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The Good that comes out of Muslim Murders
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
16 November 2003

As Muslims continue to kill in the name of their religion, the truth is coming out that is not a religion of peace.

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 to pray.

Where 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.

Christians could 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 reality.

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)?"

"Two bombings in Istanbul Saturday killed at least 23 people and wounded hundreds more." That’s Yigal Schleifer’s headline printed in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR.

Istanbul, Turkey 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 religion.

Consequently, I 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.

That’s the only good that continues to flow from the blood spilt. The only good.


Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME.  He is a a graduate of an accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.  Pastor Swank has been married for 41 years and he has 3 adult children.  He is the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers. He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.  His columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com, VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.

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