Reaction to Garland

Current events in the United States are taking paths tat, while we have seen them before, seem to be taking on lives of their own. Social media dominates the news to the point where the Tweets of actors and actresses are now uses as sources for news stories without any further inquiry into the validity of the comments. Instead of quality investigative journalism driving the news media, the news media is now being driven by Tweets, Pintrest Pins, Instagram comments and Facebook posts.

Today’s rally very seems to be focused on the promoters of a Muslim Art exhibit in Garland, Texas.The result of this exhibition were two Muslim terrorists driving up to the entrance of the event, jumping out of their card and opening fire with hi-powered semi-automatic rifles. The reaction by security guards at the scene was to calmly stand-up against this terrorist attack, and kill both of the Muslim terrorists with shots from their service pistols. One security officer was shot in the leg, the other uninjured.

garland2The media now blames the promoters of the event for the attack. It is said they were “provoking” the Muslims into attacking – essentially daring them to respond. Pamela Geller is taking most of the heat. Pamela is the founder, editor and publisher of Atlas and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is a conservative, and while many brand her organizations hate groups (like the Southern Poverty Law Center).She has been called a hater, a radical extremist, and an anti-government proponent.

Part of the Muslim Art exhibit was a contest that caused much controversy. The contest offered a $10,000 prize for the best likeness of Allah, the Muslim God. As we all know by now Islam considers all likenesses of Allah to be blasphemy. It is as extremely offensive to the Muslims that any likeness of Allah exists, and to create a “contest” out of blasphemy is unfathomable to the Muslim.

In some ways, common sense says there is some validity to this train of thought. If you are playing in the school playground, you don’t taunt the known bully and then complain when he punches you in the face. O.K, we get that. But let’s take a step back and consider this in perspective.

Pam Geller’s groups are branded by the media, and the Southern Poverty Law Group a “hate group”. In perspective, so is the Tea Party, Oath Keepers, The Conservative Party, the Constitution Party, The American Independent Party, The Freedom Law Group, World Net Daily Books, the Catholic Family and Human Rights institute,the Family Research Council, and virtually any group that has the words, Patriot, Conservative, Constitution, Freedom, Faith or Christian in it.*  Intersting to note, CAIR or the Council on American Islamic Relations, a group known to be financial supporters of Jihadist activity and terrorism, and constantly on and off the U.N.’s list of Terrorist Organizations – a distinction that comes with a great deal more qualification and support from world powers than the opinion of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The rhetoric is now focusing on Free Speech. Is all speech free, or is hate speech not protected? For that matter what qualifies as hate speech? Even more important, who gets to decide what hate speech is and what it isn’t? This is a crucial factor considering the affect that the left-leaning media bias. This is where hypocrisy comes into play.

Remember just a short time ago, there was a bombing in Paris. This bombing was carried out by individuals that the media wants us to call “Muslim Extremists”. On the morning of 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, who took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in France, where 5 more were killed and 11 more wounded.

In response, the world rallied to defend free speech and to defend Charlie Hebdo. On 11 January, roughly 2 million people, including more than 40 world leadersgarland3 (with the notable absence of President Obama) , met in Paris for a rally of national unity, where an estimated 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France. The phrase Je suis Charlie (French for “I am Charlie”) was a common slogan of support at the rallies and in social media around the world. Peoples and nations typically silent on such issues rallied to the side of the French people, and to stand in unity for the freedom of speech. The remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo continued publication, and for the following issue printed 7.95 million copies in six languages, in contrast to its typical print run of 60,000 in only French.

What an incredible and honorable show of support. One question: where are these people now? Have you seen any “I AM GELLER” signs? Where are the free speech supporters of the world now? Are there world leaders gathering in Garland, Texas this week?

They are saying that Geller had this coming. That she baited the Muslims into doing something. That this is a form of hate speech and that she was enticing a reaction from the Islamic community. She double-dog dared them. They said she was mocking the bully on the playground and that if the bully punched her in the face, she should have known better. But wait? Where were the squelchers of free speech when our government was using tax dollars to fund “the Arts” where crucifixes were displayed in jars of human urine and called “art”? Where were those who think it is bating people top react when these art shows included works that showed Jesus in homosexual contact with other men, or when Jesus is portrayed carrying a rainbow flag signifying his acceptance to something He calls an “abomination”? Answer: Silent.

This is the bias of which I speak.

I cannot say that Pamela Geller is a Christian. I do not know. But I know one thing. there are a lot of good Christians living in Garland Texas, and I bet you that the security guard that killed those two terrorists with well trained, well placed shots from his service pistol was probably one of them.

There is much to talk about when religion crosses the border into politics. It is common that this strike fear into people, especially in democracies and republics like our own. All the nay-Sayers will immediately strike back with, “look at all the evil done in the name of religion”, “most wars are because of religion”, “religion has no place in government”, and the best of all – “that’s why we have a separation of church and State in this country” – not knowing that such a statement does not exist in the Constitution. It is understandable that people get queezy when conversations about politics and faith come up at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. This is why so many people have rules that they do not talk politics or religion at family gatherings. But this is where we have gone wrong, America.

If we discussed religion and politics, you’d know that these terrorists in Paris and Garland we not “radicalized” – they were simply acting out the tenets of their faith. You see under Shariah law, Blasphemy is a sin punishable by death. All they were doing in their minds was instituting justice against those who blasphemed Allah. You would know that Islam does not allow for “moderate Islam” – that to be a true Muslim one must abide to all the laws of the Qur’an, Mohammad and that which has been established through Shairah. This means when the established leaders of Islam call for a caliphate against Christianity, and the the United States, that you do not have the option to say, “nah – I’d rather not. ” You either comply, or you are killed. It means that when the established religious leaders call for the extermination of a race – like the Jews- that you are honor bound to carry out these orders – or be killed.

There are a great many Muslims around the world that have no desire to do harm to anyone. I strongly believe this. There are millions of Muslims that are totally willing to live peacefully among others that are not of their faith, and have no desire to kill Christians, Americans or Jews. I know this to be true – but these people cease to be Muslims when they cease to obey their leaders. This is why the Muslim leaders in America are not traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan so have meeting with the Clerics to tell them that they will not obey those caliphates or calls to arms. They do not do this because they know they would not return.

So in the end, what the media hates, and what the left-leaning leaders of this country hate – are Christians.

Charlie Hebdo was lauded by world leaders not because they made fun of Allah in a cartoon. They rallied behind Chartlie Hebdo because Charlie Hebdo is a far-left propaganda piece for the masses. In 1960, Georges Bernier and François Cavanna launched a monthly magazine entitled Hara-Kiri. Hara-Kiri was the predecessor to Charlie Hebdo. Hara-Kiri was banned because of its radicalism in 1961, again in 1966, and again in 1970. It was forced out of production in 1981 because of political pressure put upon them by the French Government and the fact that so many f the writers were no longer willing to write such inflammatory pieces, knowing that their career and perhaps lives were in danger. Charlie Hebdo burst back into life in 1991 in protest of the Gulf War. Finding lots of young, naive and impressionable looking for a source that expressed their own form of hatred, bigotry and rebellion, Charlie Hebdo began to grow and reestablished itself as the leftist propaganda piece that it always wanted to be. The left want, not it needs Charlie Hebdo to survive, and it needs the Christian faith to die.

As Solomon once said, there is nothing new under the sun.

As an American Patriot, I fully support our citizens Right (capital “R”) to draw cartoons of Allah. It is a RIGHT of every citizen on the United States and is most certainly protected under our First Amendment Rights. At least for now. However, do i think it is wise? Do i think it is the Christian thing to do? No, I don’t. While Christians have a duty to be active politically as God gave us this fine nation and we have a responsibility to be good stewards of it, our Christian responsibility and calling is to make disciples. Mocking people makes is really hard to make disciples.

I guess a good way to close this is to say that while I may not be a participant in the draw Mohammad contest, you can always count on me to stand guard at the door.

In the end, our focus needs to be on the eternal. That does not mean that we neglect what is our duty to care for and be good stewards over, but it does mean that it needs to take priority over all other things. Even the most radical Islamist – while we hate them for their actions, we love them because they are lost. While I cannot stand by and watch children be killed by car bombs at schools and bus stops, need to reach out, in Christ’s love, and talk about faith, religion and the eternal.

Luke 10:2 states; “And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Are you laboring?




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