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The elephant in the room

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Submitted by Richard (United States), Apr 18, 2007 at 12:40

Imagine you are in a classroom taking Islam 101 with George Bush, Tony Bair et al. Your professor is reknowned for academic integrity, has the reputed objectivity of a computer and does not suffer fools, period. For texts, the Qur'an (the literal word of Muhammad's god), the Hadith (traditions of Prophet Muhammad) and Sira (Muhammad's biography) are provided in English. There is free access to superb world history books. Additionally, contemporary Arabic and Islamic newspapers, T.V. and radio broadcasts, videos, madrasa curicula, speeches by Islamic leaders and the Friday sermons at Mosques around the world are readily available in English translation.

From all the above resources the student must determine the single primary source of Islamic violence and motivation to murder in the name of the Muhammad's god. It's pass or fail.

Our politcal leadership would fail the course because they refuse to acknowledge the obvious, the elephant in the room: It's the religion stupid! Courting so called moderate Muslims is a dead end: the Islamic religion demands death, slavery or conversion of the world by Muslims by definition. No amount of finessing Islam or cajoling Muslims will do anything to address the threat Islam and Muslims pose to the rest of mankind. Our political leadership is not stupid, they must know its the religion but are terrified of 1.2 billion Muslims, so they grasp at the wind, wasting precious time and limited resourses.

If only it is admitted that the menace is Islam, the religion, we would be half way to effectively countering the threat to our existance, but not until then. It's the religion, not the Muslims themselves. Experience shows they can be converted to Christ and are thrilled when they do. And there is our salvation, nothing else.

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