“American and European arrogance!” That is what we are told. “Western foreign policy!” It is our fault, we have heard over and over. Muslims are the poor victims of western arrogance and imperialism, they tell us, and our culture, our victimized and ever so compassionate culture, so quick to be sensitive but so slow to be discerning, begin to parrot those claims. After all, it’s just true, right?
Well, some of us never bought it. Thinly veiled within all the shouting, the rhetoric, the threats–all of it–has just been good old fashioned religious hatred. At least, this is the statement of a man who was once a member of the British Jihadi Network.
They were never fighting for equality. Never were they figting for fairness or justice. They have always been fighting for domination. It is not political, it is theological, says this author:
How do Islamic radicals justify such terror in the name of their religion?
There isn’t enough room to outline everything here, but the foundation of extremist reasoning rests upon a model of the world in which you are either a believer or an infidel.
Formal Islamic theology, unlike Christian theology, does not allow for the separation of state and religion: they are considered to be one and the same.
For centuries, the reasoning of Islamic jurists has set down rules of interaction between Dar ul-Islam (the Land of Islam) and Dar ul-Kufr (the Land of Unbelief) to cover almost every matter of trade, peace and war.
But what radicals and extremists do is to take this two steps further. Their first step has been to argue that, since there is no pure Islamic state, the whole world must be Dar ul-Kufr (The Land of Unbelief).
Step two: since Islam must declare war on unbelief, they have declared war upon the whole world.
So, if I understand the reasoning here, since Islam is not in power in the UK and in America or other nations, we will continue to see escalated violence until Islamic rule is established. And when Islamic rule is established, we will see peace. You know, like that peaceful country Iraq which had numerous torture chambers, executioners, and even some guys who described their profession as “defiler of women’s honor.” Peace, like that stellar example Iran which sealed an anti-US treaty with Venezuela.
Let us not forget little things like Christians being persecuted intensely.
Dr. White and others on this blog have taken the theology of Islam head on in the hopes that Christians will be able to articulate the faith rationally and with conviction. For, in the end, conversion of the heart from Islam to serve Christ and be born again will alone establish peace.
After all, we certainly do not see any prospects for the role of Charles Martel these days. But, alas, maybe we can find his spiritual and theological equivalent.