Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mere Islam

Mere Islam—to borrow from C. S. Lewis’ famous book about the many commonalities shared by most Christian denominations—is responsible for the ongoing terrorization of the West.” Raymond Ibrahim

‘MERE ISLAM’ AND THE MUNICH MASSACRE

Killer wasn’t a refugee, ISIS, or even a Sunni: but he was Muslim…

By Raymond IbrahimFrontpagemag.com, July 25, 2016

A German-born 18-year-old of Iranian descent named Ali Sonboly went on a shooting spree last Friday.  He reportedly targeted young children; a number of adolescents were among the nine he murdered.

This incident is a reminder that the ongoing terrorization of the West is not limited to the Islamic State (“ISIS”), “extreme” Wahhabi or Salafi interpretations of Islam, or terrorists posing as refugees entering the West.

Ali Sonboly was none of those things.  He was born and raised in Germany and, based on his name and Iranian heritage, was most likely of Shia background.

But he was a Muslim.  He screamed Islam’s ancient war cry “Allahu Akbar” during his rampage.  It’s also telling that he launched his attack on the one day of the week that many calculated Islamic attacks on non-Muslims occur: Friday.[1]

And that is the grand lesson of the Munich massacre.  Mere Islam—to borrow from C.S. Lewis’ famous book about the many commonalities shared by most Christian denominations—is responsible for the ongoing terrorization of the West.

If you doubt this, simply turn to a recent study.  It found that everyday Muslims of all sects, races, and sociopolitical circumstances—not just “ISIS”—are responsible for persecuting Christians in 41 of the 50 worst nations to be Christian in: Shia Iran is the ninth worst nation, “Wahhabi” Saudi Arabia is 14th, while “moderate” nations like Malaysia and Indonesia are ranked 30 and 43 respectively.

The common denominator in all these nations is ISLAM—without qualifier.

Even ISIS’ abhorrent treatment of Christians and other non-Muslims is only an extreme reflection of what Muslimsin general are doing to non-Muslims all around the world.  See “Muslim Persecution of Christians,” reports which I’ve been compiling every month for five years this month, and witness the nonstop discrimination, persecution, and carnage committed against Christians by “everyday” Muslims—from the highest authorities to the basest mobs.  Each monthly report (there are currently 58) contains dozens of atrocities, any of which if committed by Christians against Muslims would receive 24/7 blanket coverage.

While the media concoct any number of lies to dispel the Islamic nature of the Munich attack—the usual strategies, especially talk of “grievances,” are already being employed —the fact remains: for all the differences and tensions between Europe’s native and Muslim populations, the Christians being persecuted by Muslims are often identical to their persecutors in race, ethnicity, national identity, culture, and language. There is no political dispute, no land dispute. Nor do these disempowered and ostracized Christian minorities have any political power—meaning there are no Muslim “grievances” either.

So why are they hated and hounded? Because they are Christians—that is, non-Muslim infidels—and that’s the real reason Western people are being terrorized by Muslims, most recently (or at least as of this writing) in Munch.

Ugly or not, this truth, that mereIslam—not “ISIS,” “Salafism,” “Wahhabism,” or “Shiism”—promotes hate for and violence against non-Muslims will never be remedied until those in positions of leadership first acknowledge it.  And, with the notable exception of Donald Trump, they are very far from doing so.

Notes:


[1] Lamenting how Muslims are often riled against “infidels” during weekly Friday mosque sermons in Egypt, a Coptic Christian once said,  “Let me tell you … we [Christians] know that every Friday is a day of death; that the day after Friday, on Saturday, we’ll be carried to the morgue!”

ABOUT RAYMOND IBRAHIM

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007).

The Death of Dr. Tim LaHaye

tim-lahaye-sd“His life was more generous than most people can imagine.  He was so quiet about his generosity.” Lori Arnold

Editor’s Note:  Tim LaHaye was one of my best friends and a confidant.  He allowed me to help him with Mind Siege and for that I am grateful.  The following public obit doesn’t come close to his full life, but this will come forth in due time.  Our love, sympathies, and prayers for the whole LaHaye family. 

Because Tim and I were also greatly influenced by the late Dr. Fred Schwarz it is fitting to note where Tim fits into those giants of the Christian conservative movement who were also so influenced by Schwarz:  Ronald Reagan, James Dobson, Norman Geisler, Marvin Olasky, Phyllis Schlafly, Eleanor Schlafly, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Dana Rohrabacher, Mike Antonovitch, Reed Irvine, Robert Dornan, Bill Buckley, Herbert Philbrick, Senator Thomas J. Dodd, Rear Admiral Chester Ward, John Wayne, Pat Boone, George Murphy, Chuck Smith, Robert Schuller, Ralph Wilkinson, Jerry Falwell, Gary North—to name but a few…

Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Leader and ‘Left Behind’ Co-Author, Passes at 90

By Lori Arnold

Dr. Tim F. LaHaye, the son of a Detroit autoworker who grew up to become a respected pastor, international best-seller and prominent evangelical leader, died July 25, 2016 in a San Diego area hospital, just days after suffering a stroke. He was 90 years old.

Dr. LaHaye is perhaps most noted for his blockbuster best-selling book series “Left Behind,” which he co-wrote with fellow author Jerry B. Jenkins.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1926 to Frank and Margaret (Palmer) LaHaye. His father died of a heart attack when Tim was just 9 years old, leaving a lasting impact on his young son.

In a 2004 interview with The Christian Science Monitor, Dr. LaHaye told the newspaper that he was inconsolable upon his father’s death—until he heard the preacher’s eulogy.

“This is not the end of Frank LaHaye,” he recalled the minister saying. “Because he accepted Jesus, the day will come when the Lord will shout from heaven and descend, and the dead in Christ will rise first and then we’ll be caught up together to meet him in the air.” Continue reading

The Academic Closet

edu-highered“My own sense, as a University of Texas professor who was open about my beliefs: Christians and conservatives need to be strong and courageous. That’s easy for me to say, because once I started editing WORLD in 1992 academia was not central for me. Even so, I left my tenured professorship in 2007 only after four little Olaskys became big.” Marvin Olasky

Hiding in higher ed

HIGHER EDUCATION | Christians and conservatives in the academic closet

by Marvin Olasky; World magazine, July 23, 2016, p. 64
Vol. 31, No. 15 – July 23, 2016

For a long time Christians and conservatives could say the leftism of most college professors doesn’t matter: Students weren’t paying attention. This year we’ve found that many have paid attention. The evidence: Socialist Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won the votes of millennial college graduates.

While the Sanders success is fresh in our minds, this summer is the time for Christian or conservative alumni of just about every state and secular private college or university to make a firm resolution: I will not donate to the general fund, no matter how good a season the football team has this fall. It’s also the time for state legislators to refuse to pay the salaries of professorial propagandists.

One new book, Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University (Oxford), paints a sad picture of academic bias and conservative cowardice at major universities. Authors Jon Shields and Joshua Dunn tried hard not to discourage conservative kids from going to graduate school, but quotations from numerous closeted right-of-center professors tell the story.

Here are some: “I just bite my tongue. … I just deliberately lie. … I learned I should keep my mouth shut. … It is dangerous to even think [a conservative thought] when I’m on campus, because it might come out of my mouth. … [It’s] exhausting. … You’re not greeted, your greeting isn’t returned in the hall, graduate students are urged not to work with you.”

Conservatives who publish still perish. They often receive lower wages than their liberal counterparts.

The rare pro-life professors seem to have it the worst: “If some people saw me coming, they’d walk the other way.” A pro-life literature professor at a large state university had to do some quick thinking when a colleague spotted the bumper sticker on a car he drove: “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart.” News of the heresy spread through the department, but the professor partially saved himself by saying: “It’s my wife’s car. I would never in a moment think that as a male I could tell my wife what [to do].”

Exceptions occur, but conservatives who publish still perish. They often receive lower wages than their liberal counterparts. Even nice guys finish last: One professor said, “I really thought that if one spoke in a civil way [and] introduced points of view that were underrepresented in the academy, that you would get some credit for that. You don’t get any credit for that.”

What’s a conservative or Christian professor to do? One solution is to hide as a graduate student to get a job, hide as an assistant professor to get tenure, hide as an associate professor to get a full professorship, and hide as a full professor to get an endowed chair. But that’s no way to live—and once you start it’s hard to stop.

Shields and Dunn quote one literature professor’s observation that those who hide on the road to a full professorship have “fifteen years of acculturation into cowardice and furtiveness. Suddenly you’re 38 years old and now you’re going to be [bold?] It doesn’t happen. People are tired. They have kids. They’ve got bills to pay. They want life to be nice.”

The authors offer modest suggestions. They say “liberal professors and the administrators of universities should make it clear that they welcome conservative perspectives.” But many don’twelcome conservative perspectives, and if they did, their socialist colleagues would harass them. Organizations with self-perpetuating boards of directors can readily become corrupt. Most university faculties are self-perpetuating. Many are rancid.

My own sense, as a University of Texas professor who was open about my beliefs: Christians and conservatives need to be strong and courageous. That’s easy for me to say, because once I started editing WORLD in 1992 academia was not central for me. Even so, I left my tenured professorship in 2007 only after four little Olaskys became big.

We need Christian professors like Mike Adams, a University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor who became a Christian in 2000 and didn’t hide it: Turned down for a well-deserved promotion in 2006, he fought and won a seven-year legal battle. We need alumni who donate only to support particular professors. We need legislators to fund scholarships for excellent students to use at any college or university. Those who believe in Christ specifically or liberty generally should not support the enemies of both.

Email molasky@wng.org