"We will dominate you"
By Alisa Craddock
The media storm this week over an obscure Christian pastor in Gainesville Florida who decided to have a "Burn the Koran" day on September 11 has raised some serious questions about the issue of Islam in America. His motivation is, according to his own words, to raise awareness among the people of this country that Islam is not what it is pretending to be. He wanted to send a message, to radical Islam as he said on the Sean Hannity radio show, that we do not want them to do here what they are trying to do in Europe—namely impose Sharia Law. He pointed out that when Muslims are a tiny minority, they tend to be peaceful, but as their numbers grow, they begin asserting themselves and imposing their beliefs and culture on the country in which they take hold. In addition, he points out quite correctly the countless incidents in majority Muslim countries, of the murder of Christians, burning of Churches, and desecration of our holy books and objects around the world, and has challenged the Islamic world that if they wish Americans to be sensitive to their religious sensibilities, then he wants the Imam responsible for the erection of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" to show like sensitivity to the people of this country who lost loved ones in an Islamist Terror attack on the World Trade Center, and not construct two blocks away what is essentially a monument to Islamic Jihad's victory.
Now, as a Catholic who has seen unspeakable desecration of the Body of Christ, blasphemy against Our Lord* and the Blessed Virgin of a kind that is not merely offensive to Catholics, but is so vile and indecent in its nature that all of America should be outraged, I agree with those who oppose the burning of the Koran as a despicable act. It is, in addition, very childish. But here's the kicker—I agree with most of what Pastor Jones had to say specifically about the threat of Islamization. Before you decide this writer is a lunatic, or a racist, let me tell you about a 1999 communication (published in the Mideast Quarterly, Dec. 1999) that the then Italian-born Archbishop of Izmir, Turkey (a country 99.9% Muslim) wrote to the Synod of European Bishops, with a special appeal to the Holy Father. Archbishop Giuseppe Germano Bernardini, had been involved in Christian-Islamic "dialogue", and during one official meeting, a high-ranking Muslim official who was speaking to the Christians who were participating calmly assured them--
"Thanks to your democratic laws we will invade you. Thanks to our religious laws we will dominate you."
Let that sink in.
Archbishop Bernardini went on in that letter to assert that "the dominion ha[d] already begun with the petrol-dollars used not to create work in the poor North African or Middle Eastern countries, but to build mosques and cultural centers in Christian countries with Islamic Immigration…" (my emphasis) So Pastor Jones is right—this Cultural Center is not intended to foster tolerance—at least not towards Christians and Jews, but towards Muslims by the rest of us, certainly. I wonder if the Muslim call to prayer will be audible from the new Freedom Tower. Will they pour out into the streets and block the traffic with their prayers as they do in France? Will New York police detour the traffic around that block to avoid offending them while they pray and thank God for their victory over the infidels?
Continuing with the Archbishop's letter to the European Synod of Bishops, he described another meeting, (these were always arranged by Christians) in which one of the Christian participants asked publicly why the Muslims themselves never arranged any of these meetings. "Why should we?" he replied. "You have nothing to teach us and we have nothing to learn."
One wonders why they bothered to talk at all, but more importantly, it begs the question: If we have nothing to teach them, if dialogue with them is pointless, then, again, what is the purpose of a "cultural center" near the former site of a devastating Islamic terrorist attack? Why is the "dialogue" one-sided.
The third incident the Archbishop relates possibly explains that. There was, in a Catholic Monastery in Jerusalem, a servant who was Muslim. He was an honest and gentle person, as the Archbishop described him, well respected and, apparently, the respect was reciprocated. But one day this honest, gentle Muslim man informed his employers, "Our chief's have met and have decided that all the 'infidels' must be killed, but do not fear because I will kill you without making you suffer."
It sounds like a Robin Williams punch line, except that he was totally sincere, which makes it chilling. What Terry Jones said begins to make more sense in light of these incidents. Islamic terror and domination may have more to do with numbers than with who is moderate and who isn't. But don't take it from Pastor Jones. Take it from the son of a Hamas co-founder, a Christian convert, who was recently granted asylum in America. Mosab Hassan Yousef told World Net Daily in an interview, that the ultimate aim of the Muslim Brotherhood, based in Egypt, is to establish a global Islamic state. "If they can establish this in a peaceful manner," he told WND, that's fine, but they are required by the Quran to establish this global Islamic state on the rubble of every civilization, every constitution, every government." (my emphasis)
Another former terrorist, Walid Shoebat, who converted to Christianity in 1993, warns that "Islam is not only a religion, but it is a civil code, a code of law and a code for a civilization." He also states that, because non-Muslims are "infidels", Muslims have no obligation to speak the truth to such people (that's you and me, folks) or honor any treaties or agreements.
Why does the "moderate" Islamic community have such a cozy relationship with the secular, indeed neo-pagan, government of this country? Muslims in the Middle East have no tolerance of sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, pornography, or any of the moral evils that now plague our culture. Nor do they have any use for those who practice these things. Or do they…?
The speed with which our President is working to dismantle and collapse this government and its Judeo-Christian culture (not that he's the only one trying to do that—it's been going on for years) and given his Muslim roots, it is no wonder people suspect him of being a Muslim. (Besides which he has shown preferential treatment to Muslims, including halting the prosecution of the accused bombers of the USS Cole). If you are familiar with the 12th Imam prophecies, the world must be brought to utter ruin before the 12th Imam can return. Is our president, who has shown disdain for our Judeo-Christian heritage, our history and achievements, and shown outright contempt for our allies, working with Islam to collapse our economic system and de-develop our country? John Holdren, Obama's science czar, is an advocate of de-development as a means of ecological preservation. Is that why he was chosen? Who knows? I've given up probing the mind of Obama. He's an enigma.
I don't know what Obama is, but he is no Christian. With a few notable exceptions, Protestantism is doctrinally dead, and was for most of last century, and Protestantism in general is a mess, a spiritual babel, with new "denominations" springing up exponentially as some new visionary thinks his interpretation of the bible is the true one, and he goes off to start his own "Bible Church". But Christians share certain principles and tenets, and charity and forgiveness are high on the list. Humility, selflessness, obedience to God, respect for the sanctity of life, belief in marriage as an institution established by God, chastity, mercy and kindness and peace—these things mark the Christian, not Koran burning or screaming at people that they are whores or sinners or damned, nor conversely poring through the scriptures like a lawyer looking for a loophole or escape clause so one can do as one wishes without the sting of conscience. Nor is it the Reverend Wright variety, which is simply Marxism parading behind a Jesus mask. Anyone can say they are a Christian. But you know them by their fruits.
Because Islamization is taking place in the moral vacuum of our chaotic, Neo-Pagan culture that is eating away at the Christian West, I would like to point out some observations that seem prophetic, but did not come from a mystic, but simply a learned man who understood the tides of history-- words written in 1927 by Hillaire Belloc, a Catholic convert, regarding Islam:
"There [is] another indirect supporter of Neo-Paganism: a supporter which indeed hates all Paganism but hates the Catholic Church much more: a factor of whose now increasing importance the masses of Europe are not yet aware: I mean Islam."
"We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps if we lose our Faith it will rise." (Survivals and New Arrivals, 1927.)
Ultimately, Islamization is an attack on Christianity, not merely our freedom and our government, but Christian civilization. No wonder the Archbishop was so concerned. Indeed America and the West have lost their religion, and Islam is on the rise to fill the void left by a culture too self-indulgent and vile to bother trying to be Christian anymore. Civilization cannot survive in a moral vacuum. No civilization ever has. We have supplanted our time-tested moral values for "tolerance" and tolerance, as G. K. Chesterton said, is the "virtue of the man with no principles." It's the virtue of a society with no moral foundation, and that society is doomed to fail. Tolerance is the absence of morality, a moral vacuum. Is our government naïve enough to think they can seduce Islam the way they have managed to seduce Christianity, and hope to control it? An appeal to "moderate" Islam is another way of saying to them, as they do to us Christians, "your religion is fine, as long as it doesn't interfere in civil affairs, as long as you are tolerant of our freedom." And they smile and pretend they are "moderate" and that they are working on our behalf to persuade the Islamic world to be more "moderate". And all the while, because we are so tolerant, we are being gradually transformed, just as Europe is now in the grip of Islamic culture wars that sometimes turn violent and threaten to overwhelm them. Our own democratic laws are the conduit for that transformation.
The Islamic community in America has already learned to use our own legal devices against us. They say we are bigoted, we are persecuting Islam, we are racial profiling, and we grovel and cave in to avoid being called "intolerant" or to avoid a lawsuit. But as much as I abhor much of the law that is being passed in America right now, and find our culture perverse and evil and repulsive, Islamic law will not mesh with US Constitutional law (should we be fortunate enough to restore it). It is a completely different law. Our Constitution was founded on Judeo-Christian law, and that law is a law of freedom. Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, said this about it:
"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the
Having said all this, I want to say that America has not always acted honorably in the Middle East, or in much of the world, especially in the last quarter of the 20th century, and, at least when it comes to pushing global abortion and voluntary or mandatory sterilization, and other immoral behaviors, I am in total sympathy with the Muslims. And perhaps our attitude toward them has been arrogant. But their law (or more precisely, their justice) is barbaric, and is not compatible with a free country. Honor killings, dismemberment, stonings—these belong to a time many years past. These are the things that Christianity did away with. "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone," Our Lord said. Our civilization owes much to the Church. How sad that it now treats the Church like an unwelcome relative that won't leave, and goes about mocking the virtue she calls us to. We've lost our way without the light of His Truth. We've become idolators, and as always happens when a culture becomes idolatrous, someone comes in to conquer us. The Scriptures are filled with stories, one after another, of the Israelites falling away from faith, being conquered, suffering under tyranny, and finally, when they turn back to God, they are redeemed.
What do we do about a religion that wants to conquer and dominate us? The only real remedy is a robust and publicly endorsed Christianity such as we had before the secularists, the hedonists, and the Marxists took over. If Islam is a "code for civilization" as Mr. Shoebat warns, we must restore our own civilization, that is, our Judeo-Christian foundation, and make it clear that this is the code we live by. A code of freedom in Christ, not the slavery of Islam. Our Triune God gave us free will. We must submit to Him voluntarily, or we will eventually submit to Allah forcefully. It's our choice. Only a return to faith and family values will preserve our country. We must end the demonic murder of our unborn and stop twisting the Constitution to defend the indefensible. We must have a moral foundation. And we will—one way or the other.
*Tarleton State University cancelled the play due to huge public outcry. I chose this article because of its graphic description of the blasphemous script. I commend Tarleton for responding to the sensibilities of the Christian Community it served.
Mansfield, Laura. Jihad comes to Small Town U.S.A. World Net Daily, web posted April 19, 2005
Alisa Craddock is a columnist and activist in the culture war, a convert to Catholicism, and describes herself as a Christian Libertarian. She may be contacted at alisa.craddock at hushmail.com.