No More Turning the Other Cheek

According to an April 6, 2013 report in Reuters, five Egyptians were killed and eight were wounded in a violent confrontation between Christians and Muslims in the town of El Khusus, a majority Christian city of some three million people, north of Cairo.  Reuters quoted a Muslim resident, Mahmoud Mahmoud al-Alfi, as saying, “I saw the (Christian) kids drawing on the wall after afternoon prayers so I grabbed them and told them to remove what they’d just written.”

“Then,” according to Reuters, “another man arrived and started beating the children, drawing a large crowd.”  A Reuters photograph clearly showed a swastika drawn on the wall.  However, Muslims said it offended them because it looked like a cross.  In what passes for sanity in the Muslim world, swastikas are okay but crosses are not.

Four of the five dead were Coptic Christians.  But that was not the end of the sectarian violence.  On Sunday afternoon, April 7, as Christians gathered to mourn those killed the previous day,      Egyptian police found it necessary to surround the St. Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo after radical Muslim demonstrators staged a four hour attack with Molotov cocktails, stones, and small arms fire.

The Muslim rampage in Cairo was apparently in response to the death of a Muslim man who was killed by a Christian while he attempted to rape and/or kidnap a Christian girl.  In the wake of that episode, family members of the rapist/kidnapper stirred up anger among Muslims.  A Baptist church was set on fire and Muslims attacked the homes and businesses of Christians.

Typical of the Christian turn-the-other-cheek response to such Muslim atrocities, Bishop Rafael of the Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral admonished his parishioners, “… We believe in Heaven’s justice, and the teaching of Jesus Christ reveals to us that the blood of the Martyrs will not be forgotten by God.”

But is it wise for Christians to continue to turn the other cheek?

In a March 31 article for the New York Post, LTC Ralph Peters (USA-Ret,) points out that, in Iraq, in former Christian centers such as Mosul and Tikrit, a Christian population that numbered nearly two million a decade ago, has fallen to less than a million.

In Syria, now beset by a vicious civil war, with more than 70,000 people killed in the fighting between pro- and anti Assad Muslims, Christians live in fear that Islamic radicals may soon topple the Assad regime and assume power.  Hundreds of thousands have fled the country.

In Libya, the Associated Press reports that eight Christians, including one American, have been arrested in Benghazi.  According to a Libyan police spokesman, they were arrested on “suspicion of distributing books about Christianity and proselytizing.”

In Egypt, with a population of more than 10 million Coptic Christians, the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi fails to use its police powers to protect Christians from radical Islamists.  Nor has it seen fit to protect women from being attacked and raped in public.

A March 25, 2013 article in the New York Times proclaims that the sheer number of women who have been sexually abused and gang raped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, alone, tells a story.  Sexual assault has become so commonplace that Egyptian Muslims are now engaged in an ongoing debating over who is to blame.  Radical Islamists say the women are to blame.  The Times quotes Reda Saleh Al al-Hefnawi, a Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker as saying, “How do they ask the Ministry of Interior to protect a woman when she stands among men?”

So, as hardcore Muslims see things, if a woman goes into a public square where Muslim men are present in large numbers, she is asking to be gang-raped?  This is the mindset of people that we are now asked to accept as equals in our country, all in the interest of something liberals refer to as “multiculturalism.”  One wonders whether American feminists agree.  Given their silence on the issue, it’s impossible to say.

In Europe, however, where countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, and The Netherlands appeared on the verge of being overrun and culturally transformed by Muslims, there are now long-overdue signs of hope that multiculturalism may be losing popularity.

In a March 19, 2013 article for the Gatestone Institute, Soeren Kern describes the situation in Belgium where Muslims now make up one-quarter of the national population, and where half of those Muslims, some 300,000, live in Brussels.  Kern reports that, “Members of the Parliament introduced a bill that would limit the power of Muslim extremists who win elected office at the local or national levels…”

The Belgian legislation is compatible with a February 2003 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, which states that Islamic Sharia law is “incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy,” and that any legal system based on Sharia law “would diverge from the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly with regard to the rules on the status of women, and its intervention in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.”

But here in America, liberals appear unwilling to confront the Islamic threat.  In fact, they appear to be complicit in radical Islam’s effort to conquer and subjugate the American people… in the apparent hope that Islamic butchers will slaughter them last.

On Long Island, New York, the Great Neck Synagogue scheduled a speech by Pam Geller, of Atlas Shrugs blog fame, for Sunday, April 14.  Geller is an anti-Islamic firebrand who has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead.”

However, according to an email from my Internet friend JanSuzanne Krasner, “After the weeks of incessant harassment, threats, and bullying, and the recent public announcement of a march on the synagogue by Rabbi Davidson with an alliance of Muslim and Leftist groups, the synagogue made the decision to cancel the event in order to avert the ‘legal liability and potential security exposure of our institution and its member families.’ ”

In other words, the members of a Jewish synagogue in New York, people who are marked for death by Muslims around the world, for no other reason than the fact that they are Jews, were bullied into canceling a speech by a woman who has had the courage to identify Islam for what it is.  She has said, “Islam is not a race.  This is an ideology.  This is an extreme ideology, the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth.

In our country, liberals have so seriously defiled the basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution that many Americans see Islam as having equal 1st Amendment rights with mainline Christian denominations.   That simply is not the case.

To be an American… in fact, to be a resident alien in the United States… one must obey the law of the land.  To do so, one must subscribe to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.  Radical Islamists do not.  Instead, they seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with a primitive 6th century political, economic, military, social, legal, and religious system called Sharia law.

Liberals believe that the rights granted to Muslims under the 1st Amendment leave us powerless to resist those efforts.  Not true.  We can and must do whatever is necessary to protect our people and our culture from the grave threat of Muslim insurgency.

In Federalist Paper No. 2, John Jay wrote, “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people… a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.”

With the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965, Ted Kennedy and his liberal allies in Congress did their best to bring an end to what Jay described as “one connected country” and “one united people… descended from the same ancestors.”  The multiculturalism that Kennedy sought has not been good for America.  It has transformed America in ways that Barack Obama can only dream of.

Much blood has been spilled in long and bloody wars to establish liberty and independence in this land and we cannot yield those treasures to hordes of fanatical barbarians who continue to live under 6th century ideals.  We cannot save ourselves by continuing to “turn the other cheek.”  We must push back against the Islamic insurgency with every means at our disposal.


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