Time to Stop Apologizing for Islam
By Hal Lindsey
In October, just four weeks before the ISIS attack on Paris, a French politician went on trial for inciting hatred against Muslims. In reality, she was simply telling the truth.
The day after the Paris jihadist attacks, all three candidates at the Democratic presidential debate refused to use the term “radical Islam.” At that debate, Bernie Sanders actually cited climate change as a root cause of terrorism.
The Huffington Post ran an opinion piece by Corinne Lepage under the headline, “A Successful Climate Change Conference Is The Best Response To ISIS Brutality.”
Before going any further, let me state something that, for most people, is probably obvious. The vicious cruelty of ISIS thugs has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with their choices and their religion. It’s time to stop making excuses for that religion.
After Paris, we’re again hearing from all quarters that Islam is all about peace and that only a small number of Muslims are violent extremists. In my book, The Everlasting Hatred, and on many editions of The Hal Lindsey Report, I have demonstrated the fallacy of the first statement. Islam is not a religion of peace. It is based on the teachings of Mohammed as conveyed in the Koran and Hadith. Those teachings excuse and implore violence. Mohammed himself was a violent man.
The veracity of the other statement — that only a small number of Muslims are violent extremists — depends on how you define “small.” By any estimate, millions of Muslims fall into the extremist category. As a percentage, the number may be small. But when you think of their destructive potential, the number is disturbingly large.
President Obama was right when he said last week, “If you have a handful of people who don’t mind dying, they can kill a lot of people.” 9-11 changed the way everyday Americans would live their lives 14 years later. It didn’t take an army, but a few young men willing to give all.
The problem is not just with the actual jihadists, but also with their sympathizers. A series of suicide bombings in London on July 7, 2005 killed 52 civilians and injured another 700. 20% of British Muslims said they felt sympathy for the bombers. In 2006, a survey of Muslim nations showed that 1 in 4 had “confidence” in Osama bin Laden. Children of sympathizers often become the next generation of terrorists.
In a 2007 poll done by Pew Research, 39% of French Muslims thought violence against civilian targets in Europe could at times be justified. A quarter of British Muslims agreed. In Muslim nations, the numbers were even higher. 53% in Egypt thought violence against civilian targets in Europe could be justified, and 57% in Jordan agreed. Those countries are our Muslim allies in the region.
It’s time to stop reflexively apologizing, making excuses, and deflecting blame away from Islam.
A few weeks ago, an 18 year-old Muslim stabbed four people on a California college campus. The local sheriff, Vern Warnke, kept emphasizing that this wasn’t what it looked like. “There is nothing to indicate,” he said, “that there is any political or religious motivation.”
The sheriff spoke eloquently about how wonderful Muslim people are, and that this could therefore have nothing to do with Islam. But he admitted to Fox News, “I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’”
In fact, the two-page manifesto included five specific points where he reminded himself that, in the midst of his killing spree, he needed to stop and “Praise Allah.”
You can read entire articles on the stabbings and never know the man was a Muslim. Yet it is the key to the story. It shows us that Israel and the Middle East are no longer far away. The world has shrunk. ISIS beheadings in Iraq or Syria turn into attempted beheadings in Oklahoma. A stabbing intifada in Israel can mean stabbings in California.
I agree that it is wrong to blame the Paris attacks on all Muslims. They didn’t all do it. Some Muslims leaders in America have publicly condemned the attacks. But if we are going to understand the world as it is, we must see these terror attacks are the work of people dedicated to a certain religion. And that religion — ISLAM— gives moral cover for human depravity.
I don't expect President Obama to warn people about the dangers of Islam, but that doesn’t mean he should act as an evangelist for their faith. It does no good for him to continue to remind us that he thinks it’s a great religion. Public schools have no business extolling the virtues of Islam, but many do. Television shows, in an attempt to be fair, bring in Muslim guests. That’s okay, but they’re letting these people use the occasion of the Paris horror to get their web addresses out to the public and offer free Korans.
As I write this, German officials are asking citizens not to walk in groups. German police just evacuated an arena where a concert was to be held. Not long before that, they succeeded in stopping evil a major terror attack at a soccer event that Chancellor Angela Merkel had planned to attend.
The fears are raw in Europe right now. This is real terror. And what do the terrorists have in common? It isn’t nationality, or skin color. It's a religion.
Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free.” [John 8:32 NASB] Let's stop lying and covering up for Islam, and shine the light of truth on it. The only difference between a good Muslim and bad Muslim is when he starts reading the Koran and Hadith literally.
The Climate Change is not going to cause an earth destroying result if you believe the Word if God. God solemnly swore He will never again destroy the earth when He made this solemn oath in Genesis 8:21a-22, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
WHILE THE EARTH REMAINS,
SEEDTIME AND HARVEST,
AND COLD AND HEAT,
AND SUMMER AND HEAT,
AND DAY AND NIGHT,
SHALL NOT CEASE.”
God’s oath is more dependable than any on earth. I believe Him, do you?