Is Islam special?

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)

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1 littlejimmythree October 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Why The World Hates Us.
Why is the World at war with Christianity? Is it because We are more powerful, and therefore a threat to Them? We are much fewer than They are, and no danger to Them physically. It is not because of Our arrogance, the World is far more arrogant than We are. Christianity has never gone to war. Christians have never tortured and killed anyone. You might claim that the Crusades and the Inquisition make me a liar, but you would be wrong. The Crusades were fought for power, treasure, and human glory. The Crusaders were not Christians. From 1095, when Pope Urban II proclaimed the first Crusade, to 1291, when they were ended, the Catholic Church had no less than eight Crusades.
The Inquisition was no better. Under Pope Gregory IX, in 1229, the Inquisition in Toulouse Spain forbade laymen (that is, anyone not a priest) from reading the Bible. After all, if the people can’t read for themselves what the Bible says, then they are dependent on the Church (i.e. the Pope) for their salvation. For over six hundred years, from 1229 to 1834 (when it was finally suppressed), the Inquisition tortured and killed thousands of Christians, Jews, and others. The purpose was to guarantee, through fear, that all spiritual authority (Power) would remain in the claws of the Catholic Church, and therefore the Pope. The Pope is not the head of the Christian Church, just of the Catholic Church, which has been made fabulously wealthy off the sweat, blood, and tears of its adherents. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, heads the Christian Church. It is made up of individuals who have accepted the Lordship of Jesus over their lives. And with that Lordship, true freedom.
Which brings us back to why They hate Us. Everyone has something in them that knows God exists. The religions of the World, all of which are inventions of Man, take advantage of that. We Christians have the freedom of knowing what happens after death. We can rest easy in the knowledge that, when We die, We will go to Heaven. On the other hand They live with the constant nagging fear that, when They die, They will go to Hell. They live with the fear that the world will end, which it will. Everything that has a beginning has an end. To combat that fear, they deny the very existence of God, therefore the existence of Hell. Hence the reason for the hate. They think that if They destroy us, whether verbally or actually, They will no longer have the constant reminder that They are doomed.
The World needs all people thinking like Them. They think that, without Christians around, to remind them of a God that they refuse to submit to and a Hell that are destined for because of their refusal, They will have peace. The peace of forgetfulness. The peace of thinking that Their lives mean something. They don’t understand that there is no peace without Christ, Who is the Prince of Peace. Or that Christ is the only way to have any real meaning in their lives. Christians, pray for the peoples of the World. That is our responsibility, that and presenting a good example of Christ, Who lives in you. We are the only thing standing between Them and eternal damnation. It’s time to stand up and proclaim Christ to all the nations! Will you stand?
Read “prophet of doom” by craig winn
and “preachers of hate” by kenneth timmerman
if you want to know the real Islam

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