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Monday, September 26, 2005

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Robert Spencer has written a book entitled, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Click here to read a review of the book by Nancy Kobrin [h/t to BenS].
Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, an invaluable web site that daily informs readers of Islam’s global jihad, cuts right to the chase in this absorbing antidote to the received wisdom about Islam. He turns his attention to the most problematic nature of Islam: its ideologies of warring.
... He also takes remarkably precise aim at the politically correct myths that preclude an honest discussion about Islam. Chances are, you’ve heard them all: “The Qur’an teaches believers to take up arms only in self-defense;” “The Qur’an and the bible are equally violent;” “Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists;” “Islam was once the foundation of a great cultural and scientific flowering;” “Christianity and Islam spread in pretty much the same way;” “The Crusades were an unprovoked attack by Europe against the Islamic world;” “The Crusades were fought to convert Muslims to Christianity by force;” “The Crusades were called against Jews in addition to Muslims;” “The Crusades were bloodier than the Islamic jihads;” and “The Crusades accomplished nothing.” Against such feel-good bromides, Spencer quotes Ibn Warraq, a Muslim apostate and author who wrote that while there are moderate Muslims, Islam itself is not moderate. Most people are in denial when it comes to this candid observation. As for the misunderstood Crusades, Spencer sets the record straight: the Crusades were waged as a defense against the relentless onslaught of Islamic jihad.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Spencer’s book is its timeliness. Islam is widely acknowledged to be the world’s fastest growing religion, but few know just how fast. In fact, Islam is estimated to have reached 1.5 billion adherents thereby surpassing Christianity’s 1.2 billion faithful and dwarfing Judaism’s world-wide population at a mere 13-15 million. Leading counter-terrorist expert, R. Paz, who heads Prism, (The Project for the Research of Islamist Movements, www.e-prism.org), recently told the Christian Science Monitor that while most Muslims are in the moderate camp, "If we're talking about percentages, maybe the supporters of global jihad are only 1 percent of the Muslim world.'' That means, then, that there are about 15 million would-be Muslim terrorists.
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In all of America, Europe, Israel, and Africa, there are only 13-15 million Jews? Surely that number is not correct.

Posted by: Darrell | 2005-09-27 1:48:49 AM

Here's a CIA chart on the number and growth of religious adherents


Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-09-27 5:34:17 AM

The facts.

Since the death of Mohammed in 632 there has been much greater Islamic expansion into what were Christian lands than vice-versa.

How did the Muslims come to be in what are now Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria? These were the Christian heartland of the Eastern Roman Empire until conquered by Arab Muslims between 632 and 641 AD. To this day this area remains largely Muslim and under Muslim rule. As does North Africa which also was Christian until Muslim conquest.

What about Christian Spain, which was conquered by Muslims in the early eighth century and not completely reconquered by Christians until 1492--a much longer period of Muslim rule than the Christian Crusaders' rule (1098 to 1291) in a very small geographic area of the middle east.

And what about the Christian Balkans? These were conquered by the Muslim Ottoman Turks from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries and mostly remained under their rule until the nineteenth century. Does no one remember that the Turks besieged Vienna as late as 1683?

Then there are the Muslim conquests of non-Muslim, non-Christian Persia/Iran, Afghanistan and northern India over the course of some 1,000 years.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-09-27 6:16:44 AM

Mark Collins

You are saying this is a “struggle” that has been going on for centuries. I understand why the Bush Administration is reluctant to call it the “War on Islamofascism”, because Michael Moore would quickly turn that statement into another perverse movie on race baiting. However, I don’t know how we’re going to win the War if we don’t name the enemy. Most Democrats and Canadians and the EU think it’s “all about oil”. And it partly is: about oil funding fascists.

The 1683 Gates of Vienna are upon us again. It was ever thus.

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-09-27 7:53:28 AM

nomdenet: I was outlining the history, not naming the current enemy. So far I think it is Salafist/Wahhabist/Deobandist Jihadism, not Islam as a whole.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-09-27 10:35:24 AM

Jesus Christ taught love. Also the Bible informs in 1stPeter Letter: husbands are to honor their wives. {NKV}

Posted by: Larry | 2005-09-29 2:35:52 AM

Here is a first step to leave the healing of history in the hands of the writer of destiny.


As a child of God, I become mature because all of me is engaged in the worshipping obedience that comes in response to God, as He makes Himself known to me as my adopting, heavenly, creating Father. A word used to express this sacrifice of worship is: "Muslim"!

Also, where from God reveals Himself within each one of His children, for the sacrifice of worship to happen in truth and in spirit, is known in the Bible as the inner most being and prophetically unveiled as the Holy of Holies in Zion.

Therefore, by historically accepted definitions, it is divinely safe to say in practical theory, that the maturity of God's family is to live out His appointed version of the Muslim-Zionist state...

The true and simple nature of the Covenant in the Christ as quoted in Heb. 8, 10-12, is given to humanity to become, among other equally proper definitions, a race of Muslim-Zionist...!!!...

PS: The same total application of the Covenant in the Christ is available to adapt with humanity from all genuine openings who seeks to find and to serve Love and Justice, in the fostering of eternity through time and space...

When you click on my name here above in blue, you will get to a page with the title: "Loving God" and "The Israeli Arab Conflict". The page seems empty until you scroll down, and then you will begin to see the info provided by the Minciu Sodas Internet lab, and then my thoughts on generating a common ground of aproach for open diplomacy of the conflict to find its settings.
It is as a stay at home dad, supported by my wife that I have joined an invitation to my campaign on the Internet, with that page available for co-editing in the public domain.
Along with the preceeding statement, there is also the copy of a thread on the EU KM Board where the question is raised of: "What is knowledge, what is wisdom?"
The thread can be viewed at:

Why not use the tools we have available for transparent open diplomacy to lead us on to the victory over stress and humanity's compulsive nature?

Posted by: Benoit Couture | 2005-09-29 6:27:56 PM

As a follower of Christ, the one who gave the Sermon on the Mount, I think it is important to consider soberly the role of our Church in world affairs. After the Crusades that you mention, the Christian knights gathered and fought another Crusade against the Prussians, Latvians and Lithuanians, the last pagans in Europe. This Crusade was completely unprovoked and continued even after Lithuania was baptized, lasting for almost two hundred years. I think that Jesus told us that we gain more by recognizing and addressing our own faults, rather than those of our neighbors. Such thinking is why I choose to believe Christ and accept him as greater than me.

Posted by: Andrius Kulikauskas | 2005-11-18 8:34:35 AM

Crusades where a few centuries late but unprovoked they were not. The Arab Muslims had destroyed the Eastern Christian Church, colonies the copts and perisans, the other Arabs, and on and on.

The took the holy land from the Eastern Church along with Alexandria, and later Constantinople

Timelines of Muslim Aggression:













Posted by: Warwick | 2005-11-18 9:17:11 AM

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