By Theodore Shoebat
With tolerance comes weakness before the presence of evil, and before the violence and havoc of Islam and Leftism. Lets look at an example of this. When the Boston explosions erupted, shortly after the New York Post reported that “authorities have identified a suspect, a Saudi national”.
In a short time, the Washington Post retorted that the “New York Post better have good sources”. One news agency attacked another for accurately reporting that a Saudi was identified as a suspect, and there is only one way to describe this: fear of appearing intolerant, even after a terrorist attack.
Just hours after the explosions erupted, Chris Matthews was not making suggestions that Islamists were involved, but was already making the alluding suggestion that the “far right” was responsible:
But going after the Kennedy Library, not something at Bunker Hill, not something from the Freedom Trail or anything that kind of historic, but a modern political figure of the Democratic Party. Does that tell you something?
We are too afraid to jump to conclusions only when it is obvious that Islam is involved. When a terrorist attack occurs, the Left is praying that a tea partier is the one responsible. With sentiments like these being frequently subscribed to, I can assure you that more terrorist attacks will be on their way. Islamic fundamentalists will do what they do: destruction. The question is why do we allow them inside the country? Placing equality over vigilance will be the death of modern civilization.
Our society will never get rid of terrorist attacks, unless it realizes how our country will look like under the Sharia code of Islamic governing. But if we cannot imagine how this will be, let us then look to the Middle East to see live examples of Islam’s fruition.
The ultimate results of Islam is gradually coming to pass in Syria. Christian and Muslim civilians are being killed senselessly by savage jihadists, who murder for their delusional pretense of “persecution”, and their utopian envisioning of “freedom.” This freedom they speak of is not the liberty of the American spirit–influenced by Judeo-Christian ethics–but anarchy, fueled by the fires of the Koran.
The real persecution is being done upon the Christians, not the so-called “rebels.” As of now, Christian are compelled to choose between two options: leave–if you can–or die.
According to Maronite archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, Christians and Muslims are being murdered every day by bombs, car bombs, and snipers. Lack of hospitals has also been a cause of this high mortality rate, since Syria has become so hellish that 223 hospitals have been abandoned so far.
The Syrian church as become, in the words of Nassar, a “wall of tears”, to which all are going everyday “for protection and help in finding a visa to leave.” The archbishop gives us a heartbreaking fact:
To advise them to stay could lead to death like a lamb dumb before the butcher. Our martyrology simply gets longer … Helping them leave means emptying the Biblical Land of its last Christians.
Nassar exemplifies that strong Christian fortitude of ancient times when he declares that the Christians must rely on the “heart of God”, and must remember the words of Christ: “Do not be afraid … I am with you … “.
In this Easter, at St. Kyrillos Church, numbers were quite low, and parishioners pondered as to where the people would be next Easter. One Christian named Ilias said that “Either everything will be O.K. in one year, or there will be no Christians here”.
One Nancy stated that the rebels “want to split the Christians from the other sects.” That means that the jihsdists want to single out the Christians, and target them specifically for a major massacre.
Ilias made a very harrowing statement that “The Christians in Syria are being crucified in Syria for the church”. The Christians in Syria are being persecuted just as Christ was persecuted, and on a similar note, a Christian named Mrs. Shaheen proclaimed that “Jesus was oppressed once, but we are being oppressed every day”.
A man named Fouad Anouf said that when jihadists settled in his apartment building, there were are first polite, and even allowed him to cross the street safely. But regardless of this niceness, their violence left the building into shreds, and him penniless.
Just read the words of Bishop Luke, and you will get the picture as to how volatile life is for Syrian Christians:
In Saidnaya the monastery was under fire, but, thank God, a miracle happened – the shell landed in the yard, breaking through the wall, but didn’t explode. It broke in two, with all the gunpowder in one half of it. If not for this miracle, the shell would’ve killed 30 orphan girls. I’ve been there and saw everything. Everywhere – in Harasta, Arbin, Zabadani, Daraa, Aleppo, and around Damascus – our churches and our people have been attacked. They are suffering. Our cathedral in Raqqa has been severely damaged. These outlaws assault parishioners, kidnap and kill priests. Father Fadi Haddad from Qatana was kidnapped and killed when he attempted to rescue his people. They tortured him and killed him. The same happened in Hama. Currently we’re trying to rescue the two priests that remain abducted.
And if anybody argues that the opposition is for the Syrian people in general, and not just a distinct group (the jihadists), read the answer of Bishop Luke when he was asked if there were any Christians who are a part of the revolution:
There are none among the militants.
There is going on right now a mass exodus in Syria. In Homs, sixty thousand Christians once resided, now less than one thousand remain.
Another very recent video shows just how much the savageness of the Syrian revolutionaries has exceeded:
We also cannot forget about the Christians in Egypt, and how much they are suffering. There was some footage taken of women being sexually attacked by a group of wild ruffians, just because they were Christian:
We should never turn our eyes from the saints of the East; for it was there where Christianity was founded. Scripture recounts that “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26) Antioch in Syria. During Christ’s ministry, His fame “went throughout all Syria” (Matthew 4:24). The prophet Isaiah prophesied on the church of Egypt, how they will be oppressed and cry out to God for Christ to come and deliver them, and how Christ will fulfill their lamentable plea for rescue:
In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform [it]. (Isaiah 19:19-21)
But now the church of the East is on the point of annihilation, for one reason alone–Islam thrives there. And now we are permitting it to sink its roots into our own civilization, and grow its rotten fruits which reek of chaos and havok. And we, in our modern mind sets, feel obligated to smell it every day. And we will continue to suffer its odors and endure its bitter taste, if we do not listen to the suggestions of a zealot: cut off the roots and throw the bad tree into the fire.
Various people are speaking out against Islamic fundamentalism; many rallies have been done, many books have been published, all for the reason of warning the West about the Islamic threat. Obama and many other politicians have, in numerous occasions, affirmed that they will be combating terrorism. But, why do terrorist attacks continue to happen? A more pertinent question, is why is it when a terrorist attack does strike, we quiver in fear in concluding that Islam is the reason? If we do not answer this honestly, and deal with it efficiently and truthfully, we will continue to have terrorist problems until Kingdom Come.
One of the major problems is that we keep reacting to terrorism, and never take the measures needed to prevent it from ever happening. This requires that we purge ourselves of the golden calf of modern society: tolerance. In secular society we have accepted everything with open arms besides what is most important: Christian supremacy, the belief that Christianity is supreme over all other religions and ideological movements.
Christianity is the foundation for all American civilization, and we have with our fickleness permitted socialism, Mormonism, Islamism, environmentalism, and every dark and wicked idea to prevail over, and drain, us.
The church is the immune system, and we have released the vicious beast of Leftism to beat down and weaken it, and because we listen to it when it commands us to be tolerant toward Islam, we have a terrorism problem.
By equating all religions and ideologies, we have suffered the consequences of allowing Islamic and homosexual hegemonists to be empowered and overrun our civilization. Homosexuals infiltrate our churches and schools; Muslims have done the same, as they attack us with violent and well organized terrorist attacks. These evils will continue on, and will only worsen, as we tolerate these ideologies to thrive, while shunning away from Christian exceptionalism.
My opinions on restricting Islamism may be reminiscent to the opinions of Geert Wilders, who believes in banning the Koran. But here is the reality: absolute freedom will always lead to tyranny, for the tolerance of all beliefs will give permission to sinister groups to conquer us.
Christianity gives people strength before the presence of evil–before the violence of Islam. Thus why the Scripture declares:
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 97:10)
When Christ saw how the heretical religious establishment of His time corrupted His temple with greed and thievery, He did not invite them to a tolerance conference, or to a meeting on world unity, He
made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. (John 2:15-16)
In other words, Christ did not tolerate them.
We keep saying we are a Christian nation, but where are our fruits to show this? Toleration for despotic ideologies, such as Islam, surely cannot be counted as one of them. We have plunged ourselves into heresies on idolatry, and this is further attested by our government–which is but a reflection of the people. Obama joined an “interfaith” church service to commend the victims. The White House website gives this description for the event:
Interfaith service involves people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds tackling community challenges together – for example, Protestants and Catholics, Hindus and Jews, and Muslims and non-believers — building a Habitat for Humanity house together.
But how are we doing anything good for the victims if we continue to entertain the very religion that destroyed and injured them? If it is indeed a prayer service, to which god will they be praying to? We are doing the same fallacious behavior as the ancient Hebrews:
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon. And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that [were] on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which [is] in Gilead. Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed. And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim. And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, [Did] not [I deliver you] from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines? The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. (Judges 10:13)
We continue to follow idolatry, but when violence and terrorism strike, we call to God for help. Where was mention of God when the progressives of Massachusetts prided their state as the first in the nation to legalize gay marriage? Where was their piety when they voted for Obama; when they excepted abortion; when they butchered the Second Amendment with the toughest gun laws in the country? Now they seek God? They don’t even pray with purity, but with a heretical Christianity tainted with other forms of heresy and heathenism. The marathon explosions that occurred was a result of the Leftism of the Bostonians; their ridding of God; their mutilation of true religion and liberties. If Bostonians wish to be safer–truly safer that is–they are first going to have to change the nature of their souls. With more piety comes a government more prudent and vigilant against evil. Thus is why James Madison said that it was necessary for the American populous to have adequate “virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom” lest “no theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure.” (1)
We must adopt the mindset of our past predecessors. Let us look to the verses of Timothy Dwight, one of American’s greatest of theologians, in his hymn on the end-times and see what he thought of Islam:
Then Satan’s kingdom shall from earth retire, dead forms dissolve, and furious zeal expire, the Beast’s fell throne shall darkness dire surround, Mohammad’s empire tumble to the ground; the dreams of Infidels in smoke decay, and all the foes of heaven shall fleet away. (2)
Let us look to Alfonso Borja, mostly known as Pope Calixtus III, who after the conquest of Constantinople declared a crusade against jihadism with these riveting words:
I, Pope Calixtus III, promise and vow to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to the Ever-Virgin Mother of God, to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the heavenly host, that I will do everything in my power, even if need be with the sacrifice of my life, aided by the counsel of my worthy brethren, to reconquer Constantinople, which in punishment for the sin of man has been taken and ruined by Mahomet II, the son of the devil and the enemy of our Crucified Redeemer. Further, I vow to deliver the Christians languishing in slavery, to exalt the true Faith, and to extirpate the diabolical sect of the reprobate and faithless Mahomet of the East. For there the light of faith is almost completely extinguished. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee. If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy, God and His holy Gospel help me. Amen. (3)
These are the words of conviction in Christianity and its most significant role in combating the forces of evil. But we have rejected this as intolerant, and in turn have accepted a truly tyrannical system to govern our minds. It is the worst type of tyranny–the tyranny of the willing. When we hear the words “crusade”, we jump in fear; when a bombing occurs, we scatter about in confusion and strongly affirm that we cannot jump to conclusions and suggest Islam as the cause. Or, when one ascribes our terrorist problem to our tolerance, we lose our logic and harshly condemn him for the sake of appearing open minded. It is this paranoia that is ruling over us, and it is this mindset that has enslaved us.
Theodore Shoebat is a Christian apologist, and author of the book, For God or For Tyranny
(1) Carroll, A History of Christendom, vol. iii, ch. xiii, pp. 569-571, italics mine
(2) See Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty, ch. i, p. 9
(3) The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, of the Rev. Isaac Watts (1854), Hymn 185