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5.17.2005    |    Mein Kampf
We now find out, surprise, surprise, that the "U.S. Long Had Memo on Handling of Koran". From the WaPo story:
The three-page memorandum, dated Jan. 19, 2003, says that only Muslim chaplains and Muslim interpreters can handle the holy book, and only after putting on clean gloves in full view of detainees.

The detailed rules require U.S. Muslim personnel to use both hands when touching the Koran to signal "respect and reverence," and specify that the right hand be the primary one used to manipulate any part of the book "due to cultural associations with the left hand." The Koran should be treated like a "fragile piece of delicate art," it says.
This is multiculturalism and political correctness running rampant. If the Koran is your holy book, read the Bible for the actual truth. If it is not, then know that the Koran denies Jesus Christ as the Son of God and has quite a few harsh words on what to do with us "infidels" who will not submit to God exactly as written in the Koran. It is, in short, a wicked and evil book as used by the radical Islamists. It is demonstrably the prime source and justification of murder, rape, and mayhem the world over as Islam attempts to conquer by the sword -- it's preferred and demonstrably only means for wide proselyetization.

The point, which I trust is obvious by now, is that just because a large number of ignorant people believe the Koran is holy does not make it so. Further, we are at war with radical Islam. Those who say this is not the case perhaps have not been paying close attention. We are, in fact, precisely at war with those in Islam who make a fetish of their Koran, who idolize (is in the sense of idolatry; see previous post).

So, why are we being so extra-special concerned with the feelings of those radical Islamist terrorists that we've caught? I don't know. But I do know this: an analogue would be instructions given during World War II to treat "Mein Kampf", Hitler's blueprint for world domination and genocide, with the utmost care and concern, to avoid offending German POWs. After all, Hitler created a cult of personality, with himself as the Leader with (at least) quasi-divine attributes. It would have been quite the offense, I suspect, to have flushed a copy or two of that trash down the crapper.

I don't advocate giving insult gratuitously. On the other hand, if we do not believe a thing, a book, to contain truth, and those that do are our sworn enemies, one must ask: How far do we need to go to worry about the feelings of those who are a) wrong, b) dedicated to converting or killing us? The Pentagon, in this sorry episode, has bent over so far that they are kissing their own behinds.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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