Sitting in for a vacationing Jim Wallis, the Rev. Jennifer Kottler wrote an editorial entitled For They Shall Be Called Children Of God
-- and it attempts to make the case as to why Christians should not oppose the Ground Zero Mosque, and why Christians should encourage Muslims to build wherever they can. In the editorial Rev. Kottler embraces the traditional politically correct position and states: "As someone who has Muslim friends with a devout faith, I want people to understand that it is not the religion, but a perversion of that religion that fueled terrorists on 9/11."
In response to the Rev. Kottler I must pose the question: Is it politically correct to lie to the readers?
To state that Islamic violence is a perversion of Islam, then it must be demonstrated that the core Muslim teachings condemns and rejects all violence. In another words, for this violence to be a perversion, the case must be made that the Muslims who are portrayed as extremists are carrying out their terrorism on the basis of a dogmatic and man-made doctrine which they follow either instead of the Qur'an, or in addition to the Qur'an. If it can be demonstrated that those who are portrayed as Muslim extremists are merely carrying out what Muslims believe is the Word of God, then it must be recognized that the Muslims who the Rev. Kottler is referring to, are very much counterfeit and non-practicing with respect to the core teachings of Islam. And if this is the case, then Rev. Kottler should begin her above statement that she has friends who are apostate Muslims who reject many of the core teachings of Islam.
If we pose the question: What does the Qur'an say? We can instantly demonstrate that the Rev. Kottler's whole position is in the very least a deception, and more rightfully a bold faced lie. Some examples taken directly from the Qur'an with respect to those outside the Muslim religion: "Slay them wherever you find them...Idolatry is worse than carnage...Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme." (Surah 2:190-) "Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it." (Surah 2:216) "Seek out your enemies relentlessly." (Surah 4:103-) "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-) "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-) "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-).
How can a person claim to be a faithful believer, if they fail to embrace and follow the core tenets of the religion which they believe represents the Commandments of God? Those who the Rev. Kottler portrays as peaceful Muslims of faith, are those who the true practicing Muslims draw upon for both support, and to convert, which is accomplished when the peaceful Muslim is confronted with the requirements set forth directly in the Qur'an -- which Muslims believe is the Words and Commandments to man spoken directly from God to Mohamed. In the same way that a child within the family environment is slowly matured into adulthood, the body of faith-based Muslims that the Rev. Kottler portrays as non-extremist, is very much the Islamic family environment that is slowly matured into full practicing Muslims -- and full practicing Muslims must embrace and carry out the above words spoken directly to them by God. So, to maintain that 9/11 is "...a perversion of that religion that fueled terrorists
", must be seen as a deceptive bold faced lie on the part of the Rev. Kottler. In fact, from the perspective of the Qur'an, 9/11 must be seen as the true practice of the core principles of the Muslim religion. What does the Qur'an state regarding those who are not Muslim? If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will he be accepted of God; and in the next life, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost themselves and will burn in hell. (Qur'an 3:85)
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