Is Islam compatible with America? 10 questions to ask

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November 21, 2018 (American Thinker) – Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the fear, hatred of, or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Yes, many people around the globe who identify with Islam are good, hardworking, loving people. But that’s a separate issue from Islam itself. Here are ten questions about the compatibility of Islam in America. Depending on your answers, does that make you an Islamophobe?

10. Are Islam and sharia law compatible with American culture? The generally accepted values of modern America stress a wide range of freedoms involving speech, sexuality, and lifestyles as well as equal rights for women, minorities, and a long list of others. None of this fits with the program of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that affirmed sharia law as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife-beating, and censoring speech that insults Islam.

9. Does Islam threaten to destroy our system of law and our Constitution? Islam is not merely a religion. It is an entire societal and quasi-governmental structure with its own legal edifice called sharia. The holy Qur’an calls for subjugation of infidels or non-believers, if necessary through armed jihad. Dr. Irwin Lutzer in his book The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, describes a Muslim demonstrator in Dearborn, Michigan holding a sign stating: “We will use the freedoms of the Constitution to destroy the Constitution!” That’s the game plan. You see, sharia law is in direct conflict with the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment, for instance, states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the “free exercise” of religion. Yet Mohammad said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Those who reject Islam must be killed.” Islamic law enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising their voices during prayer, ringing church bells, or saying anything considered “insulting to Islam.” Islamic law relegates non-Muslims to “dhimmi” status, where they are forbidden to propagate their customs among Muslims and cannot display a cross, Christmas decorations, or the Star of David. There’s a lot more, but you get the idea.

8. Are Islam and sharia law tolerant of other religions? Tolerance is a fundamental American value. That is the polar opposite of Islam. When Muslims are not in a position of authority, they naturally call for tolerance and cooperation. But one only has to look at Muslim societies to understand how far that goes. How many Christian churches are there in Saudi Arabia? Zero. Non-Muslims (infidels) are not permitted to visit Mecca? Christians are routinely attacked or murdered in Pakistan. More than 600 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Iran in the past year. Iranian authorities routinely raid church services, threaten church members, and arrest and imprison worshipers and church leaders, particularly Evangelical Christian converts. Christian church leaders have been explicitly been targeted by the Iranian authorities charged with “unfounded national-security-related crimes.”

7. When Muslims claim Islam is a religion of peace and love, are they lying to the non-Muslim world? Ask Hicham Nostik, a former Muslim who now lives in Germany. He understands the prophet Muhammad’s famous quote, “War is deceit.” Lying is permitted to deceive an “enemy.” The Qur’an defines the “enemy” as “disbelievers.” There is no way to cover up the meaning of that. In fact, apostates who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty. Apostasy is a crime in 16 out of 49 Muslim-majority countries; in other Muslim nations such as Morocco, apostasy is not illegal, but proselytizing Muslims is illegal. It is subject in some countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, to the death penalty.

6. Has there ever been a period in history fully characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims? Apparently not, based on details in Robert Spencer’s new book, The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS, as well as Raymond Ibrahim’s Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West; Pamela Geller’s Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance; and similar books written by Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Brigitte Gabriel, and Amil Imani.

5. Is Islam in the process of swallowing Europe? If any more proof of the danger of Islam to our society and culture is needed, look no farther than the downward spiral of Europe. Growing problems caused by Muslims in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, and Britain continue to be well documented. The Muslim takeover of Britain is so far along that I fear that only a bloody civil war could reverse the tide. Douglas Murray has spelled this out in detail in his book, The Strange Death of Europe. After 25 years of intense Muslim immigration, Britain features 3,000 mosques; 130 sharia courts; 50 Muslim Sharia Councils; and dozens of “no go zones” where Muslim “sharia” patrols ensure that no one disobeys sharia law. Britain has recently released from prison Anjem Choudary, described as the most dangerous Islamic preacher in the U.K. Among other pronouncements, he says, “When sharia law is implemented, maybe in 10 or 15 years’ time, [the queen] would be expected like all women in Britain to be covered from head to toe, only revealing her face and hands.” Or how about this? “There will be no more pubs, no more gambling houses, no more national lottery. All women would have to be covered up appropriately and wear the niqab or veil and so there will be no prostitution. By 2050, Britain will be a majority Muslim country if demographic trends continue. It will be the end of freedom of democracy and submission to God. We don’t believe in democracy; as soon as they have authority, Muslims should implement sharia. This is what we’re trying to teach people.” Is there anything about this you don’t understand? Could we get any Muslim leaders to denounce this? The Brits are afraid to.

4. Will Muslim immigrants assimilate? In 1991, James Walsh, former associate general counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, said:

Immigrants devoted to their own cultures and religions are not influenced by the secular politically correct façade that dominates academia, news-media, entertainment, education, religious and political thinking today. They claim the right not to assimilate[.] … Such immigrants say their traditions trump the U.S. legal system.

But please, let the Muslims speak for themselves. Linda Sarsour, a leading Muslim activist, told the North American Islamic Society last year:

I hope that when we stand up to those who oppress our community struggling against tyrants and rulers that Allah will accept this as a form of jihad not only in the Middle East but here against the fascists, white supremacists and Islamophobes here and reigning in the White House. Our top priority is to protect and defend our community and not to assimilate and please any other people or authority. Our top priority is to please Allah and only Allah.

3. What is the record of radical Islamic killings since 9/11? The Religion of Peace website counts 34,034 Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide since September 11, 2001. Mosques financed by Saudi Arabia and Iran are primary sources of jihadist activity. Israel has foiled at least 40 ISIS attacks in Western countries in just the last three years. Since 9/11, an additional 158 Americans have been killed in 53 separate acts of deadly Islamic terror or Islam-related honor killing in the United States. Hundreds of mass murder plots have been thwarted or botched. Between 5 and 25% of Muslims in America believe that violence in defense of Islam is justified.

2. Can there ever be a reform of Islam? A titular reform Islam movement in the U.S. led by Zuhdi Jasser, a second-generation Syrian doctor who practices in Phoenix, says yes. But others do not believe that Islam is reformable. Muslims have attempted to reform Islam for 1,400 years and have always failed. In Indonesia last month, a rally to promote moderate Islam was canceled after threats of violence from hardliners. Leaders of such movements have been beheaded for apostasy. Jihad and sharia are foundational principles of Islam. No mincing of words will change that. Lying, deception, and terror as basic Islamic tools to maintain control provide a platform no reformer could possibly build on.

1. Does Islam belong in America? The companion question is, are Americans willing to take steps to neutralize the threat of Islam? In its current form, with the explicit goal of a global caliphate under sharia, Islam must be regarded as an existential threat. Specific ways are needed to deal with an ideology that openly seeks to destroy Western civilization. What could be done to deal with this threat? Before it is too late, consider these steps:

• Our political leaders should openly acknowledge the threat of traditional Islam to a pluralistic democracy and insist that Islamic institutions formally and in practice reject violent jihad as a condition for tax-exempt status.

• Our schools should teach the violent history and core beliefs of Islam including the strict rules and requirements of sharia law while contrasting that with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

• Muslim leaders who preach violence should be aggressively prosecuted for incitement.

• Congress should pass laws outlawing foreign financing of mosques or at a minimum require full reciprocity with Muslim countries granting complete religious freedom for Christian, Jewish, and other groups to establish houses of worship and to openly proselytize.

• Conspiracy and accessory before- and after-the-fact laws targeting anyone, including family members of terrorists, failing to report illegal activities of which they had knowledge should be strictly enforced. We can’t afford for America to become another Muslim-dominated nation. (Click to Source)

Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist. He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina. 

Published with permission from the American Thinker.

 

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Tired of LGBT messaging, movie fans flock to Christian films

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March 19, 2018  (LifeSiteNews) – Hollywood is no doubt flummoxed by the news that a low budget independent Christian message film is outperforming an expensive, highly touted big studio production about a high school boy ‘coming out’ as gay.

Variety, daily staple of the entertainment industry, reported on Friday:

The nation’s moviegoers look to be turning out in bigger numbers for a Christian-themed independent film than for the first mainstream teen movie with a gay main character. Roadside Attractions’ “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the story of the biggest-selling Christian  song of all time, is looking at an estimated $14 million-plus for the weekend from 1,629 locations, far outdoing earlier estimates of $2 million-$8 million.

I Can Only Imagine is described on its website as “A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness,” that “beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.”

The Variety report continues:

Meanwhile, Fox’s “Love, Simon” is garnering attention for featuring a love story centering on a teenage boy coming out, and is looking at a $12 million-plus weekend on 800 more screens than the faith-based opener.

Did you get that?  The little Christian film going head-to-head with the big studio produced gay-themed movie is grabbing more viewers––and 15% more revenue––despite the fact the gay “coming out” movie is being shown in 50% more theatres.

And think about this: The much heralded Call Me by Your Name which opened last Thanksgiving, is a homoerotic story of a man and boy whose relationship turns carnal.  Universally praised by reviewers as “the most romantic movie of the year” and “an instant classic,” the movie has earned about $17 million since its debut.

Put differently: After 110 days, Call Me by Your Name had made a little more than what I Can Only imagine will have earned in just 3 days.  Evidently, movie fans are drawn more to stories of redemption than they are to budding pederasty.

And when the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ opens on March 23––Palm Sunday weekend––it’s mountain of box office receipts will most likely bury both gay-themed movies.

LGBT America Overplays Its Hand

LGBT America, after experiencing one stunning success after another, has lost its mojo.

The gay and lesbian cause owes it success to a strategy laid out in the 1989 manifesto, After the Ball, which presented a comprehensive plan to establish gays as normal in order  to secure broader acceptance and rights.  It was followed “to a tee” and it worked.  Here is a key element of the strategy:

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You can forget about trying right up front to persuade folks that homosexuality is a good thing. But if you can get them to think it is just another thing—meriting no more than a shrug of the shoulders—then your battle for legal and social rights is virtually won.

Constant talk builds the impression that public opinion is at least divided on the subject and that a sizable bloc — the most modern up-to-date citizens — accept or even practice homosexuality.

. . . The main thing is to talk about gayness until the issue becomes thoroughly tiresome.

Now that they’ve achieved what they set out to do, homosexuality has veered far beyond being “thoroughly tiresome.”  LGBT, Inc. has gone from seeking acceptance; to searching for praise and admiration; to demanding fealty and obeisance.  It seems they can no longer exist without constant fawning attention.  The “love which dare not speak its name” apparently doesn’t know when it’s time to shut up.

So much for just wanting acceptance.

The overstepping is visible everywhere, not only in the entertainment industry, but also in sports and on the United States Supreme Court docket.

Most people prefer not to spend their hard-earned money see high school boys kissing.

LGBT proponents are stumbling, squandering goodwill carefully built up over decades.  They now seem intent on building up ill-will.  Some prominent gay pundits recognize this and warn against it, saying “the gay rights movement is undoing its best work.”

They are being ignored.

As it turns out, the gay manifesto, After the Ball, could have used one more chapter:   “How to Know When Enough is Enough.”  (Click to Source)

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Turning to God… by John J. Parsons ZLM Scholar

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The theme of the High Holidays is teshuvah (בהּ ָתשו ,(ְּ ֹa word often translated as
“repentance,” though it is more accurately understood as turning back (i.e., shuv)
to God. In spiritual terms, teshuvah may be regarded as a practical turning away
from evil and a turning toward the good, though it is simpler to regard turning
to God as the means by which we turn away from evil. Indeed the Greek word
translated repentance (i.e., meta´noia) means going beyond our habitual thinking,
changing our mind, and learning to see from a radically new perspective.
As we look to God, we begin to see that “everything is new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
Teshuvah, or repentance, believes that the kindness of God can give life to
our dead hearts, and therefore it is first of all a matter of faith, trusting God to
perform the miracle for us. However, even though it is a great gift from Heaven,
repentance requires honesty and acknowledgment of the truth. We must confess
our inner poverty, our neediness, and mourn over the loss and harm caused by
our sin (Matt. 5:2–8). Repentance turns away from our attempts to defend or
justify ourselves and instead turns to God to heal our separation from Him
(Rom. 8:3–4). Teshuvah buries our old nature by making it into a new creation.
It is no small feat to believe the message of Yeshua, and indeed, it involves a
passionate inwardness that “scandalizes” the rational mind. Our father Abraham
is extolled as the model of righteous faith, but he was tested to sacrifice the moral
law (e.g., “thou shalt not murder”) when he lifted up the knife to slay his beloved
son Isaac. Faith requires you to change your everyday thinking, to go beyond
natural expectations, to “walk on water.” In the case of Yeshua, we are confronted
with the “Absolute Paradox,” namely, the God-Man, the Infinite-made-Finite,
the Holy-made-Profane, the Sinless-made-Sin, who says to you: “I AM the
resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he
live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe
this?” (John 11:25–26). You will never die; you will never hunger; you are made
whole through My brokenness; you will be cleansed by My defilement, and so on.
It’s not just hard to believe, it’s impossible, which is why it is a miracle of God to be saved (Matt. 19:26). “It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is no help at all” (John 6:63). The difference is Yeshua: Salvation is of the Lord. We are enabled to love and know God by means of His inner life and spirit, not by means of good intentions or religious zeal. Faith itself is a miracle, the power of God. (Click to Site)

Faith vs. Legalism

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As a Messianic Jew I am not liked by anyone. My Jewish brothers and sisters tell me that because I believe “in Jesus” (almost none of them really understand what that means) I am no longer Jewish; on the other side, because I follow Torah (as best as I can) and maintain a “Jewish” worship and lifestyle, my brothers and sisters in Messiah tell me I am legalistic and not really saved because I am “under the law” and not “under the blood.”

Both are just so very, very wrong.

Shaul (AKA Paul, that nice Jewish tent maker from Tarsus) tells us in Romans, Chapter 4 all about legalism and faith. He begins at the beginning, with Abraham, and identifies how the Tanakh confirms that Abraham was considered righteous because he believed what God told him would happen. That faithfulness, demonstrated by Abraham believing in what hadn’t yet happened, was why God credited him with righteousness. There was no task he accomplished, or behavior he performed, other than believing.

But that wasn’t all: Abraham did more than just believe. He did all the things that God told him to do, without hesitation or complaint. He left his father’s house, he left his neighbors, his home…everything he knew and was comfortable with, and took everyone and everything he owned to…he had no idea where.

When God told him to cut up animals and lay them out, he did that and remained out in the heat of the day, shooing away the birds.

When God said to circumcise himself and everyone else, he did it that day.

When God said to take Isaac and sacrifice him, he left early the very next morning.

Whatever God said to do, he did.

So, even though Abraham’s righteousness came from trusting faithfulness in what God said, he also spent his life doing what God told him to do.  We call that obedience.

Going back to Romans 4, Shaul points out that circumcision had nothing to do with Abraham’s righteousness because the righteousness was credited before he was circumcised; because of that, Gentiles who are not circumcised can be saved without undergoing the procedure, but if one chooses to do so, as an act of obedience, it doesn’t mean that person is being legalistic.

The difference between legalism and faith is simply the reason for performing the act: if I do what is in the Torah because I want to obey God, that is not legalism. If I do what is in the Torah to make me righteous, I am being legalistic. Of course, if I can obey Torah perfectly, I will be made righteous by doing so; the problem with that scenario is that no one can obey Torah perfectly. Therefore, there has to be a better way. We call that way “Grace”, God’s forgiveness for our sins, which is possible through believing in Yeshua, whose sacrifice replaced the need to bring a sacrifice to the temple in Jerusalem to have our sins forgiven.

This is why Yeshua had to die: because the temple wasn’t going to exist, which means the sacrificial system God created for us in the Torah would no longer be available, Yeshua’s sacrifice replaced needing the temple to receive forgiveness of sin. (Click to Article)

Incredible Proof for Why You Should Have Faith in the Bible

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WASHINGTON — These days, many Christians, especially college-age students, face having their faith in God and the Bible questioned if not downright assaulted.

Dr. Jonathan Morrow teaches Christian students how to defend their faith at the Impact 360 Institute in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

He knows how tough it is for Christians at secular institutions.

“Sometimes they’re going to have a professor that’s going to outright challenge why they believe what they believe and say, ‘Look, what you believe is actually a fairytale,'” Morrow said.

But Morrow and two more of the world’s top biblical experts told CBN News there’s good reason for believers to have faith in your faith.

Dr. Darrell Bock teaches at the Dallas Theological Seminary and co-wroteTruth Matters.

“The faith is very, very defendable,” Bock said. “That’s why it’s lasted 2,000 years.” (Click to Article)

THIS IS THE VICTORY – David Wilkerson Today – [May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011] – FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

THIS IS THE VICTORY
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
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“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John
5:4).

Have you failed? Is there a sin that easily besets you? Do you feel like a
weakened coward, unable to get the victory over secret sin? But with that
weakness in you, is there also a consuming hunger for God? Do you yearn for
Him, reach to Him? That hunger and thirst is the key to your victory. That
makes you different from all others who have been guilty of failing God. That
sets you apart. You must keep that hunger alive. Keep thirsting after
righteousness. Never justify your weakness, never give in to it, and never
accept it as a part of your life.

Faith is your victory. Abraham had weaknesses; he lied, almost turning his wife
into an adulteress. But Abraham “believed God, and it was counted unto him as
righteousness.” God refused to hold his sin against him—because he believed!

Sure, you have failed. Maybe yesterday—or even today! But do you believe
Jesus has the power to ultimately free you from sin’s power? Do you believe the
cross of Jesus means sin’s bondage is broken? Do you accept the fact that He has
promised to deliver you from the snare of Satan?

Let me tell you exactly where I believe the victory lies. Let your heart accept
all the promises of victory in Jesus. Then let your faith tell your heart, “I
may not be what I want to be yet but God is at work in me, and He has the power
to loose sin’s hold on me. It may be little by little, but the day will come
when faith will conquer. I will not always be a slave. I am not the devil’s
puppet and I will not be his victim. I am a weak child of God, wanting the
strength of Jesus. I am going to come forth as pure gold tried in the fire. God
is for me! I commit it all to Him who is able to keep me from falling and
present me faultless before the throne of God—with exceeding great joy.”

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