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For the last few days we have been talking about how to talk to those who don’t see the dangers that Islam poses to our way of life. The don’t understand what Islam is about and how it will affect our lives if we don’t do something to keep it in check.
I hear from many of you that you have difficulty in persuading your friends of the dangers we face. My purpose in this series is to give you the tools to win the battle with those who are ignorant of the facts concerning Islam.
My good friend Bill Warner speaks about the “near enemy” and the “far enemy.” Those who are not Muslims, but who either don’t see the danger or defend Islam as a peaceful religion are who he calls the near enemy. The Muslim jihadists are the far enemy. The reason for these different designations is that most of us will not come in contact very often with jihadists, but we come in contact on a regular basis with those who don’t see the danger.
You may have a spouse, a friend, a pastor, etc. who does not share your views, and the views presented on the Fortress of Faith broadcast. These are the near enemies because they are near by where we can have an effect on them.
There is one error in human thinking that is very common and very dangerous. We often think that if we don’t admit there is a problem, the problem will vanish. This way of thinking is usually motivated by ignorance and fear. Something scares us and we don’t know how to deal with it so we try to make it go away by ignoring or denying it. If we have this attitude with Islam then Islam will win and we will lose our way of life. It is an important issue that must be addresses.
As you can see from what I have said so far, the key to winning this battle is knowledge. The reason people don’t stand where they should on this issue is they don’t know how to. They don’t understand the enemy and, with so many different voices crying to be heard, it is confusing. Again, the purpose of this series is to clear up this confusion by giving you knowledge of the truth concerning Islam.
Lets take a closer look at the near enemy. These are those who are non-Muslims, yet they are apologists for Islam. An apologist is one who defends a position. Those who do this usually do it because they have a false idea of what Islam is. It is either because they have not researched the subject (ignorance) or because they have been misinformed.
This near enemy is the one we need to inform and correct the misinformation they have received. They need to be educated so they know the truth.
Who are these people? They could be sitting on a school board and they choose a textbook that devotes many pages to Islam and try to present it in a favorable light while devoting very little space to Christianity or Judaism, and often presenting them in a negative light.
The near enemy may be a Preacher who does not condemn Islam because he knows are few nice Muslims. Perhaps he is involved in the inter-faith and in ecumenical fellowships.
The near enemy can be a news journalist who is ignorant of the facts concerning Islam and its agenda. He will, nevertheless, write about Islam in a favorable way and will not report on the negative side. This can be understood to some degree because of the threats of death to those who do report the truth about Islam.
The near enemy includes all those who lift up and protect Islam. It matters little whether they do it deliberately or out of ignorance, they are enemies of our way of life.
Let me quote from page 7 of the Memorandum of Strategies by the Muslim Brotherhood “The Ikhwan (brothers) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. “
Notice that it says it is going to sabotage our “miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers.” It is obvious that the hands of believers refers to Muslims, but whose hands are referred to by “their hands?” This is referring to the hands of the non-Muslims in Western civilization. Their plan is to get us aid them in their mission to destroy western civilization from within.
This is what is happening when a school board approves a text book that has seventy-two pages of stories presenting Islam in a favorable light and only mentions Christianity and Judaism twice in the whole book. This slanted rewriting of history is dangerous to our way of life.
These school board members are not Muslims. The publishers are not Muslims. Why are they doing this. The answer is not really that difficult to understand. It is the fear of being called a hatemonger, a bigot, or an islamaphobe.
It is a shame that out of fear of being called names many good people are allowing Islam to enter into our culture with the intention of destroying it. Why aren’t our leaders standing up against this evil ideology? Where are the men and women of courage?
Who is the far enemy? This would be the terrorists, the jihadists who want to destroy us through violence. They are the far enemy because the likelihood of us coming face to face with them is slim.
Since the near enemy is the ones we can influence, we need to take on the task of educating them. We need to help them see what they are really doing and how it will result in the destruction of our way of life.
At the risk of being redundant let me tell you how this is done. It is done through knowledge. The first area of knowledge we must deal with is the fact that society today does not believe in absolutes. How do we overcome this? By asking questions the teach that there are absolutes.
We can ask “Would you call Hitler evil?” You see we can identify evil and call it as such because there is far too much evidence of the facts about Hitler. Most people would call Hitler, Nazism, and the Holocaust evil.
Sadly the facts concerning Hitler are being left out of our education system today. I recently watched a documentary where American College students are asked what they knew about Adolf Hitler. While some had some idea, most did not even know who he was, let alone know what he had done
If you should run into someone who doesn’t see Hitler as evil you can ask them about pedophilia (sex with children) or bestiality (sex with animals). Those who don’t see these, especially pedophilia, as evil really have a problem with their moral compass, if they even have one.
Here is another example of something you can do. Ask them to finish this sentence: “It is okay to Rape a person when ________?”
What you are looking for is the persons personal limit on morality. If you come across someone who cannot bring themselves to see Hitler, pedophilia, bestiality, or Rape as evil, wicked and harmful. WALK AWAY! FLEE! RUN! You are perhaps in the presence of the Devil himself.
The point we are trying to make is that there are moral absolutes. We believe that these moral absolutes are those found in the Bible. They are summed up in the Ten Commandments.
In my next post I will start giving you the facts that will establish beyond all doubt that Islam is an evil ideology. We will look into Islam’s most authoritative book on the interpretation of Islamic law.