were reading a Satanic version of the Bible. Parents should be aware that this book is out there, even in our libraries.
It was many years before I decided to reread the Quran, because it is not easily understood. According to Arabs, the Quran can only be understood in Arabic. When I read it again with so many years of study behind, the similarity between the teachings of the Quran and the teachings of the Satanic Bible were astounding.
Like the Satanic Bible the Quran consists of some verses that appear peaceful and loving and all is grand. Then it goes on to teach that even though loving and caring for each other is a good thing, it is not necessary if it is to your disadvantage. In other words: do not murder unless it’s to your advantage. Do not lie unless it will help the cause. It is as though it teaches the philosophy of basic Judaism and Christianity, with a large dose of lying, murder, and pedophilia mixed in.
In the Quran, sura 65:4 is often referred to as the pedophilia sura. This is the verse that justifies the marriage and the consummation of marriage to prepubescent children. This is the verse that justifies the marriage of Muhammad and Aisha when Aisha was only six. Through the years Islam has had trouble with this particular sura; and as a result, the generally recognized age of consent is now 11, instead of 6. Isn’t that nice.
Such of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the prescribed period, if ye have any doubts, is three months, and for those who have no courses (it is the same): for those who carry (life within their wombs), their period is until they deliver their burdens: and for those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy. Yusuf Ali translation
I received an email last week asking why I “harp” so much about Islam? I do it for the same reason that Joel C. Rosenberg and Jonathan Cahn do it. It is the same message of which the late Jack Kinsella often wrote and spoke of. I am worried that once again, we will wait, America will wait, to react rather than act. Will we fight, or will we flee?
After the terrorist assault on our land, September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush instituted what became known as the Bush Doctrine. It was a doctrine of preemption and a doctrine that our current president has nullified. It always seemed logical to me, that if a country or a group of people are out to destroy and kill the people of your land, there is only one action to take. Kill or be killed.
People are funny. We dole out money two or four times a year for maintenance of our heating and air-conditioning system, in the hope of preempting trouble before it happens. We go to the dentist each year, need it or not, for preventive maintenance of our teeth. The hope is, the preventive maintenance will preempt future problems.
Yet when it comes to the destruction of our buildings, of our ships, of our airplanes and soon, populations; we have decided that preventive (preemptive) maintenance is unnecessary. We have decided to react rather than act. Can you imagine what the world would be like if President Truman had decided to react rather than act. World War II would probably be on TV every night.
It is my hope that people all over the world will wake up to the Islamic threat. The religion has not been hijacked. It is what it is and what it always has been: Violent.
If you have time in the coming week or weeks and are curious about what the Quran really says, here are a couple of suras you might check out on the Internet.
(Quran 4:34) Men have the right to discipline their women by beating when necessary.
(Quran 9:29) Gives the right to kill Jews and Christians unless they convert to Islam or pay the exorbitant jizya (tax).
(Quran 8:12) Gives the green light to amputation and dismemberment of the non-believer.
(Quran 2:217) If a Muslim disavows his religion, he is put to death.
Now really, does this sound peaceful?
This should not be a wakeup call for the United States; it should be a wakeup call for the world. Iran doesn’t need to build a nuclear weapon when they can buy them from North Korea or Pakistan. North Korea has now developed the nuclear bomb, a missile to carry it to other continents and a submarine that fires nuclear missiles.
Imagine that: An enemy submarine off the coast of Los Angeles with a few nuclear missiles. Preventive maintenance should have been carried out years ago. And in retrospect, the world will wish it had.
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” CS Lewis (Prince Caspian)
About J.L. Robb
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