Thursday, March 19, 2015

What Obama missed about religion

At this years National Prayer Breakfast Obama viciously attacked Christianity while continuing to defend Islam.

While refusing to label modern Islamic fundamentalist terrorists as Islamic Obama had no problem labeling Crusaders and Inquisitors—who he clearly held up as being as bad as modern Islamic terrorists—as Christians. 

Obama apparently missed the incongruity of constantly saying that Islamic terrorism isn’t Islamic but casually declaring that the Christians response to Islamic aggression, the Crusades, was on par with terror.

Oddly Obama missed the bizarre nature of comparing acts which were normal 1000 years ago-- when life was brutish, short, and nasty—with even worse acts done today when the world is much more civilized. 

Obama also apparently missed his history class when they discussed how the Crusades were in response to violent Islamic military aggression and persecution of Christians. 

He clearly missed the fact that the Inquisition killed fewer people in close to two hundred years, 1231-1400, than Osama Bin Laden did on 9/11; and over the entire 500 year history of Inquisitions—many of which were not approved of by the Catholic Church-- the death toll is only around twice the number of people who died on 9/11.

Obama also missed the inconsistency of saying that Crusaders were inspired by their faith but refusing to acknowledge that ISIS is inspired by Islam when ISIS itself says it is acting as a faithful servant of Allah.

In doing so Obama missed the fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam; Allah says that there is no Golden Rule for non-Muslims. 

When Crusaders or Inquisitors did evil things they were going against what Christ taught; which is why Pope Innocent III condemned the sacking of Constantinople and Saint Pope John Paul II apologized for it.

Unlike the Allah of the Quran Christ never tells Christians to persecute or kill any non-Christian. Even the “dark” verses of the Old Testament so beloved by atheists are very specific and limited; God tells the Jews to do this or that violent action in one particular circumstance. God never tells Jews, or Christians, that they can choose to lie to, steal from, or kill non-Christians/Jews in general.

In the New Testament Christ is even clearer that His is not a kingdom of this world and His followers are not to use violence but rather to forgive and love their oppressors; that’s why the justification for the Crusades was to defend Christians in the Holy Land who had been conquered by and were being persecuted by Muslims.

The Quran however contains verses such as

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" 

Quran (9:5) - "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."

In Islam the “dark” verses are open ended in that they apply to all non-Muslims. That means that Muslims who are inclined to violence can find verses in the Quran to justify terrorism. That some Christians say the Bible supports this or that evil is a far cry from the Bible actually supporting that evil. 

That is the key truth that Obama missed; while people have used every religion to justify evil the reality is that Christians who did so had to lie and distort what Christ taught whereas Muslims can truthfully justify evil because the Quran justifies evil.

Why is Islam so fixated on violence and the use of force to convert non-believers? Why does Islam have one set of rules for Muslims and another for non-Muslims? Why does Islam support what all other faiths view as evil? After all Mohammad claims that Jesus is great prophet and Allah is the God of the Old Testament so shouldn’t Islam be more like Christianity?

The answer is that Islam was the Scientology of the 7th century. Just as Scientology’s founder has been quoted as saying:

"I'd like to start a religion. That's where the money is."

Mohammad made up a faith, stealing bits from Judaism and Christianity, that would get him wealth, power, many wives—one of whom was 6 years old when he married her--, and adulation.

If one looks at the history of the writing of the Quran one finds that verses that are peaceful and tolerant were written when Mohammad was militarily weak and had to be nice to his neighbors whereas verses that demand violence towards non-Muslims were from when Mohammad had the military power to persecute and slaughter his neighbors.

That’s why some Muslims can cite verses that show that Islam is a religion of peace.  In fact many Muslims are peaceful people but that’s because they ignore the bad parts of the Quran. Such Muslims were a problem for Mohammad that is why the Quran says:

Quran (4:95) - "Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons.

Quran (8:65) - "O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight..."

Not all who subscribe to Islam, then or now, are comfortable with the evil that Mohammad extols; from a Christian perspective this makes sense since God has written His laws on the hearts of all men.  That’s why it’s important to condemn Islam but not all Muslims lest we make unnecessary enemies.

That Christianity and Islam are so different is a clear reflection of the differences between Jesus and Mohammad.

Obama apparently missed the fact that Jesus—even if we only consider His human actions-- is an infinitely better person than Mohammad.  Mohammad’s acts would cause him to be an international criminal in todays world; including killing prisoners, marrying a 6 year old girl, raised money through banditry, taking 1/5 of the loot from battles for himself, breaking treaties, and murdering poets who criticized him.

But Obama’s equating the true “religion of peace” Christianity with the “religion of making sure that Mohammad gets rich” is not surprising given Obama’s ringing defense of Islam. For example Obama told the UN:

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Perhaps the biggest thing Obama missed, or doesn’t care about, is that his blatant attack on the faith held by the majority of Americans will reduce Democrat credibility across the board.

For example people, especially low information voters, who were on the fence about the HHS mandate forcing Catholic and other Pro-Life Christians to pay for chemical abortions might change sides if they realize that Obama has a virulently anti-Christian view of the world.

Similarly by essentially labeling anyone who takes their Christian faith seriously as the enemy Obama is making the Democrats even less likely to win in 2016.

After all if Obama becomes an apostle of intolerance the intolerance at the core of the Democrat agenda will become more obvious even to those who get their news from the MSM.

As always however the media will bury this story so conservatives—that’s you—need to spread the word; knowledge always results in folks voting for conservatives while liberalism’s success depends on ignorance.

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