I recall when Iraqi
Freedom Operation started. It brought about a mushroom cloud
of affection toward Islam. A school in a neighboring city opened
up a prayer room for the Muslim students. They could go there
was the prayer room for Christians? Of course, it didn’t
exist. Nor did time out from classes open up for Christians
to pray. But it did for Muslim students. They bow down to pray
5 times a day; therefore, the public school system allowed for
that during the school day.
There were numerous
feature articles in the city newspaper about Islam — all
glowing, of course. When it came time for Muslims to honor their
holy seasons, another spate of columns appeared giving fine
line detail of those Muslim rituals.
never have requested like space and received it. In years past,
newspaper space was always given to Christmas traditions and
biblical data when December arrived. Easter was given its spread
for detail regarding local church sunrise services and the like.
But all that is
past history in many parts of the United States of America.
Further, another generation has come to the fore with no personal
memory of such Christian traditions accented.
I was thinking the
other day that even when two Christians work at the same site,
they must whisper about their religious faith. There is fear
that someone may overhear who will call NOT.
I had taped on the
top of my desk a small postcard sized depiction of a blue sky
with a faint imprint of a cross atop the clouds. There was also
an American flag waving as a part of the graphic. JUSTICE AND
PEACE were imprinted on the card. One day I came to work to
find it had been torn off. When was it taken away from my desk?
During the summer month vacation, when I returned after being
away, it was no longer there.
I never asked who
did it. I never said a word to anyone about it being gone. But
I did find another like card and taped it in the very same spot
that the first one had been affixed. Thus far, it stays. But
then again, one never knows when it may disappear.
Being a Christian
in America is risky business today. Being a Muslim is a privileged
position. Doesn’t make any sense on many levels; but that’s
However, with the
increased carnage at the hands of Muslim murderers, I find that
there is diminished newspaper coverage in these parts concerning
Islam. I don’t believe there is the Muslim prayer room
offered this school year. And there is not the reporters’
stroking of local Muslim customs as there used to be.
This recent killing
spree in Turkey once again has brought to the fore that the
Koran demands loyal Muslims killing off the non-Muslims, the
"infidels." That is bottom line Koran doctrine, though
many still do not know that.
Just today I received
another email stating Islam to be a peace religion, that only
the misinformed are making it out to be violent in its intent.
I thought, "When is the true message going to get out to
everyone about the killing religion known as Islam ('Muslim'
being its synonym)?"
in Istanbul Saturday killed at least 23 people and wounded hundreds
more." That’s Yigal Schleifer’s headline printed
in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR.
is the location. Dead bodies are the focus. The Saturday truck-bomb
attacks leveled two Istanbul synagogues. "Turkey is being
forced to confront what may be a harsh new reality," the
media coverage continues.
On and on and on
the specifics are spilling out from the news, even the liberal
media having to report the bloody facts regarding the Muslim
have concluded that the good that has come out of the Muslim
murder scheme is that Islam is being revealed truly as the killing
religion that it is. Moderate Muslims are merely those who don’t
see through the explicit demands of the Koran; but the absolutely
aligned Muslim believers are being orthodox in their acts.
They are carrying
out exactly what their so-called holy writ demands — killing
off those who don’t agree with their Allah, their Koran,
and their religion.
only good that continues to flow from the blood spilt. The only
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