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I feel very fortunate to live in the mountains of North Georgia. The area is replete with beautiful green contours, a myriad of rushing streams, and lush hardwood forests filled with wildlife. Living here makes the violence and strife we see everyday around the country seem like some other planet. The violence in the Middle East seems like some other galaxy. However, the truth is no one anywhere is immune from what is happening in the world today.

Recently, a very small church in this area held a conference on the threat of Islam in America. The speakers at the conference were extremely knowledgeable and experienced in identifying and countering the threat Islam poses. Their presentations were incredibly detailed and comprehensive. My great concern about the true nature of Islam was confirmed by what I heard.

We really have to wake up to the fact that Islam is not a “religion of peace”, you know, the ubiquitous liberal mantra. It is a harsh, totalitarian form of societal rule completely incompatible with our culture and constitutional form of government. Islam sees the world very simply – you are either part of the Islamic world or you are not. If you are not, the Islamic followers are obligated to either subdue you to the faith or kill you. They are never to stop trying and are to use whatever means necessary to accomplish this. Therefore, deception and violence are acceptable if it promotes the cause of Islam.

Liberals like to make this complicated – Muslims are upset because their land is occupied (it is not) or the violence is the result of crushing poverty (it is not) or our western culture is heinous to them (who cares). The issue is quite simple. We are dealing with a seventh century ideology. It’s brutal and barbaric, not thoughtful and negotiable. We have to understand it from that mentality not with twenty-first century sensibilities. Until we do, we will continue to lose ground and die.

While the ideology is seventh century, the “true believers” (as I call literal adherents of Islam) are twenty-first century cunning. They have almost limitless money and an iron will to implement the tenets of the Qur’an. They are well schooled in all phases of covert activity that they learned from the Russian KGB in the 1980’s. As the Muslim Brotherhood made clear in their strategy uncovered in 2004, a comprehensive effort to undermine and subvert our government is well underway and has been frighteningly successful so far. Do you have any question about whose interests our president is promoting? Darn sure not those of Constitution loving Americans.

Which brings me back to North Georgia. The next Sunday after the conference the little church was holding services in a small, public meeting room. As the Sunday worship started, a man and woman looking to be of Middle Eastern descent entered the room. They essentially ignored any attempt to be welcomed or accept refreshments.

Once the worship music started and singing began, the man put his hands to his head in anguish and began muttering what appeared to be prayers in another language. The muttering became more agitated when either Jesus or the Father was sung. This behavior continued though out the worship time.

The pastor then began his sermon and soon began covering many of the points of difference between Christianity and Islam that were presented during the previous day’s conference. As the pastor proceeded, the couple would exchange words that again were unintelligible and consulted a small book they had brought to the service with them. The couple then got up and left about ten minutes before the service was slated to be over.

Once the couple was gone, the pastor stopped the service and the church discussed what had just happened. The couple’s presence and behavior were most unnerving to the church. They were all certain the couple was not there to worship Lord Jesus but just why were they there?

The next day the pastor consulted an expert in Islam and recounted the incident and the couple’s strange behavior. This expert felt that the “true believer” community took notice of the conference and this couple came to pray curses over the church and to gather information about them.

We will probably never know just what this couple was really up to. It may never lead to anything. I pray that it doesn’t. However, the time for vigilance is upon us. We simply cannot afford complacency and ignorance when it comes to this Islamic threat. If it can rear its head here in an overwhelmingly Christian conservative area, intimidation can happen anywhere. We cannot succumb to it and must stand strong for the founding values and principles that have made this country the greatest in history.

One thing one of the presenters at the conference said has really stayed with me. He stated that history shows that the more people take the Bible literally, the more peaceful they become. However, the more people take the Qur’an literally, the more violent they become. I believe that’s all you need to remember if you have doubts about what we face.

John Tutten

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.