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7.26.2005    |    "Islam is a terror organization"
This is the tag line from a local radio talk show host's program yesterday. The host, Michael Graham, has his own blog at the radio station's website, where you can read the context of the quotation.

Mr. Graham has, natrually, attracted the usual haters who claim he is defaming the "religion of peace." A story, in the Washington Post, is titled,"Muslims Call Comments by WMAL Host 'Hate-Filled.'" So what else is new in the world? Islamists continue to be suicide bombers and just plain old vanilla bombers; Muslims, whether Islamists or not, are the vast majority of terrorists around the world, showing no compunction about killing men, women, children, regardless of their combatant status.

Michael Graham's central point is that Islam hasn't come to grips with the fact that heinous acts are committed in its name. Hasn't policed itself, and thrown the rascals out. Perhaps it is because the religion is tolerant of anything done to us infidels, and only intolerant when some of us in the West notice. He says, it isn't that he hates Islam. He plainly says that his only interest "is not getting blown to smithereens when I board a bus or ride a plane."

As for an analogy, consider this from his blog:
If the Boy Scouts of America had 1,000 scout troops, and 10 of them practiced suicide bombings, then the BSA would be considered a terrorist organization. If the BSA refused to kick out those 10 troops, that would make the case even stronger. If people defending terror repeatedly turned to the Boy Scout handbook and found language that justified and defended murder—and the scoutmasters in charge simply said "Could be"—the Boy Scouts would have [been] driven out of America long ago.
Since Islam is, technically, a religion, consider, as a counter-example, instead of the Boy Scouts, it was, say, a large Christian denomination. Let's just say that some Southern Baptists (and you know how cranky some of us can be...) decided to start killing those they considered to be infidels -- which might include Roman Catholics, and would certainly include those pesky Methodists (remember, please, this is fantasy here). Exactly how long do you suppose it might take before the Southern Baptists kicked them out and helped the Federales track them down? Not even as long as it took me to write this, would it take for the condemnations to start.

With Islam, their spokescreeps are offended when a Michael Graham speaks the truth. Where's their outrage when Muslims blow up innocents on a London subway? Or kids getting toys in Iraq? Or an Israeli couple?

There is no excuse for Islamic terror. God has told us, through Moses, "Thou shalt not murder." The God that Muslims worship is, clearly, not the true God. "Allah" is a perversion of our Lord. Jesus preached, and gave, peace with his death and resurrection. Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, has given us only the sword.

Muslims, you have a beef with Israelis for living on land you claim to be yours? Negotiate your differences in peace. You have a beef with Londoners because Britain helped to liberate Iraq? Vote for peacenik MPs. There's a long list of Islamic grievances, not least including some of the same things that we Christians find wrong in the modern world. Rather than engage in the public square, Islam turns almost exclusively to conquest, and when they can't conquer us, suicide bombings and other murders. Murder and mayhem are all that Islam seems to understand.

God will judge Muslims for allowing this; we, in the here and now, must protect innocents against them.

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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...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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