Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Problems With Islam

I've been unsure if I'd find the right words to express how I've been feeling about Islam. Of all people I have to thank for my changing views of the "Religion of Peace", would you believe me if I told you it was the President who got me thinking about it in the first place?

It started back when Bush had a Ramadan celebration at the White House.

How odd that he was the first, I recall thinking. One would think that surely Clinton would have had the first celebration, but maybe the White House was booked full (after all, it's the holidays, and rooms fetch a premium at that time of year) during the Clinton years.

I couldn't quite put my finger on what bothered me about it, until one of my brothers in this blog pointed it out (Samuel or Webster, sorry guys, I can't remember which of you it was): to speak and act as if Islam is a legitimate religion is intellectually dishonest. Now, I'm certain that those weren't the exact words used, but that's the gist of it.

See, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the "big three" - the three largest monotheistic religions, and furthermore, all claim to worship the same God. That, my friends, is the rub. We know quite obviously that Jews and Christians worship the God of Israel: the one true God. We share a common faith heritage, namely what Christians call the Old Testament. I'm not a scholar on Islam - yet - so I can only speak in generalities of what I know of that religion, through limited study and personal observation, and the Quran.

I've read certain passages of the Quran and it advocates beliefs and actions that are inconsistent with the one true God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments. To claim that the same all-powerful, all-knowing God would offer such different guidance (on even seemingly mundane topics, such as divorce) is illogical. My growing conviction is that the religion of Islam is false. This doesn't mean that there aren't many very good Muslims who certainly just want to raise their families in peace and in fear of God.

Personal observation over the last twenty years also leads one to the natural conclusion that the violent tendencies of Islam - in the name of Islam - are incompatible with the one true God; not, however, that one needs twenty years of history to come to that conclusion. Apologists will of course suggest that there are extremist elements in all religions, yet, Jews and Christians (nor Hindus or Buddhists, for that matter) aren't routinely killing "infidels" in the name of their religion. It just doesn't happen.

So what does this mean? I'm not sure yet. I'm planning on diving into some reading on the topic, that's for sure. Before I become inflexible in my resolution, I need to be sure that the evidence supports my position. I am left contemplating three thoughts. First, that when the President has a Ramadan celebration at the White House, or when well-meaning people accept Islam as a valid religion like their own, there is some damage being done: Truth is being devalued. Second, there's a whole other group of well-meaning people who erroneously view current events as a struggle for the "soul of Islam" - some ideological battle being waged between extremists and every other normal practicing Muslim. And third, that tyranny cloaked in religion is still tyranny - and our deference to religious sentiment is extremely dangerous. We give religious beliefs a pass, because of our heritage and the overwhelming connection people have of religion being something positive. That religion in the form of Islam is a source of wrong is something that people must realize before they are able to cast off their politically correct shackles that don't permit criticism of religious beliefs.


Call Me Mom said...

I have been repeatedly told that the God of Islam is NOT the God of the Bible, because they have mixed in a number of other entities. I think your suspiscions are quite correct, as are your conclusions.

I have also been paying attention to what is being disseminated through various programs about Islam by Christian and secular programming. I don't like the conclusions that I am forming.

There are a number of people who are well informed on Islam (former Islamic ministers who converted, Biblical scholars etc.)who say that anyone who believes that Islam is a religion of peace are not true believers.

Just a few things to support this view are these:

It is punishable by death to convert from Islam to any other faith.
There are things that are said in the Quran (like all that peace and love stuff we hear quoted) which are negated by certain phrases a few pages later.
The Quran is not legally supposed to be translated into other languages. True believers, it seems, must learn Arabic if they want real understanding.
Followers are allowed to lie to infidels(that would be us)with impunity if it advances the cause of Islam.

These things make them formidable opponents in these days of MTV and scorn for all things Christian. Manipulation of the media is completely acceptable if it advances their cause.

The Monarchist said...

Hey Mom,

Thanks for the comments. Can you provide some notes on where I can brush up on the topic? Books, I imagine? Thanks!


P.S. I deleted an e-mail message from an unknown sender... and just realized that there's a chance it might have been you. If you did by any chance e-mail me, please re-send, thanks.

The Monarchist said...

Dear Reader,

As you can plainly see by tonight's post, I was able to retrieve the message I thought I deleted. Not me at my most technologically brilliant, but everything came out OK, and isn't it results that matters most? LOL


Call Me Mom said...

Just a few quick sites for you before I rush off to be about the day.


Either of the Caner brother's sites have books listed that look interesting. I saw them speaking on the John Ankenberg Show. (I don't usually watch that one, (too many commercials), but I wanted to see what they had to say.
I hope that's enough to get you started.

Thank you for the opportunity to guest blog.

The Monarchist said...

Hey Mom,

Thanks for your contribution, and the offer is there, open, for you to take advantage of anytime you'd like.