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Answers To Your Questions (Cont.)

vernon-hills-high-schoolToday I want to continue answering your questions.

Why does Obama say ISIL, instead of ISIS?

The reason is quite simple; he is insulting Israel.

If you look at the Arabic, the acrostic is DASH. John Kerry has been using this term a lot lately.

The letters translate in to English as ISIS. The reason for this form is that the Islamic State is located in Syria and parts of Iraq.

ISIL means the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Levant is an old European term for that region. Levant means the rising, or the east. The sun would rise from the east, over the Mediterranean before it rose in Europe. It is important to know that present day Israel is in the area called the Levant.

When Obama says ISIL, he includes Israel in the Islamic State. This is a definite slap in the face to Israel.

As Christians, we should not insult Israel, and we should not use this term. We should use the correct term, which is ISIS.

Why do women convert to Islam? 

This is a very difficult question to answer, but I will do my best. It doesn’t make sense to me that women would convert to Islam considering the way Islam treats women. I can only make some suppositions from my observations.

The first thing is see is that some of these women are being duped. They are being charmed by some Muslims who have moved into their neighborhoods. Some of these men are looking to get a green card, looking to marry so they can secure their visas and their stay in America.

I don’t really begrudge some of these Muslims trying to get out of their Islamic culture because Islam is oppressive. Some of them just want a better life. Who, in their right mind, would want to live under Islamic rule? There is no freedom and your prospects for a better life are minimal at best. Some of these Muslim men are looking to marry a western woman to gain an anchor in the West.

About eight out of ten of the Muslims coming to the West are not really practicing their religion. The problem is that Islam has apostasy laws. Anyone who leaves Islam (apostatizes) becomes subject to the death penalty. Many of the Muslims who come here are agnostics at best. They will never deny Islam because of the apostasy laws, which say they are to be killed. Any Muslim has the right to take the life of someone who as left the faith. According to Shariah law, they do not commit a crime when they kill an apostate. The paradox is that they come here to get away from Islam and have no intention of practicing the faith, yet they will not renounce Islam because of the threat of death.

Some of these women may be marrying these Muslim men, and becoming Muslims in the process. In Muslim countries you have the religious leaders  pushing for everyone to get in line. there is the government pushing everyone to submit to Islam. There is also the pressure of family.

Some of those Muslims who have come here to get away from Islam, have come with their families. They only have one of the things pushing them to remain in Islam, their family. Even though their family may not be practicing their faith either, the  pressure of family is very strong, so they won’t leave Islam.

They want some structure to their faith so they buy into the reformed movement. The reformers treat their religion like a buffet, they pick and choose which parts they want to follow, and reject the rest. What they choose, they declare to be the true Islam, and say the rest was for the 7th century, and not for today.

So, one reason that some women may be converting to Islam to follow their husband’s faith.

I had a young girl in my youth department when I was a missionary in England who, because of a rebellious attitude, became Muslim. Some people get into Islam because it is a badge of rebellion. I think this is why she did it.

She started dating a Muslim man, and she is still with him. They have two children, and I don’t even think they are married.

If someone’s heart is full of rebellion, Islam has a natural pull on them. I believe this is one of the main reasons some young women find themselves in Islam.

About 8 to 10 years ago I read an article that said some 100,000 British people had converted to Islam. The majority of them were women.

I am only making suppositions, but this is my answer to the question.

As I travel to churches, I often hear from someone whose daughter has married a Muslim. They say they fear that the Muslim will take her to visit his family in Iran, or some other Muslim country, and she will never be allowed to return to our country.

I will ask the following questions:

  1. Has there been evidence of abuse? They often say no, but we suspect that it is there.
  2. My next question is, do they have a child? If the answer is no, usually the abuse won’t have started yet. The abuse usually begins after they have a child because the marriage is more solid and the man has leverage to force the woman to stay with him. We need to remember that in Islam, the child always belongs to the man. The woman has no rights over the child. Maybe you have seen the movie, “Not Without My Daughter.” It is based on a true story of a Muslim man from Iran, who had married a girl from Michigan. They had a daughter, and in 1984, he wanted to take his wife and daughter to Iran and visit his family. Once they got there, the mother and daughter were held against their wills. They finally escaped and came back home to America. The girl has grown up and has written a book explaining in great detail how they were rescued, and how they escaped.

I am always concerned when I hear about women who are married to a Muslim and they take them overseas. I always ask, will we ever see them again?

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