Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The U.S. and Islam: Trading Safety for Tolerance

Sydney is one more example of the young leaders coming on board. When I read her article I asked myself if I could have written or would have written this article at her age and the resounding answer was "NO"….. I was at, what I now call, the liberal adolescent democratic stage of my life…I think many other suffered this same adolescent period and have looked back and wondered what could I have been thinking?..... Well, we weren't thinking but doing what adolescents do.

Most of us grew out of the adolescent transition period but many of our age group did not. This group has been the majority in congress for a very long time still thinking like adolescents imagining they can have something or anything they might want for nothing. Our social programs reflect their thinking.

Well, the Tea Party is in the throws of dealing with them but along with this we must find many more ways of encouraging and nurturing our young people like Sydney. This mission needs to have the same level of commitment as our commitment to replacing Obama and the liberal congressional crew.

My guess is that these young conservatives see the Tea Party folks together with the liberal folks who in the process of destroying their nation and their future. God help us but I can understand their thinking. Hopefully we can redeem ourselves somewhat in their eyes with the 2012 elections.

The U.S. and Islam: Trading Safety for Tolerance

by Sydney Phillips
           Radical Islam stands not only as a threat to the Western civilization, but to the lives of Americans themselves.  When will the American government recognize the need for defense?   Or will we continue to elect leaders that apologize  for the “blasphemies” the American people have committed against the Muslim faith and blacklisting  those who recognize jihad as terrorism?
Islam has a long, violent history, beginning with Muhammad and the forming of the Qur’an in the early 600’s. The revelations of Allah through the prophet Muhammad are the core teachings of Islam, an eloquent compilation of laws for spiritual matters, as well as everyday living.  The jihad is a central teaching of the Qur’an, and there are two kinds ofjihad—the greater and the lesser. The greater jihad refers to an individual’s spiritual struggle against sin, but the lesser jihad mobilizes Muslims in the annihilation of non-believers.
   From the beginnings of his political career, Muhammad led his people to attack infidels; this is commanded in Qur’an multiple times. Just to provide a few examples: “whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Sura 2:217) and “make war on unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.” (Sura 9:73).  Furthermore, the Islamic constitution clearly declares war on Western civilization  by calling for the execution of those guilty of apostasy, or the rejection of Islam, and requiring military training for readiness.

            Humans act and react according to a decided purpose and the outlook derived from that purpose.  Americans tend to see the world through a Western lens.  We subconsciously assume that all religions are inherently peaceful, despite the violence found in Christian religious history.  However, the difference between acts of violence committed in the name of Islam and those committed in the name of Christianity is simple; destroying nonbelievers actually adheres to the Islamic faith, whereas this kind of violence deviates from the teachings of Christ found in the New Testament.

            Furthermore, an important aspect of Islamic culture to consider is their all-encompassing loyalty to the holy text. Muslims take the Qur’an a lot more seriously than American culture takes the Bible in the West.  The Qur’an is not a set of guidelines to the followers of Muhammad; it is a set of laws that devout followers take absolutely literally. Islam is not going through a phase, nor do they need a viable reason to seek to destroy us; their purpose is to spread Islam at all costs.  They want to wage war on the West because our culture and values are antithetical to their existence.

             We cannot continue to either ignore or appease threats such as the rise
 of the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically HAMAS , and their ardent anti-Semitism, the adoption of Islamic law by other nations such as Sudan , and the evidence of nuclear weapons in Iran.

Domestically, they’re infiltrating  Washington, supporting  Occupy Wall Street, and advocating political correctness, so much so that our leaders’ are willing to sacrifice  free speech for the sake of Islamic cooperation.
  America can react in one of two ways. Either the Obama administration will continue letting Islam negatively influence  our way of life, slowly assimilating to the culture linked to terrors like honor killings  and therefore rendering ourselves susceptible to attack, or we can elect a leader who realizes the danger of radical Islam and seeks to provide protection for the American people. We need someone in the White House who will not revolve foreign policy around religious tolerance, but recognize the need for a backbone when dealing with people who have a religious and cultural responsibility to actively pursue our demise and destruction.  The American people need to reclaim exceptionalism and embrace true liberty so that America's founding principles may be preserved for future generations.

We seem to have forgotten who attacked us on September 11, 2001.  We seem to have forgotten their motivations.  We seem to have forgotten their convictions.  I hope that we'll remember when we enter the voting booth.

Additional Credits to:

Armstrong, Karen. (2001). Islam: A Short History. Weidenfeld & Nicolson History.
Spencer, Robert. (2002). Islam Unveiled. Encounter Books: San Francisco, CA.

Sydney Phillips
 // Lee University // @sydphillips

Please give Sydney a big 'at-a girl'…

Sydney wrote this article on the College Conservative web site.

I have tried for years to get everyone I know to read the Koran. Absolutely no luck. Sun Tu in his great book, 'The Art of War' to win you must know your enemy…simple advice often not followed…but is we don't know who our enemy is and how they think and what they believe, how then do we protect ourselves? Read the Koran…Learn what the people we call 'terrorist' believe and what they do because of their beliefs. Obama has read the Koran and it impacts his governing as well as guiding his goals and our lives.

I am going to try all this week and part of next week to introduce you to as many of the young conservative college writers on the Conservative College web site as I can…...

Click on this link below and get a little Christmas lift from another group of college students.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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