By Theodore Shoebat
Today the modern church is worshipping tolerance. Why is this dangerous? History tells us the consequence of tolerating evil religions–in today’s case Islam.
When the Byzantine emperor Heraclius defeated the Persian king Chosroes, the head of paganism in the Near East was given a fatal blow. The Devil thus ushered in a new concoction between heresy and heathenism, Islam, to bring the region back to idolatry and to set the stage for the Antichrist religion to spring forth from the pit of Hell and flood the world. (1)
Early in the year 640, The Muslims, after invading Syria, set their eyes upon Egypt, then under Byzantium, and upon Heraclius. In the war between Byzantine and the Muslims, the victor would be the master of Egypt. City after city was taken, and in one major battle the Muslims made a fake retreat; when the Byzantine troops felt confident they were swiftly surrounded on all sides by Arab warriors. They broke through and fled, with only three hundred surviving. Many other Christian soldiers attempted to escape the invaders, only to be cut off and massacred in cold blood. One garrison of only a few hundred chose to stand their ground, and fought for three weeks with the Islamic hordes, who were superior in numbers, and made their way back to liberty. But in the end, in December of 641, the fighters for Allah’s crescent put Egypt in chains. (2)
How did this happen? Tolerance.
When the Egyptian populace heard that the Muslims were arriving, they accepted them with open arms, not seeing them as deceiving heretics, but as people who merely believed in one God. (3) Their open mindedness would have received the applause of the moderns, but the end result was the consequence of all ultra equality and tolerance: violence. The Muslims broke right into the country, plundering, burning, and massacring wherever they went. They took the city of Nikius with much bloodshed, putting to the sword everyone they met, “in the streets and in the churches, men, women, and children alike, sparing none.” It did not take long for the Egyptians to recognize that their acceptance of Muslims was a grave mistake. (4)
Today we do not esteem nations by how intolerant they are of evil, but how permissive they are to it. We curse, revile, and admonish a country if they do not open themselves, as the Egyptians did, to sinister precepts. But this is a fallacy which only favors the side of despotism and gives it leeway to stealthily enter civilization. Proponents of ‘pure equality’ ultimately want only oppression, since if their idea were to be enacted, those who would criticize Islam or any Leftist belief would face punishment, since all things, which only they approve, must be equally accepted.
Tolerance is the cracks through which tyranny gains access into any nation. Accept a violent religion and expect violence to run rampant; accept a deceptive religion, and expect deceivers to be everywhere; accept a religion which commands massacres and collectivism, and do not be surprised to find individual freewill squashed, and towers of bodies being made. In order for liberty to be perpetuated, disdain toward tyrannical ideologies must be embraced, and the prevention of their infiltration into any government or academia established. If this does not happen, and Islam and Leftism and their edicts are continually entertained, and Christianity is seen as no longer worthy of our attention, then free societies will eventually be plunged into a socialistic state where only idolatry is permitted. A good example of this insanity is the Jewish progressive Yitzhak Yaron.
He professed a belief in tolerance and freedom of expression, but when speaking on the Jewish conservative Meir Kahane and the members of his Kach party, which are against Islam, he said: “Kill them while they are still small!” When his party was in the process of conducting a legal rally, a mob of Israeli leftists rushed upon them and physically prevented them from expressing their beliefs for a Jewish state. They came in love of tolerance and diversity, armed with rocks, metal bars, and violence. Anyone with a Kach shirt was assaulted, anybody who looked religious was beaten. As Kahane drove toward the platform, hundreds of leftists surrounded him and tried to tip the car over. A large rock was smashed right onto the windshield, and it was only an act of the police that stopped four other zealot Jews from being lynched by a crowed of people who were for “tolerance and coexistence.” (5)
These two words are the cliches used by the Left to camouflage their true intentions, and that is control over Christians; for it is only the saints–the true zealots–who are viewed as obligated to respect every creed but his own. It is the zealot who is deemed as the one who is to stay silent on his doctrine, and to accept with open arms the same religions which call for his death. It is only the true believer in Scripture who is told to put away his zealotry, and join the herd in revering every other form of zealotry be it Islamic, Mormon, atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, or any other dark superstition. The only people who win the war over culture are the zealot ones, Christians then must stop being compliant moderates, and start becoming fundamentalists, believing in the whole doctrine of Scripture, if we are to advance the church over the dark forces which have been pervading the world.
The Christian Egyptians, in a way, believed in a form of Chrislam, viewing Islam as acceptable simply because it had one god, and this is what led to their subjugation. Right now the Western church has accepted this same lie, and in consequence Islam is rising. We love to mention how both Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, are all monotheistic, as if monotheism takes precedence over truth.
It is a great evil to classify Christianity, which has brought much of the world from darkness to light, under a technical term such as monotheism. If this is all that mattered, then that means Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity are all universally good. This is what Dennis Prager has taught, stating that the
“Jewish people has a task to bring the world to ethical monotheism, to the belief that there is one god for everyone, who demands one ethic for everybody”
If Moses heard such a statement, Dennis would have suffered under the laws against idolatry. If Judaism’s purpose is to spread monotheism, then would it be appropriate for all Jews to preach Islam, since it is indeed monotheistic? He also writes that if all peoples accepted monotheism “the world would experience far less evil.” (6) So then, if all the world became Muslim, would there be a greater rise in peace in the world? Tell the Armenians who were massacred since Islam’s earliest days, the Egyptians who were, and still are, greatly oppressed by jihadists, the Pakistani Christians who live each day as though it were their last, the millions of Sudanese Christians who have been butchered, the Iraqi Jews who were systematically and sadistically murdered by the thousands, that Islam is a vehicle of peace because of its monotheism. Prager later writes:
“During some of the Western world’s darkest periods, Islam was a religious light in the monotheistic world. The seeds of ethical monotheism are deeply rooted in Islam. For whatever reason, however, the soil for their nourishment has, over the last several hundred years, been depleted of necessary nutrients. Islam could be a world force for ethical monotheism, but in its present state, the outlook is problematic.” (7)
Notice that he refused to admit that Islam is inherently evil, but expresses the fact that there is surely a problem within the Muslim world. It doesn’t matter whether a religion claims to believe in only one god, what matters is which god. If all of us subscribed to Prager’s focus on monotheism, then we would all have no problem in getting on our knees and bowing to Mecca. If Prager hesitates to proclaim that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger, then monotheism is not the focal point, and there is indeed a difference between the God of the Bible and the Devil of Islam.
(1) See De Croce, Refutation of the Koran, ch. xiii, p. 73
(2) Butcher, The Story of the Church of Egypt, vol. i, part i, ch. xxxi, p. 352; ch. xxxii, p. 358, 363-365, 370
(3) Ibid, ch. xxxii, p. 365
(4) Ibid ch. xxxii, pp. 365-366
(5) Kahane, Unfortable Questions for Comfortable Jews, ch. ii, pp. 13-14
(6) Prager, Ethical Monotheism