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Christians: Pray for Muslims with Love

Muslims aren’t evil.

Not any more than anyone else.

The Bible teaches that God loves everyone on this planet. That includes me, my family, the individuals who run our government, all of the Muslims, and yes, even the radical Jihadists.

But, while the Quran may be perfectly acceptable in many ways — and of course it is the American belief that everyone has the right to worship the God they choose — there are passages in the Quran that explicitly condone violence. This doesn’t mean that all Muslims are evil, and it especially doesn’t mean that we ought to hate any Muslim. But what, as Christians, can we do to deal with the verses in the Quran that say  “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” [Koran 9:123], or “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” [Koran 2:191]?

Pray for them.

This is an interesting read:

The Quran’s deadly role in inspiring Belgian slaughter

Keep this verse in mind:

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, – Matthew  5:44

 

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Bad Puns and Worse Logic: Attacks On Muslims?

I read an article today that I think is a perfect example of the denial that the media is demonstrating. “Racism.” “Sexism.” These are two oft heard words online today. In this particular article, they manage to be racist in reverse. By singling out Muslims as a targeted religion The Washington Post succeeds in completely ignoring the actual problem, which is not just about Muslims.

Leave it to The Washington Post to crank up the media’s patented truth twistinator 9000, drive it around, and watch as it reaps havoc in the minds of Americans.

Attacks on American Muslims are growing uglier by the day. It must stop. – The Washington Post

 

Attacks. Muslims. Huh. That’s…

What?

Sheesh. Christians are being attacked.

Do ya’ll remember the awful Oregon school shooting? Christians were being targeted by the shooter, and the president of the United States didn’t even mention it in his speech about the attacks.

Now, admittedly, this article is talking about verbal attacks, so let’s dig in.

Looks like fear — not turkey — is the main course being served in our country this week.

“Get it? Turkey? It’s Thanksgiving week! Get it?”

[No one in the class looks up]

Political opportunists running for president have been cooking up a heaping platter of anti-Muslim sentiment since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

…Which was led by Muslim terrorists. So maybe it has something to do with that?

Nah. It must be because they’re Muslims, even though Muslims haven’t ever done anything that could be viewed as terrorism and Mini-Wheat mashed potato banana donkey Dixie-Cup.

They’ve geared us up for an epic Hategiving…

Gee whiz, would you stop it with the Thanksgiving thing already? It’s only the second paragraph with as many a bad pun.

If you don’t think Muslims are under attack,

Then clearly you are out of it. But it’s not just the Muslims. 

take a look at what went down in the town of Fredericksburg last week.

The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg — a little brick building that looks like a bank branch office and has been around for 27 years — was skewered at a community meeting by a handful of seething people who see the center’s expansion plans as a threat to the very fabric of America.

Oh gee, here we go. Already we see the Post trying to build sympathy for the oppressed Muslims who are forced to operate in a bank branch office. 

But what happened at that little branch office was awful, and there is nothing wrong with writing an article about freedom of religion based off that terrible incident. But what the Post did was take this and making it all about Muslims. America is persecuting religions nowadays, indirectly but slowly and surely. It’s not just the Muslims. And if anything, the Muslims have the support of the president, who has already announced that America is no longer a Christian country. It might be an Islamic country soon.

“Nobody, nobody, nobody wants your evil cult in this county,” a man said in a video of the Tuesday meeting posted online by the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. “I will do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen, because you are terrorists.”

And so goes the mass hysteria. This guy was seething with rage, and his actions were unjustifiable. It certainly was a stereotype gone wrong. But stereotypes exist for a reason…

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He wasn’t the only one spewing hatred.

There was an accomplice.

“We all saying it: Muslim is evil,” he boomed, as murmurs and some low cheers fluttered around him.

Well, once again that was completely uncalled for. And once again this article continues to twist the truth to make it seem like Muslims are particularly getting a bad rap for no reason.

It’s not at all like the people who destroyed the world trade center were Muslims or anything like that. Or the people, who in more recent memory, bombed and killed a whole bunch of people in Paris were definitely not in any way Muslim terrorists or anything like that. You know I’m being sarcastic, right?

My point is not at all that all Muslims are terrorists. Far from it. I’m just saying that stereotypes form for a reason, and no other religion encourages violence like that. 

This was said in a public meeting. In front of a large group of Muslims who have lived, worked and worshiped in this community for years. About a center that has been sponsoring a food pantry, prayers and subversive events such as “Farm Fun Day” for nearly three decades.

A Farm Fun Day? Oh, yeah. They must be innocent.

Well, Farm Fun Day or not, what was said by those zealots was inexcusable, and this article is darned right that they should be shamed. But now watch as the article takes this and twists it.

Okay, brave eagle man. How about you listen to this guy:

“America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country,” he said. “Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.”

Who said that?

President George W. Bush, when he visited the Islamic Center of Washington six days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

[Head smashes on desk]

Just because George Bush said that doesn’t make it true. We love George, but no one is infallible.

Look. In the past year, there have been a whole lot of Islamic terrorist attacks. Do doctors, lawyers, law professors, soldiers, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, or moms and dads conduct mass shootings? Generally, no. So this leaves a piece from the puzzle. Lots of Muslims are honest hard-working people, but the truth that the media is so reluctant to admit is that a lot of Muslims are extremists who would like nothing better than to destroy the great devil. 

Unfortunately, we can’t just say “Bush said it so it must be true.”

“The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam,” Bush said as anti-Muslim sentiment began to percolate in a country devastated by the deaths of about 3,000 people. “That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”

Maybe the face of terror isn’t the faith of Islam, but regardless, for some strange reason, a lot of terrorists are Islamic. Most terrorists are Islamic. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims.

If Islam is peace, then why did Islamic radicals fly passenger jets into the world trade center? Oh, that’s right. They were terrorists, not Islamic radicals.

Or, you could say they were “Islamic terrorists.”

If Islam really is peace, then why do some Muslims fly jets into buildings? If Islam is peace, why do some Muslims detonate wearable bombs in the mall? If Islam is peace, why do some Muslims break out guns at Soccer (Fütbol?) games in France? If Islam is peace, why does it cause so much war? That is my question. This article doesn’t even try to answer it. 

Yet in the week since the Paris attacks, the American conversation has escalated with frightening and jaw-dropping speed to include registration of U.S. Muslims, internment camps, closed borders.

“Yet in the week since a bunch of Islamic extremists shot a bunch of people in France, people in America have quickly started talking about keeping Islamic extremists out of America.”

Well, really. 

The tone is actually worse than it was after the Sept. 11 attacks on our own soil. Registration by religion? Sounds like Nazi Germany, not a country with a First Amendment that enshrines freedom of religion.

Ok, how about this: Does this sound like a country with a First Amendment that enshrines freedom of religion? Does a country like that say that they can decide what marriage is and arrest you for refusing to marry couples if it goes agains your religious beliefs? Does a country like that sue you for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple if it goes against your religious beliefs? 

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Why are we degenerating so quickly and so far from our country’s founding values?

Ya’ know what? Good question. Why is our president more concerned with not hurting the feelings of foreign nations than with the safety of the American people? Why is the government telling us what marriage is? Why are we funding an organization that kills babies?

Fredericksburg was plastered with fliers that warned residents that they are about to be inundated with Syrian refugees.

“This means that hundreds of UN-VERIFIED and UN-SECURED Muslim MEN will be wandering your streets . . . ,” read the flier, which was reported in the Free Lance-Star.

Can we be done with Fredericksburg already? We all know that that was terrible and evil, and nobody disagrees.

Baloney.

I thought it smelled funny.

To be fair, it’s not just Virginia that is wallowing in this kind of intolerance.

Fair? Fair left the building as soon as we started talking about the First Amendment, and probably before that too.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) recently joined the herd of governors declaring that they will close their states’ borders to refugees. (It’s not something he or any other governor actually has the power to do, but, whatever, knock yourself out, Larry.)

Knocking myself out is a tempting option.

We live in a country where a religion that is prone to radicalism and terrorism is being defended, and a religion like Catholicism is being disrespected by our president.

Between the bad puns, and the lack of acknowledgement of the real problem at hand, I would suggest doing yourself a favor and avoiding clicking that link at the top of this article. They don’t deserve the traffic.

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