Saint Doonesbury, the Teaching Missionary to the Christians
From: Doonesbury, GB Trudeau,
We can find out that Iraqi Christians are
–one of the oldest Christian communities in the world
in the media and the COMICS! Doonesbury, of all places.
But, we probably won’t learn about the annihilation of Christianity in a church. You see, if you start with the facts of persecution, you might come to the point that you would ask the question: who is killing Christians? If the answer turns out to be Muslims, then a second question arises: Why do Muslims murder and persecute Christians? That answer can only turn to be: Because of Islam. Oops! Can’t go there, so let’s not talk about the annihilation of Christians, at all.
Why are Christians in such denial about Islam? This is a critical question, since modern Western knowledge of Islam has a 14 century base of Christian scholarship. As the Church thought, so did the Western world. There are contributions from Jews, but, in the end, there is no real difference between the Islamic scholarship of Jews and the Christians, as they share the same limitations.
A LEGACY OF IGNORANCE
Back to why the Christians are in such denial about the true nature of Islam. It started when Umar, the second Caliph, burst out of the Arabian Desert in the first universal jihad against a Christian Mediterranean civilization. When we read the earliest records, there is so much confusion about the conquerors that they called them Arabs, not Muslims. This began an intellectual construct to refer to Islam by the first invader’s identity—the Turk, the Saracen, the Moor, the Arab–never, the Muslim.
It was five centuries after the first jihad passed before the Koran was translated into a Western language, Latin. Then it took another five centuries before there was another translation. Do you see a trend? The first translation of Mohammed’s biography into English did not occur until the 17th century. The major Hadith author, Bukhari, is known in an English translation by a Muslim and that was done in the 20th century. This is a dreadful intellectual history. There were some good works in German, Italian and some other European languages, but the discussion about Islam took place mainly in academic realms.
The ignorance of Islam extends to the detailed history of the Islamic destruction of Christianity for 14 centuries.
This foundation of ignorance is what underlies the desert of Islamic studies at our universities. But, let’s not only deal with the institutions of “higher” learning; they sold out to the Saudis in the sixties. Look at Christian schools’ curriculum about Islam–think World Religions 101.
If the ministers of today were not taught about Islam and its history in college, where do they learn about it? Why would they know about it? Ignorance begets ignorance.
A LEGACY OF FEAR AND LOSS
But there is a far greater problem than intellectual ignorance. The real basis for Christian ignorance about the doctrine and history of Islam, is fear—primal fear, an in your DNA kind of fear.
Today, we cannot imagine the absolute massiveness of the Islamic jihad against the civilized world. The Middle East, Egypt, North Africa, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Spain, Persia (now Iran) all fell in about a century. Whole Christian regions that Christians would no longer recognize fell to Islam. And, not only were Christians annihilated, but Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Hindus all fell under the sword in the next century. When you think of Afghanistan, do you think of Buddhism?
The worst thing about this conquest was not the sword, but the doctrine of Islam, Sharia. The sword was the key to the top of government, and then came the Sharia. Sharia had a place for the Christian called the dhimmi. Dhimmis had no real civil rights, paid special taxes, and were semi-slaves, subject to the whims of Islam. Just like real slavery, there were bad times and better times, but in the end, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism vanished after a few centuries of being dhimmis.
Being a dhimmi was humiliating, impoverishing, degrading and eternal. Through the centuries, the dhimmis became Muslims. This accounts for the law of Islamic saturation. When Islam can institute Sharia, the civilization will become completely Islamic. It is only a matter of time.
Lesson learned: Islam is the terminator of Christianity. After all this abuse, Christians have become the “abused wives of Islam”. They will do anything not to upset the persecutor.
At this time the overwhelming majority of Christian leaders know nothing about the doctrine of Islam. They do not criticize Islam in public, not even in their own houses of worship. Not only are they unable to speak the truth about Islam, but, also they will not allow discussion about the topic. Ministers see that the history of 1400 years of being dhimmis, the annihilation of Christianity, and Islamic slavery is never mentioned, never talked about.
The only things that religious leaders will say about Islam is: “Same god, brothers in Abraham, Golden Age, tolerance, we have our sins—here, let us tell you, I know many nice Muslims, not all Muslims are…, those are extremists, you sound like a bigot…” My Muslim friends tell me wonderful things about Christians in the Koran and how they hate the murder of Christians. But, the Muslim friends never talk about how that Mohammed was friendly towards Christians, until he made them the jihad targets in his last year.
Only talking about the “good stuff” Islam and shutting our eyes to centuries of suffering caused by an Islamic doctrine of the Christian (and the Jew and the Hindu and the Buddhist and the atheist and the…) is not enough. We want to talk about annihilation. We want everybody to get a voice, including the victims. We must talk about the whole balance sheet. We have all heard about the assets, let’s look at the debits.
Why do religious leaders refuse to learn the doctrine and history of Islam? They are terrified of being called a bigot, an Islamophobe or intolerant. In business law, there is a concept of willful ignorance, and it can be a felony. Should we not hold our religious leaders to a higher standard than business leaders?
In the light of Islam, most of our leaders are ignorant, but the religious leaders (ministers, priests, rabbis and …) are the most disappointing. In their arrogant ignorance, religious leaders go to interfaith dialogs, and they insure that there is never a mention of persecution and dhimmitude. There is nothing negative that is brought up in front of the imam or Muslim Brotherhood representative. It is just all one big happy Abrahamic faith meeting. No Muslims are ever offended. No grievances are ever uttered. Meanwhile, overseas Christians (and Buddhists, Hindus and Jews) are persecuted and dying.
Christians in the pews must wake up to the fact that tolerance is only half of a moral system. Tolerate what? Intolerance? Anything and everything? Tolerance and love that are only sentimental are immature. Christian leadership must include toughness and the heart of a warrior. And if the leaders will not lead, then those in the pews must.
What church gives three minutes each Sunday to recognize and pray for the murdered Christians? Find a way to make it happen.
What church brings in Christians from persecuted land to speak to the church? Begin with Sunday school classes.
Is it not a fair demand for the pulpit to know the Islamic doctrine of the Christian and the Jew? Should a Christian leader not know both the Meccan and Medinan Koran? Hello, the Koran is about the same size as the New Testament. The Hadith and the Sira have been made readable. Go and read The Third Choice by Mark Durie, for the sake of humanity and the church. Form a study group. The Foundations of Islam give anyone a basis in the doctrine of Islam as found in its texts.
Is it too much for Christian leadership to know the actual history of the destruction of Christianity in Turkey, Egypt, the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe? Look it up.
Should not a minister, at the very least, know the dictates of Sharia law in Christian-Muslim marriages? Google it.
These actions are doable and do not require heroic effort. Christians must plant small seeds in every church.
Our universities, both secular and Christian, must teach the political doctrine and political history of Islam. Christian schools must teach the religious doctrine as well.
Some Christians may cry out that the main stream media is unfair to Christianity (and it is), but if Christians would strap on the armor of God, they will get more respect. Warriors are respected. Ignorance, pious platitudes and fear are not.
So, if the truth about Islam is not to be found in church, Christians must turn to the comics to get some insight into 1400 years of death and annihilation. This is what it has come to!
Oh, if you are a non-Christian, you get the same treatment with the same results. When it comes to Islam, there are Muslims and there are Kafirs. Don’t think that Jews, humanists, atheists, pagans and all the rest will live in some new world where Christianity is annihilated and your special outlook on religion is going to be tolerated by the Sharia.
You can find more truth about Islam in the comics than you can at the next interfaith dialog.
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Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam
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