Please, take the time to read this – and if you feel inclined to do so, join in on the discussion. I spent more time on this than I did on most papers during my undergrad.
Being subjected to anti-Islamic links on my Facebook newsfeed is one way to get me riled up. Even though it was an old high school friend of mine – who happens to be a very cool, nice, attractive woman, mind you – I had to hold back my impulse to tear to shreds her comment and everything that the website she posted propagated. I knew when the “article” she posted was titled “Urgent Nationwide Call to Prayer,” that I was in for something that was going to raise my blood pressure and I was right. I was appalled, but unsurprised, by what I read.
My first problem was with my friend’s description of the link, which said: “I support this and am concerned, I hope you are too.”
I am not concerned. I did not understand her concern. I did not understand the concern of the website either. Yes, I understood what they were saying their concern was, but with the site making such absurd comments and allegations, I almost took it for a brilliant piece of satire – that is until I saw that the religious nutjob Lou Engle, the bigoted KKK-supporting Louisiana politician Tony Perkins, and Dr. James Dobson’s wife are all involved. It did not take me long to realize that this website is nothing more than anti-Islamic propaganda – not to mention extremely offensive. Do we ever want to mend the relationship between America and Muslims or are Christians really that hellbent on fueling anti-American sentiment by being closed-minded, delusional, propaganda-spreading assholes?
Now, time to destroy this website on my blog, because it sickens me. From the article:
It is critical that the church in America understands the times and what needs to be done now. The natural things speak of the invisible. Natural happenings on the earth are revealing something that is going on in the spiritual realm. There is a great spiritual conflict with a rising tide of Islamic boldness being manifested.
Talk about poetically epic. Muslims have really upped the ante and we must be on the brink of total annihilation as a country during these critical times. What is this “Islamic boldness being manifested” of which you speak? What is this we must worry about with such desperation? Read on.
Several happenings are converging this week. First of all, our President has recently proclaimed, honored, encouraged the Muslim holy days of prayer and fasting called Ramadan. He was very silent on the National Day of Prayer but very vocal on the support of Ramadan.
Yes, President Obama released a video marking the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, commending religious organizations including Islamic ones that have helped out during these tough times with their community service efforts. You can watch his address below.
What could he possibly be thinking? Perhaps he is trying to help heal the shaky relations between Muslims and America? Could he be attempting to instill a sense of confidence in American Muslims, who in the wake of the attacks on 9/11 have faced serious prejudice?
Or would that just be too logical of an assumption? It is almost comical that the President’s call for a “sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground” has been lost on so many Christians in America.
As for Obama being “very silent” on the National Day of Prayer, which I might remind you is an observance for people of all faiths and not just Christians, he did indeed do something different than what has been done during the past eight Bush-filled years, something I personally find commendable. While Bush made a White House event out the National Day of Prayer day every year, inviting American religious leaders and having some prayers and fancy cheese and crackers to make everyone feel tolerant and accepting for an hour or so, President Obama chose not to do this, outraging many prominent Christians – but he did release a statement through press secretary Robert Gibbs who said that, “Prayer is something that the president does everyday. … I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family’s life, the role that prayer plays.” Regardless, Obama still signed the National Day of Prayer proclamation to recognize the day. Apparently, this is not enough for some (although atheists, agnostics, and humanists across the nation are very pleased by this separation). Moving on.
Interestingly at the same time a major Christian leader of the Emergent Church called for forty days of fasting and prayer in the same Ramadan period with the goal that the church will better understand our Muslim friends. We are all for understanding but we must have spiritual discernment as to the spiritual dark powers that are being invoked into our nation.
In other words, “We are all for understanding, unless you do not believe what we believe, in which case you are evil and trying to destroy America.” Now, what is this terrible, terrible thing that the Muslims are up to with their spiritual dark powers?
[O]n the 25th of September, Muslims are calling for a Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington DC (http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/). They are calling for 50,000 Muslims to gather and pray on the DC Mall.
This is the exact word of one of the Sheikhs who is leading this historic gathering, “Muslims should march on the White House. We are going to the White House so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into a Muslim house.” These are not empty words. They speak of a dark spiritual intent and a coming day of great trouble to America.
They provide this alleged-quote without context or any source or even the name of this leader (or Sheikh, which simply is an honorable term often given to distinguished Islamic scholars). Using Google to find the source of this quote only leads to other Bible-thumping, anti-Islamic sites that also do not provide any context, source, or name. After some major digging, I was fortunately able to track down the original quote though which was made during an interview with Islamic scholar and imam of the Islamic Center in New York, Dr. Ahmad Dwidar. Does it come to surprise you that they took the quote out of context, as he was describing a comment he heard made by an Islamic cleric, a comment that he goes on to condemn? Here is the original quote, verbatim: “One cleric said in his sermon: ‘We are going to the White House, so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into the Muslim house.'” Surprise, surprise. But again, regardless of his views, radical or not, he is on in 50,000. Yes, out of 50,000 Muslims that attend, I believe there will be plenty in attendance with extremist views (remember, I am not a fan of religion in general, but I am a fan of tolerance, which is why this propaganda is so upsetting), just as if you go to any conservative rally, there are Christians willing to “burn something down” like some of the nutjobs at the DC Tea Party a few weeks ago.
Now these events are enough to awaken us to this significant throbbing moment, but when they all converge it becomes a massive spiritual alarm that must be responded to by the praying Church. This convergence, I believe, is urgently summoning us in the midst of the rising tide of Islamic influence in America to recognize that our God is above every god [in your uneducated opinion] and that if we return to Him with all of our hearts and call upon Him with fasting and prayer then God could use what the enemy meant for evil to bring about a great day of salvation for Muslims in America.
In other words – and they aren’t really be too subtle, are they? – they are calling Muslims, people that follow the Islamic religion, evil. Come on. Dare I even bring up some of the atrocities that Christians have committed over the past two-thousand years? I mean… really?
First of all, we cannot be passive as a Church to let these kinds of developments go on without being challenged in the spirit. Our fight is not against Muslims, it is against principalities, powers, and forces of darkness.
Holy shit… did they really just say that?
We are calling the Church of America at the end of Ramadan, from September 21st through 25th, to five days of concerted prayer. On Friday, September 25th, the Muslim Day of Prayer, we are calling the Church of America to fast and pray that Muslims would be moved by the Holy Spirit, convicted by the testimony of Christ, and even be visited by Jesus in dreams. We must pray that God would restrain the spiritual powers behind Islam and grant us the great awakening that we desperately need for America.
Fortunately, their praying to God is about as useful as praying to Superman. God forbid (irony intended) that people have opposing viewpoints on something as personal as religion – despite the fact that Christians and Muslims both worship the same god anyway, Yahweh, the god of Abraham and the Old Testament. My fear is that these people will eventually realize that their prayers are not making a difference and they decide to act out with more extreme measures against Muslims – or wait, are we already doing that in Iraq? I kid. Sort of.
Before I end this, feel free to read over the anti-Islamic propaganda website, which is titled The Call. For the official website for the Islamic gathering in DC, you can click right here. And please, folks, remember the moral of this story: before spreading hurtful lies and propaganda, do some research. Look at the sources. Read quotes in full context. You know also, even after reading this piece that I wrote, you should be fact checking me. When earlier in this post, I called out Tony Perkins for being a supporter of the KKK, did that rouse your interest enough to check into it? I wrote that description with a certain intent and if you immediately accepted it as fact, with not even an inkling of curiously, therein lies the problem. Maybe the most important moral to learn from all of this though: quit imposing your fucking religion on others.
I want to close this with an excerpt from a nauseatingly offensive piece written by Christian extremist J. Grant Swank, Jr. on a website called The Post Chronicle, a site that says it has one goal in mind, “to deliver honest, compelling, timely news and information that offers insight and information designed to engage and excite.” Laughable.
Obama has made it clear that he sides up gladly to atheists. Atheists do not like the National Day of Prayer. Therefore, while atheists had nothing to do with the establishing of our Christian heritage as a Republic, Obama is the first President to give them acclaimed status.
It is intolerable that unbelievers are put on the same level as biblical believers. The atheists can find refuge politically in nations that esteem no deity; but they certainly are not to be given praise in America.
Obama stated in his inaugural address that atheists and Muslims are to be honored as well as Christians. Why that sentence was written into that address is beyond reason. Obama is quickly ridding our nation of its biblical ethics and Christian backdrop. …
Is there any doubt that Marxist Muslim Barrack Hussein Obama is ready to open wide the Republic to Islam?
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