“The Wrath of Islam Narrowly Avoided” by Todd Strandberg

Last week, I witnessed one of the most insane spectacles of my life. The Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center proposed a plan to burn several copies of the Quran on September 11. He is the leader of a small Gainesville, Florida, church that espouses the belief that Islam is a satanic religion–and the book-burning was his way of making this fact known.

It’s bizarre how much attention his little demonstration has received. From all the outrage, you would think Jones had planned to burn the Islamic equivalent of the Dead Sea scrolls. What should have been just a local news curiosity exploded into the level of an international hostage crisis. The FBI and the local authorities were actually planning an intervention to save 200 Korans from Jones’ Bic lighter.

In a world where just about anything goes, there are still two things you don’t do: You don’t use the “N” word and you don’t do or say anything negative about the Islamic faith. A virtual who’s who of world leaders have condemned Jones’ action.

One of the first voices of dissent was Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. He said the burning could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort. He also warned that the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called the planned burning of Korans on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, “unwise” and “un-American.”

The world’s leading Sunni Muslim institution of learning, Al-Azhar University in Egypt, accused the church of stirring up hate and discrimination, and called on other American churches to speak out against it.

The Vatican condemned Jones, saying the burning was “an outrageous and grave gesture.” The words, “No one burns the Koran,” made up the headline in Tuesday’s L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has an amazing ability to find a Jewish connection to any news event, said the Koran burning was a Zionist plot.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton added her disapproval at a dinner in observance of Iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

There are roughly 335,000 Christian congregations in the United States. Each one has the right to burn as many Korans as it so chooses. Islamic demonstrators burn the American or Israeli flags on daily basis, and nobody in the West gets bent out of shape.

I think Jones was terribly misguided in coming up with this stunt. He claimed that God told him to press forward, but when the media firestorm erupted, he quickly buckled to public pressure. Jones has violated the #1 rule at Rapture Ready: “Don’t do anything that brings embarrassment to God’s Holy Name.”

The lesson from this incident is how cowardly we have become in our dealings with Islam. I’m sick of hearing all these talking heads on TV calling for inter-faith dialogue, and all the hand-wringing over “Islamophobia.” ABC news featured a poll that said a quarter of Americans (26 percent) admit to feelings of prejudice against Muslims. You don’t ask people if they are to ‘prejudiced’ against something. Why didn’t ABC News ask, “What religion is most likely to kill you in a car bomb attack?”

The people of the Koran certainly don’t bow to any other religion. I was watching a CNB news report about how Arabs in Jerusalem are endangering the Garden Tomb and the Face of the Skull with a massive wall they are in process of building. The Arab neighbors of these two Christian icons decided that they want to expand a cemetery, so they just started building a wall that would add several tons to the weight of the hillside containing them. The Islamic authority didn’t even bother to get the proper building permits. They just launched the construction because they knew the Christian community was an easy pushover.

The anniversary of 9/11 has become something of a conundrum to the rational mind. We honor more than 3,000 victims of a tragedy that only has a general cause. This weekend, President Obama blamed hatred for the tragedy. The liberal media has turned Al Qaeda into something of faceless boogeyman.

At least one writer knows the true cause:

On 9/11, Al Qaeda did not act in the name of 19 people, or ten thousand or so followers. It acted in the name of Islam. And while anyone can claim to do anything in the name of Islam, Al Qaeda was not some random fringe group. Al Qaeda drew its ideological support from the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest Muslim political group in the world. It and its allies drew on financial support from the governments of some of the world’s largest and most influential Muslim countries in the world, including Pakistan , Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These are countries which compromise some 200 million Muslims. (http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/27439)

It is extremely frustrating to witness the world constantly kissing up to Islam. The Bible assures us that this evil religion will soon meet its doom. At some point, several key Islamic nations will join with Russia and suffer a spectacular military defeat as the attempt to attack Israel. The nations that survive the carnage of Ezekiel 38 and 39 will be crushed under the rule of the Antichrist.

— Todd

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