Muslims Misbehaving

Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. (Matthew 7:20, NKJV)

As rioting and violence once again erupt across the Muslim world in response to a perceived insult against their Prophet, the usual apologists are taking to the airwaves assuring the public that despite appearances to the contrary, Islam is a religion of peace.  No scholar of Islam myself, I can only take these individuals at their word.  I am certain I speak for many Americans however, when I say that I can’t help feeling a bit skeptical about Islam’s supposedly “peaceful” nature.  If, as the Good Book tells us, “By their fruits you shall know them,” then what do the seemingly endless riots, protests, mobs, and murders tell us about this religion?

We are told that the current mayhem unfolding across the Middle East is the result of a movie mocking Islam that is, in the words of our Secretary of State, “disgusting and reprehensible.”  While anger at having one’s religion insulted is certainly understandable, the violent backlash that inevitably results after an episode like this tells us that “turn the other cheek” is not a principle that holds much sway with Muslims.  When Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses was published in 1989 violence erupted across the Muslim world, death threats were made, a fatwa was issued, and the “blasphemous” book was banned in several Muslim countries.  Filmmaker Theodore Van Gogh was murdered and nearly decapitated by a Muslim avenger for making a film critical of Islam’s treatment of women.  His collaborator Ayaan Hirsi Ali still lives under threat of death for daring to criticize Islam and Mohammed.  The Muslim response to Pastor Terry Jones’ “Burn a Koran Day” was violent and bloody, resulting in the death of dozens.

It is hard for Westerners to wrap their minds around such things.  America is the land of “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  For American Christians, this means enduring all manner of insults and denigrations of our faith, from a crucifix suspended in urine being publicly funded as “art”, to an elephant dung smeared Mary, to a play depicting Christ and his disciples as gay lovers.  And I hardly need list the history of insults and atrocities committed against the Jewish faith.

In her book, Infidel, the aforementioned Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a Somali born Muslim who suffered persecution and subjugation as a Muslim woman) asserts that bloody vengeance is the fruit of Islam, not the result of extremism.  She argues that it is the logical consequence of mainstream Islamic teaching.  Insult the prophet, off with your head.  Dishonor your husband, off with your head.  Explore alternatives to Islam, off with your head!

Islam, we are told, means “submission” – supposedly of the voluntary sort – to the will of Allah.  But the kind of submission being lived out by the screaming mobs in the streets of Cairo, Tripoli, and elsewhere is not that of the “bondservant” set out in the Bible.  It is not the kind of loving obedience born of humility before a graceful savior.  Islam’s version of “submission” as it is now being played out around the world looks more like “submit or die.”

The time has come for Americans to come to grips with the implications of an Islam that is on the march worldwide.  The goal of the rioters does not appear to be equality, but dominance – a global Caliphate.  The Arab Spring has morphed into a winter of bitter discontent.  Are we in denial about the true nature of Islam and its implications for religious liberty, political freedom, gender equality, and freedom of speech?  Are we so beholden to the P.C. police that we can’t call a spade a spade, can’t ask critical questions?

In the past, America was blessed by relative isolation from these growing threats.  This isolation was shattered on September 11, 2001, but eleven years later are we in danger of forgetting?  If we don’t come to terms with what we are dealing with, it may soon be too late.

Ken Connor


Ken Connor is the Chairman of the Center for a Just Society. An esteemed attorney, Connor is affiliated with the law firm of Marks, Balette, & Giessel, a firm nationally known for its successful representation of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.

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  • JMC

    The problem is that outside the Middle East, Islam usually is practiced as a religion of peace. A lot of the Koran actually exhorts peaceful coexistence with other religions; there’s a verse in the second chapter that specifically states that Christians and Jews are to be allowed to practice their religion unmolested. The general consensus seems to be that it’s only the radicals who are of the “jihad” mindset. Trouble is, even outside the Middle East now, the radical brand of Islam is spreading.
    Even when I was in grade school, back in the early ’60s, and studying the Crusades, we were told that the word “Islam” means “submission,” but we were also specifically told that the “submission” demanded was the kind given to conquerors, not beloved rulers. While one of the many causes of the first of the Crusades was the attacks on trade caravans by the Islamic tribes, the PRIMARY cause for the first Crusade was the fact that those tribes were attacking peaceful prilgrims trying to visit the Christian holy lands.
    The point this article is making, and with which I totally agree, is the simple fact that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS! We need to start openly defying the PC nazis in the public sphere, and do so UNAPOLOGETICALLY!

  • AnnaMarie53

    We often hear from the Muslims in this country that theirs is a “religion of peace.” If it is so peaceful, where are the howls of outrage at the way their co-religionists are behaving in the Middle East, they way women are treated, and the whole issue of Sharia law? We hear zip, that’s right.
    I personally don’t believe it is a religion of peace, more like “pieces” the ones you will be left in if they ever take over because Islam directly calls for it. Lying, deception, and the rest are okay if they let them get close enough to chop off the head of the infidels! And yes, I have read large chunks of the Qu’ran. It definitely doesn’t believe in “live and let live” they way we Americans say we do.
    The latest outrage here in America IS Sharia Law! Twelve courts have recently used sharia law to decide cases. What were the cases about? You guessed it! The treatment of women; honor killing and beatings being the central theme. THIS we need to get upset about! We were NOT founded to be using any sort of law but the one out forefathers and foremothers fought and died for. The time for sticking our heads in the sand are most assuredly over, if there ever was such a time. Let’s bring out boys home now that they have done all they could AND bring ALL our money with them! Let’s see just how these “lovers of peace” do without American money?

  • History is replete with Islamic Terrorism attacks from 610 onward. Being a student of History I know Islam is NOT a religion of peace. Sadly,many Americans buy this story. Our present occupant in the White House, in my opinion, is quite complicit with those who are rioting and killing Americans and their fellow citizens. He continues to say it is the movie…no one else agrees with that….but as Hitler said if you tell a lie long enough people believe it.

  • Joe

    Kresta keeps making the point – it is theology. Until we get that we will flounder

  • Yes Im disappointed that even the vatican seemed to talk more about offending muslims then about the murder of 4 innocent people.The vatican seems to confuse respect for muslims,buddists,hindus etc to respecting or esteeming their religion.No Catholics are not to respect or esteem false religions that lead millions to hell.We respect those ion those religions but we are called to lovingly share the gospel with them.There has been too much of this ecumenism and dialogue.Not enough preaching the gospel or bringing others into the catholic church.Im glad the pope reiterated the new evangelism and preaching the gospel that is great.But please no more assissi gatherings with false religions it sends the wrong message that all religions are the same.I know the pope doesnt believe that nor any true catholic but many unfortunately get that Idea because Jesus seems to get lost in all the “mutual respect”