Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?
By David R. Barnhart
Volume 30 Midwinter 2015 Issue 1
WILL 2015 BECOME A YEAR OF TERRORISM?
The opening salvo of renewed attacks on the West took place in Paris in early January 2015, when Islamic terrorists killed seventeen people, including police officers, Jews, and journalists. These al-Qaeda-inspired attacks contra- dicted Obama’s pronouncements that “al-Qaeda is on the run,” and “al-Qaeda has been decimated in Yemen.” It would seem 2015 may be the year when the militant Islamic serpent slithers its way across the Middle East and into the West causing unimaginable devastation. Clearly, the West has never been more vulnerable to such attacks than it is today.
For several years, Boko Haram has been killing and kidnapping Christians in a planned genocide to Islamize Africa. In 2014, this militant terrorist organization slaughtered over 1,600 Christians in Nigeria, as well as an estimated 2,000 people in a single day in January 2015. Recently a German journalist, who had been imbedded with ISIS, reported that this terrorist organization, which Obama once called “junior varsity,” is actually planning to kill millions of people in an effort to “religiously cleanse” the whole world.
THE GREATEST THREAT TO WORLD PEACE
Militant Islam is one of the greatest threats to world peace in the 21st century, but you would never know it by listening to liberal politicians who seem to be going out of their way to define who is and who is not a Muslim. According to these self-serving and politically correct politicians, none of the Islamic terrorist organizations presently reeking havoc on innocent civilians throughout the world is Islamic. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and nothing could be more dangerous to world peace or to the welfare of American and European citizens than such denials as these.
Islam may call itself “a religion of peace,” but it is not! Dave Hunt was right when he observed in his book, Judgment Day! Islam, Israel and the Nations, “Islam does not bring peace. It never has and it never will. This is the result of its very nature. No Muslim can point to even one example in history where Islam ever brought peace. There is no peace even among Muslims themselves anywhere in the world today.”
Even so, we know there are countless Muslims who would like to be free to practice their religion without attacking anyone or be attacked themselves by militant Islamists. These are Muslims who deliberately choose not to follow the violent teachings of the Qur’an or the Hadith, a collection of statements by Muhammad. However, there are few places in the Islamic world today where moderate Muslims are permitted to live out their lives in such a way.
From its beginning, Islam has been spread by the sword and violent jihad. Muhammad led his murderous followers across the Arabian Peninsula to force Islam on everyone possible. In just one day, Muhammad superintended the beheadings of 800 Jewish men who refused to convert to Islam. Their wives and children were sold into slavery.
JIHAD IS NOT A QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING
Following the death of Muhammad, the expansion of Islam across the entire Middle East was launched through their First Jihad, starting in 622. This Islamic onslaught, which also swept across North Africa and into Spain, did not stop until it reached France, where Charles Martell halted Islam’s advances at the Battle of Tours in 732.
Islam’s Second Jihad, which began in 1071, saw its expansion into Africa, India and Europe. This jihad, which brought about the Crusades, did not end until it reached the gates of Vienna in 1683. Martin Luther often spoke about the Islamic invasion of Europe and the dangers it posed to Christianity. What we are witnessing today is Islam’s Third Jihad, through which militant Islamists are determined to bring the entire world under the domination and rule of an Islamic caliphate and sharia (Islamic law).
OBAMA AND THE WAR ON TERROR
From day one, the Obama administration has refused to use such terms as “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamic radicals,” or “War on terror.” His policies have greatly inhibited America’s ability to identify and defeat this self-proclaimed Islamic enemy of democracy and Western civilization. Obama even went so far as to say that ISIS (The Islamic State) “is not Islamic.” Such illogical propaganda has been repeated by Secretary of State John Kerry and by other administration officials.
Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, Barack Obama stated, “The future must not belong to those who speak ill of Islam’s prophet.” A few months ago, Obama stormed out of a meeting with top military brass, where they were discussing bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. One official used the term “Islamic terrorist” to describe ISIS, causing Obama to abruptly leave the room after saying, “Don’t you dare try to paint all Islam with the same brush.”
In January of this year, neither he nor any high-level member of his administration was present when world leaders gathered in Paris for a rally, attended by over a million people, to honor those who were killed by the Islamic terrorists. In response to the stinging criticism over his conspicuous absence at the Paris Rally, Obama announced he would hold a summit this February, not on Islamic terrorism, but on “radical extremists.”
In September 2014, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “militant Islam, whether Sunni or Shi’ite, have in common an ultimate goal to dominate the world,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declared, “The administration does not agree with that assessment.” Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder issued an order that prevents the FBI from using “religious factors in identifying national security threats to the U.S.”
“NONE IS SO BLIND AS HE WHO WILL NOT SEE!”
Of course Obama is not the only one attempting to deny the role of Islam in the present war on terror. The same day the terrorists kidnapped several hostages and killed so many people in Paris, French President Francois Hollande declared that “the actions of the hostage takers has nothing to do with Islam.” Other European leaders, such as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, have made similar illogical comments numerous times. The old saying is true: “None is so blind as he who will not see.” The rest of that quote is also highly descriptive of these same leaders—“The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”
If our Western leaders continue in their delusions by maintaining that the teachings of Islam have nothing to do with the actions of the radical Islamic terrorists, we will never be able to defeat this enemy. Statements about who is and who is not a Muslim ignore the basic concepts of what radical Islamists believe about themselves and what they believe about us. While the terrorists’ religious ideology may not conform with these political leaders’ ill-conceived understanding of Islam, nevertheless their denials about Islamic teachings being behind the terrorists’ violence have everything to do with their own inability to gain a right understanding about how and what the terrorists think or behave.
What is so amazing about the blindness of European leaders regarding militant Islam is the fact that there are large areas of Paris, London, as well as other European cities, where even the police are afraid to enter. European governments have turned over these Islamic enclaves to the Muslims, allowing them to operate under their own rules of sharia.
As unbridled Islamic immigration continues to take place throughout Europe, little is being achieved when it comes to assimilating them into existing European culture. Based on 2013 reports, there are approximately 6.5 million Muslims living in France. It is believed that about 200 French Muslims are presently fighting in Syria with ISIS, while another 200-300 French Muslims are fighting with other Islamist groups in various parts of the Middle East. The same report indicated that there are now about 2,000 Muslims from various countries in Europe who have joined assorted Islamic terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.
RADICAL ISLAM IN SAUDI ARABIA
Anyone who takes the time to read the Qur’an or makes even the most casual observations of practices within Islamic nations will soon discover that nearly all of them are guided by the same Islamic principles that are being embraced by radical Islamist groups. In 2013, for example, the so-called “moderate” Islamic government of Saudi Arabia had 78 people beheaded under their country’s sharia law. By the end of December 2014, the Saudis had beheaded 89 persons. There is no information detailing how many Saudis had their hands and feet cut off for various crimes or were publically beaten under sharia law. In August 2014, the Saudis beheaded an average of one person per day.
It is estimated that 80 percent of all mosques built in the United States were financed, all or in part, by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis also appoint and finance most of the imams who serve these mosques, many of whom are radicalized under the Saudi version of Islam called Wahhabism, which demands a literal observance of the Qur’an.
Today, police and other government entities in the U.S. are forbidden to enter mosques for the purpose of listening to the sermons and teachings that have been known in the past to recruit and brainwash people into acts of violence. It would seem we keep shooting ourselves in the foot in the war on terror.
LIBERAL CHURCHES ARE COMPLICIT IN THE MANGLING OF THE WAR ON TERROR
One of the most disturbing aspects of the American people’s inability to acquire a true understanding of Islam and the religious components of the war on terror is the complicity of liberal churches in adding to the deceptions about Islam. Movements such as Chrislam, a blending of Christian and Islamic teachings, are being encouraged by prominent evangelical and mainline-church leaders.
Within such movements, it is taught that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, and that the Jesus of the Qur’an and the Jesus of the Bible are one and the same. It is also taught that the Qur’an and the Bible were equally inspired by the same God. All of these teachings are lies straight from the pit of hell.
Worship services that include Christians and Muslims have become commonplace today. No true Christian should ever participate in such apostasy (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). When church leaders, such as Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, participate in Islamic gatherings and repeatedly tell their people that Muslims and Christians worship and serve the same God, people become confused about the credibility of Christianity.
Today’s unified efforts by government and church leaders to sanction, approve and legitimize the cruel and distorted teachings of Islam resemble the coming world dictator (Antichrist) described in Revelation 13, who links himself with the religious leader to deceive the world.
The Bible tells us about these things so that believers will not become the victims of such deceptions as we live out our lives in these last days. I urge every true believer in Christ to stop listening to those “who would deceive, if possible, the very elect of God,” and instead read God’s Word, which is the only foundation upon which we may confidently walk victoriously in these deceptive times and remain faithful to the one, true and living God of the Bible.