That pic goes with "submission," though.
Loy,I hope that you don't mind me quoting the entire poem:The Second Coming -- W. B. YeatsTurning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all convictions, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? *****************But it seems apropos of the time now.John HetmanNiles, IL
Patrick: Indeed, you are so correct. The "peace" of Islam means submission...or death. Moderate Muslims and apologists aside, the end-game of Muhammad's teachings is patently clear. One either submits to Sharia or pays the consequences in death. Freedom of soul and spirit is shunned, 'new wine is crushed into old wineskins,' as One put it. My heart aches for moderate and spiritually intelligent Muslims, but it is what it is.And Winston: Great, apt poem by Yeats. Prophetic, no? Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...Powerful, convicting words.God grant us HIS peace! And freedom -- true hearing of the Falconer -- of spirit...LDM
seems ignorant to me. you don't know every muslim in the world, just as i don't know every christian. I don't go posting pictures of the KKK dragging a black man on the back of a horse until his arms and legs fall off, and then post it in my blog. That just shows that you have no real insight about what Islam is about. I used to be Christian, and i still was after 9/11, so i know the anger you feel about the innocence being taken that day. But don't go steriotyping the entire religion on the actions of some radicalists who flew a plane into a building in the name of Allah. These people don't understand the meaning of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and certainly are not setting a good example for the rest of the world, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I feel terrible for the lives lost, but its not my fault, nor the fault of any other Muslims.
Hi Nurah,Thank you for your comments. I respect your position and sensitivity, but please do not misunderstand me.In no way did I intend to malign individual Muslims. Your statement about me "not knowing every Muslim in the world" misses my point. I don't mean to reflect on individual Muslims -- perhaps you missed me saying that my heart went out to spiritually intelligent Muslims.Muslims are not necessarily bad people. Many are beautiful and wonderful, intelligent, loyal, committed and true. So, yes, I know that! And applaud these beautiful people on a human level. And I'm sure you are one of these people.But individual Muslims aside, the statement that I'm making is about Islam. Islam as a demand, as a belief system, and as a philosophy of life [law].btw, the picture that I posted is not 9/11 -- it is a picture of the recent smashing and burning of embassies in the name of Muhammad.Is this one pic lying, or is it really what is happening around the world...in dozens of places as we speak? Happening not by chance, but in the name of Muhammad?And, more to the point, this question: Are these events true to the teaching and person of Muhammad?Here we get to the center of the issue, the great difference between Islam and Christianity, and the great difference which permits Islam to be a religion of terror.Islam started with terror, and rules by might. Its Sharia is enacted by force, where Islam rules. Muhammad himself taught that the rule of Islam must be submitted to: either one was a Muslim, living under Sharia, or one was a nonbeliever, subject to submission [potential slavery] or death, if not submission. This relates to the concept of jihad -- or war against infidelity...as defined by Muhammad.Many good Muslims do not practice this demand. But millions upon millions do.And back to our question: Is this true to Muhammad...to promote Sharia by force?Well, look at Muhammad. Look at how Islam started: It started in terror, as Muhammad cut off the heads of his enemies -- those who opposed his sharia -- and laughed as those heads rolled at his feet. Islam started as Muhammad came back to Mecca in force, and bathed the streets in his enemies' blood. It is a matter of simple fact.His entire teaching could be boiled down to one sentence: honor of Islam, or death. This is precisely what the cartoon violence gets at: Muhammad has been dishonored in their eyes, so there will be no peace until honor. Point: Islam must be honored, or others will be sacrificed.And this is where Muhammad is so, so different from Jesus. Muhammed forced his enemies to bow, and sacrificed them to start his religion -- a religion of force. Jesus, on the other hand, bowed to His enemies, and sacrificed Himself so that they could live by a new law, a law of love. He let others spit on Him and dishonor Him, and He kept silent. As Isaiah puts it, "As a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth." He went to the cross to bear the sins of the whole world -- Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists alike -- so that His holy wounds could bring us back to God."And by His stripes we are healed."This is the essential difference between Islam and Christ: Islam permits stripes on others backs until Muhammad is honored; Christ allowed stripes on His own back so that we could live a new life of honor...truth and peace. "The disciple is not above the Master," He said.And this is why Christians always correct false force and terror in their own midst: The Master, Jesus, taught us by His person and words that we must live the law of love, and lay down our lives for others. This is why it is Christians that stopped slavery. This is why it is Christians that stopped the KKK. Muhammad, though, taught that his followers must lay down the lives of his enemies for him. And this is why no Muslims dare stop forceful jihad...or even raise their voices against it.And is why Islam means a brutal kind of peace -- the peace of submission.That is why slavery is still permitted in Islam. Go to Mecca. Slavery is booming under the veil of religion. Go to Mecca. Sharia is in full force. You cannot walk down the street by a man. As a female, you can actually be killed for breaking the "honor" of your family. As a female, you can be raped...a victim of terrible rape...and then be punished to death for inciting the rape by your good looks. And all of your rapists go free. God have mercy!Go to Mecca. If your husband decided that you had smeared his honor, he could kill you and walk away scot free.But that is in Mecca. Where Sharia rules, where the Prophet Muhammad's word is taken at face value.Thank the Lord you live in America, as an American Muslim, where you can enjoy the residual benefits of Christian law -- a law based in divine view of each human, whether male or female.See the difference?And that is what I mean by posting that picture. Truth is truth, and Islam is a religion of force...at the end of the day.I'm just glad you live where you don't have to face the full effects of that force.And I say: Peace be upon all Muslims who live by the law of love, even though they follow a religion of force. These people are beautiful and true, and not far from the kingdom.May their tribe increase, in the love of Christ. And may you increase also, Nurah!God bless you and thanks for posting.Loy
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