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Monday, August 30, 2010

ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM AGENDA Part 2 (of 3)

~~ By James Fire

We continue now with part 2 of this article, and in this segment we shall look at the culture of Islam as it’s affecting our nation; from the President himself and the administration under him; does Barak Obama paint an accurate picture of what Islam is all about? How does he view America, and her history, and the part (if any) that Muslims play for her benefit? We’ll look at the landscape that is America and see how Islam is impacting the people. Of course, the agenda of Islam will be scrutinized as well, and we have a series of video clips from youtube that will display this very thing (In part 3)! So, without any further ado, let’s have a look and see what more we can learn about this religion and those that extol it:

SALAM, Mr. PRESIDENT! –

There is a lot of mystery regarding the current President, and his real identity: is he really an American born citizen or not? Is he a Christian? A Muslim? A Marxist Socialist?
*From Mychal Massie of World Net Daily, we have the following article –

If Obama were a Christian …

Who Is Barak Obama?(read the full article here)

Posted: August 24, 2010
1:00 am Eastern

“In the aftermath of Obama's unsolicited, controversial dictates over the Ground Zero Mosque [GZM] debate, White House image-makers are now trying to convince the public he is a devout Christian. Specific to that point, he may not be a Muslim, but I'm convinced he isn't a Christian, either.

As evidence of his devoutness, the White House has entered into evidence that he allegedly prays every day. Let me be clear – praying every day no more makes one a Christian than walking across a stream makes one a fisherman.

“A true Christian, i.e., a born-again believer, is a person who has put his faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ – including His sacrificial death on the cross as propitiation/payment for our sins, His crucifixion and resurrection and the understanding that this same Jesus will, at a time appointed return to gather unto Himself His own.

“Simply believing there is a God or "god" doesn't make one a Christian. The New Testament tells us, in James 2:19, that the very "demons also believe and tremble." In the Book of Job we have record of God addressing Satan (Job 1:6-12). Ergo, if Satan and the demons are acknowledged as knowing God exists from first-person experience – just believing there is a God simply places a person among a legion of not so pleasant beings.

“My point being – prayer and belief sans confession, repentance and acceptance of Christ in one's heart is hot air. Being a "good person" doesn't make one a Christian either, nor does being an outwardly religious person. Being a Christian, devout or otherwise, is more than that – it’s placing our [immortal souls] in the hands of One we have not seen, based on a faith that many scorn (John 3:1-21, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:21-28, Hebrews 11:1-3).

“Scriptures tell us that by our works we shall be known (Matthew 7:15-20). Where is Obama's fruit? I think it can be reasonably argued that, if he were a Christian following after Jesus, there would be no questions about his faith. If his actions were Christ-like, people wouldn't question whether or not he is a Muslim.

“This isn't about color or race [NOTE: Mr. Massie is a black gentleman]. There are many persons of color in very public capacities that do not have these questions swirling around them.

“If Obama had spent 20 years under a truly God-fearing, Bible-preaching, Christ-filled pastor, would we today have these questions? Obviously, we cannot say with absolute certainty that wouldn't be the case – but I submit the chances greatly favor that we wouldn't.

“A true Christian is more concerned about the eternal benefits of service than about endorsing behaviors and teachings that are antithetical to the God of Scripture. God doesn't care what color a person is, nor whether you are a man, woman or child – He cares that we accept His Son, lead others to Him, and live Christ-centered lives that make others want to be like "that" which they see in us.

“Specific to that point, I see nothing in Obama I want to be like.”

BY THEIR FRUIT –

As Mr. Massie stated, you will know a person’s genuine spiritual life by the kind of fruit they bear. Christians place the highest value in prayer, both private and public, and every where in scripture we are admonished to engage in this vital ministry.

How many remember when Barak Hussein Obama cancelled the National Day of Prayer? True this is a function that’s been inundated with all sorts of religious people, not just Christians; but the very act of canceling something that’s been a part of the tradition in D.C. since the days of Truman, who inaugurated it in 1952, and reached its zenith under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, was brought to a screeching halt by Obama, not in proclamation but in practice.

Nixing National Day of Prayer?

The decision was made by Wisconsin U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. She ruled that it violates the First Amendment's ban against a law respecting an establishment of religion.

Jordan Sekulow, an attorney from the American Center for Law & Justice, however, calls Crabb's decision "flawed," according to OneNewsNow.com, a Christian news site. Sekulow says the boundaries between religion and government are not blurred by the National Day of Prayer because the establishment clause Crabb cites in her decision is meant to prohibit the federal government from establishing a national church. Says Sekulow:

That's not what's done in this National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Here, we are again just signifying and looking back on our history, respecting our history of the founding of the Judeo-Christian country.

While it is true he made a proclamation for the day, (Presidential Proclaimation But What of Practice?)the actual practice and function for the day’s purpose was conspicuous by its absence anywhere about the White House. Incidentally, in that proclamation, Obama stated:


“As we observe this day of prayer, we remember THE ONE LAW THAT BINDS ALL GREAT RELIGIONS TOGETHER: the Golden Rule, and its call to LOVE ONE ANOTHER; to understand one another; and to treat with DIGNITY and RESPECT those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth. (emphasis mine)”

It’s a simple statement of fact that no where in the Quran does it declare Allah’s love for any one, nor does it encourage the Muslim to love others, much less one’s enemies.

(Where can it be shown in all the annals of history, where Islam was the predominant force, that others were treated with dignity and respect? A Muslim could say, and rightly so, where can it be shown in history that those Christians during the Crusades treated others with dignity and respect? Such as took up the martial banner in the Name of Christ, at the command of certain Popes to slay Jew, and Muslim, and any others who would not swear allegiance to the ‘Most Holy Mother Church’ did so, not in obedience to the commands of Christ in scripture, but at the command of Popes who were, just as much as the religion they headed, horribly wicked and corrupt.

Yet genuine Christians emulate the very person of Jesus Christ in love, peace, and compassion for others and are therefore in compliance with the Holy Bible. The Muslim who seeks compliance to the Quran would find themselves condoning if not participating in acts of coersion and violence. To examine this in more detail, see The Berean Call’s article “Islam is Peace?”

Islam Is Peace?

Barak Hussein Obama, self-proclaimed Christian is the very first President to celebrate Ramadan with an “iftar”; do you know what that is? I sure didn’t, but apparently Obama knows:

Mr. Obama's office issued a statement Wednesday noting that Ramadan is a time when Muslims reflect on the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and on the responsibility that people have to each other and to God. He said he looks forward to hosting a traditional "iftar" dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House later this week –

Obama's Statement on Occasion of Ramadan

Obama Comments On Ifta Dinner at Ramadan

(full statement and article above)

“These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, TOLERANCE, and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and RACIAL EQUALITY. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF AMERICA and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country. And today, I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan.
“I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month. (emphasis mine)”

A faith known for “racial equality”?? I’ve read Joan Peter’s book FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL and according to this former pro-Palestinian reporter and writer, the suffering and oppression that Jews endured in various Islamic nations (long before Nazi Germany) was appalling, and yet they were refused in their requests to leave those nations, with the exception of a few that had to pay virtually all they had just to escape with their lives! When Jews were released en masse, it was parallel to the events of Israeli victory in its wars with Islamic forces.

Two articles we’ve done on The RED PILL Consortium are based on this book: While the information contained in this book is excellent, it is also heart breaking and at times difficult to read. Should you wish to obtain your own copy, the book (after being discontinued for nearly 2 decades) is available once again!

Visit The Berean Call
and check on “products” and type in book title.

Ponderings On Israel

Revisiting From Time Immemorial

For a summary of Israel and its relations with Islamic and other nations through its history, read this excellent article from Koinonia HouseBetrayal Of The Chosen Article or if you prefer to listen rather than read check out these audio files: Betrayal Of The Chosen Audio Files

”Islam has always been a part of our country”?? Its true that Muslims have populated our land since the mid 18th century, but as individuals and families, not as a incumbant institution that was integral to the embodiment of America. Yet in almost the same breath we heard from Obama that America is not a Christian nation. I would challenge the reader to investigate the preamble of the constitutions of all fifty states and determine for themselves whether or not America is (or at least was in its foundation) a Christian nation, not a Hindu nation, or a Buddhist, or a Deist, etc.

See the following at this link -
God In State Constitutions of America

A TOWERING PRESENCE –

The hot topic, nigh well an enflamed one is this proposal for building a mosque and Islamic community center in the area of Ground Zero, at the site of the 9-11 tragedy. It would, on the outset appear that Obama endorses this construction, when in fact what he claims to have intended was (from Yahoo News):

" . . . my intention was simply to let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion."

In accordance with the law, Mr. President? What if greater and greater concessions are made to Muslims, to the point where they are allowed to enact Sharia law? Under that system of Islamic government, NO ONE will have rights unless they are Muslim; all non-Muslims are, under Sharia law, considered “dhimmi”, subservient subjects under Islamic rule. For those of you not familiar with Sharia law and its implications, see the following review of a book, written by a Muslim woman who had to live under this oppressive system:

Cruel And Usual Punishment Review By Nonie Darwish

To see the article on Obama’s statements in their entirety, click here: Obama's Statement On the Ground Zero Mosque

Also from FOX News:
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama told an intently listening crowd gathered at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable." Does this commitment include biblical Christianity? Or has a double standard persisted in our nation in these days?

It would be interesting to know, who exactly was it, that sold this property to the Muslims who are intent on this purpose!
Practicing one’s religion is one thing, but building a mosque at Ground Zero is like building a monument to Adolf Hitler opposite the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem! Or as another stated on their sign, at the major media-censored event of Protesting Ground Zero Mosque: “You can build your mosque here when we can build a synagogue in Mecca! (seen in the youtube video below)”

The FOX News article ended with:
“While his pronouncement concerning the mosque might find favor in the Muslim world, Obama's stance runs counter to the opinions of the majority of Americans, according to polls. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released this week found that nearly 70 percent of Americans opposed the mosque plan while just 29 percent approved. A number of Democratic politicians have shied away from the controversy.”

Read the full article here:
Obama Supports Ground Zero Mosque

From MSNBC we hear from a New York born Muslim woman, and recently MISS USA, named Rima Fakih who (is pro-Obama incidentally) stated that she is against the plan to build the mosque and further stated:

“I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on constitutional rights of freedom of religion,” Fakih, 24, said from Las Vegas, where she represented the USA at the Miss Universe pageant Monday night. But she added: “I also agree that it shouldn’t be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion.”

The article went on to say that “A recent Time magazine poll showed 61 percent of those polled were against a mosque being erected near ground zero. The poll also famously had 24 percent of respondents believing the President himself is Muslim.

Miss Fakih isn’t the only Muslim speaking out against this project, there is also the son of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef who likewise adds his voice: “Cordoba Initiative hopes to build a $100 million, 13-story community center with Islamic, interfaith and secular programming.” In addition to the mosque, the project calls for a 500-seat auditorium, swimming pool, art exhibition spaces, bookstores and restaurants. “Please understand that I have no problem with buildings. But I have a very big problem with the politics and symbolism behind this building….If Cordoba and other Muslim organizations in America would like to ‘do a huge amount of good,’ let them build a hospital instead of a mosque. Build something that will help the families of the 9/11 victims. Do something productive for humanity in general, instead of challenging liberty and confusing people about the realities of Islam. This is how they can generate good will, not by building a rock of offense two blocks from Ground Zero.”

(Newt Gingritch, on July 21, 2010 went on record by stating some extremely poignant facts:

"The proposed 'Cordoba House' overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks - is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term.
It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.")

Taken from: Son Of Hamas Speaks Out Against Ground Zero Mosque

Still more Moslems, syndicated columnists, in protest of this GZM (Ground Zero Mosque): Muslim Columnists Voice Reason For Mosque

Yet another example of effective protest: A construction worker, Andy Sullivan, has created a blog in protest to this GZM; thousands are signing up, agreeing with “The Hard Hat Pledge” and not work on this project, including fellow construction workers, as well as manufacterers of steel, glass, lumber, and insurance. See the article here:

Hard Hat Pledge Against Construction of Mosque

Seen prominently among the protesters of the GZM were:

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller who are the founders of STOP ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA, which sponsored the GZM rally (as seen in the youtube presentation directly below), have their respective web sites:

Jihad Watch Robert Spencer

Atlas Shrugs Pamela Geller

Here is a youtube presentation demonstrating just how opposed Americans are towards this agenda:

Salt In The 9-11 Wound

This concludes this 2nd segment of ENGAGING ISLAM and the MUSLIM Agenda. In the next and final segment we shall venture into the Muslim’s mind set, what makes some of these Muslims tick; we shall see some interactions between Muslims and Christians from ACTS 17 APOLOGETICS, and a blog article with commentary about this encounter (ANSWERING MUSLIMS.com). A series of video clips shall follow and finally how we as Christians are to respond to the enormity of this situation.

Until then: Go in the grace and the peace of God which is afforded to us by NONE OTHER than the LORD Jesus Christ, Who shall reign forever and EVER! AMEN!!

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