Today is Flag Day. Instead of seeing the colors of Old Glory waving proudly, on this Flag Day, most flags are flying at half-staff due to the events at an Orlando nightclub Saturday night when a lone terrorist used a gun to kill 49 innocent people and injured more than 50 others before being shot by police. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since September 11, 2001.
Fort Hood. Boston. Chattanooga. San Bernardino. Orlando. Will it ever be time to take Islamic extremists at their word when they say “crazy” things like “Death to America!”? Or when they promise us after every attack in Europe that they’re coming here to do the same? When they tell us they are and will continue to infiltrate themselves into the populations of oppressed refugees that legitimately fear for their lives in their homelands? Why do those who think they know better than us always brush these hate-filled words under the carpet, then whine about needing more gun laws to prevent such tragedies? As if more laws (instead of enforcing the ones we already have) were the answer. It wouldn’t have kept the Orlando terrorist from doing what he did.
Some people are even trying to blame Christians for the attack due to The Pulse nightclub being a gay bar. A nut from the ACLU claimed that all of the bills in various states coming out in recent months to protect Christian businesses from lawsuits when they don’t want to participate in same-sex “weddings” are to blame for ratcheting up the hatred against homosexuals.
It’s not about guns…or wedding cakes…it’s not even about being gay (though in this particular incident, that’s the likely motivation for picking this target). It’s about those who hate our way of life so much, they want it to disappear.
The Elephant in the Room is this: evil exists and it seeks to destroy. Just because you refuse to acknowledge it as such doesn’t make it go away. All Westerners– whether here in the US, in Canada, Europe or wherever—have a real enemy in political Islam and those who practice it. It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, Jew or a Muslim who isn’t the right kind of Muslim. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or what color skin you have. It is about radical Islam, though you’ll never hear the president use that phrase. We may not be at war with them, but they sure as heck are at war with us. . All you have to do is take them at their word.
Here’s an example. In April of this year, WFTV 9 in Orlando broke a story about an Islamic imam who was coming to speak at the local mosque. A little investigation into this imam found that he had some pretty radical beliefs and was caught on tape back in 2013 expressing those views. That imam, Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, is on tape saying how he would deal with homosexuals: “Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence…We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same, out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”
Now why didn’t that get any national news coverage back in April? Given the events of Saturday night/Sunday morning, it seems particularly chilling and is not unlike what Adolf Hitler said of them back in his day.
The guy who shot up The Pulse nightclub saw the world through a prism of hate. Twisted, disturbed, inhumane. The only thing that can conquer this kind of darkness is light. The homosexual movement uses the rainbow colors as their flag of solidarity. When the colors of the rainbow pass through a prism, what comes out the other side is pure, white light—focused and sharp as a laser.
Maybe it’s time for all of us to be that light–to focus more on what we have in common and stand for one another’s right to live, to be free, to speak our minds without fear of being made into some sort of hate-monger. Unless, of course, like the previously-mentioned imam–you are a hate-monger who talks about killing people.
We don’t have to agree on everything, but can we not at least agree that all lives really do matter, and that the time is coming—and may already be here—when we need to stand together against darkness?
The people who died in Orlando were somebody’s daughters and sons. Whether they were gay or not doesn’t make a difference, just as such things as political party, sexual orientation or skin color didn’t matter in the days after the Twin Towers fell.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.
We hear a lot about the so-called War on Women these days. Usually, it’s in the context of some Democrat accusing some Republican of waging that war by allegedly denying women access to abortion or birth control—as if those were the only things women should care about. The truth is there really is a War on Women going on today, but the most vocal opponents of this war always seem to be looking in the wrong places for it.
On Thursday, a Sudanese Christian woman, who is 8 months pregnant, was sentenced to death for refusing to deny her faith. Twenty-six-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was raised as a Christian by her mother after her Muslim father left them when she was a small child. Her father’s family claims she was born a Muslim and turned away from Islam when she married a Christian man, Daniel Wani, who is from southern Sudan and is also an American citizen. He fled Sudan as a child during the civil war and then returned.
In Sudan, it’s unlawful under shariah law for a woman to marry outside the Muslim faith, and unlawful for anyone to turn away from Islam (apostasy). However, Meriam contends Christianity is all she’s ever known: “I was never a Muslim. I was raised a Christian from the start.”
Along with the death sentence, the court in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum also said she should be given 100 lashes for having “illegitimate” sexual relations with her husband (because he’s a Christian), whom she officially married in 2011. The couple also has an 18-month-old son who has been in jail with Meriam. Her lawyer is planning to appeal this conviction saying that the judge was “thinking more of Islamic Shariah laws than of the country’s laws and its constitution” when he claimed Meriam’s marriage was void due to marrying a Christian.
In recent years, many Sudanese have been convicted of apostasy, but escaped execution when they recanted their faith. Short of a miracle, Meriam Ibrahim will face death by hanging for her faith in Jesus Christ. Amnesty International has come out in support of Meriam calling the conviction “abhorrent”. No word yet on whether President Obama will pick up the phone to lend his support to her as he did to Sandra Fluke in her demands for taxpayer-funded contraception. There have also not been any new Tweets from a sober-faced Michelle Obama bearing a sheet of paper with #SetMeriamFree written on it.
Why should Americans care what happens to some woman living halfway around the world? The same reason we should care what happens to the Nigerian schoolgirls who are still in the hands of Boko Haram, a bunch of shariah-loving terrorists.
An opinion piece last week in The Wall Street Journal gives an excellent wake-up call to the West regarding radical political Islam and shariah law. It was written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born American woman who advocates for the rights of women around the world and is critical of Islam and its practice of female genital mutilation. As a 5-year-old girl she was forced to undergo the procedure, so she is well aware of the pain and oppression women suffer under shariah law.
In the article, Ali, who is an atheist, says it’s time liberals in the West start to pay attention: “If they choose to regard Boko Haram as an aberration, they do so at their peril. The kidnapping of these schoolgirls is not an isolated tragedy; their fate reflects a new wave of jihadism that extends far beyond Nigeria and poses a mortal threat to the rights of women and girls. If my pointing this out offends some people more than the odious acts of Boko Haram, then so be it.”
Ali was to have been given an honorary degree this year from Brandeis University, but due to her outspokenness on Islam and the Brandeis administration’s kowtowing to Islamic support groups like CAIR, the honor has been withdrawn.
No supportive phone calls or Tweets for her either…only the lonely sound of crickets chirping as the war rages on.