Perhaps Islam has been hijacked by the kind of “extremists” who are promulgating their own brand of Islam for the sake of their own misguided religious views, principles, and distorted ideologies. Maybe the “moderate” Muslim is the one who is really following true Islam and the philosophy of their peaceful prophet Muhammad along with the nonviolent, serene writings contained in the Quran and Hadith.
Unfortunately, according to many Imams and Islamic Clerics (including this guy: http://www.liveleak.com/viewi=98e_1409583391#6LJEMLQIrCg4usou.99) there is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim. You are either a true, practicing Muslim or you aren’t. Well regarded and now famously followed Cleric Anjam Choudary states it this way, “You are either pregnant or you’re not pregnant. Either you’re a follower or you’re not. There are no radical or moderates, just people who follow Islam and people who don’t.”
And while Attorney General Loretta Lynch says in regards to Islam, her greatest fear is that Muslims will become victims of hate speech and violent rhetoric, the REAL fear … the greatest fear we ALL should be considering in regards to Islam is … where and when are they going to strike next with their sword of “peace?”
Syndicated columnist Kirsten Powers wrote in USA Today on December 7th about just SOME of the recent actions of “peaceful” Muslims around the globe. “In October, Islamic State militants in Syria demanded that two Christian women and six men convert to Islam. When they refused, the women were publicly raped and then beheaded along with the men. On the same day, militants cut off the fingertips of a 12-year-old boy in an attempt to force his Christian father to convert. When his father refused, they were brutalized and then crucified.”
Her entire article is well worth the read and can be found here:
It is often pointed out that during the Crusades of antiquity violent and hideous actions took place under the banner of Christianity. While that may be true, the fact of the matter is those actions have always been lauded as heinous, misguided, and wholly UN-Christian by anyone and everyone with even just a pinch of common sense; and those actions have long since faded into the annals of human history … and yet the barbarism of Islam isn’t just a factual occurrence of the past, it is still ubiquitously prevalent and shows no signs whatsoever of slowing its pace or fading away.
In fact, in every generation since its inception in the beginning of the 7th Century, Islam has left its hideous and barbaric mark somewhere upon the backs of its pagan neighbors and fellow global citizenry right into our present epoch of time.
And even though the average person’s memory is very short and woefully lacking, the truth is Islam’s most notable atrocities are not something from the far, far distant past; instead they are of a far more recent vintage including its actions during its greatest zenith and rise to power which occurred in the 16th Century.
Consider for instance the death knell of Christianity all throughout Asia Minor and the genocidal destruction of millions of Armenian Christians before and after WWI at the start of the 20th Century alone. Liberal, collegiate, and academic scholars and sociologists are all too willing to routinely wax eloquent about the homicidal, maniacal actions of a demagogue like Adolf Hitler, and his extermination of 6 Million Jews, but there is nary a word or whisper from any of them in regards to the Ottoman Empire’s homicidal and maniacal extermination of some 800,000 to 1.5 million innocent civilians in the name of Islam.
In fact it was Raphael Lemkin who coined the very term “genocide,” which we now use in the common vernacular, something he etymologically predicated upon the actions of these “peaceful” Muslims during the early 1900’s. And in their zeal to rid the land of all Christians the Ottomans coined the popular phrase, “Turkey only for the Turks!” and by 1923 over 3.5 Million Christians had been murdered during the course of this Muslim mayhem.
Sadly, during this time of genocide, it was Christian bishops and church leaders who seemed to bear the brunt of the Turks’ most heinous actions and barbarisms, including being hacked to death, burned alive in oil, having horseshoes nailed to the bottoms of their feet, and experiencing extended bouts of torture (some lasting as long as 35-40 days before death was finally achieved).
Beheadings themselves were recorded as being so rampant and commonplace during this time local Greek women routinely carried off basketfuls of severed heads through the city streets just to dispose of the carnage. To this day, a quick internet search can easily procure many, many photos of Turkish Officers proudly having their picture taken next to the severed heads of their innocent victims; often stacked photogenicly one upon the other. (Just imagine the backlash and unified horror that would occur now if an American soldier did the exact same thing with the heads of his Middle Eastern counterparts)
Interestingly enough, it was Hitler himself who once quipped, “I’ve given orders to my death units to exterminate without mercy or pity men, women, and children belonging to the Polish speaking race. It is only in this manner that we can acquire the territory which we need. After all, who remembers the extermination of the Armenians?”
Is Islam really a tolerant and peaceful religion? Do we as human beings know nothing whatsoever of history and the Islamic barbarism that history records? And if we are too myopic to remember the lessons of history we need look no further than the actions of heinous murder which have taken place just this year alone all over the Middle East. If the actions in Paris and San Bernardino aren’t enough here are just a few more to get you started:
Often people are shocked to hear of these kinds of atrocious acts occurring in the world today and they blindly wonder, “How in the world can anyone do such brutal and heinous things?” And the answer is: it’s because that’s what Muslims have been told to do by their most famous Prophet and from within the pages of their own Quran. Just look at a sampling of sacred verses from their most “holy” and beloved book which lead them down this path:
Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah and worship is for Allah alone.”
Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”
Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” (From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.)
Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him we shall bestow a vast reward.” (This is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.)
Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): but take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah. But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”
Is it any wonder at all that Muslims of the 21st Century (not the Middle Ages) are now drowning people in cages, burning them alive, hacking them to death with machetes, wrapping their bodies in det-cord, throwing them off buildings, dousing them with acid, and severing their necks like barnyard chickens? This is the duty of all Allah fearing Muslims everywhere … and their holy, sacred writings say as much and prove it to be so.
And this is because Islam isn’t really a religion at all as much as it is an all encompassing social, political, and legal system that breeds a worldview peculiar unto itself. And while from its foundational tenets we routinely hear of the “5 Pillars of Islam” we seldom ever hear of what should rightly be called the missing 6th: JIHAD!
And this is why recently, during a soccer match between Greece and Turkey, when the spectators were asked to participate in a moment of silence for all the people who had died in the terrorist attacks in France, the Turkish, Muslim fans began to boo loudly and then chant feverishly, “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar!” Are we really supposed to believe that only the “fanatical” Muslims were in that soccer stadium that day because “moderate,” peaceful Muslims wouldn’t have been booing?
The truth is, Islam is a religion of hate … not peace. I ask you, when does Islam ever tell Muslims to, “…love your neighbor as yourself” or to, “…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you?” When are Muslims ever commanded to take care of the stranger and the foreigner in their midst instead of lopping of their heads? And when is a Muslim ever commanded to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, lift up the downtrodden, or shelter the homeless?
The reality is, the only true religion of peace was instituted by the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. In stark opposition to Christianity, Islam is motivated by greed, a lust for power and control, and a desire to conquer. In sharp contrast to this Jesus calls His followers to be free from the love of money, to give up control over their own lives and surrender to His lordship, and to recognize that His kingdom is not of this earth so our eyes should be on the heavenly and eternal instead of the earthly and temporal.