Debunking ‘Islamophobia’

     The headlines of a recent article in Frontpage Magazine by writer Deborah Weiss read: ‘Geneva Conference Moves Toward Criminalizing Islamophobia.’
     Following are several quotes from her article.
     “Supposedly, the purpose of the conference was to support an OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) campaign to ‘correct the image of Islam and Muslims in Europe and North America.’  By this, it means to whitewash the intolerant, violent and discriminatory aspects of Islam and Islamists.”
     “The present goal (of the OIC) is the international criminalization of all speech that ‘defames’ Islam, which the OIC defines as anything that sheds a negative light on Islam or Muslims, even when it’s true.”
     “…the State Department appears to have adopted the OIC’s view that the West is Islamophobic and that Islam is a religion of peace which should never be associated with terrorism.  Toward this end, the Obama Administration has completely purged all its counterterrorism training programs from any mention of Islamic terrorism.”
     “…the OIC requests that the media censor their reports about Islamic terrorism, Islamic persecution of religious minorities, and human rights violations committed in the name of Islam, as an interim step toward the criminalization of such speech.”
     So the OIC wants the media not to print any story, regardless of facts, that might put Islam in a bad light.
     Recall just last week this column described the major problem of modern day Sadducees which is to attempt to squelch free speech even when it is true.
     And then several weeks ago the Tulsa World had a column written by World Religion Writer Bill Sherman.  He had interviewed John Esposito, a professor of religion and international affairs and Islamic studies at Georgetown University.
     Mr. Esposito described Islam as a ‘monotheistic Abrahamic faith that sees itself connected to the great prophets of Judaism and Christianity.’ 
     Recall Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisees relative to their perceived ‘Abrahamic faith.’    
     “They (Pharisees)…said to Him, ‘Abraham is our father.’  Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.  But now you seek to kill Me… Abraham did not do this….’”  John 8:39-40
     Mr. Esposito went on to say that ‘Islamophobia’ was an irrational fear of Islam and a social cancer… He continued, “Major politicians are using language about Islam that they would never use about other religions, calling it a threat to the West.”  He then called that viewpoint naïve…
     While expressing his viewpoint he totally avoided any reference to the charter of the Muslim Brotherhood which counters his statements. 
     This column quoted the following several weeks ago but it is entirely appropriate to repeat it today.
     “The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands…so that it is eliminated, and
     Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.  The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”
     And they want to suppress our free speech?
     The best way to deal with Islam is simply to take them at their word.  Even today the stated goal of Iran is to destroy Israel.
     Every Christian, and in fact, every American citizen should have a thorough understanding of the Biblical prophecies concerning Abraham’s two sons, Isaac and Ishmael.
     Being pro-America as a nation and pro-Bible as a religion is not anti-Islam. 
     Neither America nor the Church is on the offensive towards Islam; however, the Church especially is very much willing and ready to take a stand for Biblical teachings.
     “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”  1 Corinthians 16:13
     “Put on the whole armor of God…that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Ephesians 6:11, 13
     This column has on several occasions described the present and future conflict as the ‘war of the brothers rages on.’
     Deborah Weiss ended her piece in Frontpage Magazine with:
     ‘The clash of civilizations widens.’
     America, wake up!
     Note: A Christmas present to enlighten:  ‘The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent’ by Erwin W. Lutzer.

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