Understanding Islam – Part 54 – Idolatry and Religion – 2

Burning The Koran

 Petraeus speaks: (Reported on Fox News – Internet – September 7, 2010 – Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report).  My comments or response – in Italics.

 The article begins:  “The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Tuesday a Florida church’s threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide.   Images of the burning of a Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence ,” Gen. David Petraeus said. “Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.”

 I too am concerned.

 More from the article: “His comments followed a protest Monday by hundreds of Afghans over the plans by Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center — a small, evangelical Christian church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy — to burn copies of the Koran on church grounds to mark the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Petraeus warned images of burning Korans could be used to incite anti-American sentiment similar to the pictures of prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Graib prison.

 Consider this: 

  • Burning the American Flag
  • Placards with the words written, “Hate to America”
  • Killing Christians
  • Hating and Killing Jews
  • Burning the Bible
  • Destroying Bibles
  • Building Mosques in unwanted places
  • And – innumerable other atrocities against the West, Jews, and democracies with growing Muslim populations wherein violent acts have been committed.

 Reactions to the slightest consideration of ‘persecution’ of Islamists engender extreme, possibly insane, reactions reflected in ‘fatwa’s’ against cartoonists, authors, free people who raise objections towards Islamism and terrorism, and raise questions about Muhammad or the dictates against non-believers in the Quran or Allah. What is their problem?  This is part of human nature – unfortunately.  These reactions have done more harm to Muslims (the vast majority of which are ‘moderate’) and Islam in the World than good.  Clearly what Petraeus is saying applies directly also to the suicide bombers, the independent martyrs for Islam, and the many callous acts of terrorism in the name of Islam.  They have stirred the pot and now we are seeing less than tolerant elements, not just in America, but in many areas of Europe and other parts of the world, respond with the Quranic demand of an eye-for-an-eye.  Turning the other cheek is becoming problematic as an act of defending freedom seems warranted and totally justifiable in light of actions by the Muslim extremes.

 Oh if only the Muslim Moderates could have a voice that can be heard!  A voice credible to all the world, not just Muslims.  If only the Muslim Moderates can foster a leader to be heard by all of Islam!  If only the Muslim Moderates can have a religious leader that is tolerant, focuses on the good, only Allah, is less inclined towards Sharia (leave that to Allah) and can be protected from the fatwa to be murdered that is certain to be declared.  Someone from the 15 -30% of all Muslims considered extreme or Islamists will continue to fight for a chaotic world in which their zealotry without a clear purpose continues. They will kill the moderates, as they do not call them believers.   Where is the savior for Islam?

 The savior for the moderate Muslims may not be in today’s Muslim world, but in another religion. Or there may be the need for a New Quran, a New Covenant for Islam where moderation then becomes the by-word.  Tolerance, praise be to Allah, will become the norm. 

 It is a true fear of Islam that current followers might be influenced, might be educated, might consider another religion as more a pathway to a life eternal than their own. Allah forbids!  Any doubts, any questions, are to be suppressed, just not allowed. Death is punishment. There is no freedom of thought outside thinking of Allah, Muhammad and Islam as the way-of-life.  It is to never to be in dispute.   The Quran says (Sura 60:1-4) (paraphrased and summarized) “You who believe do not take your enemy, any non-believer, as a friend, as they deny the Truth that has come to you via Muhammad.  Do not let them turn you from Allah. Don’t be influenced.  Do not love them in secret.  If you stray there will be repercussions.  Allah will know.  The enemy desires that you not believe in Allah or his Messenger.  Know that we disbelieve in Jews and Christians and there exists enmity and hatred between Muslims and the others forever – until they believe in Allah alone. They too shall know that and be treated accordingly.” This is a statement of hate. 

This proclamation of hatred, written in the Quran, should be reviewed by Congress and they might understand.

Petraeus continued “I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible (Koran) burning. Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday.”

We are now seeing evidence of the repercussions of the acts of the Islamists.  I believe we will see much more.  Can they take their own medicine?  Clearly not!

(photo) Sept. 6: Afghans burn an effigy of Dove World Outreach Center’s pastor Terry Jones during a demonstration against the U.S. in Kabul.

Further he said “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

Similar tactics is what the Taliban, and other extreme Islamists use, and have used well before any acts of retribution arose.  Muslim Islamist’s love chaos, have no central figure to truly lead them.  Individuals are encouraged to martyr for Allah.  Martyrdom via suicide is a more recent phenomenon arising from the actions of Arafat and the Palestinian demands for Statehood.  These actions have spread and are spreading throughout the Islamist factions.  It is not what God requires and certainly, I feel, God will deny those who kill innocents while taking their own lives entry into his eternal kingdom.  In the name of Allah or God, God knows this is not his command.  This is just not what God would desire of his children.

The article went on to say: “Though the Dove World Outreach Center has been denied a permit to hold a bonfire, the Koran burning is still scheduled to proceed on Saturday. The burning — set to mark nine years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — follows a campaign last year in which the 50-member church distributed T-shirts that said “Islam is of the Devil.”

They Dove World Outreach have a right to their opinion, whether we agree or not.  This is a free world.  They are burning books, not killing Muslims.  The Muslims are doing all the killing, and so often they kill their own when not in concert with extreme thinking.  The moderates are on guard and thus remain silent.

 In a blog on the church’s website, writer Fran Ingram offered the groups’ reasoning for burning the Koran, arguing that it is not God’s word and denies Jesus is the Son of God, that Islam is totalitarian and that the religion teaches idolatry, paganism, rites and rituals. “We are using this act to warn about the teaching and ideology of Islam, which we do hate as it is hateful. We do not hate any people, however. We love, as God loves, all the people in the world and we want them to come to knowledge of the truth.”

Noted in the article: “The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a statement condemning the church’s plans, saying Washington was ‘deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups.’”

America’s response – “What about the offenses Muslims and the Taliban have deliberately and with forethought and intent against non-Muslims and the West.

The article noted: “The National Association of Evangelicals and the National Council of Churches also denounced the plan to burn the Koran.”  With which I agree.  However, who in the Muslim world is denouncing the acts of terrorists, Islamists, suicide bombers, Hezbollah, Hamas, Imams and Abdullah’s that preach hate towards the Jews and the West (all non-Allah-believers, atheists and secularists included), encouraging individuals to carry out their proclamations as  they have been brainwashed to believe is a religious act of salvation.  Consider the cheering in the streets of most Muslim dominated countries when the World Trade Towers fell and the perpetrators of this vile act were Muslims. 

More from the article – “But outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Monday, where as many as 500 protestors chanted “Long live Islam” and “Death to America,” demonstrators argued that the church isn’t acting of its own will.”

Their rants against the West would continue, regardless.  Give them any reason.  Any reason.  Any reason. No matter how large or small.  They doth protest in the name of Allah too much!  Oh God, please save us from this outrageous, blasphemous idolatry that reasons in your name.

“We know this is not just the decision of a church. It is the decision of the president and the entire United States,” said Abdul Shakoor, an 18-year-old high school student who said he joined the protest after hearing neighborhood gossip about the Koran burning.”  –  Now every American knows this is BS.  Where is the voice of the Muslim world deploring this kind of rhetoric.

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Islamists have taken Islam to an extreme.  They have become the intolerant policemen of all that is for Allah.  They have been blinded to the world at large and see only Islam and hatred for all others. Have they nothing better to do?  Blinded by hatred this passion is interpreted as love for Allah.  This is idolatry gone amok, a way of life governed by a Theocracy that does Allah’s bidding, but in ways Allah never imagined nor desired.

 The Church or the Synagogue may cast a member out of their congregation as punishment.  They may disown the apostate, yet killing, honor killing, death to the apostate is not a cry they ever heard from God. And they forgive.  The church doors remain open to those who repent with a desire for restoration and reconciliation (with God). Yes there is a need for discipline.  The goal is to teach and stop the spread of sin, to make others aware.  But the methods are different.  Thanks be to God.  Non-believers are left on their own, they live among believers – not as part of their church (at least not knowingly), and God will judge them when they die. (Even Allah is Seer of what they do – let Allah punish, judge, also on the Day of Judgment).

 Grace and Peace.

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