“If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
There are people in this world that want to kill you.
You can be nice and sweet and lovely and liberal… and you will still be put to death.
Profess your love, your compassion, your forgiveness… and you will burn alongside the most hateful reprobates nevertheless.
It does not matter that Americans have thrived in a society based in freedom where all citizens have the ability to pursue multiple religious teachings in order to find spiritual guidance. This group tolerates no dissent.
The group itself exists as ISIS, ISIL, IS or simply radical Islam. The followers are known as Islamists and, quite aptly, fanatics who engage in various subversive and terrorist activities to achieve religious global dominance. These actions can be openly barbaric, such as beheadings and immolation, or disobedient on a civil level such as blocking major streets in prayer and establishing so-called “no-go zones” in non-Muslim countries. And in Dearborn, Michigan.
Google these words and explore their definitions in the context of Islam, radical or otherwise:
Jihad, infidel, caliphate, halal and sharia. Learn about the process known as Islamization. Here, every aspect of society is directed and governed based on an interpretation of the Quran, handed down by those in power. See what Islam, not radical Islam but the theocracy that exists, looks like in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan for women, Christians and homosexuals. Learn of the distinctions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and how internal conflicts between Islamic groups affect the tensions felt the world over. See how Muslims in all different nations feel about implementing Islam as the governing theocracy in our previously democratic societies.
Whether an accurate interpretation or a wild fantastical delusion, radical Islam is a very real religious system and people are going to die because of it. We live in a nation where I can decide what I believe and what I call myself as far as my religion. It strikes me as only fair to extend the same courtesy to anyone claiming to be a Muslim. My religion, and common courtesy, teach me to leave the judgment of others, especially as it pertains to faith, to God alone. But if it quacks, call it a duck.
Now, there is absolutely no doubt that most practicing Muslims are not involved in any form of threatening activity whatsoever. As one teen notes, he cannot be held to account for ISIS anymore than I can and this demonstrates the very real distinction between radical and peaceful Muslims. And Islamists are not currently taking over the world, Europe or our nation. Not even close. But they are expanding because no one has stopped them.
The problem with the current politically correct American approach is that the considerations that our society has taken to respect the beliefs of others is now being used as a weapon against us. The radicals can blend with the moderates and claim religious persecution right up until they blow up a Starbucks on the Sunset strip. But, at least we can rest assured that all those half-caff soy latte lovers didn’t die in the name of the true interpretation of Islam.
That is still alive and well…