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Islam – The Religion Of Peace Strikes Again

IslamCan someone explain to me why or how Islam is called the religion of peace? Why would anyone dare to classify it as such, given the propensity of its followers to engage in mindless acts of violence? Such acts of violence as attacking the American embassies in Egypt and Libya, killing our ambassador to Libya, J Christopher Stevens, and three of his senior security officials, as they were trying to evacuate staff? How is it that they get a pass on their violence, no matter if it is directed at the United States, or at differing factions of Muslims?

This violence has come about because of an America film, as yet unnamed, that supposedly depicts Muhammad in a negative light. The film was written, produced, and directed by Sam Bacile, an American citizen. The information I have says the film is in English, but someone dubbed it into Arabic. It has not been released yet, but excerpts have been shown on YouTube. Because of that, two of our embassies have been attacked, our flag has been torn down and replaced by the black flag of Islam, and one of our citizens has been killed. The first response of the embassy in Egypt was to release a statement, saying they were sorry someone had tried to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that it “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

“Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy,” the statement read. “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

The Obama administration has issued its own statement, saying the embassy had not cleared their statement with Washington. I almost feel sorry for Jay Carney for having to field the questions he will no doubt hear in today’s press briefings.

(Hot Air)The White House is disavowing a statement from their own Cairo embassy that apologized for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior administration official told POLITICO…

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.

I’ll give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt and not question if they really believe in the statement released by the embassy in Egypt. For the time being, I’ll leave that speculation to others and focus on the real issue at hand. How much longer are we going to coddle Islam, walking on eggshells, trying not to offend their religious sensibilities? How many times have movies been made that showed Jesus Christ in a less than favorable light? While Christians may have protested, I can not recall one single incident in which we resorted to violence to get our point across.Why does Islam get such a pass when its followers decide the best way to protest is to invade our embassies, tear down our flag, and kill our citizens?

I am getting tired of hearing that Islam is a religion of peace. Its followers proclaim it at every opportunity. Loudly and forcefully, they tell everyone how Islam is a peaceful religion, yet their actions speak louder than their words. The attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Libya are just the latest attempts to show just how peaceful they are. Other attempts would include their persecution of women, and other factions of Islam who disagree among themselves. If you haven’t noticed, Sunni and Shitte Muslims can not get along with each other, much less anyone else. I’ll not bother to go into the differences they have, but suffice it to say, their favored method of showing their disagreement is to shoot, behead, blow up, and otherwise kill the followers of the other sect. Yeah, that sounds really peaceable to me.

It is past the time when we should be calling a spade what it really is. Islam is not a religion of peace. In fact, it is anything but that. I am sure there are peaceful Muslims who exist. I am sure they do good works and choose not to persecute someone, just because they do not follow the same religion. But how can we continue to accept Islam as the religion of peace when the majority of the news coming out of the Islamic world is death, mayhem, and violence? Islam is not a religion of peace. It can not be placated, and thus many of its followers. It’s time we recognized that and acted accordingly. It’s time we realized responding to attacks like these with platitudes is just not enough. If they insist on violence, we should remove our presence from those countries and let them enact their violence upon each other. At the same time, we should warn them of the consequences, if they choose to export that violence beyond their borders. If they will recognize nothing but a big stick, then a big stick it should be.

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  • Doug

    It’s a mistranslation. It’s not “peace” it’s “submission”.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I suppose they want us to submit, in order to have peace. That’s not how it’s going to work.

  • http://www.stevenbirnspeaks.com Steven Birn

    The history of Islam is one of conquest and forced conversion. It is the polar opposite of the Christian faith. It’s frankly a religion of Satan.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • http://westernhero.blogspot.com Silverfiddle

    “Religion of Peace” is an Orwellian formulation. Islam was born in violence and it propagated itself violently. Look around the world. Anywhere there are buildings burning, explosions or angry rioting, Islam is probably behind it.

    It is not a religion of peace.

    • bobby ghosh

      yes islam is a religion of pece PEACE OF GRAVEYARD

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      It does seem that Islam is always associated with violence whenever it is in the news. One would think they would desire a better reputation than that. One would evidently be incorrect.

  • http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com Jim at Conservatives on Fire

    Islam is the religion of peace as long as mom-believers agree to convert, or agree to become a slave to a Muslim or die at the hands of a Muslim. That is and always has been thier idea of peace.

    I am sick and tired of this administration apologizing for America. It is past time for Obama to step aside and let an adult be in charge.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      Yes, they want us to submit, in order to have peace. They need to learn that isn’t how this is going to work. At least, not with America.

      As for Obama apologizing to Islam, I am still in the process of digesting exactly what he said. I will say this; I am somewhat sick of hearing any statement we give in response to such acts of senseless violence be qualified first. I can’t help but wonder if they would apologize to Christians for some of the things that have been done to degrade our religion, if we took to the streets. It feels like it is entirely to politically correct for my taste.

  • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

    How is Christianity a religion of compassion and love while we have crazies protesting military funerals, saying that our troops dying is God’s punishment on America for being too lax on homosexuals?

    Islam is *not* the problem. It’s the people. Culture is the problem here. Arab and Persian culture are harsh, and it’s those cultures that are to blame for all the dumb stuff done in the name of Islam.

    Everyone ignores Malaysia and Indonesia. Those are two countries whose official religion is Islam. Both countries have a huge Muslim majority of citizens. Both of those countries are free of the crazy violence we see in the Middle East. Neither country persecute Christians. In fact, you’re free to practice whatever religion you please in those two countries. There are laws in Malaysia and Indonesia that protect people’s rights to their freedom of religion.

    You don’t see these insane riots over Mohammed movies and pictures. And before someone starts screaming “SHARIA,” yes, Muslims are held to Sharia laws in those countries but here’s the kicker: ONLY Muslims are held to Sharia.

    They are also prosperous countries with growing economies. Heck, look at the UAE in the Middle East. Dubai is one of the richest places on the planet. Although it is technically illegal to practice Christianity there, Dubai is relatively free from all the crazy violence happening in its neighboring countries.

    Also, why are American Muslims peaceful? Probably because our culture doesn’t support killing in the name of religion. Why are Malaysia and Indonesia so peaceful? Probably because their cultures don’t support killing in the name of religion.

    Islam is not the problem in the Middle East: Arab culture is the problem. If all the Arabs were Christians, they’d be stoning people for taking the Lord’s name in vain. If all the Arabs were Jews, they’d be killing people for working on the Sabath, and stoning adulterers.

    • http://www.stevenbirnspeaks.com steven birn

      The Westboro crazies would be excommunicated by any legitimate Christian denomination for their actions. These are people who do not believe that God forgives, they’re heretics. There is a reason why they are a Congregational church, Westboro is a good example of what’s wrong with Congregational, baptistic churches. That one church is heretical and evil doesn’t prove much of anything.

      In Islam, at least 10% of Muslims are violent or support violence. In certain countries the percentage is much higher. The supposedly moderate Muslims don’t speak out against violent Islam. That’s the polar opposite of the Christian faith. How many churches have actively opposed Westboro over the years? How many sermons have included references opposing the actions of Westboro? It must be thousands. Yet we hear nothing from the moderate Muslims, they remain silent.

      • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

        The Catholic Church didn’t excommunicate the priests that molested all those boys for so many years.

        Anyway, many Muslims do speak out against the violence, it’s just that they’re ignored by people who want to paint Islam as some horrible thing, or inferior to Christianity.

        http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,131580,00.html

        I mean, how many people “speak out” against Terry Jones and his Koran burning? I knew of some Christians who actually applauded him, because they think Islam is evil and what not. But his actions were the antithesis of everything American and everything Christian.

        So because not every single Christian in the world spoke out against him, does that mean Christianity as a whole supports this guy and what he does?

        Plenty of Muslims have publicly spoken out against the violence. Every Muslim I’ve ever known has told me how much they lament what is going on. What the hell do you want from them? How much more do they need to speak out? What good are words to the nut-jobs anyway?

        • http://www.stevenbirnspeaks.com steven birn

          We don’t need to paint Islam as inferior, it is because it is a false religion. The Papists have been universally attacked for their failure to protect children. If they were Muslims, those opposed to protecting child diddlers would keep silent. In the Christian faith, we call evil out.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      For what it’s worth, I don’t even consider the people who protest at military funerals to be Christians. Their actions do not, I repeat, DO NOT, portray the actions and the love Christ showed during his life on this earth. It matters not that they call themselves Christians. Just because they call themselves thus, doesn’t make it so.

      If it is the culture, and not Islam, that is to blame, why does most of the violence contain references to Allah is great? Why did these terrorists who attacked our embassies and killed our people declare it was because someone offended their religion and their prophet? That isn’t the culture talking, it is Islam.

      • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

        All the Muslims I know, Larry, don’t consider these crazies who perpetrate such violence to be Muslims. A good friend of mine is Muslim, and he hates all the violence. He had to flee his country (Mauritania) because his government branded him a dissident. It’s funny because my friend was a member of the Peace Corps. Yeah, real dissident there.

        But it wasn’t Islam that was poisoning his country: it was Arab culture. Mauritania is more African than Arab, and before Arab culture started taking root in his country, things weren’t so bad.

        Larry, when Christians were discovered the new world, they enslaved the peoples they found . . . in the name of God. The Jesuit priests tortured Jews and other “heretics,” in the name of God. Although the Crusades were actually about economics, the official impetus was in the name of God. “Deus Vult,” or “God wills it,” was the papal bull that started it all.

        The thing is, though, that Western Civilization moved on from that craziness, and more people started to reject the notion of violence on behalf of their creator. People actually figured out that violence was the antithesis of Jesus’ message and ministry.

        Here’s a hypothetical: what if MOST Christians believed and behaved as the Westboro nuts? Would Christianity then be a religion of hate and intolerance? No. It would still be what it is: a religion of compassion and inclusiveness, but it would just be full of idiotic zealots who are clearly uneducated and easily manipulated.

        • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

          Even though I disagree with their religion, I do not blame Muslims, as a whole, for the violence. It is Islam itself that is at fault. It seems to lend itself to violence and many of its followers embrace that violence.

          I realize there are always extremes in any religion. I know some who profess to be Christians have not shown themselves to be Christians at all. I say again, just because they say they are acting in the name of God does not mean they are following what he would want them to do.

          • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

            And I would argue that the same concept you apply to Christianity applies to Islam as well.

            Like I said, history is FULL of examples of Christianity lending to violence, or at least most Christians making it seem that way. Unspeakable attrocities have been perpetrated in the name of Jesus.

            If Islam is the problem, then why are there Muslim countries that DON’T experience the same violence we see in the Middle East and North Africa?

            • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

              I see your point, but just because there are examples of Christianity being used as an excuse for violence does not take away the significance of the threat Islam poses in our world today. And make no mistake, it does pose a very real and dangerous threat. Not all Muslims are dangerous, that much we agree on, but Islam itself, at its very core, is a threat.

              • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

                If it’s such a threat, then why haven’t the 1 billion or so Muslims around the world risen up to destroy everything non-Muslim? Why are we not seeing Indonesian and Malaysian terrorists? Why are we not seeing very many African Muslim terrorists?

                Isn’t it a bit telling that most of the radical Muslim terrorists we see are either Arab or Persian?

                Radical Islam is a threat, yes. But Radical Islam was born in the Middle East, a product of the blending of harsh Arab and Persian culture and the religion.

                But, Radical Islam is just a big of a threat to our safety as Fundamental Christianity is a threat to our liberties. Any religion, when taken to its extreme, can be a threat to the world. Some turn violent, others a bit more subtle.

    • Jill

      Jack, in my months of reading comments, yours aresome of the few I have ever seen to actually give me something to think about. I might even change my mind about a few things. If more people would communicate the way you do instead of simply shouting insults to each other the world would be a much better place. Thank you for your comments.

  • lou222

    Apparently Christianity is the only type of religion that can and is attacked. I had issues with Bush, so don’t say I am in his corner completely, but if this had happened on his watch, I doubt he would be heading to a campaign money raiser at the moment. Let’s see how the media can spin this one, they are already working on it. So, we have 4 Americans dead and we have a very short statement from Obama and Clinton and we should be satisified. How much *ss kissing are we going to do to make the boo-boo’s go away? Are these children? These are cold blooded killers, as I have said before, “Man up Mr. President, do your job while we still have a United States of America”!

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      That’s what bothers me the most about this. It is perfectly okay for someone to degrade Christianity, or at least it seems that way. I’ll almost guarantee you that if Christians took to the streets and committed senseless acts of violence like this, we would be soundly condemned. There would be no apologies for offending our religious sensibilities.

      As for Obama and his response, he needs to act decisively on this. These people need to know we will not stand for our people to be attacked and killed. Personally, I would vote for removing any presence we have in these countries and let them kill each other.

  • ecks why

    yes islam is a religion of “peace”…

    the trick here is the definition of the word “peace”, which from an islamic perspective means that the entire planet bows down and submits to the will of allah, and then it will be “peaceful”. to get to this stage, islam justifies any means necessary, starting with violence, see the koran

    of course, western civilization generally assumes the “peace” word means lack of conflict, which is where the confusion arises

    do some internet searching for islamic terms “dar al harb” and “dar al islam”

    and some snappy infographics :)
    http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/1479/dangermoko.jpg
    http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9963/dangerislam.jpg

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      Their idea of peace is certainly different than ours.

  • http://www.saberpoint.blogspot.com Stogie

    Jack, you are wrong on several points. Christianity is not defined by a small number of fanatics protesting at soldiers’ funerals. It is illogical to draw a general conclusion from a specific example. Further, the problem is indeed ISLAM, a religion created by a mass murdering warlord, plunderer and thief. Islamic texts are shot through with admonitions to followers to attack and kill “infidels,” and the history of Islam is replete with examples of treachery, murder, robbery and rape by Mohammed himself. Indeed, those who die in jihad go straight to heaven, bypassing the day of judgment, while peaceful Muslims have only one in thousand chances to get into heaven (according to Islam’s own texts).

    Christianity has no such dogmas, texts or examples of its founder.

    • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

      “Christianity is not defined by a small number of fanatics protesting at soldiers’ funerals.”

      That’s my point. We can’t take the radical nuts and use that to define a religion. Over the centuries, Christianity was used to justify some fairly horrific behavior. Yes, Christianity has come a long way from the Spanish Inquisition, but that’s only because WESTERN CULTURE has come a long way since then.

      I gave you two examples of non-Middle Eastern countries that are Muslim yet peaceful, prosperous, and treat their citizens fairly. You provided absolutely no counter examples. I’m not arguing that the Middle East is okay. It’s pretty awful, but it’s not because of Islam. It’s because of Middle Eastern/Arab culture.

      If you cannot recall all the murder and treachery perpetrated in the name of Christ, then you simply have no grasp of history. Hell, have you even READ the Old Testament? There’s several books about conquest and what not–genocide simply because God told them to.

      But as Western civilization progressed, so did the understanding of Judaism and Christianity. Arab/Middle Eastern culture has not come to that point yet.

      But Asian culture has. Malaysia and Indonesia have rejected the violence portrayed in the Koran just as Western Civilization has rejected the violence portrayed in the Bible.

      • rjjrdq

        Just the fact that you had to give a history lesson to make your point says a lot. Islam is stuck in the 10th century and that is the crux of the problem. Yes, it will likely take hundreds of years before it evolves into the “religion of peace” it claims to be. Assuming it will evolve that is.

        • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

          Arab culture is stuck in the Middle Ages, for the most part. Dubai, which is in the Middle East, is incredibly Westernized. They figured out that all the violence is bad for business, so they moved past that point.

          Yes, it’s illegal to practice Christianity in the UAE, but they’re not having riots in the name of Allah. It’s because their culture, their society, modernized itself, while their neighbors have largely stayed in the past.

  • http://www.Bunkerville.wordpress.com Bunkerville

    If this does not turn the tide with the American people. nothing will. The Obamabots might just catch on to reality.

  • Steve Dennis

    The fact that so many people have to tell us Islam is a religion of peace every time violence breaks out the the simplest “offense” shows us that it is not.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I couldn’t agree more. They are ready to fight at the drop of a hat. A religion of peace, it is not.

  • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/libyans-denounce-acts-of-terrorism-slideshow/

    For anyone who still believes the lie that Muslims don’t speak out against the violence. These Muslims are speaking out against it in the very HEART of the violence.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      It does appear that some Muslims in Libya do not agree with the violence and are speaking their minds about it. For that, I am grateful.

  • Doni

    Jack, how long have you been living in Indonesia or Malaysia? I am Indonesian and i have to tell you that indonesia is not that tolerant anymore. The wahabism of saudi slowly coming to our country and change the face of Indonesia. We are tolerant before because our moslem blended with the culture of Hindu -Budhism. But when the purification idea of wahabis coming then i really dont what will happen with Indonesian future, sad but true.And malaysia actually more fanatical moslem then Indonesian. Just googling Lina Joy and you will see how tolerant Malaysian is…

    • http://christianfearinggodman.blogspot.com Jack Camwell

      Thank you for your perspective. It is interesting to note that it is the “Wahabism of *Saudi*” that is causing your country to become less tolerant. I’m assuming that you mean Saudi as in Saudi Arabia.

      Regardless, do you see the same insane violence in your country as we see in the Middle East? My guess is no.

  • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

    To follow up on Doug’s comment. It’s “submission,” or “else.”

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      That just about sums it up.

  • http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com Jim at Conservatives on Fire

    Larry, I have been leaving the following nessage at all of my stops today:

    BTW, I am leaving this message at all of my stops today. You and your readers may want to come by my place today to learn of an alert about “Blogger Idenity Theft”. Everybody needs to know what is happening.

    http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com

    On top of this attack on me and on maggie, I find today that I am unable to comment on WordPress sites. I don’t know if the two things are related.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      Thanks for letting me know, Jim. I’ll be on watch for something like that.

  • Dragonconservative

    I am thoroughly sick of people complaining about those poor Muslims being painted with the same brush as their radical counterparts. The vast majority of religious violence has come out of the Middle East, out of Islamic nations. As a nation, we must not hesitate to condemn violence for what it is: radical religious fundamentalism.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I couldn’t agree more, DC. I mean no disrespect to Muslims who abhor the violence perpetrated by their more radical counterparts, but I still intend to mention said violence, whenever appropriate.

  • http://capitolcommentary.com Harrison

    Islam has not undergone a Reformation the way Christianity has and many of its followers are Useful Idiots who want to engage in violence it appears.

  • Abiodun Igbekoyi

    Islam is not a peaceful religion anywhere on the face of the earth. Everybody knows this too. If Jesus was mocked, the worst that would happen is protests but let it be mohammed, people will have to die. This may be islam’s definition of peace. I believe all religions teach forgiveness, tolerance and love. Islam don’t have any of these.