Some idiot, and the idiot is me, set my alarm clock to the sound of a duck. I guess I thought that, due to my propensity to sleep through tornado sirens, an odd sounding alarm would do the trick… and what better than the joyful sound of a duck. That’s a rhetorical question, for I now have a list of sounds that would in fact be better to wake up to than a duck, and dying cats is one of them. BUT, the important point is that it did indeed do the trick, and I woke up on time. It also made me spend my entire drive to work fantasizing about the various ways in which a duck can be killed. I came up with hundreds during my 20 minute drive, people. Hundreds. And I got creative.
The above serves absolutely no purpose other than to a) creep you out, and b) show you what kind of mood I was in while getting ready this morning and reading Facebook posts and tweets. Everyone has an opinion about the ISIS controversy, and now I have foundation on my pants after reading a post and dropping my bottle in utter shock of the stupidity. (SIDE NOTE: Due to my lack of energy, we’ll blame it on ducks, I didn’t change my pants.) The person that made the comments on this particular status – which was simply one of many people making similar comments & posts – has no idea what his ignorance made me do, nor that my extra cup of coffee this morning was named after him. Seriously, I wrote his name on my McDonalds coffee cup. You’re welcome, Sir. Petty? Yes. But I was tired, and now have to work off an extra cup of coffee containing copious amounts of sugar and cream, as well as remove a foundation stain, because of this particular person. And of course ducks. Can’t forget about the ducks.
“Why is the name —– on your coffee cup?”
“Oh, curious coworker, let me tell you.”
Ok, so this particular person took to Facebook to attack fellow Christians for wanting to take out ISIS. After thoroughly mocking those who want to stop ISIS from beheading human beings, he quoted this set of verses.
“38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:38-48
First I’d like to point out that it’s a bit difficult to turn the other cheek when someone has removed your head. Second, this verse is talking about the victim forgiving, not the people that should step in and stop the madmen from decapitating infants with dull blades. But you know, context is overrated. I adore this verse, it reminds me that I need to forgive the person on my coffee cup, for I was a victim of his dumb comment, or my pants were, maybe they should turn the other cheek (Pun intended? Maybe.)? I’ll need to mull this over.
My favorite so far though is “ISIS needs the gospel more than anyone else.” That is a HUGE assumption. It’s such a big assumption that if I assume unicorns exist, I’d have better odds. Sin is sin, and all fall short. So technically radical ISIS members, while barbarians, are on par with the rest of the world in their need for salvation, including those that are being beheaded by them. Yes, many Christians are being attacked and killed, but many non-Christians are as well. I’d say it’s pretty even if you look at news reports. Since the brave and threatening hashtag diplomacy has taken over, innumerable non-Christians have been beheaded or murdered in some other grotesque way. So basically you’re saying that one group of non-Christians deserves to hear the gospel more than another. Maybe I didn’t read the bible correctly, but from what I understand, when they stand in judgment, those non-believing victims will be held to the same accountability standards as members of ISIS for their unbelief. So claiming that radical members of ISIS somehow need Jesus more is weak and silly, and kind of revolting if you think about it.
Most of these eye opening revelations that I’ve read have, shockingly, come from recent graduates who majored in theology, and now they know everything there is to know about the bible. And most of them believe that God himself predetermined the beheadings, that’s a whole different kettle of fish, and they can make it sound really good if you just give them a chance. Yes, Christians, our churches are filled with people who believe that God Himself orchestrated the beheading of infants. This, my friends, is why I have a “Top 10 Reasons Why We Deserve What’s Coming” list. Many of them have attacked Phil Robertson for saying that “In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible, I’m not giving up on them, I’m just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other.” What a hillbilly, am-I-right?! So yes, I’m going to call out the multiple Christians that had huge threads on their timelines that were solely devoted to mocking Phil Robertson for his comment. Not talking about the heartbreaking acts that are taking place in Iraq, no, they were simply saving the world 1 Phil Robertson joke at a time. I even saw some Sarah Palin, George Bush, and Sean Hannity jokes that were thrown in for good measure. I know that Phil didn’t swallow a thesaurus and make his basic argument unnecessarily indigestible so as to appear to be of higher intellect than the fumbling Christians that didn’t spend such intense time (2-4 years) in theological studies – she says sarcastically – but he makes a point, guys.
Last night I made a post about our President’s comments concerning his goal to make ISIS manageable. I won’t comment on that in this post, but I will post a comment that I received on that post. In my post I loosely compared radical members of ISIS (I’m going to talk about the “radicalized” part later in this post) to the Nazi regime. The following comment hit the nail on the head:
“And even so, the Nazi mentality – while also purely evil – was more ideological and less religious zealousness. They (the foot soldiers) were willing to fight for the cause but if overwhelmed, overwhelmingly surrendered. The ISIS extremists are – to a person – jihadists who would die for the cause. They are not reluctant soldiers enlisted by their government. They are – each and every one of them – martyrs willing to do what it takes to eradicate the Israelites, the Christians, the Westerners, the enemies of “Islam”, far more willing to die than to face the shame of surrender. There won’t be stories of Christmas truces of both sides meeting in the trenches to sing Silent Night. In order to preserve innocents and innocence, and quite frankly to be good stewards, I agree- They must be met head on. Enough force to turn back an opponent whose only goal and only acceptable outcome is to kill, is to kill first.”
This person avoided having his name written on my coffee cup.
So, let’s break this down by answering 4 important questions:
1. What does “radical” Islam even mean?
I’ve had a lot of well-meaning believers tell me that they have friends who are peaceful Muslims, and they use the term “radical” – as I did above – to describe those that act in violence. This is all fine and dandy, except that you open doors to be labeled a “radical” yourself simply by following the bible. While the Old Testament contains violence, which those defending peaceful Muslims are quick to point out, there is a big difference between the Quran and the Bible. The verses in the Quran are not restrained by historical context, they remain open ended.
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” – Quran (8:12)
“And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder/unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah” – Quran (8:39)
The Quran then goes on to chastise those who are not willing to pick up the sword against those who don’t follow him. So, what we label as “radicals” are actually individuals who are taking the Quran seriously. Those that we label as “peaceful” simply don’t adhere as strictly to the Quran. Following the basic tenants of the Quran are “radical.” So if 80% of Muslims are simply “less devout,” does that truly make the other 20% “radicals”? Yes & no… Having extreme views that aren’t widely shared? Yes. Different and new from what is traditional? No. The 20% who are “radical” walk the walk. So, by standing for traditional marriage, you are a radical Christian if going by the same standards that you place on Islam. Let’s all be happy for once that the majority of human beings don’t strictly adhere to the principles of their religion.
2. Why do you hate Muslims?
I don’t. Let me repeat: I DON’T HATE MUSLIMS. I’m just trying to point out the holes in so many of these weak arguments. “I have Muslim friends” is not anywhere close to being a strong argument for your beliefs. I’m not attacking your friends.
According to various reports, the percentage of “radicals” is anywhere between 15-25%. Low, right? No, in comparison to the Nazi Regime, the Soviet Union, etc. that is high. The other 80% do not matter. I don’t need to hear about your friends, because I am well aware that there are plenty of Muslims living in America that aren’t waiting to behead me when they get the chance. I’m sure they like long walks on the beach, dinner parties, and movie nights. I am aware of the fact that many Muslims serve in the military. I’m also aware that they don’t matter. The Muslims that do matter, are the 15-25% that do want to behead me, as well as anyone that doesn’t agree with them, if they get the chance. They matter. There are incredibly peaceful atheists living in our world, they’re not important in discussions chastising Hitler. The “peaceful” Muslims, Germans, Russians, etc. are irrelevant. This is the same issue that I have with law enforcement – Stop touting good cops during police brutality discussions, because unless they are standing up and fighting against militarization, or police brutality, they are irrelevant to the debate.
Peaceful Germans stood by and watched millions of Jews be slaughtered, so, are they relevant to the bodies bulldozed into landfills? Nope. End of story. If your Muslim friends would like to come out against ISIS, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, etc. I’d love to hear their opinions and offer my support, but don’t use them as your version of the race card to try and say that we shouldn’t attack those that are relevant, as well as the book that they use to justify their killing.
3.They aren’t always like this, right?
A lot of people yelled and screamed about the Iraq war, some didn’t agree that we should have been involved over there at all due to the cost, or felt that it was wrong to retaliate. Some really special people actually believed that George Bush orchestrated it all, bless their hearts. I’m not addressing those viewpoints – even though I have opinions of my own. I’m addressing the fact that much of the push back was due to the fact that news crews were interviewing Iraqis that were on their laptops in more developed communities, and they – as if on cue – whined to the media that America was haphazardly murdering civilians. Kind of like Hamas has done with the IDF? Hmmm…
Anyway, the truth? It is very common during non-war times, just as it is now, for women to be raped, murdered, abused, etc. legally in many Middle Eastern areas. They are not equal with men, and are viewed as property. It is normal for Homosexuals to be found guilty and receive a death penalty. It is normal for Christians to be heavily persecuted. It is also normal for Muslims that strictly adhere to the teachings of their religion to teach their children to do the same. They are raised with a hatred for Israel, as well as Western civilization, and a willingness to die for their faith. Not in a “I’ll die before I’ll deny my God” type of willingness, but a “I’ll sacrifice myself to do Allah’s calling” type of willingness. They are not simply confined to the ME, either. We have seen honor killings on American soil, and beheadings in the UK. Families that legally move here, then daughters slaughtered for becoming too “westernized,” why? Because they strictly adhere to their religion, and while they might not be planning terrorist attacks, this is what their strict beliefs demand of them. Once again, I’m not speaking against your peaceful Muslim friends, I’m just throwing out information concerning radicals.
4. Shouldn’t we turn the other cheek?
Firstly, the above was a horrid use of Matthew 5: 38-48, and I really wish people would stop abusing it. In a world filled with evil people, often times war is necessary. Otherwise, think of the millions of additional human beings that would have been slaughtered under Hitler and Stalin, and imagine how much longer African Americans would have been held under slavery. War should never be fun, we shouldn’t look forward to killing individuals, but we should indeed be prepared and willing to protect the innocent, by lethal means if necessary, because they are willing to die before letting you save the innocent. Right now subhuman savagery is taking place, and has been taking place for a long time in the Middle East. So, say what you will, but the God of the bible, the lover of justice, and the one that condoned war on many occasions, would not tell you to “turn the other cheek” while watching madmen saw off someone’s head. The truly detestable and facepalm worthy moment for Christians is when they act like turning the other cheek while the actual victims suffer is somehow a sacrifice and showing of decent fruit on their part. And when you do something that heartless and stupid, you rightfully earn a place on my coffee cup.
As we learn in the Quran, they are not interested in peace. They are not interested in ending the suffering. They are interested in conversion or annihilation. Someone made this point on one of the posts I read this morning, and it was countered with “but you want to do the same thing to them!” Not true, not even close to true. I don’t want to annihilate all Muslims, I don’t want to annihilate anyone, I want them to stop slaughtering others, and due to their adherence to their scripture – which unlike ours, demands them to slaughter – the only way to do that is to take out the individuals who are slaughtering innocents. They were given another option, they do not give us another option. That’s like saying that the person who shoots a mass murderer while trying to stop him is somehow guilty of the same crime that the murderer was committing. No. The murderer had a choice to do what was right, the one defending wasn’t given a choice. It’s not “like” that scenario, people, it IS that scenario. Is that saying that we should proclaim war against the moderate Muslims, the less devout in our own country? Absolutely not.
The point of all of this:
I’m tired of beating around the bush. I’m done beating around the bush. While you sit peacefully in your living room patting yourself on the back for touting the “turn the other cheek” argument – and again, inaccurately so – the actual victims are facing quite a different reality. Imagine with me for a moment that the non-Christian victims can hear your words of pacifism. I wonder how impressed they would be with the children of God for bravely typing “I have to turn the other cheek” in response to their suffering, major emphasis on “their.” Stop pretending like our God is a pacifist, because according to the bible, He isn’t.
Forgive me for my bluntness, but the church needs to wake up, specifically the deeply intellectual hippy-esque theological demigods, and they need to do it yesterday. It’s not about left or right, or situating yourself somewhere in the middle so that you can point to the middle and brag, it’s about right and wrong. Period.
Beheading people = Wrong
Stopping barbarians from beheading people = Right
At 4 and 5 my nephews have hit the age that when I say “later” to something they actually remember it. When they were younger and they asked for something I would simply say “maybe later”, and within 5 minutes they forgot what it was…But that’s what we as humans are supposed to do, we are supposed to grow and learn, remember the details, hold people in power accountable to their word. For my nephews, this scored them an extra cupcake on Saturday. For the rest of us, it should score us a new President in November. But unfortunately, even though a recent study suggested that 60% of the US population doesn’t trust the news, we still have an incredibly close race…Why? Perhaps individuals working off of limited details are still swayed by the constant barrage of deceiving monologue.
I am strongly against the mainstream media at this point in time. They have become nothing more than propaganda reciting machines for the Democratic party. Is that their fault? Yes. But the fault also lies with us… If the mainstream media couldn’t get away with their tactics, if we held them accountable, if we didn’t fall for their pervasive rhetoric, well…facts are, they wouldn’t be as successful as they are at changing the election tides. We’ve said we don’t trust them, but the numbers in the polls (skewed though they may be) either dictate a selfish ideal where a large part of the population has refused to think beyond their own personal wants, or simply an estimate of the politically uneducated and the cleverly disguised wolves that guide them into the abyss…using entitlements and equality as bait. What if the sheep realized that the innocent lambs are the ones that will be left paying off the debts of such selfish ideals, both physically and financially?
This leads me to the point of my post…I’ve had multiple individuals explain to me that they have nowhere to get their news source, that the conservative media is just as biased.Yes, they are all biased. I do believe there is a HUGE difference between Obama’s media groupies and the conservative news outlets, but for the sake of meeting the confused where they are, we’ll call all news outlets unreliable for the remainder of this post.
This morning I read a great article by Shawn Mitchell (Townhall) about what the press should be asking President Obama. Yes, this post came from a conservative site, BUT the questions are quite legitimate and ones we can answer ourselves by just knowing world events. See, it hit me that these questions are answered by his actions, and if we ask the same questions we can come up with the answers quite easily. So, when approaching something like this, get your Google search engine ready…
“Ask him if his policies toward the Middle East may have contributed to current violence there.”
We know that this MSM isn’t going to ask a question like this. So, with a simple Google search, and an admittance from the Libyan President as well as Mr. Stevens journal, we can see that our President ignored warning signs, or better yet, his relationship with Muslim Brotherhood leaders skewed his ability to see danger… Where America currently stands with the Middle East is at an unprotected, weak and knowingly vulnerable state. So clearly, his policies do have a direct line to the current violence.
“Specifically, did his decision to pressure Mubarak out of Egypt and to forcibly remove Qaddafi from Libya enable radical elements hostile to the US to rise to power?”
Once again, after a 3 minute Google search on recent statements by President Morsi (Muslim Brotherhood) of Egypt tells us that yes, his policies have lead to a radical rise of power. Morsi himself being one of the greatest examples…this is a violent leader for a violent group, and under his power Christians are being murdered in Egypt with NO repercussions. This is the same man that Obama congratulated.
“Ask him if his overall approach to engaging the Muslim world has produced positive results.”
No. It hasn’t. We have an extensive body count and a plethora of riots.
“Ask him why, after the attacks on Egyptian, Libyan, and other embassies, his administration immediately asserted the fiction they were spontaneous demonstrations of religious grievance at an obscure internet clip critical of Mohammed.”
Because a spontaneous demonstration could be pinned on a YouTube video maker, instead of on a terrorist attack initiated by a released Gitmo detainee. To say that these were planned attacks is to admit that the radicals see us as the weak country we have become… That wasn’t acceptable to the Obama administration during an election year.
“Ask why for over a week it denied there was a deliberate targeting of America by terrorist groups on the anniversary of September 11th. Ask him if it’s true the State Department had warnings of likely attacks in the Middle East at least 48 hours before they occurred.”
We will never get a straight answer to this question, but when the Libyan President himself says these were a planned terrorist attack, as well as multiple other facts, yes…America was warned. Americans were killed in a planned terrorist attack, and in order to get your vote it was not made public.
“Speaking of Obama team players, will any of you professional skeptics ask Harry Reid if he plans to apologize to Mitt Romney for falsely accusing him of paying no taxes for 10 years? And if he doesn’t, then why not?”
This seems like a petty question, but in reality it is incredibly necessary. Why do politicians and media feel that they can say “reliable source” and gain our complete trust. Romney and his taxes were dragged through the mud, now weeks later we find that 44% of his income went to others, but yet where are the apologies? Where are the demands for justice in the Brian Terry case? His parents are mourning the loss of their son, and they don’t even know the facts about his case because our President is hiding documents. I couldn’t care less about Romney’s taxes, but I care a great deal about a family mourning a child while the President treats him like a necessary casualty for the greater good.
“Will any of you ask the president how he can serve all Americans, as he pointedly told David Letterman is his job, if he doesn’t even know what the national debt is or what he has added to it?”
Serving “all Americans” ended when he started class warfare. We had signs, but refused to see them. Michelle Obama herself quotes Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules For Radicals’ in her 2008 DNC speech. They had no intention of bridging the ever widening, now violent divide between the parties…They achieved exactly what they strived for, they made one class hate another. It was as though they had an RFR Presy-do-list on the fridge that they checked off within the first term. As for the debt? This worked in his favor, study the Cloward-Piven strategy…Breaking you and I was a necessary evil. As George Soros (Obama’s right hand man…or should I say left? lol) said while emptying the homes of Jews during the holocaust, it was never an act he felt guilt over…because the ends justify the means.
“Ask him—if Chrysler and GM couldn’t pay their bills–what he thinks would have happened if bankruptcy law had been allowed to operate in a normal way? Would Americans’ demand for cars have been less? Wouldn’t Chrysler’s and GM’s assets have been sold in an orderly way to leaner competitors or start up companies, who would have created new jobs and joined other suppliers to serve the American market?”
SUCH an important question…The idea that the auto industry is saved is one of the more blatant lies of the Democrats right now. They are imploding. The auto industry is like a lovely home built on sand…gutted, with weight bearing beams removed. It’s been beautified by the Obama administration, and they are waiting until the election is over to let it crash. Don’t be fooled. The auto industry is in shambles, and the only way it will survive (short term) is with ANOTHER bail out.
“Will you ask if it isn’t it more accurate to say he saved the ruinous pay, benefits, and pensions of the United Auto Workers that GM and Chrysler employed, and did it by lawlessly ripping equity out of the hands of secured creditors and bondholders and gifting it to the labor unions?”
The truth is that the unions write WAY to many checks out to democrats for them to EVER by at the raw end of a deal.
“And, isn’t it true that the happy talk a while back about GM paying back its loans was highly misleading, as in essentially false? That wasn’t income from auto sales, was it, just federal stimulus grants that GM turned around and handed back to the government? And don’t taxpayers still hold a major chunk of GM ownership in billions of devalued stock? And isn’t the company’s survival still very much in doubt?”
Bum bum bum…Ouch.
See, our lives revolve around our day to day business so much that we have forgotten that so many of these questions can be answered by simply paying attention. Look at the facts from multiple different news sites and then look at the actions of our President towards those facts. I see jokes about not following politics everywhere, why aren’t we asking them why? Maybe we should be looking at our fellow man and asking some questions as well…Like how we as a nation speak of success and hope for our children, but in the face of a Marxist takeover we talk about how we’d rather watch paint dry than listen to anymore politics. Why are we marching into voting booths blind?
I know everyone hates Hitler/Obama comparisons, but I just want to bring up a few points. This morning I was watching a show on the military channel titled “The Fatal Attraction of Hitler”, the show began with a nation of people praising a man who offered hope, he offered a change for the German people. They worshipped him, he was a celebrity. While he was on stage he would wait 1 minute while he took in the crowd, breathing in the energy…His faithful followers in awe of his love for them. They showed one of his speeches when he was campaigning, I imagined myself in the crowd overcome with hope that my nation would come together and grow in strength. The speech was rousing, it delivered goose bumps. One of the narrators explained that if he would have lost and disappeared out of the lime light he would go down in history as one of the greatest political figures, and greatly admired. For many Germans, they wanted Jews out…not helplessly slaughtered, but out.
Despite his hate of Jews, this man was undeniably a tidal wave of new promises for a falling nation. The poor in the streets heard his promises. The hopeless felt his hope. The deprived felt his apparent pain in their depravity. He was worshipped. (Sound familiar?) Tears of joy flowed when he was present, the swastika was proudly flown in the air like a triumphant banner of a coming hope (Now it brings bile into our throats). But at the end of the documentary you have a startling moment of clarity. Even after knowing all of the truths about Hitler, watching him work you are drawn into the captivating nature of his rhetoric, then suddenly it ends by watching the mounds of bodies be bulldozed into mass graves. Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Nephews, Nieces…etc thrown into a hole with no regard to their dreams, their hopes, their futures. Suddenly the rousing hope of a hero is the dangerous rhetoric of a maniac.
I am in no way saying that Obama is identical to Hitler. But we have a symbol of “Hope”, we have people placing their hands over their hearts pledging their allegiance to him. We have a crowd of the dedicated, worshipping him like he is a savior. What could he do to our country? What could Islam do to our country? The distain that he is currently showing towards the makers of an anti-Islamic film maker should be a red flag, though maybe some feel small, it is still a red flag. In comparison, maybe a few negative Jew comments from Hitler seemed small to the masses… Did they know what was coming? Do you think they did? When we start punishing individuals for being offensive to Islam do you realize that being a Christian is offensive to Islam? That it is the radicals receiving the apologies from Obama? That a bounty of 100K has now been put on the film makers head? That Obama’s friends in the Middle East want it punishable by law to speak out against Islam?
During the first raid of the Jewish people they were asked to leave, those who didn’t were imprisoned…but for one minute do you believe that the German people who had whispers of hope seductively sent their direction thought that ovens would be glowing red with the bodies of innocent people, that mass graves would be filled with family members, that scientific tests would be performed on human beings like they were disposable rats? No. They didn’t. Obama isn’t Hitler, and the takeover won’t be the same, the results may not be the same. But part of our nation is now pledging allegiance to a man, not our flag. Historically, that has been deadly 100% of the time. Just because you are an American doesn’t make you exempt. And the man they are pledging allegiance to is making us weak and vulnerable to a radical group of people that would rather us exterminated, and on top of that…he wants to remove our guns. The similarities are chilling, and maybe that is why everyone hates the comparisons so much.
On an end note, my brother hated politics…He would say “I’m not voting for Obama so what does it matter?”, I took him to see 2016 and he has been paying attention now…When I asked him why he said “Because that scared me”. THIS should be our feeling. No matter who you are voting for, you should know the truth. It is time to wake up from our slumber.