An Explanation of Islamic Rage | A Self-Repost

I wrote this in April of 2011. Seems apropos now.

The Koran was recently burned by a Florida pastor, Terry Jones. In response, UN aid workers were attacked and killed in Afghanistan. This has become a predictable outcome when some Muslims are aggrieved. A few years ago, Danish cartoons, some with pointed messages, some quite benign, and some created by Imams to create even greater outrage, caused widespread protest, rioting, and bloodshed.

Real or perceived slights to the Koran or to the prophet Mohammed are often met by violence, rage, rioting and murder. Many times, it is a Christian or a Christian community that is attacked. This is greatly due to the fact that in the Islamic world, it is (incorrectly) assumed that the West is Christian, and thus, if the crime of desecration occurred in the West, it was a Christian action. read more

The Rise of Islam Foretold in the Gospel of John

Actually, not just Islam.

John 16:2 (ESV)

They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.

I realise that in the immediate context Jesus is speaking of the Jews of His day; I also note that very few Jews today seek to kill Christians as a service to God.

A Good Question.

“Well I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote” the late Larry Norman, “The Great American Novel.”

As a US ex-pat, I can vote absentee in the upcoming presidential election. But  I can only find reasons not to vote for either party, either candidate.

The rest of his lyrics, written sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s, during the Vietnam “conflict” are below. Seems very contemporary:

I was born and raised an orphan in a land that once was free In a land that poured its love out on the moon; and I grew up in the shadows of your silos filled with grain, but you never helped to fill my empty spoon.   And when I was ten you murdered law with courtroom politics, And you learned to make a lie sound just like truth; But I know you better now and I don’t fall for all your tricks, And you’ve lost the one advantage of my youth.   You kill a black man at midnight just for talking to your daughter, Then you make his wife your mistress and you leave her without water; And the sheet you wear upon your face is the sheet your children sleep on, At every meal you say a prayer; you don’t believe but still you keep on.   And your money says in God we trust, But it’s against the law to pray in school; You say we beat the Russians to the moon, And I say you starved your children to do it.   You are far across the ocean but the war is not your own And while you’re winning theirs, you’re gonna lose the one at home; Do you really think the only way to bring about the peace Is to sacrifice your children and kill all your enemies?   The politicians all make speeches while the news men all take note, And they exaggerate the issues as they shove them down our throats; Is it really up to them whether this country sinks or floats? Well I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote.     Well my phone is tapped and my lips are chapped from whispering through the fence, You know every move I make, or is that just coincidence? Well you try to make my way of life a little less like jail, If I promise to make tapes and slides and send them through the mail.   And your money says in God we trust, But it’s against the law to pray in school; You say we beat the Russians to the moon, And I say you starved your children to do it.     You say all men are equal, all men are brothers, Then why are the rich more equal than others? Don’t ask me for the answer, I’ve only got one: That a man leaves his darkness when he follows the Son [youtube=http://youtu.be/3Jl1aoGbdAg]