My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
September 15th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose

Editor's Note: Brian D. McLaren  is author of "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World" (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group). 

By Brian McLaren, Special to CNN

I was raised as an evangelical Christian in America, and any discussion of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations around the world must include the phenomenon of American Islamophobia, for which large sectors of evangelical Christianity in America serve as a greenhouse.

At a time when U.S. embassies are being attacked and when people are getting killed over an offensive, adolescent and puerile film targeting Islam - beyond pathetic in its tawdriness – we must begin to own up to the reality of evangelical Islamaphobia.

Many of my own relatives receive and forward pious-sounding and alarm-bell-ringing e-mails that trumpet (IN LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS!) the evils of Islam, that call their fellow evangelicals and charismatics to prayer and “spiritual warfare” against those alleged evils, and that often - truth be told - contain lots of downright lies.

For example, one recent e-mail claimed “Egyptian Christians in Grave Danger as Muslim Brotherhood Crucifies Opponents."  Of course, that claim has been thoroughly debunked, but the sender’s website still (as of Friday) claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has “crucified those opposing" Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy "naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others.”

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Many sincere and good-hearted evangelicals have never yet had a real Muslim friend, and now they probably never will because their minds have been so prejudiced by Islamophobic broadcasts on so-called Christian television and radio.

Janet Parshall, for example, a popular talk show host on the Moody Radio Network, frequently hosts Walid Shoebat, a Muslim-evangelical convert whose anti-Muslim claims, along with claims about his own biography, are frequently questioned.  John Hagee, a popular televangelist, also hosts Shoebat as an expert on Islam, as does the 700 Club.

Many Christian bookstores that (used to) sell my books, still sell books such as Paul Sperry’s "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington" (Thomas Nelson, 2008). In so doing, they fuel conspiracy theories such as the ones U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, promoted earlier this year.

In recent days, we’ve seen how irresponsible Muslim media outlets used the tawdry 13-minute video created by a tiny handful of fringe Christian extremists to create a disgusting caricature of all Christians - and all Americans - in Muslim minds. But too few Americans realize how frequently American Christian media personalities in the U.S. similarly prejudice their hearers’ minds with mirror-image stereotypes of Muslims.

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Meanwhile, many who are pastors and leaders in evangelicalism hide their heads in the current issue of Christianity Today or World Magazine, acting as if the kinds of people who host Islamophobic sentiments swim in a tiny sidestream, not in the mainstream, of our common heritage. I wish that were true.

The events of this past week, if we let them, could mark a turning point - a hitting bottom, if you will - in the complicity of evangelicalism in Islamophobia. If enough evangelicals watch or try to watch the film trailer that has sparked such outrage in the Middle East, they may move beyond the tipping point.

I tried to watch it, but I couldn’t make it halfway to the 13-minute mark. Everything about it was tawdry, pathetic, even pornographic. All but the most fundamentalist believers from my evangelical Christian tribe who watch that video will be appalled and ashamed to be associated with it.

It is hate speech. It is no different from the anti-Semitic garbage that has been all too common in Western Christian history. It is sub-Christian - beneath the dignity of anyone with a functioning moral compass.

Islamophobic evangelical Christians - and the neo-conservative Catholics and even some Jewish folks who are their unlikely political bedfellows of late - must choose.

Will they press on in their current path, letting Islamophobia spread even further amongst them? Or will they stop, rethink and seek to a more charitable approach to our Muslim neighbors? Will they realize that evangelical religious identity is under assault, not by Shariah law, not by the liberal media, not by secular humanism from the outside, but by forces within the evangelical community that infect that religious identity with hostility?

If I could get one message through to my evangelical friends, it would be this: The greatest threat to evangelicalism is evangelicals who tolerate hate and who promote hate camouflaged as piety.

No one can serve two masters. You can’t serve God and greed, nor can you serve God and fear, nor God and hate.

The broad highway of us-them thinking and the offense-outrage-revenge reaction cycle leads to self-destruction. There is a better way, the way of Christ who, when reviled, did not revile in return, who when insulted, did not insult in return, and who taught his followers to love even those who define themselves as enemies.

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Yes, “they” – the tiny minority of Muslims who turn piety into violence – have big problems of their own. But the way of Christ requires all who claim to be Christians to examine our own eyes for planks before trying to perform first aid on the eyes of others. We must admit that we have our own tiny minority whose message and methods we have not firmly, unitedly and publicly repudiated and rejected.

To choose the way of Christ is not appeasement. It is not being a “sympathizer.”

The way of Christ is a gentle strength that transcends the vicious cycles of offense-outrage-revenge.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Brian D. McLaren.

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    Evangelicals are not even real Christians..they are a cult and slaves to Jews and israel....Christians and Muslims have had political and sectarian conflicts but have coexisted forever....Evancelicals are a Zi0nist tool being used to get Muslims and Christians to fight each other...for the benefit of Israel and their loyalists here...period....keep getting used

    September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Nissim Levy

      I see. so Israel is the problem. not the Islamists that kill for simply disrespecting their religion. You are an i-d-,,o..t

      September 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  2. Abbot25`

    Just Evangelists??? How about the hindus, Zorastrians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Bahai etc etc??
    Please make sure to lecture them too. Because its not the fault of Islam but the fault of everyone else especially the crazy Jews.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  3. Abbot25`

    This guy is a tool. You can keep apologizing for the crazy muslim. But eventually it will get to a point when you cannot defend the undefendable.
    Muslims will sure make the non – muslims hate them. Thats is the one thing you can count on.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  4. doright

    Muslims conquered Christian lands and the Christians took most of it back during the two Crusades. Of course, the Christians originally got the land from conquering other peoples. Black African tribes sold prisoners as slaves to send to the Americas and Europe. You can point fingers back to the beginning of humanity. It's man's inhumanity to man.

    But, you can't convince the Islamophobes any more than you can convince the radical Islamists because they only receive and listen to their own rhetoric. It's called confirmation bias. What's worse is that their 'information' is like a giant game of gossip that takes fact and distorts it to fit their agendas. I have no hope for either group.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • YERDADDY99

      very true

      September 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  5. Mahone

    MP – KMA! I have not seen the "majority" of Muslims in this world denounce any of the evil, vile things the supposed "minority" of Muslims are doing around the world......so, it is easy to hate a group of people that maim and kill women for the stupidest of reasons, kill at leisure and in the name of Allah (yeah, that's what God wants) and does nothing to get along. They should be fortunate we have a whoosey as President because under other Presidents, an attack on a US Embassy/Consulate would be an act of War and would have been dealt with swift and complete actions.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Akim

      Mahone: Please re-read your post or ask your 1st grader (he/she may be able to write better than this stupid one) to read it for you. I'm you will not have to watch any comedy show tonight on fox.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Matt

      Akim – your last sentence exhibited a brilliance on par with only the brightest of minds...

      September 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  6. steve K

    Can we stop calling it islamaphobia and just say what it is. Arabphobia.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  7. Accender

    This athor is a tool, I guess he hasent heard of the Honor killings, Acid in little girls faces and murder because of a
    pitcure and a film. Currently there are 38 armed conflicts in the world. 35 involve MUSLIM Insurgents..
    And what was the authors point again???????

    September 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  8. Gary McBride

    Maybe the author should read the article here http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/sixteen_reasons_why_islam_is_not_the_religion_of_peace.html#.UFY8xzvxjoc.facebook

    September 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • sybaris

      American Thinker: a bastion of hom.ophobes, racists, gun nu.ts, birthers, and fear mongering xenophobes

      September 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm |

    THIS POOR man who wrote this is an idiot who totally misunderstands everything Jesus Christ ever said or did. Jesus said turn the other cheek to try to evoke maturity in people who took umbrage at basically nothing that mattered – trivia – but Christ was no wus – he cleaned out the temple in short order. He corrected behavior. He would certainly point out that the extremist muslims NEED TO APOLOGIZE AND ATONE TO US – THEY HAVE WRONGED US – THIS poor man has it backwards – it is not US that has murdered, beheaded, bombed, flown planes into buildings, coerced children into commiting suicide, stoning people to death for making love, beheading people for dancing, chopping of hands and other body parts, condemining people for wanting to walk down the street without veils on their faces, naming names, ganging up on children, incarcerating christians or people who don;t immediately agree with them, etc. etc. etc. this is a bad bunch and this poor fool criticzes US for slamaphobia – HOW ABOUT THEIR CHRISTIANOPHOPIA? THIS GUY IS BRAINWASHED.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Akim

      Gerorge: ".... THIS GUY IS BRAINWASHED.." so trying to spread peace is brain washed/cowardliness and spreading hates is "freedom of speech"...wow... someone needs to write another webster-dictionary and should hire a genius like you... I'm sure that dictionary will have only one word: "hate"

      September 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  10. Nissim Levy

    ess-ex, ja-panese

    September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Nissim Levy

      Here's the whole list:

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters or some html tricks to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
      co-on.....as in racc-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, sopho-more, etc.
      ho-oters…as in sho-oters
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-oon… as in sp-oon, lamp-oon, harp-oon
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sm-ut…..as in transm-utation
      sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, t-itle, ent-ity, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, salt-water, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

      September 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      *sorry - that was supposed to be *to* Nissim Levy.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  11. Nissim Levy


    September 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  12. ted

    We just need to remember, when a Christian commits a horrendous act, he always acts alone. When a Muslim commits a horrendous act, it is always in the name of Islam. That is of course NOT TRUE – but it is a pretty good definition of Islamophobia.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • jcstauff

      Really? Because every other living thing on this planet except for humans is an atheist. And every other living thing on this planet except for humans lives sustainably within it's eco system. It's the non-atheists (humans) that are destroying the planet. Belief in god and the eternal after life fosters a destructive sense of irresponsible living in believers.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Templeton foundation prayer study (religious foundation)

      Templeton likes jcstauff's comment.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  14. cdep

    Why the world hates Christians – Christ said the world would hate Him and His followers.

    Christian – a follower of Christ (this does not include Catholics, Mormons, or anyone who does not believe in full
    faith and trust in the saving power of Christ to save you from hell. its simple. read your Bible. i know you have one)

    Why people are scared of muslims – because of the violence they commit. you would never see a Christian kill
    someone over blaspheming God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit. "The Religion of Peace" is a cover. they want to dominate
    the world (read the koran and you find that a true follower of islam is to convert or kill anyone who is not a muslim)

    Christians and muslims are not "always at each others throats" (read my first statement of a Christian)
    Muslims have always hated Israel (The Bible said they would) and have always hated Christians (again, Christ,
    in the Bible, said the world would hate Christians)
    America is falling and will continue to do so as we see the change from ally of Israel to enemy (God promises
    direct blessing to those who support Israel)
    I would love to see people stop grouping many religions into Christianity so that they realize someone who really
    is a Christian does not propagate hate for anyone. The sin of the muslims is no different than lying, stealing,
    or taking God's name in vain. America is full of sinners as well.
    The fear of Islam does not come from Christians. It is an ever growing realization in America that the lies the media
    and the government have been giving are false. A "peaceful muslim" is one who does not read their koran and realize
    what Ishmael's lineage has been commanded to do by Mohammad. Mohammad is just as any other cult leader who
    lead people astray because he did not want to come before God and be accountable for his own actions (the same
    thing that any agnostic, atheist, buddhist, or anyone who does not follow God does). Man does not want to be accountable
    for his wrong doing so he creates his own God, which turns out that in every case, man sets himself up as God.
    Men trust their own works, their own ways, and their own logic.

    I just hope and pray that someday, somehow (God willing), the world can realize and repent of their sin. I know,
    from my Bible, that the world will turn from Christ and will be judged for it. But I still hope that some can be saved.

    Jude 1:22

    September 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • tom

      Wait a minute i have read the Bible and the Koran many times, there is nowhere in Koran that says convert them or kill them, i am sure that you have not read it because you have hearded from your preacher, if you have read it somehere there please publish those verses from HOLY KORAN , just to give you the newst update was the JOCKER that killed all these innocent people in the colorado was a muslim??? O MY GOD you would love to blame it to muslims do you?? You do not se reality very well , The JOCKER WAS PURE CHRISTIAN GOING TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY, WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THAT YOU EXPERT ONE, SHOULD WE WATCH OUT FOR CHRISTIANS WHEN WE GO TO WATCH A MOVIE?

      September 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Matt

      Akim raised the same challenge: My response to him which remains unanswered:

      Sura 9:5 "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters whenever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and line in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the obligatory charity, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is forgiving, merciful."

      From Ibn Kathir, renowned eight-century scholar and the interpretation of the verse: "The four months mentioned in this verse refer to the four-month grace period mentioned in an earlier verse: "So travel freely for four months throughout the land." Allah said next, "So when the Sacred Months have passed," meaning upon the end of the four months during which [Allah] prohibited you from fighting the idolaters, Muslims are to "fight and kill the idolaters wherever you may find them." "Wherever you find them" means on the earth in general.... Allah said here to execute some and keep some as prisoners. “Besiege them and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush” means do not wait until you find them; rather seek and besiege them in their areas and forts, gather intelligence about them in the various roads and fairways so that what is made wide looks ever smaller to them. This way, they will have no choice but to dieor embrace Islam.… Abu Bakr [Muhammad’s closest friend and successor upon Muhammad’s death] used this and other honorable verses as proof for fighting against those who refrained from paying the obligatory charity tax. This verse allowed fighting people unless and until they embrace Islam and implement its rulings and obligations" – Tasfsir Ibn Kathir, Sura 9:5

      "If you encounter [in war] those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks" (Sura 47:4; Khalifa).

      or: "When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads. (Sura 47:4, Rodwell).

      Ibn Kathir – "[Guide] the believers to what they should employ in their fight against the idolators. Allah says, “So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], smite their necks,” which means when you fight against them, cut them down totally with your swords. “Until you have fully defeated them” meaning you have killed and utterly destroyed them. This is referring to the prisoners of war whom you have captured." – Ibid., Sura 47:4

      Looks like you should read the Qur'an again. And no, people that can read and refute don't watch fox news or attend GOP meetings like Akim the wise suggests.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • jackieg

      Don't just read the bible, read a history book. Catholics are the original Christians. The other Christian churches developed as people broke away from Catholicism due to corruption in the church hierarchy. But regardless of belief–Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Lutheran, Baptist etc.–we are all children of God and I suspect God is sick of listening to his children fighting!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • jd

      Your righteousness is as filthy rags – get the log out of your eye before you attempt to remove the splinter in your brothers eye.
      It includes all those who believe in him – even the thief on the Cross said "Master remember me when thou entereth into thy kingdom"
      What religion was he? – because he is with Jesus....
      Christ came to save the world not to condemn it.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Mike

      cdep, you might want to check some actual facts rather than just "reading the bible" that we know you have. Some of your statements are just factually wrong and historically inaccurate.

      The fact is, more atrocities have been committed in the name of some deity or another than for anything else. This goes back to long before the Abrahic religions (Judiasm, Christinaty, Islam, and their offshoots).

      Every religion claims to be The One True Way. They can not, logically, all be right. But they can, logically, all be wrong.

      The world would be a better place if there was more Logic and less Belief.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Matt

      Hey JD, context is everything:

      John 3:16-22
      “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,f that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.g 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

      Those in the world that do not believe in Christ stand condemned. It would be nice if you kept it in context.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • cdep

      thanks matt, tom ur wrong, jackleg – catholics werent the original christians, the apostles were, and the Bible clearly states in a no-works free salvation for all the world.
      jd – he was a Christian. duh
      mike – check your facts and find me a Christian who committed atrocities such as genocides and mass killings. (as the Bible says a Christian is, not a pope and inquisitions, or constantine, but a believer in free salvation for all and one who repents, turns from sin and to God, trusts Christ for salvation, nothing more, nothing less)

      I dont learn my things from preachers. Yes I go to church and learn, but what the Bible says. You dont go to church to listen, or to socialize, or hang out and do whatever. You go to worship God. And when you hear the sermon that a preacher gives you GO AND READ YOUR BIBLE!!! (as any good preacher will suggest you to do so that you can see what he presents as truth from Gods Word, both for your growth and benefit.)

      September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  15. Jack 3

    What gets me is many on here think that because christianity was in the crusades or does today makes it ok for islam to murder now. I just don't get that analogy.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Akim

      Jack 3: where id u get this idea. Two wrongs can be right... Christians did crusaders (killed thousands of innocents people) DOES NOT or should not give reason to Muslims to kill innocent people. BUT please stop spreading hates .... and do not call other religions or their books evil (which you have done in your previous post)....

      September 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Catherine

      The Crusades were a response to 500 years of Muslim conquest of Christian lands and were launched only after Muslims denied Pilgrims access to their holy sites.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  16. Jgunner

    This is a rather pathetic article b/c the fails to give a balance critique. It's all one sided. If he dared to speak out against the Muslim community for the social and physical persecutions against Christians all throughout the Middle East then I could give it a fair hearing. Since he fails to do so, though I’m not surprised, it’s simply mere opinions and theories! It’s hard to take lopsided articles seriously!

    September 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  17. Jack 3

    charles Dickens. I guess you don't comprehend reading very well. I said what does what christianity did years ago or even know have to do with what islam is doing? Is it now ok to murder because you think christianity does or did?

    September 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  18. andrew

    I think to a degree, the writer has a point, but I believe he seeks to pacify too much. Islamophobia is a schoolyard name calling tactic, and errors in it's suggestion that Islam is a victim and totally innocent. I think Islam is guilty to a degree, and I don't think people who fear Islam are necessarily phobic. They're simply reacting to clear and present danger, like our ambassador's death at the hands of a Muslim mob. Trying to pacify his death is useless at this time. There will be no 'sit-down' hand-holding conference at which Jihadist and peace-nicks gather to smoke peace pipes. Forget about it.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • John

      They are killing us. It's not phobia when it's real; this article ignores that entirely.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Fay

      Andrew, you are clearly mistaken. The American Embasaddor did not die in the hands of a muslim mob. He was killed my al quaeda. A terrorist group. There are videos of libyan muslims trying to rush the ambasaddor to the hospital to save him after he was attacked. Groups of them chanting in the streets trying to save him.
      . Al-quada would kill me as well, being muslim because i am not part of them. Al quaeda has murdered more muslims than anyone else. Islam is perfect the people are not. Do not judge something by what you see on tv. Educate yourself and remove the hate and prejudice that you have learned from the media from your heart. If you would like to know something about islam feel free to email me and ask me before you citique something you have no knowledge of. I am a modern muslim american that would be more than happy to answer your questions. God bless you.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  19. Erik

    Islam right or wrong, good or bad, is simply NOT WELCOME in the United States. Why can't that be accepted and left at that.????

    September 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • i'm confused

      Why should I have to tolerate your fairy tale religion any more than that of the Muslims?

      September 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Jack 3

      @ I'm confused...Because they aren't attacking you. i don't like religion either but religious people have a right to believe what they believe as long as they aren't hurting you. Islam is hurting us and it's agenda is to be the only religion and enforced by violence.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Akim

      @Jack 3:".... Islam is hurting us and it's agenda is to be the only religion and enforced by violence...." Another hidden hatred message and lie on Islam.....

      September 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Fay

      Hi Eric,

      I shouldnt waste my time responding to your message because it was ignorant and it seems you are as well. Islam being accepted in this country is not Erics choice. This is not a christian country, it is a free country and that is what makes america great is that we are a great melting pot. There are many educated americans that know the difference between right and wrong and good and bad. You obviously do not. What a horrible comment you are basically saying good or bad they are not accepted. How hateful and low class. The religion is perfect some of the people are not. Do not judge by what you see on tv. The people that murdered the american ambassador was al qaeda not the libyan civilians. A terrorist group that would kill me as well being that i am muslim. God bless you and hope you are able to change your hateful racist views.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  20. !

    Taken from the book; "Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat" of Dr. Peter Hammond

    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will for the most part be regarded as a "peace-loving" minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:
    the U.S. — 0.6%; Australia — 1.5%; Canada – 1.9%; China — 1.8%; Italy — 1.5%; Norway — 1.8%.

    At 2% – 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:
    Denmark — 2%; Germany — 3.7%; the UK — 2.7%; Spain — 4%; Thailand — 4.6%.

    From 5% +, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves – along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:
    France — 8%;Philippines — 5%; Sweden — 5%; Switzerland — 4.3%;The Netherlands — 5.5%; Trinidad & Tobago — 5.8%.

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
    When Muslims approach 10% + of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections in:
    Guyana — 10%;India — 13.4%;Israel — 16%;Kenya — 10%;Russia — 15%.

    After reaching 20% +, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
    Ethiopia — 32.8%.

    At 40% +, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
    Bosnia — 40%;Chad — 53.1%;Lebanon — 59.7%.

    From 60% +, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
    Albania — 70%;Malaysia — 60.4%;Qatar — 77.5%;Sudan — 70%.

    After 80% +, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:
    Bangladesh — 83%;Egypt — 90%;Gaza — 98.7%;Indonesia — 86.1%;Iran — 98%;Iraq — 97%;Jordan — 92%;Morocco — 98.7%;Pakistan — 97%;Palestine — 99%;Syria — 90%;Tajikistan — 90%;Turkey — 99.8%;UAE — 96%.

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and Quran is the only word, such as in:
    Afghanistan — 100%;Saudi Arabia — 100%;Somalia — 100%;Yemen — 100%.

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% Muslim states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.


    September 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • John

      This is a great post and entirely true.

      September 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
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