As we all know, last week, Muslim man (allegedly) massacred 14 people and injured many others at the US Army base Ft. Hood. Predictably, the media is ignoring the Muslim link to his heinous act. The media immediately tiptoed around the fact that the (alleged) killer is Muslim and this killer shouted the words Allahu akbar (God is greatest) before he opened fire with two handguns on unarmed troops. This incident at Fort Hood shows that there's still political correctness in the US Army, to the extent that unarmed servicemen and women died, worse, they did not need to. It was more important to protect the false image of Islam as a peaceful religion than it was to expose it as a psycho doctrine, whom many people are at risk of death at the hands of unbalanced gunmen killing in the name of a false god. The man suspected of carrying out the massacre at Fort Hood military base in the US has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. At least there's that.
Contradictions regarding Islam abound. On the one hand, prominent Muslim New York imam Zaid Shakir told listeners at the Zaytuna Institute in California, that "the issue is crystal-clear in the Qur’an, "Killing innocent humans, the essence of terrorism, is equated with murdering all of humanity." He told this to Islam Online, the front for a kinder, gentler Islam. But at a secretly-taped speech, Shakir said that "Civilians can be a legitimate target, he says, if "there's a benefit in that."
Between the political tiptoeing to the contradictions to outright lies, it's no wonder that the American public is confused about Islam. Today Hal Lindsey wrote an essay addressing this very question: "Why Is Islam Confusing?"
"Yet in the history of Islam’s origins, the first four successors of Mohammad known as the “Divinely Guided Ones,” who personally knew and studied under Mohammad, were anything but peaceful. Inspired by verses from the Koran and the sayings of Mohammad later gathered into the Hadith, they exploded off the Arabian Peninsula and started a conquest that inside of 100 years conquered peoples and lands from the Atlantic into the Pacific." More at link.
Additionally confusing is the news today: Thursday, Obama extended the national emergency President Carter initiated in 1979 with regard to Iran, because "relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal." The 1979 national emergency declared by President Carter allowed the freezing of all Iranian assets held within the U.S.
And adding to the mix, on the heels of Obama's announcement, came the news a few hours later that Federal Officials have seized Iranian assets in the United States including "bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story glass office tower in New York." They seized mosques.Think on that for a second. These radicals cannot stand a cartoon about them. How do you think they will react to closure of their mosque?
The Guardian UK newspaper's lede on the story was typically understated: "Federal investigators moved to seize four mosques in the US and a skyscraper in Manhattan yesterday over their alleged financial aid to Iran, in an extraordinary step likely to worsen relations between Washington and Tehran." They're right though, it is an extraordinary step, and as far as "worsening relations', I am guessing it will rather make them apoplectic. Left, Manhattan, NYC Mosque
"The move comes at a sensitive time, with a debate under way in the US over the loyalty of American Muslims after the shooting at Fort Hood last week. Major Nadil Malik Hasan was yesterday charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder." 'Sensitive time'? Another understatement.
We do know that Islam is an end-time player. Their aim is to become the world’s dominant religion and even now, before the rapture, they are giving Christianity a run for its money. After the rapture, they will be the world's most dominant religion. Will the Antichrist's origins be in Islam? Some think they could be.
More interesting is waiting and watching what Iran's reaction will be to the US's action. They consider us 'The Great Satan' and they say peace can never be upon the earth until we are out of the way for good (and Israel too.) Joe Klein at Time is asking, "Why Did Iran Charge U.S. Backpackers With Espionage?" and he thinks it is because it's "Proof the 'Great Satan Exists,' Joe believes Iran wants to goad the U.S. into acting more aggressively toward it: "No doubt, assorted neoconservatives in the U.S. will want to use this as an excuse to whack the Khamenei-Whomever government...which will give the regime exactly what it wants and needs: proof that the Great Satan exists..." He advises not to play into their need for a satanic enemy
The situation between east and west, Christian and non-believer is widening and tensing. Each day as the Lord's hand moves, His promised division widens. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for our own citizens in America increasingly at risk on our own soil, and for the Lord to come soon!