By Prof. Alvin Schmidt, Ph.D.
Recently, I received several pages containing statements made by high ranking individuals, including President Obama, that defend and appease Islam and Muslims, contrary to well-established, historical facts. These statements have three things in common. One, they reveal a great deal of ignorance on the part of the individuals who have made these statements defending Muslims and Islam, in spite of what the Koran teaches. Two, these individuals seem to know little or no history (or don’t want to know) regarding 1,400 years of violence and bloodshed that Muslims have committed, beginning with Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and also consistent with the teachings of the Koran. Three, in most instances the defenders and appeasers of Islam echo the mantra of political correctness. The latter is Islam’s best friend.
One defender complained that “intelligent people [apparently Americans and other Westerners] believe all Muslims are violent or that all Muslim women are oppressed . . .” He, of course, provides no evidence for saying “all Muslims are violent.” Who has ever said that “all Muslims are violent”? No one that I know. But even so, that an unusually large number of Muslims are violent is supported by numerous reliable reports that show 10 to 15 percent of today’s Muslims are radical Muslims. This means that out of a Muslim world population of 1.6 billion (Gallup Poll, 2007) there are about 225 million terrorist-minded Muslims. That is hardly a small minority. So while one cannot accurately say “all Muslims are terrorists,” one can say, “most terrorists are Muslims.”
In one newspaper piece, former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, criticized Americans who say President Obama is a Muslim. Powell writes that Obama “is a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.” How does Powell know? Apparently from some statements Obama has publicly made that quoted him saying he is a Christian. Does that prove that he is a Christian? No, if I were to say “I am a nuclear physicist” that does not prove that I am one. To prove my assertion, I would need to provide some concrete evidence, something I would not be able to do, because I am not a nuclear physicist.
What evidence has Obama given that he is a Christian, other than his having said so? Our Lord, Jesus Christ, however, said it takes more than merely saying one is a Christian. Rather, He said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15). Has Obama shown any Christian fruits when he–more than once–falsely stated things about Christianity and Christian values? Or, when he defended Islam by criticizing Christianity? One time he said, “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.” No faithful Christian could in good conscience utter such a statement, but Obama did. It was also he who had his staff remove all Christian symbols before he spoke at Georgetown University (a Catholic school) in 2012. A similar request was honored when he spoke at Notre Dame in 2009. Unfortunately both Catholic universities agreed to these Christ-denying requests. But, the word Allah and copies of the Koran were openly visible for people to acquire when he spoke at Georgetown. If he were a Christian, why would he not want Christian symbols to be visible? Here one is reminded of what Jesus once said. “I say unto you, whoever confesses me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But, he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9).
Defenders and appeasers of Islam love to cite violent acts that occurred in the Old Testament, for instance, in the book of Joshua. Thus, these defenders are saying that Muslim violence is no worse what one finds in the Old Testament. This is a common “red herring” tactic, cleverly used to intimidate and silence any criticism of Islam’s current and numerous murderous acts. Unfortunately, all too many uninformed Christians fall for this specious comparison. These gullible Christians fail to tell the Muslim defenders that the violent acts in the Old Testament happened 3,000 years ago. They are all in the past tense, but today’s Islamic violent acts, advocated in the Koran’s numerous violent passages, are all in the present tense. The following are only a couple of such numerous passages in the Koran:
“Fighting is enjoined for you, and it is an object of dislike to you, and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you, and Allah knows, while you do not know” (K. 2:216).
“To anyone who fights in Allah’s way, whether killed or victorious, we shall give him a great reward” (K. 4:74).
“I will instill terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, and strike off from them every fingertip (K. 8:12).
“If you do not fight, Allah will punish you severely, and put others in your place” (K. 9:39).
Another Muslim appeaser, in a recent newspaper article, wrote that among Americans, “Sharia conjures horrors of hands cut off, adulterers stoned, and women oppressed. By contrast, who today remembers that the much-loved English common law called for execution as punishment for hundreds of crimes, including theft of any object worth five shilling or more?”
Here too, past-antiquated British laws are cited to give present-day Sharia laws the aura of being acceptable. By employing this tactic, appeasers ignore that these past laws have all been repealed, whereas Islam’s inhumane laws have not been repealed, but still are an integral part of today’s Islamic religion. The appeasers conveniently fail to note that cutting off the hand of a Muslim thief, for example, is still the law in today’s Koran. It declares, “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime, and Allah is exalted in power” (K. 5:38). Let’s not forget, a female guilty of adultery is still stoned to death, as happened recently in Pakistan.
In still another newspaper article, readers are encouraged to follow the example of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, who was “merciful to everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.” This is a shockingly false portrayal of Muhammad, for he was far from being merciful. Kaab ibn Al-Ashraf, a poet, who wrote some poems that angered Muhammad. So Muhammad had him stabbed to death by his body-guard assassin, Maslama. The hadith by Sahih Al-Bukhari cites Muhammad saying, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” Ibn Ishaq (d. 773 A.D.), author of The Life of Muhammad (first published in 750) quotes Muhammad saying, “Kill any Jew that falls into you power.” These are only some examples of Muhammad’s unmerciful disposition.
In conclusion, it is necessary to note when Christians engaged in violent acts at various times in history, they could not cite any New Testament support for their evil actions. They acted outside of the New Testament. They were nominal or highly flawed Christians. Whereas when Muslims engage in violent behavior today, they are not nominal or flawed Muslims, for they have the Koran on their side with its numerous violent passages (as indicated above) commanding them to kill the infidels.
Editor’s note: Submitted by Alvin J. Schmidt, Ph.D. (April 22, 2016)