Emily Belz at World Magazine writes a feature about Islam in The special religion. The article is worth a read. Special or not, there seems to be a level of special treatment for Islam.
Several things stand out and are a bit disturbing. One of them is cowardice in the FBI toward Islam. Cowardice? Really?
One former FBI agent said law enforcement leadership at all levels ignores the roots of terrorism in Islam. “In the FBI, there is a handful of folks that get this. However, they spend more time battling their field office and FBI headquarters than the bad guys. There’s a lot of cowardice in leadership,” said John Guandolo, who worked at the FBI beginning in 1996 and in the bureau’s counterterrorism unit after 9/11. He left the bureau in 2008 to do national security consulting. “If you speak up about this issue, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll be moved off your unit, you’ll be pushed out. There’ll be an internal investigation on you, not the bad guys.”
He added that the deference to the Muslim community has gone so far that agents agree to call a local imam before raiding a Muslim house. “We’ve never done that before ever,” he said. “That’s dangerous. We can get people killed.”
It seems that the most recent Bush administration as well as Obama’s are not all that different in their attempt to appease Muslims. In a country Attorney General is hesitant to say “Radical Islam” I’m left wondering what is more radical, Islam or the approach to Islam by the U.S. government?
I suppose it should not be a surprise given the recent censoring of South Park and the outrage over “Draw Muhammad Day” (which I have no desire for). Yet, it’s okay for South Park to have a “Jesus” character appearing in numerous episodes? And it’s acceptable for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to be freely spewed as a cuss word in various venues?
As a Christian, even though attacks against Jesus and His sheep are frustrating, they are expected. We are told to expect them. We are also told that the world loves its own and takes care of its own.
They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 1 John 4:5 (ESV)
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. John 15:19-21 (ESV)