Since the 1970s, Muslims have repeatedly been stereotyped in the US as dangerous terrorists. But, over the last six years, a new fear of Muslims has gradually entered the conservative mainstream: that Muslims are taking over the United States and imposing “sharia law”.
Such fears are paranoid and lack any basis in reality. No significant Muslim organisation has called for sharia in the United States. For most devout Muslims in the US, sharia is a personal, moral code rather than a political programme.
“A personal moral code rather than a political programme.”
I’ll say that again for those to slow to get it the first time: Sharia law is a personal, moral code rather than a political programme.”
But … I’m reposting something I originally published almost 10 years ago and I’ve changed nothing. No new quotes would change anything that was true back then and remains true today.
Here is the real danger of a political programme based on a rigid, inflexible and unrelenting religion.
The American Taliban Version of Sharia Law.
“God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.”
“Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
“This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.” –George W. Bush
“I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.”
“We in the army of God, in the house of God, kingdom of God have been raised for such a time as this,”
“We as Americans, we as Christians, need to understand that that’s not the enemy that America’s up against. In fact, the enemy that we’re up against is called the principality of darkness, he’s called Satan. We are in fact in a spiritual battle, ladies and gentlemen, more than we are in a physical battle.” –Lt. General William G. Boykin
‘We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.
We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
“Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”
“Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity, as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of ‘kill everyone who doesn’t smell bad and doesn’t answer to the name Mohammed'” –Ann Coulter
“The Bible is the inerrant … word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.”
“AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharoah’s chariotters.” “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates Homosexuals.”
“We’re fighting against humanism, we’re fighting against liberalism…we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today…our battle is with Satan himself.”
“If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.”
“The Bible is the inerrant … word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.”
“But you’ve got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I’m for the president to chase them all over the world. If it takes 10 years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord.”
“Most of these feminists are radical, frustrated lesbians, many of them, and man-haters, and failures in their relationships with men, and who have declared war on the male gender. The Biblical condemnation of feminism has to do with its radical philosophy and goals. That’s the bottom line.”
“I do not believe the homosexual community deserves minority status. One’s misbehavior does not qualify him or her for minority status. Blacks, Hispanics, women, etc., are God-ordained minorities who do indeed deserve minority status.”
“We curse the darkness, we’re against what the ACLU and Americans United are, and what the crazy runaway liberal judges are doing. We’re going to train a few thousand Christian attorneys who are just as radical as the preachers.”
“We’re here to stay, we’re going to bring this nation back and we couldn’t care less what you [his opponents] think about it.” –Jerry Falwell
The “Christian” Broadcaster & Wannabe Prophet
“There will never be world peace until God’s house and God’s people are given their rightful place of leadership at the top of the world. How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy moneychangers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?”
God’s Country? “There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore.”
“The Constitution of the United States, for instance, is a marvelous document for self-government by the Christian people. But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non-Christian people and atheistic people they can use it to destroy the very foundation of our society. And that’s what’s been happening.”
I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.–Pat Robertson
“George [Stephanopoulos] you think you ought to lecture me on what a Christian is all about?
“Isn’t it amazing that there’s such a sizable number of people in the media and in the liberal community that despise this country and its freedoms, and they’re doing everything they can to undermine it?”
“Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.”–James Dobson
“The number one virtue in America has become the number one threat, and one of the top two or three threats to the cause of Christ That virtue is tolerance.’Josh McDowell.
The “Christian” Old Testament Expert on Who God Hates
“If you got to castrate your miserable self with a piece of rusty barb wire, do it.”
“Hear the word of the LORD, America, fag-enablers are worse than the fags themselves, and will be punished in the everlasting lake of fire!”
“You telling these miserable, Hell-bound, bath house-wallowing, anal-copulating fags that God loves them!? You have bats in the belfry!”
“American Veterans are to blame for the fag takeover of this nation. They have the power in their political lobby to influence the zeitgeist, get the fags out of the military, and back in the closet where they belong!”
“Not only is homosexuality a sin, but anyone who supports fags is just as guilty as they are. You are both worthy of death.”
“God Hates Fags!”–Fred Phelps (Westboro Baptist Church)
“The Media is ruled by Satan. But yet I wonder if many Christians fully understand that. Also, will they believe what the Media says, considering that its aim is to steal, kill, and destroy?”
“Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it…Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.”–Jimmy Swaggart (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries)
The “Christian” Proponent of Joyful Living.
“I think that many people believe that. (Referring to separation of church and state) The only problem is it’s really a deception from Satan. Because if God is in fact separated from the government, then we can never possibly have a godly government. And there’s no way for America to be good if she’s not godly.”
“There are more righteous people in this nation that love God than there are evil people. The only problem is the evil people make more noise than we do, and that is so ridiculous.
What we need more than anything are godly men and women that will pass laws based on God’s word and moral principles, not laws based on their own particular feelings.”
“You know when prayer was taken out of the schools in 1962, it was not really about prayer being taken out of the schools, it was a violent assault against the future of the kingdom of God. Because Satan knew if he could take spirituality away from children that the next generation would not be able to do the kingdom of darkness any damage.”
“I know that we all appreciate and thank God for our godly president.
I believe President [sic] Bush is a man that is going to say what is right and he is going to stand up for God no matter what…. I believe that God is going to keep him there to bring restoration to this nation.”–Joyce Meyer, speaking at the “Road To Victory” convention
The “Christian” Respecter of Persons
“The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant-baptism and holy communion-must be denied citizenship.”
“This is God’s world, not Satan’s. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.”
“So let us be blunt about it: We must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will be get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.”
“The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and holy communion–must be denied citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel.”–Gary North (Institute for Christian Economics
“But integration and equality are myths; they disguise a new segregation and a new equality…Every social order institutes its own program of separation or segregation. A particular faith and morality is given privileged status and all else is separated for progressive elimination.”–R.J. Rushdoony,
“When the Christian majority takes over this country, there will be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for homosexuals. After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil.”–Gary Potter (Catholics for Christian Political Action)
“We are to make Bible-obeying disciples of anybody that gets in our way.”–Jay Grimstead (Coalition on Revival)
The “Christian” Editorialist
“We are approaching a time when Christians, especially, may have to declare the social contract between Enlightenment rationalists and Biblical believers – which formed the basis of the constitution written at our nation’s founding – null and void”.–Cal Thomas, Washington Times,
“I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good… Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.”
“What this is coming down to is who runs the country. It’s us against them. It’s the good guys versus the bad guys. It’s the God-fearing people against the pagans, and some of the pagans are going to church.”–Randall Terry,
The “Christian” Exclusivity Sheriffs
“The day after George Bush was elected president again, because of this morals revolution taking place in our country, he allows his vice president to not only put his lesbian daughter on the platform, but to bring her lesbian ‘partner’ up on the stage with him.
It almost seems to be a slap in the face from the get-go against the very conservatives that re-elected the president at a time when he ought to paying them some homage and respect.”–Joe Glover, president of the Family Policy Network
The “Christian” Constitutionalist
“I don’t know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.”
–George Bush Sr. (President of the United States)
The “Christian” Jurist
U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson asked Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, “Would you acknowledge that Buddhism is a religion?”
Moore replied, “Buddhism was considered a false religion by the forefathers. It is not my definition of religion, no. It was not their definition of religion under the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
“I wasn’t really asking that,” Thompson said. “I was just asking whether religion – within the confines of the First Amendment as you view it historically – [if] the term ‘religion’ includes Buddhists, the Islamic faith, the Hindus?”
“I don’t think so, sir, that Buddhists and other faiths – and I won’t speak to all faiths because I’m not a theologian – recognize the Creator, God,” Moore replied.
“Some might, but if they do, it’s not the God of the Holy Scriptures. And that’s why the Bible is used for the very foundation upon which we take our oaths.”–Roy Moore, during court testimony over the Ten Commandments monument he installed in the Alabama Judicial Building
The “Christian” Educator & Political Analyst
In your re-election, God has graciously granted America – though she doesn’t deserve it – a reprieve from the agenda of paganism. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ.”
–Bob Jones III to George W. Bush
The “Christian” Evangelist
“I have many Muslim friends, but I want the people of this country to know that the god of Islam is not the Christian god. The god of Islam is not a father. The god of Christianity was the father of Jesus Christ. There’s a mood in this country that we’ll believe a generic belief. That is not acceptable. Political correctness has run amok in this country.”
“This country was not built by Hindus, nor Muslims, nor atheists. It was built by Christian men and women.”
“We need a sexual education program that warns young people of the hell they’ll create with their own bodies. Outside of marriage, sex kills.”
He cites his own experience; he was “sexually active” before his 1974 marriage to his wife, Jane.
Alan Dershowitz said I alienated millions by praying in the name of Jesus Christ.
In what other name should I pray? If a Hindu president was being inaugurated, that president could have summoned a clergyman to pray in the name of Hindu gods.”
“I am not attacking Muslims. But how come the Muslim clerics have not gone to ground zero and had a prayer vigil and apologized to the nation in the name of Islam?”
“But where are the Muslim clerics? When people say this is a ‘peaceful religion,’ don’t tell me that. When a suicide bomber straps on a bomb, that’s not peaceful. The Baptists are not doing that. Neither are the Pentecostals.”–Franklin Graham, various quotes reported in the Washington Post
The “Christian” Political Activist Org
“While it is true that the United States of America was founded on the sacred principle of religious freedom for all, that liberty was never intended to exalt other religions to the level that Christianity holds in our country’s heritage.
Our Founders expected that Christianity — and no other religion — would receive support from the government as long as that support did not violate peoples’ consciences and their right to worship. They would have found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including paganism, be treated with equal deference.
As for our Hindu priest friend, the United States is a nation that has historically honored the one true God. Woe be to us on that day when we relegate him to being merely one among countless other deities in the pantheon of theologies.”–Family Research Council, Culture Facts newsletter 9/21/2000, commenting on a Hindu priest giving the opening prayer in the House of Representatives
The “Christian” Expert on Moral Depravity
“The perversion that follows homosexuality is bestiality and then human sacrifice and cannibalism.”–Barbara Blewster, a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints and the Arizona State Legislature
“If you don’t want a Christian nation, then go to one of the many nations that are heathen already, rather than perverting ours. You’re welcome to come, but leave your religions, your bibles, all your other things back where you came from. Islam and America are opposites. They hate us. They want to kill us. I’m not anti-Jewish or anti-Catholic. I’m anti-Islam because that religion right there is anti-American.”–Jeff Fugate, pastor of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church, Lexington, KY
The “Christian” Experts On Compassionate Capital Punishment
“Those who practice homosexuality should swiftly be put to death by the government. God emphatically condemns the practice of exchanging proper gender characteristics among men and women. God justly calls for the death-penalty for anyone who practices homosexuality.”–Citizens for the Ten Commandments
“Let me talk to you about five good things of late … for which this week I hope you and your family around your Thanksgiving table will praise the Lord. …
No. 5: America has alternative news media and is no longer held hostage by the major print and broadcast media. I remember a day when ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and the major print media controlled all the news flow to the American people and we found ourselves getting warped and distorted news.
I thank God now in the 21st century for talk radio, that three hours a day people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and hundreds of others are telling the truth of what really is going on.
I thank God for FOX News Channel. I thank God for the Internet bloggers and the news producers like NewsMax.com, WorldNetDaily.com, even The Drudge Report.
… And we’re going to invite PETA [to “Wild Game Night”] as our special guest, P-E-T-A — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. We want you to come, we’re going to give you a top seat there, so you can sit there and suffer.
This is one of my special groups, another one’s the ACLU, another is the NOW — the National Order of Witches. We’ve got — I’ve got a lot of special groups.”–Jerry Falwell, November 21, 2004 televised sermon
The “Christian” Partisan Greedy Immoral Corrupt Politician
“Ladies and gentlemen, Christianity offers the only viable, reasonable, definitive answer to the questions of
‘Where did I come from?’
‘Why am I here?’
‘Where am I going?’
‘Does life have any meaningful purpose?’
Only Christianity offers a way to understand that physical and moral border.
Only Christianity offers a comprehensive worldview that covers all areas of life and thought, every aspect of creation.
Only Christianity offers a way to live in response to the realities that we find in this world
— only Christianity.”
“Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist.”- -House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.)
“The decline in American pride, patriotism, and piety can be directly attributed to the extensive reading of so-called ‘science fiction’ by our young people.
This poisonous rot about creatures not of God’s making, societies of ‘aliens’ without a good Christian among them, and raw sex between unhuman beings with three heads and God alone knows what sort of reproductive apparatus keeps our young people from realizing the true will of God.”–Jerry Falwell,
Let’s take a serious look at the supposed”Sharia” mindset of our own Christian American Taliban.
Condemnation of resistance to religious conformity brings us to a place of hearing the self-appointed tell us that
“My Jesus is not your Jesus. My Savior is not your Savior. I own the true redeemer and you can only call Him Savior & Redeemer if I agree with you. You can only call Jesus your friend if I agree with what you mean by that.
You can only resist evil as I define evil. Any other resistance to an evil of your own perception is heresy and God will punish you for that and for not believing me.”
So who really “owns” Jesus?
What does social and political activism in the name of Jesus really look like?
Before one lets the Falwell’s, Dobson’s and Grahams tell you what God wants of you, think about what it means to be Christian in America. Think about the revised “tradition” of belief and attitude that is being pushed in this country at the expense of social justice, equality and compassion:
Who wants mandatory prayer in school?
Who wants to weaken separation of church and state?
Who wants censorship?
Who wants literal interpretation of Religious Scripture?
Who opposes women’s rights?
Who rejects the theory of evolution?
Who favored on invasion of Iraq? Who opposes gay rights?
Who opposes contraceptives?
Who opposes sex education?
Who favors corporal punishment?
Who declares that there is only one TRUE God?
Who declares that dissent is disloyalty?
Who looks the other way when torture and murder happen – especially if it is the torture and murder of non-citizens?
Who favors the death penalty?
One answer to the above questions: Osama Bin Laden
Anyone else come to mind?
I recommend Walter Wink’s Article at ZNet: Christian Nonviolence