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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE

When a subject appears everywhere I turn, I soon find myself writing about it. Lately the subject of Islam and Sharia Law has been popping up every day as I read, surf the net, watch TV, and have conversations. My husband came home from the dentist today and told me that he got into a deep conversation about the dangers of Islam with the woman who was cleaning his teeth. Recently, I became involved in a "debate" about the subject on facebook. It's encouraging that people are talking about this, but unfortunately many Americans are sugar-coating the truth about Islam in the name of tolerance and political correctness.

We have in this country a general reluctance to criticize any non-Christian religion. We also have a universal public ignorance about the Muslim religion, Islam. The woman I was debating with on facebook was defending Islam as a "peace-loving" religion. When I quoted from the Koran to prove how wrong she is, she said that she hasn't read the Koran. She doesn't have time. But she does have time to defend a religion she knows nothing about. She said that we've all known peace-loving Muslim Americans. Is she saying that we can rely on silent, peace-loving Muslims to stop the Islamic jihad threat? Is she saying that we shouldn't even worry about this threat because she has a few peace-loving Muslim neighbors?

Whether most people of a religion are peace-loving or not isn't nearly as important as who's calling the shots. It's fanatical jihadists who are calling the shots in many Muslim countries. They don't want peace and they can't be stopped by Muslims who supposedly do. The peace-loving Japanese couldn't stop what happened at Pearl Harbor because the war-loving Japanese were calling the shots. The peace-loving Germans couldn't stop Hitler's rise to power and the execution of millions of jews. Nor will the silent supposed peace-loving Muslims be able to save us from the Islamic jihad threat. Jihad is war on behalf of Islam. Jihad is a duty for Muslims. The primary aim of jihad is the defense and expansion of Islam.

Islam is, without a doubt, expanding. Some say it is the world's fastest growing religion. Estimates vary on the number of Muslims living in the US, but according to my research, the number could be anywhere from 6 to 9 million. We hear all the time that Islam is a peaceful religion and that most Muslims aren't out to destroy the west. We're told that only 1 percent of the 1.2 BILLION Muslims are fanatical jihadists who believe America is the Great Satan, the cause of all evil, and should be attacked and destroyed as it was on 9/11. Is that supposed to be a comfort? Millions of Muslims live within our borders. And like the woman I debated with on facebook, many Americans are completely ignorant about the Muslim religion, what Islamic followers believe, and how they are taught to live and treat others.

The more I researched Islam, the more disturbed I became. After googling "the Koran in English" I learned that Islam is the last religion you'd want forced on you as a woman. According to Islamic Law (also known as Sharia Law), women are considered inferior and treated as nothing more than property. A husband may legally beat his wife (Koran 4:34). He may also exchange one wife for another (Koran 40:20). Having many wives is acceptable as well (Koran 4:3). A woman accused of adultery can be stoned to death. If she's guilty of lewdness she can be left to die in her home. Muslim women are often forced into marriage and denied certain privileges such as driving a car or getting an education. Muslim women are also the victims of "honor killings". When a woman brings shame on her family by let's say dating the wrong man or maybe getting pregnant, then her family is free to kill her in order to get rid of the shame she brought them. Get rid of the shame. Get rid of her. So her own brother, father, or maybe a willing uncle is free to kill her for shaming the family.

Some of the things I came across as I researched Sharia Law were so gruesome that I couldn't tolerate reading about it or watching it. One video was an actual amputation of a man's hand. He had stolen some cattle and under Sharia law his hand had to be cut off for his crime. I watched his arm being scrubbed to prepare for the surgery then clicked off when I saw the scalpel in hand. Another video showed the faces and screams of Muslim girls as they endured genital mutilation or female circumcision. I couldn't bear to watch more than a few seconds of that one. This is Islam. This is what Muslims are taught to do. Shariah law is the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Muhammad, who sexually enslaved women and married a six-year-old girl, Aisha. He waited until she was nine to consumate the marriage. What an example!

The ultimate goal of Muslims is to apply Sharia law globally. They want to replace our constitution with the Koran and turn the United States into an Islamic State. But Americans don't see this. Like my facebook friend, they insist that Islam is a peaceful religion and we have nothing to worry about. Well here's a list of activities that the followers of this peaceful religion have been up to over the years, just in case you forgot: Muslim bombing of Pan Am flight 103; Muslim bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993; Muslim bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon; Muslim bombing of the American Embassies in Africa; and the Muslim attack on the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. How many times does one need to be attacked before realizing that someone wants to hurt you?

After we watched the twin towers fall on 9/11 we tuned into our televisions that night and saw crowds in Muslim capitols around the world celebrating the destruction of the world trade center and the death of 3,000 people. Now plans are underway to construct an Islamic mosque just 600 feet from where those towers stood. The mosque will commemorate the triumph of Islam over America. Historically, mosques are built to mark Islamic conquests, and it's part of the strategy to establish a Sharia-compliant America. I just can't believe this is even being considered. And get this, the mosque is supposed to be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. How sick is that?

I'm not a fearmonger. In fact, writing about this makes me uncomfortable. For the past three blogs I've written about subjects that I never thought I would touch. I'd rather write about the funny things that happen at Wal-Mart (If you read my blogs regularly, you'll get that). I feel a strong need to warn people because knowledge is power. If you're aware of our nation's problems, you can fight back with the power of prayer. There are other civilized ways to fight back too. But being aware is the first step.

Unfortunately, aware is not a word I would use to describe the average American citizen. We seem more informed about what's happening in Hollywood that what's happening in our country. What started the facebook debate that inspired me to write this was a video I posted on my wall titled, Obama Admits He's a Muslim. You can probably find the video if you search for it. I posted it because it seems that the American public is not even aware of Obama's profound devotion to Islam. All through the video our president gushes over Muslims and their great contributions to society. He quotes from the Koran and talks of his love for everything Islam.

A skeptic might argue that his statements are all taken out of context, but affection is affection no matter what the context. It's obvious from watching that video that Obama is very respectful of, very loyal of, and very fond of the Muslim faith. Remember his bow to a Saudi King?  He even gave a formal dinner in the White House to honor the Islamic holiday, Ramadan. The traditional meal to honor The National Day of Prayer was not held at the White House. Well of course not, that's a Christian idea and as he said in his speech, we are no longer a Christian nation.

People who can't see what's happening to our country are living in their own oblivious bubble. In a gallup poll from 2006, when Americans were asked what they admire most about the Muslim world, the second most common response was, "I don't know." Americans don't know what's going on and they don't seem to care even when you tell them. I believe it's important to stay informed about world events, especially now when nation is rising against nation. There's really no excuse for being uninformed after 9/11. That was our wake-up call. But many of us have hit the snooze button and fallen back to sleep.

Perhaps a trip to Dearborn Michigan would open some eyes. This area has a high population of Muslims and it serves as an example of how Muslims influence their environment. Restaurants in Dearborn are beginning to serve meat that's cut according to Islamic law. Supermarkets also carry this meat. Hospitals adjust their meal service for Muslims and throughout the month of Ramadan, the cafeteria service hours are arranged to suit Muslims. These changes may not seem like a big deal, but it's only the beginning.

Pushing for food that's clean by Islamic standards secures food preparation jobs for Muslims. They'll increase pressure on supermarket chains to stock the food and will threaten those who fail to comply. The next step is forcing the controlling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia law and it's all downhill from there. Dearborn Michigan has already made headlines for trying to enforce Islamic law on it's citizens. For a complete and actual tracking of the influence of Muslims in a society, check out the blog John McTernan's Insights and click on Tracking the Influence of Muslims in A Society on the right side of the page. Scroll down until you find it.

When you aren't concerned about a foreign invader, you go about your life as usual. You feel no urgency to take action. We need to develop a sense of urgency because the threat is real and it will change everything about America. Our government leaders are deaf to the voice of the people, but God is not. We need prayer warriors. Is your country, your freedom, and your way of life worth praying for? We have a lot to lose.

"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land" -2 Chronicles 7:14

For more information about this subject, type in the following articles in your search engine:
Capitalism Magazine- The Myth of The Peace-Loving Muslims
The Gospel of Mark: So Where Are All the Peace-Loving Muslims?
Rod Dreher: Not Peace-Loving After All

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