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We are constantly being told that Islam is a religion of peace.  First of all, nobody would keep having to say that if this was either an obvious, observable fact or if the question was not a contested one.  As a Christian with college and a post-grad degree in all things Christian, I know a bit about religious controversies.  One thing I know is that controversies that are not settled early when the movement is essentially united never get resolved.

Islam has been around for over 1400 years.  It is not going to resolve itself at any time in the future and decide that Islam is indeed a religion of peace, and thereafter all Muslim killing will cease.  Muslim killing in the name of Islam is here to stay, and it has been increasing as the dictators who have kept them in check have been removed, often by Western countries who think they are doing the world a favor.

For most of the modern era, Muslim countries were either under European rule or under a dictator who kept things pretty quiet.  But the Europeans moved out, and we killed or encouraged the killing of those dictators, and Islam became free once again to be what it is.  Besides warring among themselves as to which of the two major Islamic sects is the true one, they have sparked their armies to continue their conquest of Africa and invigorated their persecution of Christians and Jews.

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Challenging the West is a different story.  A regular war wouldn’t work there, but I saw recently that the Muslim Brotherhood established a hundred-year plan for the destruction of Western Civilization.  It was written in 1928.  A major part of the plan is mass migration to the West and then using the freedoms in the West and the new values of tolerance, diversity, and multi-culturalism to gain acceptance and position, and their rapid population growth would increase their numbers to a critical mass necessary to change policies.

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This means that it is not necessary or important that the average Muslim even be aware of this long range plan.  He just needs to be part of the throng making its way into Western countries.  You can be sure that the Muslim leaders are fully aware of any long range goals for Islam in the Western world.

People talk about moderate Muslims, but you can’t judge a moderate Muslim in a country where Muslims are only 1-2% of the population.  If you want to see how a true Muslim lives, you need to go to the countries where Muslims are totally free to be themselves, a Muslim country.

There are about 47 Muslim majority countries in the world today, and frankly there isn’t one that you would want to live in.  There isn’t even one you would want to visit, except for those few places that have either ancient relics or sites from the times before Islam came to be.  And if you are a Christian or a Jew, there are no Muslim countries in the world where you would feel safe, except for those countries where they still have that strong secular ruler or dictator.

There are organizations that monitor the persecution of Christians in the world, and apart from places like China or North Korea, that don’t like religion at all, all the major persecuting countries are Muslim.

Do you really think it would be any different here in the future?  In Europe, there are parts of countries or whole countries where there are substantial Muslim populations, and those areas are basically unsafe for non-Muslims.  Watch some of the hundreds of videos coming out of Europe today about the clash of cultures.

But there is another issue at stake here as well.

We are told that our country is based on freedom of religion, and so Muslims have as much right to be here and practice their religion as anyone else.

But you may have noticed if you have been watching the news that a lot of religious people, particularly Christians, are finding that their religious views and practices are being trumped by the ‘rights’ of other people.  So what does that mean, and what does that mean with regard to Muslims?

The First Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise [of religion].”


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Larry Craig

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