Peace, Love, Tolerance and Execution
Vol: 54 Issue: 24 Friday, March 24, 2006
The headlines say it all; “Clerics Demand Death for Christian Convert”, screamed the Toronto Star.
Once again, the search for that moderate ‘religion of peace and love that was hijacked by a few terrorists’ goes into high gear as the White House looks for ways to shore up the myth of the moderate Muslim in the face of insurmountable evidence to the contrary.
Marking the end of the month of Ramadan last year, Condoleeza Rice remarked that, We in America know the benevolence that is at the heart of Islam, Rice remarked. We’ve seen it in many ways.
Madame Secretary Rice did not expound on the ‘many ways’ Islam has demonstrated its benevolent heart –to my great disappointment.
I have been looking for evidence of that fact since the administration broke the news of the existence of moderate Islam following the Islamic-inspired murder of three thousand Americans on September 11.
I have had about as much luck finding peace and love in the Koran as I have finding kosher dietary rules in Mein Kampf, but I keep looking. There MUST be some evidence, somewhere, that gave rise to the rumor of Islamic ‘benevolence’ in the first place.
Or there must be another working definition for the words ‘peace’ and ‘love’ that I am unfamiliar with.
At the moment, Condi Rice is trying to convince the Afghani adherents of moderate, benevolent Islam not to execute an Afghani guy for the offense of not wanting to share in Islam’s bountiful legacy of peace and love.
Abdur Rahman converted to Christianity some sixteen years ago and has been working as an aid worker — a rare occupation in the Islamic world. Still, he managed to stay under the radar until his wife turned him in to Islamic authorities as an apostate.
When word got back to the States, the reaction was predictable. Americans began asking if this is what we were expending our blood and treasure to advance in Afghanistan.
“How can we congratulate ourselves for liberating Afghanistan from the rule of jihadists only to be ruled by Islamists who kill Christians?” asked Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.
How, indeed? So the administration started putting pressure on the Afghan government. Condi Rice called Afghani president Hamid Karzai. Karzai IS Afghanistan’s president because of the United States.
Plus, Karzai was the administration’s test case for what can happen when ‘moderate’ Islam is handed the reins of government.
Karzai immediately sprang into action, eager to prove the administration’s faith in moderate Islam was well-placed.
He called the minister of justice in to help him sort it out. After all, Islam is a religion dedicated to peace and love.
According to Islamic apologists, Islam is extremely tolerant of other religions, pointing out that there are tiny enclaves of Jews and Christians in a number of Islamic countries.
(So far, I’ve found Islam’s tolerance for non-Muslims is about as evident as the KKK’s ‘tolerance’ of American blacks. “They exist, we haven’t killed them, therefore, we are tolerant.”)
Nevertheless, in the interest of peace, love and tolerance, the justice minister figured out a way to rescue Abdur Rahman from Islamic love. All Rahman would have to do is renounce his faith in Jesus Christ, convert back to Islam and he could live out his life under the creed of Islamic peace, love and tolerance.
But Rahman refused the generous offer. The only other way the justice minister could think of to save Rahman was to declare him insane. Since Rahman was nuts, his conversion to Christianity wasn’t legitimate, and neither, therefore, is his apostasy to Islam. (Sounds pretty tolerant to me)
The administration was initially pleased to hear the Rahman was nuts and therefore not facing execution. (“See how tolerant the Islamic religion of peace and love is? I told ya so!”)
But then the clerics of peaceful, loving and tolerant Islam heard about the face-saving compromise effort.
Announced one such religious leader, “We respect all religions,” Therefore, cleric Enayatullah Baligh reasoned, “We won’t let anyone interfere with our religion and he should be punished.” The majority of peaceful tolerant
Afghani Islamists agree.
Currently, the United States has 15,000 American troops on the ground, in Afghanistan, protecting the moderate Afghan government from the Taliban fundamentalists who are even LESS tolerant than the moderate Afghani Muslims who want to kill Abdur Rahman for converting to Christ.
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:40
It’s coming, folks. For Abdur Rahman, it is already here.
“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:2)