by John Tutten
Clash Daily Guest contributor
Let’s check in and see what’s been happening in the world of Islam. Forty-five volleyball spectators are blown up at a tournament in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Check. Four Jewish rabbis worshiping at a synagogue in Jerusalem were hacked to death by two Palestinians. Check. ISIS beheads another American in Syria. Check.
One thing you can say about the “Religion of Peace” is that it is consistent. Of course our president declared that ISIS’s actions in executing Peter Kassig represented no faith. And did we not just have an interfaith prayer event at the National Cathedral in Washington? Christian leaders of that event claim that it demonstrated the ability to establish common ground between Christianity and Islam based on American values. I’m sure Christians will be welcomed to worship Jesus at a mosque near you real soon.
If I hear one of our ruling class geniuses proclaiming Islam a “Religion of Peace” just one more time, I swear I will put one of my size eleven Ariats through my big screen!
Look, I don’t have issues with individual Muslims. I have friends that are Muslims and they are fine, fine people. They are welcome in my neighborhood. They are welcome in my home.
What I have a problem with is the theology of Islam and the willful denial of its true prescriptions by our government and media elite. With just the smallest amount of effort and research, anyone can see its true nature and why violence springs from its faithful practice.
Islam divides the world into two “houses”, the Dar al-Islam or house of Islam and the Dar al-Harb or house of war. The Dar al-Islam is the areas of the world where Islam dominates and Sharia law is in effect. The Dar al-Harb is where Islam does not dominate. Islam demands that Muslims engage in conflict with the Dar al-Harb until it is subdued and becomes part of the Dar al-Islam. This is an unending struggle until the Dar al-Islam is victorious. There is no common ground to be had with Islam. It’s Islam or conflict.
And what of all those peaceful, loving verses in the Qur’an? Well, they are not quite what they seem to be because of something called the Doctrine of Abrogation.
Muhammad’s ministry had a first phase and a second phase. In the first phase, Muhammad began receiving his revelation and started his ministry in Mecca. At that time, he preached a message of peace, respect, and accommodation. However, he was unable to gain a significant following. Since he wouldn’t do miracles, the Jews wouldn’t follow him and his message of monotheism didn’t sit well with his tribe, the Quraysh, who had a thriving idol business with polytheists.
So Muhammad was forced to leave Mecca and start his ministry anew in Medina. His continuing revelation then changes dramatically and becomes aggressive and violent and he gains a great following.
This is where the Doctrine of Abrogation comes in. To resolve the conflict between the earlier Meccan revelation and the later Medinan revelation, the Doctrine of Abrogation declares that the later Medinan verses override or nullify the earlier Meccan verses whenever they conflict. The peaceful aspects of Islam depicted by the Meccan verses are essentially rendered null and void by one Medinan verse:
Sura 9:5 “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)…..”
The terrorists that are waging bloody violence across the globe are following exactly what the Qur’an is telling them to do. They are getting the theology right. They are not some fringe radicals bastardizing a great religion. Islam is about conquering the Dar al-Harb by whatever means necessary.
And lets not forget another feature of Islam called Taqiyya. Taqiyya makes it acceptable and even obligatory for Muslims to lie, especially to non-Muslims to advance Islam. So how can we trust anything Islamic leaders may be telling us?
All of this can be confirmed with a little effort. So why do we hear all this nonsense about a “Religion of Peace” from those we are trusting to look out for us? Why are Judaism and Christianity getting bashed and portrayed as the big obstacles to world peace?
Could our secular elite be so preoccupied with driving Judeo-Christian values out of the public square that they are willing to characterize a clearly hateful, tyrannical ideology as peaceful in an effort to contrast Christians as judgmental xenophobes? Maybe they view Christianity as the real immediate threat to their utopian fantasies and the threat of Islam is something that can be dealt with after their eradication of Christianity is complete. Sounds like the age-old strategy of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” to me.
The problem is that this unwillingness to see clearly or to acknowledge truthfully the threat that the ideology of Islam presents will cause untold suffering and misery. Utopian dreams will turn to existential flames. Beware.
John Tutten holds degrees in both engineering and business management. He is veteran of thirty-three years in the high technology business world where he spent time in development engineering and technology management predominantly in the area of custom semiconductor circuits. He recently retired to the mountains of north Georgia where he devotes his time to the study of Christian Apologetics and writing in defense of the Christian worldview.