Muslim Outrage at Terror Ignored

Since 9-11 there has been a steady drone of calls for Muslims to stand up and denounce terrorists. We shout out, "how can they remain silent?" We imply and some outright state that there silence shows tacit if not actual support of terrorists.

 

Several Muslims serve in the US Military and some have sacrificed their lives in the War on Terror. Yet, we look only at the one that lobbed a grenade into a tent in Kuwait killing his Commander. Others that currently serve are looked upon as untrustworthy, ready to jump to the other side as soon and the chips are down. We claim to Support the Troops, yet scorn American troops that adhere to the Muslim religion.

 

Every time one of these rare reports makes it to the leftstream media about their denunciations or efforts to show they are not all terrorists, we greet them with calls of they are liars, terrorists trying to lull us into complacency so they can take over the world, 5th columnists and such. Bottom line, they are not to be trusted because they call God Allah instead of Jehovah.

 

Our First Amendment lays out Freedom of Religion, yet we wish to deny them the freedom simply because they are Muslim and perceived to not support the War on Terror. We make no such calls against Jehovah’s Witnesses, Quakers, Amish and a few other religions that actually do not support the war, based on their belief in God.

 

We self-righteously claim to stand with the Jews of Israel in their opposition to Muslims and Arabs. Yet, was it not several Christian Nations that, just a few decades ago, stood tacitly by as another despotic regime systematically slaughtered upwards of six million of those Jews? Not until it exploded into the Second World War did we take a stand against their slaughter, too late for too many.

 

Afterwards, was it not Christian Nations again that stood opposed to those same Jews forming their own Nation of Israel? Was it not the efforts of Jews, some referred to as terrorists themselves, that fought against several Christian Nations to be recognized as a free nation, only to be next attacked by Arabs the very day after they actually were recognized, while most of those same Christian Nations again stood idly by and watched them fight and struggle for their survival? Even America’s support in 1948 may have been present but it was not obvious. Yet today, we Christians claim moral high ground in support of the Nation of Israel against Arab Muslims today.

 

We decry Muslims as they claim to be a Religion of Peace and cite their “bloody history.” Yet, we turn a blind eye to our own “bloody history” as Christians. If someone does mention our own history it is met with statements of, “they weren’t real Christians.” It reminds me of a scripture within our own Holy Bible. Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (NIV). Yet, because of the heinous actions of maybe one percent of Muslims, we define all Muslims as “terrorists” or “terrorist supporters,” demanding they take a stand against terror. And when they do? We continue to disparage them, calling them insincere and such. Do we not ignore the plank in our eye to point out the speck in theirs?

 

As one poster on a popular forum stated about Muslims long-range plans, “They are biding time, awaiting Mohammed’s return.” Well, are we Christians not also “biding time, awaiting the return of our Savior, Jesus?” Are not the Jews, who don’t accept Jesus as the Savior, also “biding time awaiting their messiah?”

 

I am not a Muslim, have no interest in even converting. I also do not adhere to any specific sect within Christianity, having studied and spent time with several and rejected their own religious bigotry within. I am an American Veteran who is tired of all the bigotry paraded in the Name of God. As one bumper sticker I once saw said, Dear Lord, please protect us all from your followers.

 

Do we need to stand and fight terror? You bet! Do we need to alienate one fifth of the world’s population we are demanding to join into the fight, possibly urging them to join the other side? No! Yet, is that not we are doing when we demand they speak out against terror, but reject their stands once they do?

 

What support there is coming from within the Muslim community against radical Islamofacist terrorists and supporters should be nurtured and encouraged even more, not ridiculed and rejected, when it is we demanding they take that stand to show their true position. Taking the stand all too many Christians take today reminds me of the words of Jesus at Matthew 23:25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 27 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (NIV)

 

Lew

 

The article that spurred this essay:  http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-beliefs4mar04,1,6657460.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california   (may require registration)

 

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2 Responses to “Muslim Outrage at Terror Ignored”

  1. hunterespalier Says:

    I found this incredibly enlightening.  I completely understand and agree that "Riteous America" has no place saying whether or not Muslims are good or bad.  I have several muslim friends and all are slightly suspicious of the majority around them.  They\’re always making sure that people like them. . .though they may not notice that\’s what they\’re doing . . .they always feel insecure if they\’re not mentioned in a list of friends or some other trivial material.  That rhymed.
     
    This post seemed liberal in the sense that what the majority of Americans are doing is something you don\’t agree with.  Although I can also see how you\’d still be able to maintain your self-proclaimed conservative-ism.
     
    I, personally, am somewhat of a liberal, although I understand the conservative view of the world.  I realise I\’m young and most probably don\’t know what I\’m talking about, but being in Debate helps. . .I very much enjoyed reading this.
     
    Good luck.
     
    -Dave

  2. LEW Says:

    Thank you, Dave.
     
    My intent is to remind people that not all of any one group is bad. As a Viet Nam Veteran who well remembers the cold reception we received upon returning to "the World," I have chosen to speak out so other Veterans will not today receive that same "cold reception." Since there are several thousand American Muslims in the US Armed Forces engaged in the War on Terror and possibly several million foreign Muslims standing alongside American Armed Forces in the WoT, they do not merit the condemnation being placed on all Islam due to the murderous actions of a small percentage of Islam.
     
    So, I take my stand and yes, many fellow conservatives can\’t fathom why.
     
    As for Liberal vs Conservative, most of us are nearer the center than we realize on most issues. The main agitation seems to be from the extremes of both the left and right. Our nation was built and grew to the greatness we have due to our ability to come together on issues for the betterment of the country. Sadly, both extremes seem to have lost that and wish only their views aired and adopted.
     
    Don\’t worry about being young. Once, all of us were and we outgrew it, LOL.

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