Institutionalized Islam is Neither a Religion Nor Peaceful

Filed in Politics, ReligionTags: War on Terror

Salim Mansur, a Muslim, writes this article in response to a call for apology from Muslims, by fellow Toronto Sun writer Michael Coren.

From the earliest years of post-Prophetic Islam, Muslims holding the power of the sword and what constitutes the authoritative meaning of the Koran and the prophet's traditions, have rigged the boundaries of institutionalized Islam. The wielders of the sword and interpreters of faith have worked in tandem to impose their consensus on all Muslims, and those who have questioned their authority have paid a steep price.

Yet we must still tolerate the ad nauseum recitations that Islam is a "Religon of Peace" - even amid all of the threats and acts of violence against so much as mere words that the supposedly "peaceful" practicioners of Islam find offensive?

This institutionalized reality of Islam and its resulting complexity are not well understood by non-Muslims. Institutionalized Islam is represented by Muslim majority states and their political and religious leaders who share a consensus on matters of politics and faith.

What is to be understood or misunderstood? The reasons why fascists are fascist, and their means of enforcing their fascism, are entirely irrelevant. Only the will and means to defeat them bears any importance. We do not care to understand Muslim fascists; we only care to defeat those who would murder innocents and attempt to impose their will by force on otherwise free society.

Below institutionalized Islam's scrutiny exists a vast unaccounted number of Muslims who seek anonymity to escape the coercive notice of authorities in mosques and in presidential or monarchical palaces. Their voices, were they heard, would be rudely dismissed as heretical.

And it is the embodiment of those voices that must rise up, unite, and overthrow the fascists from within, before your religion will ever have any chance of respect from and peaceful co-existence with the free world.

From its beginnings, institutionalized Islam's representatives hollowed out the spiritual content of Islam in the service of political expediency. The inevitable followed -- politics dressed in the robes of religion.

In other words, Islam is nothing more than fascist socio-political ideology disguised as religion. Given that the modus operandi of Islam has not changed since the days of Mohammad, we have no reason to believe that Islam has ever been otherwise.

The faces of institutionalized Islam -- political leaders such as Egypt's Hosni Mubarak or religious leaders such as Lebanon's Hasan Nasrallah -- are revealing of what politics have done to faith.

Islam has never been a religion of faith. Righteousness by works is, by definition, in opposition to righteousness by faith. This truth sets Christianity apart as unique from all other religion, in that it is only by the interceding work of God Himself, to take on the sin of the world, in order to redeem mankind to Himself, that man is saved from sin and reconciled into right relationship with God. Nothing man does can save himself, apart from faith in the redemptive work of his Savior God. No component of Islam in any way resembles this doctrine.

The doctrine of faith is tied immutably with grace, and its adherents are compelled by nothing other than love to spread this doctrine to others. Islam is a doctrine of works, and its adherents are compelled by their desire to accomplish their own righteousness through the conversion of as many as possible. This desire leads naturally to the use of force and jihad as a means to add to one's "good works".

Politics have not perverted Islam; fascist political ideology is the natural progression of the religious ideology itself.

Within the Arab Sunni world the Egyptian-born Sheikh Qaradawi, 80, of Qatar, is the face of institutionalized Islam. He is the closest to what might pass for a titular head of Muslims akin to the Pope. Qaradawi's words, now broadcast by television network al-Jazeerah, are taken as authoritative pronouncements of Islam. He is the "spiritual" leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement formed to repudiate freedom and democracy, and a defender of Islam's war against the West by any means, including suicide bombings.

If "authoritative pronouncements of Islam" include the repudiation of freedom and democracy, war against opposing culture, and suicide bombings, then Islam has no claim whatsoever as a "religion of peace".

For such representatives of institutionalized Islam, all things are political. They are the authoritative guardians of the ideology that in Islam religion and politics are inseparable, and jihad -- holy war -- is its defining aspect.

War is the "defining aspect" of the self-proclaimed "religion of peace"?

Hence, since this institutionalized Islam is at war with the West, for Coren or anyone else to expect an apology from its generals is rather naive.

Thank you, Salim, for proving the point: Islam is at war with western civilization, and as such it is not a "religion of peace" but rather a fascist political movement under the guise of religion. Islam, as you indicate, does not have "titular religious heads", but rather, "field generals" bent on the destruction of freedom and democracy - again, by your own admission. Certainly, those bent on our destruction are not wont to apologize for attempting to carry out that end. Therefore, we are fully within reasonable right to hunt down and destroy every arm of this fascist movement.

Via Lucianne.

OYB September 30

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 60-61, Isaiah 62:1-5
NT: Philippians 1:27-30, Philippians 2:1-18
Ps: Psalm 72
Pr: Proverbs 24:11-12

Today´s notable verse:

1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

Great words from Paul here! Because of our identification in Christ and all that accompanies it - encouragement, comfort, love, fellowship, tenderness, compassion - we are compelled to be like-minded in love, spirit, and purpose. That spirit is the Spirit of Christ - the Holy Spirit - and that purpose is the work of Christ. We are to be Christ-centered and Christ-focused. This focus naturally replaces our tendency toward self-centeredness. As in the words of John the Baptist, "He must become greater; I must become less."

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OYB September 29

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 57:15-21, Isaiah 58-59
NT: Philippians 1
Ps: Psalm 71
Pr: Proverbs 24:9-10

Today´s notable verses:

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Isaiah 58:6 (NIV)

This is the beauty of Christianity: our piety is revealed not in our observance of rituals or outward shows, but in sacrificing ourselves for the sake of others - in bringing to others the spiritual and physical freedom we have found for ourselves in Christ.

16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

Isaiah 59:16-17 (NIV)

First, we see here the recognition that none but God Himself could accomplish the redemption of humanity and our reconciliation to righteousness. Not other heavenly beings, and certainly not man himself, but God alone. Second, I must say, I never before today knew that Paul borrowed from Isaiah in his Armor of God passage in Ephesians 6. Yet again, we see the beautiful consistency between Old and New Testament.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:21 (NIV)

I absolutely love this philosophy! Our ultimate gain is not found until our death, yet while we remain alive we have the unique opportunity to demonstrate and allow the power of God to work in our lives through Christ.

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Gas Prices Drop Below $2.00

Filed in PoliticsTags: Democrats, Economy, Elections, Missouri, Republicans, Saint Louis

Democrats' worst post-Labor-Day nightmare, Part I:

Gas Prices 002

Gas Prices in the St. Louis area fall below $2.00. Here is the gas station nearest my house.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Great timing, Claire [emphasis added]:

“Considering that Jim Talent thinks giving tax breaks to oil companies raking in record profits is the best way to lower gas prices, it’s difficult to see how keeping him in the Senate will result in cheaper prices at the pump,” DSCC spokesman Phil Singer said. “Claire McCaskill thinks it makes more sense to eliminate those tax breaks so that we can invest in alternative energy sources like ethanol. That’s the kind of change that’s needed to deal with the record gas prices.”

OYB September 28

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 54-56, Isaiah 57:1-14
NT: Ephesians 6
Ps: Psalm 70
Pr: Proverbs 24:8

Today´s notable verses:

8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

Now that I am eagerly expecting my first child, I pray that I am able to raise him (or her) up in the training and instruction of the Lord, without exasperating him. I pray that my training and instruction are carried out with love and patience, and that this child - and all our future children - will be directed to God, and to His most perfect, High Law - that is, love.

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OYB September 27

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 28 September, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 51-52, Isaiah 53:1-12
NT: Ephesians 5
Ps: Psalm 69:19-36
Pr: Proverbs 24:7

Today´s notable verses:

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her...

Ephesians 5:25 (NIV)

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:28 (NIV)

Much is said of what Paul instructs wives with respect to their husbands: that wives are to submit to and to respect their husbands; but not much seems to be said of Paul's instructions to husbands: to love their wives as Christ loved the church (i.e. love to the extent of giving one's life for another), and to love their wives as themselves. Wives who submit themselves to their husbands deserve to have husbands who are likewise submitted to Christ, and who love their wives as themselves, willing to give up their very lives for their wives. This is how I want to love the woman who is soon to be my wife - and how I will strive every day to love her.

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OYB September 26

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 48:12-22, Isaiah 49, Isaiah 50:1-11
NT: Ephesians 4:17-32
Ps: Psalm 69
Pr: Proverbs 24:5-6

Today´s notable verse:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

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OYB September 25

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 26 September, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 45:11-25, Isaiah 46-47, Isaiah 48:1-11
NT: Ephesians 4:1-16
Ps: Psalm 68:19-35
Pr: Proverbs 24:3-4

Today´s notable verse:

Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:22 (NIV)

2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)

I love verse three. I wish this verse were the objective of what has become such a factioned and segregated Christian body. No matter our differences of interpretation, opinion, or belief (some of which, granted, are significant), as long as we all profess salvation through and Lordship of Jesus Christ, then we are all united. Christianity needs to concentrate more on that which unites us, rather than that which divides us.

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

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Sara Scramlin: Rest In Peace

Filed in PersonalTags: Friends, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Missouri, Saint Louis

Yesterday I received some tragic news: a friend of mine from Michigan was killed in a car accident near Saint Louis, on her way to a Joyce Meyer conference. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the driver who crashed into their van was drunk.

I knew Sara through our church: Kalamazoo Valley Family Church. She was one of the team members on my mission trip to England in 2002, right before I moved to Saint Louis.

I know that Sara is in a better place now, and that God has a plan to work out even such tragedy for good. But it is still difficult to cope with the lamentable loss of the life of such a wonderful person, especially considering that once again such woe could have been avoided entirely if one less person had chosen to drink and drive.

OYB September 24

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 43:14-28, Isaiah 44, Isaiah 45:1-10
NT: Ephesians 3
Ps: Psalm 68:1-18
Pr: Proverbs 24:1-2

Today´s notable verse:

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)

Some of the most powerful prayers in the Bible are found in Paul's epistles. This one, and one we will get to in a few days, are two of my favorites. This prayer always reminds me of a man whom I consider to have been a pillar of faith in my life: Ken Ellis, founder and director of Adventures In Missions, a short-term, youth mission organization. Ken lost a battle with cancer while I was in college, and is now with Christ in glory, but whenever I read this passage I think of him. During training camp for the mission teams, Ken would often preach passionately from this passage, striving to instill in each young missionary the desire to know Christ - through the Word and through prayer - so intimately as to fulfill this prayer for their lives. Aside from my own parents, Ken probably had more impact on my spiritual development and maturity than anyone. I thank God for the time I had Ken in my life, and for the mighty way in which God used him in my life, and in the lives of so many young people.

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