John R. Houk
© November 30, 2011
A few weeks ago State Representative Rick Womick a member in Tennessee’s General Assembly made this statement:
"Personally, I don't trust one Muslim in our military" and "if they truly are a devout Muslims, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me," the U.S. Air Force vet told Think Progress. (Quoted from New York Daily News. Emphasis Mine)
Ooh can you imagine how the MSM and the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Muslim-American organizations wanting to throw Womick into the proverbial frying pan? How much more politically incorrect can a public figure get?
You have to know though, no matter how harsh Womick sounded, he has a good point. If you are a good Muslim following the totality of the Quran, Hadith and Sira as well as believing that Islam’s prophet is the perfect man and the example that all men should follow (and women follow the example of his rules for women) then you are person attempting to follow the totality of the Islamic path laid out in those three Islamic holy writings (and offshoots) to the best of your ability. If you follow that path that means are willing to dish out bad news for non-Muslims (kafir) up to and including killing.
Now do all Muslims make their goal in life to be a Muslim that follows the totality of what is written down for them to seek? This is unlikely. In this modern age most Muslims choose to follow the portions of the Quran that are attributed to Mohammed in the pre-Hegira days of Mecca.
Do all Christians follow the New Testament the path of Christ to share the Good News of Redemption from the darkness of this world age, sharing the love of God between Believers and unbelievers and letting all people know you are a Christian by the God-kind-of-Love (agape) fruit you produce?
Of course all Christians do not follow the Christian path to the letter. Those Christians who make every effort to follow the Christian path to the letter might be called Radical Christians. Think very carefully though. A Radical Christian is non-violent by nature. The Lord Jesus Christ gave instructions on how to share the Good News and the Great Commission:
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,[a] and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us[b] we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 But[c] I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. (Luke 10: 1-12 NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b] (Matthew 28: 18-20 NKJV)
The Christ-Way of spreading Christianity is sharing the Good News. If faith in Christ is rejected for whatever deluded reason, those that share are to shake the dust off their feet of those who rejected Christ. God will deal with the rejection. Christ did not command to war against rejection and kill those who refuse the Good News.
On the other hand the Quran, Hadith and Sira triumvirate Islamic holy writings take another path. After the recorded words of Mohammed were preached they were quite profound as a monotheistic message in Mecca for that city overtly practiced polytheistic faith and counted on polytheism as part of its economy. Mohammed was rejected in Mecca and forced to flee which is a holy event to Muslims known as the Hegira.
Something happened to Mohammed’s mind between pre-Hegira Mecca and post-Hegira Medina. Mohammed went from a message of ubiquitous oneness of God (Allah) and the inner peace available to voluntarily submitting to that oneness to an angry man that slowly built a cult army of Muslims that when strength was attained violently sought out all his detractors and offered them conversion, second class citizenship or death. The latter became the paradigm for Islamic imperial conquest in later years that stretched from India to Spain and managed to make an incursion in Eastern Europe to Vienna until repulsed by King Jan III (John) Sobieski of Poland.
America needs more people like State Rep. Rick Womick and Sobieski that understand Islam is a theopolitical culture that would transform America away from the heritage of Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and of Christianity.
There is a difference between a good person seeking theological or philosophical inner peace and a good Muslim seeking the path laid out by Mohammed according to the Quran, Hadith and Sira. Thus there is a difference between a Muslim who is a good person (perhaps the hoped for Moderate Islam) and a good Muslim (perhaps the real Islam known as Radical Islam).
Bill Warner eschews the bonds of political correctness to defend Rep. Womick by defining the theopolitical nature of Islam that Womick alludes toward in his reasoning that Muslims should not serve in the US Military. Warner’s essay is awesome!