Omar Ahad, the board chairman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, urged President George W. Bush in 2002 to " ... repudiate anti-Islamic rhetoric." He stated, "It's time for the President to step up to the plate on the issue of Islamophobia in America." (AP, November 13, 2002). (Islamophobia may be defined as "the fear of Islam.")
The President, who has stated since September 11, 2001, that he believes "most Muslims" are a peaceful people, seems to have felt obliged to make even stronger statements since Omar Ahad's urging for a repudiation of "anti-Islamic rhetoric." Mr. Bush has said, "Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others ... There are millions of peaceful-loving Muslim Americans."
Reporters are saying that the President did not want to call the names of those like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Franklin Graham; for these are seen in the United States as "Christian conservatives" and political allies of Mr. Bush. In fact, Graham preached at Mr. Bush's inaugural ceremony and has been an outspoken critic of the Muslim faith since September 11, 2001. Pat Robertson has said, "Adolf Hitler was bad, but what the Muslims want to do to the Jews is worse." He cited several Muslim articles as proof. Jerry Falwell called Mohammad " ... a terrorist ... a violent man, a man of war." Muslims around the world were outraged at Falwell's candid comments. One Iranian Muslim cleric called for his death! A general strike was called in Bombay to protest Jerry Falwell's statements, and it turned into a riot resulting in five people being killed! (AP, November 13, 2002).
It seems to me that some of these sectarians are bolder than most Christians concerning the false religion of Islam! The fact is, any reputable encyclopedia will portray Mohammed's rise to power through violence. Just read the Qu'ran (Koran) to see how bloody Mohammed was. If Mohammed lived in the 21st Century, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, etc. would all style him a "terrorist." Their "holy book" is riddled with references to physical violence and subduing the enemies of Islam with the sword!
Brother Wayne Jackson refers to Mohammed as the " ... Arabian bully who hijacked the name of God as cover for his self-glorifying maneuvers." ("Islam and the Enemy," Christian Courier: "Penpoints," Monday, November 5, 2001). In another article brother Jackson contrasts the Bible with the Qu'ran (Koran) and states, "Before us we have two books ... one encourages us to love our enemies; the other promotes conversion by force and jihad holy war." ("Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible?" Christian Courier: "Penpoints," Monday, December 17, 2001.) You can gain access to many excellent articles concerning Islam and Mohammed by brother Wayne Jackson (as well as articles on various other topics) by simply searching for Christian Courier on the Internet.
It seems to me that members of the churches of Christ should be able to understand the fundamental Muslims better than anyone else does. They, like we, are people of a "restoration spirit." We seek to restore the New Testament church of Christ and to instill in society the fundamental teachings of Jesus the Christ as they are revealed in the New Testament. They, on the other hand, seek to restore Islam as it was meant to be: violent and consuming, as it is revealed in the Qu'ran (Koran). There are modern, "denominational" Muslims who have drifted from Mohammed's teachings concerning the subduing of the "infidel" through violence, but the "restorationist" Muslims are bent toward that goal.
As we consider the references in the Qu'ran (Koran) concerning this purpose of Islam, should we have a fear of them ("Islamophobia")? I am reminded of our Lord's words, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28). -P.O. Box 285, Crum, WV 25669.
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