During President Obama’s “New Beginning” speech delivered in Cairo to the Muslims of the world he said as he quoted from the “Holy” Koran, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” That statement garnered a great round of applause from his audience.
Firstly he called the Koran “Holy.” Remember that the Koran was written by the self-proclaimed prophet Mohammed more than 600 years after the Bible was written and sealed with the words of Christ:
“…If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book…” Revelation 22:18
True, the statement was indeed found in the Koran, Surah 9:119. It was used in a specific context justifying jihad. But the more significant issue is that the Koran contains numerous updates and abrogation of the old that were added by Mohammed as circumstances warranted. A significant issue of the Koran and the Islamic Hadith is the acceptance of telling untruths, or simply lying for a variety of reasons. More specifically, if the personal well-being of a Muslim is threatened they are allowed to do things not normally allowed by their faith including renouncing their belief in Allah, kneeling in homage to a deity other than Allah, and most importantly, to utter insincere oaths.
Mohammed himself said, “The sons of Adam are accountable for all lies with these exceptions; during war because war is deception, to reconcile among two quarreling men, and for a man to appease his wife.”
A good example of the practice of “acceptable lying” for Muslims came out just several days ago from a Palestinian official who was quoted on a TV panel, “Our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means, the goal is Palestine.” So the Palestinians may say that they want peace in the Middle East but what they really mean is that they want the complete destruction of Israel and turn that land into a Palestinian state.
The accepted and widely used practice of lying by Muslims for a variety of reasons is termed “Al-Takeyya.” Certainly our president is well aware of this practice as provided in the “Holy” Koran.
Serious implications arise because of this provision for the Muslim community. For example Muslim nations can enter into peace treaties with non-Muslim nations and have absolutely no intention of honoring them. There can be little confidence that the information provided by any form of intense interrogation methods of Muslim terror suspects can be trusted.
A renowned contemporary scholar of Islam recently concluded, “…When dealing with Muslims, what they say is not the issue. The real issue is what they actually mean in their hearts.”
Mr. Obama went on to say in his “New Beginning” speech, “My conviction (is) that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
Volumes could be written on those statements. Firstly, do we really want to partner with an ideology that is totally anti-Christian and anti-American? But then again recall that Obama has called America one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
We couldn’t agree more that a relationship, not a partnership, “between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t.” The major issue is that most Americans perceive Islam to be what it really isn’t. Islam does not want peace in the Middle East or assimilate into western culture. Islam beyond a shadow of a doubt has as its major objective to rule the world with its religion and law! Yet later in his speech Obama proclaimed in one of his “let me be clear” statements, i.e. “no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.” However, it is equally clear that he didn’t have in mind the imperialistic aspirations of Islam. The context of the statement was about the promotion of democracy.
As far as Mr. Obama’s claiming that his responsibility is to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam, he might find it to be more profitable to put forth more effort standing up and fighting against the negative stereotypes of western culture, Judaism, and Christianity.
President Obama’s objectives and strategies relative to Islam are really unclear at this point. It is hard to believe that he is as naïve as he appears to be on these issues especially as he adamantly proclaims that he is a Christian.
Christians have been warned by Christ Himself about being deceived near the end of the age.
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying…what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’”
“And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed than no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and will deceive many.’” Matthew 24:3-5
“…For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” Matthew 24:24-25
All Americans who cherish our freedoms should remain alert. We must be informed. We must search for the truth. We should seek to understand the underlying meaning of political rhetoric. We should not be deceived by what may appear to be. But most of all we can’t be apathetic. We must each take a stand based on the evidence and our personal belief system. The future of our freedoms depends on it.
More of President Obama’s “New Beginning” speech will follow.
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