[COMMENT: MORAL CLARITY...
...the piece below on Islam and how it punishes its criminals is a case in point.
Real life is sometimes horrendous, the way we humans treat each other. It must be said that not all Muslims fit the picture here, but it some Muslims do -- and such Muslims pin that behavior right on God. That is a terrible slander against God.
Who can estimate the percentage of Muslims who think and act this way? And it needs to be said that such behavior is not at all limited to the Muslims. Not a country, not a race, not a people group, has remained untouched by the spirit of hatred and vengeance, and the terribly punitive, joyfully vindictive attitude illustrated below.
The Muslims are the ones we are currently being forced to deal with, however. And one clue to the nature of Islam itself is the almost universal failure of "moderate" Muslims to stand up and fight against their evil-minded brothers and sisters. The simple fact of suicide bombing of innocent bystanders, women and children, by women and children, tells of a demonic connection.
The video clip referred to below needs to be verified (I have omitted the video because it is so vividly brutal, and because it is the sort of thing that could be faked). The website with the clip does not seem to have any information. Perhaps information will be coming. If anyone knows of verification or falsification, please let me know. In the meantime, read with caution.
The author below refers to the Arab, not the Muslim, world. Whether this horrific mindset is culturally Arabic or specifically Muslim needs to be explored. It may have elements of both. What became our current Arab world had strong roots in the violent and brutal plains warriors coming from the Russian Steppes just about the time Islam began. They would rejoice in what they could do to the enemies they had already conquered. Even among themselves.
In the meantime, Christians must stand firmly and strongly for truth, righteousness, and love, wielding the two-edged Sword of the Spirit, reason and revelation welded back to back, an invincible weapon. We must engage the conflict, not run from it. We must indeed set up the conflict, and then get out of the way so that God can do His work. (See Elijah on Mount Carmel, I Kings 18.)
See further comment at end on
MORAL CLARITY. E. Fox]
WHAT THE ARAB WORLD THINKS (with
shocking video link)
******* Look at the video with caution, and read all the info below ******
*************** CAUTION -- Website's video link in text is HORRIFIC ***************
Time Magazine is publishing a shocking interview with an Iraqi suicide bomber. It's mind-boggling to understand, but just like WWII when America came to understand and accept the barbarism of the Nazis and Japanese, so must Americans come to grips with our current enemy, the Islamic militants and how they view America.
To help explain this, consider Brigitte Gabriel, a native of the Arab world, and the former news anchor of World News for Middle East Television.
Now a Contributing Editor for FamilySecurityMatters.com, Gabriel wants viewers and listeners to know the truth about what the Arab World thinks of Senator Durbin's remarks, the alleged so-called "abuses" at Gitmo (a joke she calls it), and the Arab ideology which views the mettle of a man as the brutal way they treat their enemy.
As a child, Gabriel's own home was destroyed by radical Islamists because she was a Christian. She spent 2 1/2 months in the hospital and then lived under-ground for 7 years with no electricity and little food. THEN she rose to become a news anchor, and later moved to the US where she's a true American success story - own business, husband, two kids, etc.
Here is the excellent OpEd by Brigitte.
WHAT THE ARAB WORLD THINKS
By Brigitte Gabriel
Torture is accepted and even expected in the Arab world. Yes, I know what you're thinking-that's not politically correct in most mainstream media. And you know some nice Arabs who have immigrated to America. But it's the truth in the Arab world. Might makes right. Real men don't eat quiche. They prove their manhood by the way they treat their enemy. After all it's what Muhammad did to the unbelievers - Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians in the Quoran - the 'holy book' allegedly mishandled in Guantanamo prison.
Arab Muslim men gain honor by shaming, belittling, abusing and torturing their enemy in the most horrific ways. Just look at how the Palestinians treat so-called collaborators by disemboweling them and hanging them upside down in Manger Square in Bethlehem. Look at the terrorist torture chambers that the coalition forces recently uncovered in Iraq.
When people refer to the prisons of Saddam Hussein and his regime they think he is the extreme exception. Not so! The truth is his torture tactics are quite the norm in the Arab world. If you want to see torture that is beyond what any Westerner can ever imagine please go to: xxxxxx
you read it right,
impalement. You'll get a glimpse of what the Arabs do to their own
[COMMENT: I have omitted the video, a kind of violence I think should not be aired in public. Suffice it to say that it is a video published allegedly by Muslims showing their punishment of one of their own by impalement on a stake. The event is a village celebration, dancing, singing, clapping as the man is impaled on the stake and then raised upright to die before them. Western countries used to have public burnings at the stake, drawing and quartering. None of us culturally can point the finger at another. We are all implicated. But there is hope in Jesus. We need not stay that way.
The only way we can prevent a descent back into that
horror is to pursue truth at any cost to ourselves. Jesus
guarantees to get us there (see John 8:31 ff.). Our attitude
toward truth, our level of openness to truth -- at any cost to
ourselves, is the key to whether we will ever produce a society worth
living in -- of truth wedded to compassion. (See
COMMENT below. E. Fox]
As someone who came from the Arab world and knows how they think, it frustrates me to see self-appointed righteous minded politicians and media pundits oblivious to Arabic culture and thinking, criticizing America's actions at Guantanamo. These are a bunch of al Qaeda jihadists who were captured while bent on killing us - the kaffirs or 'unbelievers. They laugh watching our government bend over backwards, forwards and sideways trying to appease the critics. The more we stumble over ourselves questioning our goals and tactics, the more they think we are weak and easy to defeat.
[COMMENT: The author is wrong here. We must continually question our goals and tactics, but by the standards of Jesus, not by the standards of every ignorant, manipulative, and self-centered critic who happens by. E. Fox]
They smirk because they believe that Americans have demonstrated how stupid and weak they are by caving in to stories about maltreatment of Guantanamo detainees. They are watching our critics in this country and counting on them to embolden the radical Islamic cause and weaken our resolve.
Actually, Gitmo is a joke as far as the Arabs are concerned. Prison? You call that a prison? Let me tell you what some of the prisoners call Guantanamo, "Al muntazah al-dini lilmujaheden al Muslimin," The Religious Resort for Islamic Militants.
(NOTE: It strikes me as tragically ironic that when my friends and colleagues were imprisoned and tortured in North Vietnam's horrific confinement facilities (some for over 7 years), no one in America except their families complained. Where was the "Oh my God look what is happening to our prisoners" crowd then? Certainly not the press, who believed Jane Fonda when she said they were well treated; certainly not the Johnson administration, who directly told the families of our prisoners to 'be quiet' and not raise the awareness of their husbands, fathers, and sons, and certainly not the GD ACLU!). JCM
They are given three halal meals a day in accordance to their religious dictates. How many kosher prisons are there in the Arabic world? None. Jews captured in the Arab world are butchered like those obscene pictures taken in Ramallah during the frenzied slaughter of two Israeli reservists who got lost. Remember the Palestinian man holding his red, Jewish blood dripping hands, high above his head in victory?
Remember Nick Berg's head being held high also?
Most of these detainees never had three meals a
day in their entire life. They are gaining weight, and are living in
what they refer to in Arabic as "Al-Jannah," paradise. They have radio,
television, soccer games, air-conditioning, clean clothes, servants,
meaning American GIs, who wait on them hand and foot. They have Islamic
chaplains and handed Qu'rans, the social hate guide against Infidels, by
people so concerned as not to offend that they wear latex gloves and
carry the book with two hands.
[COMMENT: Our so-called "liberal democracy" is
blind to the spiritual warfare going on. We are in a religious
war, not merely a political war. All military and police actions
are simply subsets of the larger spiritual war going on all the time
until Jesus returns. The Muslims understand the spiritual war --
much differently than Christians do, but at least they are fighting the
war. Christians have been intellectually, morally, and spiritually
disarmed. They are sitting ducks. No wonder the Muslims
think they can win this war. E. Fox]
Many Muslims in the Middle East would gladly give up their poverty, dictatorial governments, corrupt leaders and social bondage to enjoy the relative luxuries Guantanamo offers. They have free medical care, better than millions of uninsured Americans and our military men and women serving on the jihadists' battlefield. Some of them who couldn't afford to see an optometrist now have glasses and can see and read their Qu'ran. Others who never had the opportunity to see a dentist now have a free dental plan. It has become such a joke; we even stop interrogations to let them take prayer breaks demanded by their religion.
As an Arab, I can tell you that Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin is aiding and abetting the goals and strategy of Islamic jihadists who have declared war on the United States. Where was Durbin's comparison to the Nazis when we found the torture chambers in Iraq? Where was Durbin's comparison to Soviet gulags when we found the hundreds of thousands of bodies in Saddam's mass graves?
Where was Durbin's head when he compared prisoners captured on the field of battle to the internment of Japanese American civilians during WWII? OK, apologize to unarmed citizens, not fighters with weapons in their hands. Where was Durbin when he compared Gitmo and Abu Ghraib to the industry of death that murdered 6 million Jewish men, women and children during WWII? If anything his heart and mind were in the jihadists terrorists' camp. If you see what story is being downloaded and shared by viewers of the al Jazeera web site you will find the story on Durbin's comments the winner.
If I were an Islamic terrorist I would be thanking Durbin and forwarding his views to all my fellow fanatics. His reckless comments fuel the fanatic frenzied jihadists, motivating them to blow themselves up in the midst of innocent civilians, savagely cut the heads of helpless hostages and devote themselves to killing the infidel who could be your neighbor stationed in Iraq. Just like the Quran says they should.
Durbin is an unwitting champion of Islamic radical fundamentalists. His comments should be known from this day forward as a "Durbinization" of the facts. To demonize something grossly out of proportion to what the enemy is doing is to Durbinize. Gitmo and Abu Ghraib have been Durbinized and the Arab world loves it. They laugh at Durbin because he's supporting their belief in the destruction of our country and civilization.
The shame is Durbin doesn't have a clue as to
what he's done. As far as he's concerned, he did the right thing for the
Islamic radical detainees living high on the proverbial hog in Gitmo.
What he really did was made them laugh; laugh at us for being fools and
not real men. Now it's time to see if the voters in Illinois and his
fellow members of Congress are men and women enough to tell the Moslem
world Durbin isn't our real man.
Brigitte Gabriel is the former news anchor of World News for Middle East television.
She is now a Contributing Editor of FamilySecurityMatters.com and the founder of AmericanCongressforTruth.com
[COMMENT: MORAL CLARITY and VIOLENCE --
Moral clarity and violence are often linked. People with a clear moral vision, a vision with no doubts about what is right and wrong, often are those who feel led to compel their vision on everyone else. Coercion and moral clarity are part of the nature of law. Law is meant to enforced, and all law is someone's moral vision. So the alignment of moral clarity and coercion and violence is not hard to understand.
But it makes a huge difference how one arrives at the clarity. If the way of arrival is not founded on open, honest discussion, it will almost for sure lead to arbitrary, tyrannical government -- and the kind of punishment meted out as described above. Not at all untypical in human history. The special characteristic of the terrible depiction of impaling was the presence of the crowd of villagers, the young being placed right in front the better to witness. Some looked very apprehensive, but many were applauding and shouting with approval. It was like a celebration.
How is it that we human beings can so terribly distort the nature of justice?
The cause of such brutality has sometimes been thought to be the moral clarity itself, so the solution was thought to be moral doubt, or moral ambiguity, or more recently, moral relativity. But all these lead to their own kind of tyranny, and in the end, back to the brutality above. The only possible road to uniting justice, law, and compassion is a Source of morality who will have it no other way. That is, a God, a Creator of heaven and earth who invites us into a dialogue with Himself, not to relativize truth, but to communicate it, a God who respects our freedom to say "no", but who designs the cosmos so that our behavior carries with it its own righteous judgement. (See The Evolution of Justice.)
God strictly limits the use of coercion and violence to keep order. That is not because God is "soft", but because He wants the moral decision-making process to be open and honest. He wants in His kingdom only those who want to be there. God never, not ever, rejoices in the pain of His people. He does not willingly afflict or grieve the sons of men. His discipline is always to set us free to make an honest choice, never to punish in the sense of getting even. It is we ourselves who impale ourselves on our own sins, and He who heals the wounds and bondage we self-create. But God will administer force when truth is being subverted, because only truth can set us free, and God will use force to keep the discussion open and free, and against those who subvert the open, honest process of decison-making.
The American Constitution was written with that in mind. All persons of any view are invited to the discussion of what laws to enforce, but no one is allowed to coerce his view. The view will be decided by open debate.
Islam forbids that open debate because their whole notion of revelation forbids it. God, for Muslims, is not pictured as inviting His people into that discussion, but the Bible is full of that happening. Every covenant-making ceremony between God and His people is such an event. Coercion is brought in only when His own people abandon all pretense of honest relationship with either God or each other.
The moral clarity of God is not at all the kind of moral clarity practiced by Muslims because their view of God is that of a cosmic tyrant, one who allows no question and answer, no learning other than "submit". God will not yield on iota on the nature of His Kingdom or the kind of people who will enter. But He also insists that the entry process be one of self-selection. We select by our behavior, by our choices, as to whether we want what He is offering. We want what God is offering, or we do not. But the choice is in no case, brought about by coercion or fear.
Christians must learn how to call a spade a spade, and how to defend the honor of God. The kind of punishment Muslims inflict is evil. It is not from God. It is cowardly, inflicting horrendous pain on a person you have already subdued. It betrays a lack of intellectual integrity, a fear that one's own case would not stand up, let alone win, in public debate, and thus a resort to hate, compulsion, violence, and fear to keep control of the people. It avoids the real battle, the spiritual battle, the battle for freedom and for the truth which sets us free. To be had only in Jesus Christ.
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