Today I want to look at some of the things in the news concerning Islam. Let’s start with Canada. We have many Canadians who listen to our daily broadcast. It may surprise you, but the Canadian Parliament past a motion against islamophobia. Here is the motion:
“Recently an infinitesimally small number of extremist individuals have conducted terrorist activities while claiming to speak for the religion of Islam. Their actions have been used as a pretext for a notable rise of anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada; and these violent individuals do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. In fact, they misrepresent the religion. We categorically reject all their activities. They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world. We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”
You may wonder what this has to do with islamophobia. Notice that they stuck it in at the end of the motion. I must say, the legislators in Canada were suckered into this, because the front end is all about political correctness and how Islam is being misrepresented by a few radicals. It goes into how this doesn’t represent Islam, and how they condemn this form of violence, and ends with the condemnation of islamophobia.
While this motion is not law, it indicates they are moving toward a law. The resolution tries to tell us that Islam is, by nature, peaceful, and those who carry out jihad and violence do not represent the religion. They reject anyone who says anything against Islam.
The proposal came from Samer Majzoub, the president of the Canadian Muslim Forum. The reporter further said:
“While a motion will have no legal effect unless it is passed as a bill, the symbolic effect of the Canadian parliament unanimously condemning ‘all forms of Islamophobia,’ without making the slightest attempt at defining what is meant by ‘Islamophobia,’ can only be described, at best, as alarming,” she wrote.
“What exactly are they condemning? Criticism of Islam? Criticism of Muslims? Debating Mohammed? Depicting Mohammed? Discussing whether ISIS is a true manifestation of Islam? Is any Canadian who now writes critically of Islam or disagrees with the petitioners that ISIS ‘does not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam’ now to be considered an ‘Islamophobe’?”
This is kind of like condemning speeding, and then finishing with a statement saying we condemn Ford motor cars. Everyone will condemn drivers who speed, just like everyone will condemn jihad. The problem is that they have now given legitimacy to the idea of islamophobia. Islamophobia is anyone who says anything negative about Islam. If someone points out that Islam has always been a violent religion, and that it has always spread by the sword, that person is islamophobic. They are moving toward making these people guilty of a crime. You can be sure that this will be showing up in the hate speech laws in Canada. They are saying that anyone who says anything negative about Islam is motivated by hatred.
These people believe that those who say anything negative about Islam don’t understand the real Islam. The fact is, we have studied Islam and its teachings, and we do understand what it is all about. Muslims, themselves, have told us what they believe and what their agenda is. We also have 1,400 years of Islamic history to look at.
Those who think think that Islam is a religion of peace have been deceived by the reformed movement within Islam. They really haven’t studied Islam. They ignore most of the Hadith, and most of the teachings of Muhammad himself. They pick and choose which Islamic teaching they will accept. It is like going through the buffet line and choosing what you like and rejecting what you don’t like. All of the commands to take up the sword and fight unbelievers are rejected.
These people are creating an Islam after their own imagination. According to the teachings of Muhammad, and the Islamic scholars, those who are carrying out jihad are the true Muslims. They are following the teachings of their Prophet and the Islamic scriptures. They are not living in a fantasy world, it is the moderate, reformed Muslims who are.
This motion condemns anyone who speaks out against Islam. It doesn’t matter if what they are saying is true or not, if it doesn’t portray Islam in a good light, it is islamophobia. This is a big mistake by our Canadian friends to the north.
Which Canadians are Most Likely to be the Victims of Hate Crimes?
I believe most people will say that it is the Muslims who are the victims of hate crimes. No, it is the Jews in Canada that are most likely to be victims of hate crimes. Jewish Canadians are 10 times more likely to be victims of hate crimes than Muslim Canadians. Here is a chart showing hate crime statistics.
Notice that Catholics are at 0.7, all other Canadians at 6.0, Muslims are at 15.1, and Jewish Canadians are at 185.4 victims per 100,000. This is very similar to the results we get in America according to the FBI hate crime data.
British tourist gang-raped in Dubai
Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates, which is considered a somewhat moderate Muslim country. I was asked to go there and pastor a church. They do allow Christians to start churches and preach the Gospel, but basically it can only be done with foreigners who are not Muslims. They do not allow the evangelism of Muslims. You cannot “blaspheme” the Prophet Muhammad or Allah. These were the reasons I did not accept the church over there.
Dubai is a very modern, wealthy, and beautiful city. A British tourist, a 25 year old girl, was raped by two men, who also happened to be British. She reported the rape to the police and she was arrested. She was charged for adultery. She was charged with having sexual relations outside of her marriage.
Sex outside of marriage is forbidden, and is considered criminal. She has to have 2 men or 4 women to witness on her behalf. It requires the testimony of 2 women to equal the testimony of 1 man. This is one of the reasons women are so poorly treated in Islam.
In 2013, a Norwegian woman was arrested and given a jail sentence of 16 months. She was released early and given a pardon.
State Supreme Court hears case of florist who refused gay couple
Remember the story of a florist who refused to cater flowers to a gay couple’s marriage. She was fined by the Attorney General in Washington State because she refused to provide her services for a gay couple’s marriage. This florist had provided many flowers for this couple for things like birthdays and other things. She didn’t have a problem with this, but she said she could not give her services for a same-sex marriage. It was against her religious convictions.
Her case has just been heard by the State Supreme Court. When we get the decision we will let you know.
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