Saturday, October 13, 2007
The Islamic Mein Kampf
The David Horowitz Freedom Center has created a short multimedia presentation documenting and illustrating Islamic terrorist hatred for the Jews. While this is image-rich, it is also amply documented. The material it contains is also available in a booklet. This force is real. We deny, placate, or ignore it to our own peril.
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Thanks for posting this. I pray that many see it. As you said, "the force is real"!
Have you ever seen the documentary "Divine Intervention"? It's Israeli made and gives an interesting perspective to the Israel/Palestine situation not biased one way or the other as far as I could tell, but just tells it like it is. If you want to borrow it let me know, I have it on VHS.
It seems to me that Dr. Horowitz's efforts might be equally well spent if he focused his concern closer to home. See
The Rise of Fascism in America.
As Sinclair Lewis said: "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
There is absolutely no moral equivalence here. Read Robert Spencer's book, "The Religion of Peace."
1. No Christian organization cites the Bible for the killing of infidels. This is routine in Islam worldwide.
2. While the Bible contains violent episodes endorsed by God (the taking of the promised land), these injunctions cannot be universalized. This is not the case with Islam. Jihad is a permanent condition until Allah's law rules over all.
3. No influential Christians are calling for the abolition of the Constitution in favor of law based directly on the Bible. Islam endorses sharia law worldwide.
I wasn't trying to point out moral equivalence where there isn't one.
I am just concerned (as many Christians I know) that Christianity is being hijacked by a few, with the complicity of many well-meaning believers, in the name of political and business interests. One way such interests have of fostering their goals is to keep the people preoccupied with fears and enemies far away, while they systematically chip away at long-held and cherished protections and freedoms at home.
David Horowitz Freedom Center has a very nice ring to it. It's hard to question the motives of anything that calls itself Freedom Center. But, having sampled Dr. Horowitz's rhethoric on his many TV appearances, I have reason to doubt his true motives, and I wish he would have focused some of the energy and the resources his center devoted to the Terrorism Awareness Project on the dangers that lurk at home.
It seems that a pot is calling a kettle black.
Your first point is only correct if "infidel" does not include heretic. The sack of Constantinople in 1204 was directed by WEstern Catholics against Eastern Orthodox who were denounced as heretics. There were centuries of warfare in Western Europe beetween Catholics and Protestants denouncing each other as heretics and worthy of killing because the Bible told them so. We've just had recent examples in Northern Ireland and let's not forget the former Yugoslavia.
( One might also note that the two bloodiest conflicts of the last century were fought between "Christian" nations ).
The violent episodes of the Old Testament, ( which you claim were sanctioned by God), were used as examples to follow in the settling of the West in the U.S. The genocide of Native Americans was excused because of those fine examples.
Slavery as well was excused because it was excused by the Bible.
As for your third point, don't tell me you haven't heard of Rushdoony and the Dominationist/ Reconstruction movement advocating just that; the Bible being the law of the land.
It can certainly be acknowledged that Islam had its earliest expression in war, unlike Christianity.
However, Moslems cannot be accused of hypocrisy regarding their origins while Christians can justifiably be accused of that.
It's best not to use such arguments when one is standing on such shaky ground.
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