Commentary By Steve Jalsevac
August 24, 2010, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Militant Islam's rapidly growing influence within Western democratic nations has become a serious concern. Most Westerners have a very poor understanding of Islam as we already stated in one 2008 article. In another we reported on Bill Federer's views on how multiculturism has fed Muslim radicalism in the West. Most Westerners do not realize Islam is not only a religious belief system, but also one that demands all-encompassing Islamic government and laws and, in some Islamic societies, harsh enforcement of the rules for daily living and thought. Because of the concerning developments on this issue, we present today a variety of news briefs and links for readers to consider.
LifeSiteNews does not necessarily endorse all of these information items, but we hope they will spark readers to consider the implications of the likely large future role of Islamism in their lives. These links and excerpts are mostly alternative to what is presented in the mainstream media. That media, because of its often intense hostility to traditional Christian culture, tends to overlook many of the excesses of Islamists, which should actually worry it far more.
Modern fundamamentalist Islamism, a religious ideology that rules Iran and to varying degrees other Muslim nations or areas, such as the Taliban controlled regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is frighteningly totalitarian in practice. Saudi Arabia and a few other nations represent other, different types of oppressive Islam. Thankfully, not all Muslims ascribe to these extreme interpretations of Islam, but those forms of Islam are now becoming increasingly dominant. Read When Islam Abandoned Reason for a view of how much of Islam developed into its current threatening forms.
There is growing pressure from the Islamists to convince, threaten or brainwash all Muslims to adopt or to at least cooperate with their campaign of violent hatred against all non-Muslims and uncooperative Muslims. They are also becoming adept at exploiting the freedoms of western democratic political and legal systems to gradually impose Sharia law within non-Islamic regions of the world. They are skilled at using television, radio, Internet and any other media and especially an internationally expanding network of radicalized mosques to propagandize and incite the Islamic masses.
The implications of this struggle regarding the issues that LifeSiteNews covers are substantial and worrisome. Judeo/Christian civilization has been by far the strongest advocate for the dignity of every human person. The associated right to life and other basic human rights emanate from our understanding that every person, regardless of race or creed -although still merely human - is made in the image and likeness of God, who Christians believe is a God of perfect love. Not so with much of today's Islam, a radically different religion, with a radically different concept of God, of which most in the West have not the slightest comprehension.
However, the expansion of militant Islam, and other dangers to the democratic West, is actually a story of the near total rebellion in the West against its Judeo/Christian foundation and its consequent self-inflicted decline in almost every respect. The West is weak, corrupted, in catastophic demographic and consequent economic decline and therefore very vulnerable. It is a natural target for forces that have long wished to dominate it. The rise of militant Islam seems to be occuring in direct proportion to the corruption and collapse of the Christian West. We are bringing possible Islamic domination and other trials upon ourselves.
Militant Islamists, Communist China and Russia, the depopulationist, world government secularists – all observe our self inflicted decline and are seizing the opportunity – as should be expected. Our abandonment of the strengths of character and social unity that our religion gave, our grossly immoral behaviours and media and crumbling family life - all spur on those seeking conquest. These things give fanatical outlooks a veneer of credibility. They need only point to our violent killing of millions of our own unborn babies, rampant porn, indecent dress and other destructive behaviours that we indulge in or tolerate and say, ”see the infidels.”
Some pro-life lobbyists at UN conferences have in the past reported to LifeSiteNews Muslim delegates indicating that, although Muslims are forbidden abortion, homosexuality and other immorality, they really don't care if we engage in these practices since that behaviour will make the international spread of Islam much easier.
However, by no means are most Muslims or all forms of Islam violent or a danger to what little is left of Judeo/Christian civilization. Human nature being what it naturally is, there are many Muslims of good will who are not prone to hate those of different beliefs.
Muslims have a high regard for family, for children, the elderly and share many basic moral tenets with Christianity. Many who emigrated to the West are happy to be in free and prosperous nations unlike the oppressive and very backward Islamic regimes that they left. At the United Nations, Muslims have often allied with pro-life and pro-family delegates and without their cooperation, major victories would not have happened.
Pope Benedict's Regensberg address on the necessity of dialogue between Islam and Christianity resulted in a firestorm of reactions. In the end, despite the orchestrated violence and media hostility in response to the Pope's statements, much good resulted in that some serious dialogue was finally begun between the two religions. LifeSiteNews reported in depth on that 2006 controversy and the often thoughtful responses to it.
Benedict did not grovel in the face of Islamic intimidation as so many have been doing. While being respectful of Muslims and their beliefs he also publicly affirmed his belief in the truth of Christianity.
We encourage you to review the above linked items, as well as today's Newsbytes pages, and to do your own additional research on this issue. Then consider what you can personally do to play a part in the renewal of the best traditions of Western culture and its religious heritage which are meant to benefit all persons, without discrimination.
It would also be good to pray for radical Muslim leaders and terrorists. Pray that their hearts will be softened, and that they will come to see that extreme violence, hatred and oppression cannot possibly bring about any lasting, true good – in this life or in the next. History has shown this many times over. Really, have you ever thought about praying for them, while still standing publicly firm on Christian principles and living those principles, just like Benedict XVI?
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