Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Muslim who has escaped to the West to protect her very life from the Muslims who murdered her filmmaking partner, Theo Van Gogh, is calling for a reformation of Islam similar to the Reformation instigated by Martin Luther in 1517.
Here’s how Brian Stewart, writing in National Review Online, sums up Ms. Ali’s noble aspiration:
To this end, Hirsi Ali proposes five amendments to Islamic doctrine: dethroning Mohammad as an infallible prophet, and scrapping a literalist reading of the Quran; elevating the rewards of human life over those of eternal life (with the ancillary purpose of delegitimizing martyrdom); replacing the most barbarous parts of Sharia with practical man-made legislation; promoting concerted action to stigmatize those tempted to take religious law into their own hands; and, last, repudiating the theological warrant for jihad.
Here is her problem. The only kind of Islamic “reformation” that is possible has already happened, and she doesn’t seem to realize it.
The Lutheran Reformation was caused by a return to Christianity’s holy book, the Bible, and what it teaches about man’s relationship with God. It was in reaction to those who had drifted from its precepts and were offering a corrupt, watered-down version of genuine Christianity.
So Luther brought the Christian religion of his day back to basics: Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”), sola fide (“by faith alone”) and sola gratia (“by grace alone”).
But Ms. Ali, rather than calling Muslims back to their holy book, is calling on them to abandon it. The Qur’an, as she told Bill Maher the other night, needs to be the first thing to go. It must be minimized in importance in the Islamic world. It must be treated as something with no more significance than a driver’s manual.
When she said this, Maher, burst into an involuntary spasm of laughter, because expecting 1.6 billion Muslims to abandon a book whose every word, they believe, was dictated by Allah himself is manifestly absurd.
I applaud Ms. Ali for wanting Muslim reformers to step forward and make an effort to blunt and soften the true nature of Islam, but it is a hopeless and futile task. Islam is what it is, and it is naive and foolish to believe that it can be anything else.
In fact, the only way to reform Islam is by turning Muslims into Christians.
Reforming Islam by asking Muslims to reject Muhammad and the Qur’an is no different than seeking to reform Christianity by asking Christians to reject the deity of Christ and the Scriptures. It is not ever going to happen.
Luther brought about his reformation by bringing the faith community of his day back to the authority of its holy book. A similar reformation has, in fact, already taken place in Islam. That’s what 9/11 was all about – returning Islam to its roots and to the authority of the prophet and the Qur’an.
What happened on 9/11 was the Islamic equivalent of Luther nailing the 95 theses to the Wittenburg door. On 9/11, Muslims declared that they were bringing the faith back to its foundational principles. Islam was being reformed and purified.
From this point forward, they declared, the Islamic faith will operate through a devout commitment to follow Allah’s very words, including the words that command his followers to kill infidels.
The guiding scriptural principle in Luther’s reformation was, “The righteous shall live by faith.” The guiding scriptural principle in the modern Islamic reformation is, “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them.”
The hijackers of 9/11 believed, like Luther, that the community of faith had become soft and indulgent and corrupt, and needed to be reformed through a manifestation of a pure and undefiled religion. In the case of Islam, this means exterminating the pigs and apes of Christianity and Judaism and establishing a worldwide caliphate at the point of a sword.
So unfortunately for Ms. Ali, Islam has already been reformed in the only way possible. The 9/11 hijackers have brought it back to its most pristine and undiluted form. Just as Luther returned the Christian faith community of his day to the authoritative revelation of his God, so Muslim jihadis are returning the Islamic faith community of our day to the authoritative revelation of their god. And that’s the problem.
As long as the religion of Islam exists on earth, until its god is finally cast into the lake of fire, there will be Muslims who wish us harm. Christian nations who are not prepared to protect their liberty and their people with force will become roadkill on the highway of history.
In the end, it will be us or them. It always has been and always will be.
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word explanation: Islam.
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community, particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the practice virtually vanished. (First cousin marriages, which are not specifically banned in Scripture, are illegal in about half the states in the U.S., which is the only country in which such marriages are prohibited anywhere.)
An article in the London Telegraph (which doesn’t use the word “Islam” anywhere in the article, and waits til the 12th paragraph to mention the word “Pakistani”) opens this way (emphasis mine):
Bradford coroner Mark Hinchliffe spoke out after being told how two-year-old Hamza Rehman died as a result of a brain disorder.
An inquest heard how the child suffered from daily fits and vomiting as a result of a condition probably arising from his parents being too closely related.
The boy’s father, Abdul, broke down and wept as the court heard that if he had lived he would have suffered severe learning difficulties.
Through a translator, Mr Rehman, from Bradford, West Yorks, explained that he and his wife, Rozina, were first cousins.
“We were very anxious whether to have more children,” he told the court. “We have recently had another baby with the same problems again.”
After expressing his “profound sympathy to the family” Mr Hinchliffe said the cause of death “arose as a direct consequence of the neurological developmental disorder.”
He said the family had lost another child through a similar disorder and a third child born had now “presented with difficulties.”
Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, Mr Hinchliffe added: “On the face of it this case highlights a cultural and religious issue relating to first cousin marriages and the potential risk of medical difficulty that some medical experts say can result from such unions.”
Pakistani parents in Britain are responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for 30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford’s population, Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St. Luke’s Hospital in Bradford.)
According to The Guardian, intermarriage between first cousins doubles the risk that children will be born with birth defects. The difficulty of purging this harmful practice will be especially difficult because it is an established religious as well as cultural practice in the Muslim community.
In Norway, the incidence of first-cousin Pakistani unions is slowly declining, but this is due only to a concerted campaign to inform Muslims of the risk.
There are no quick fixes, which means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to come. With Britain’s socialized medicine, the excessive costs of providing lifetime care for patients with birth defects will fall entirely on British taxpayers. And this doesn’t account for the enormous social costs associated with providing education and employment opportunities for this demographic group.
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe and 0.2% in the U.S. With unrestrained Muslim immigration the trend du jour, Europe is about to be hit with a medical tsunami which would be entirely avoidable with sensible immigration policies. Alas, the Western world is likely to awaken only after it is too late.
Winston Churchill presciently said 120 years ago, “[T]he influence of the religion (i.e., Islam) paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.” (Emphasis mine.)
Islam is pulling British society in a backwards direction. Apart from a spirited revival of the Christian faith and some severe, Donald-Trump style restrictions on Muslim immigration, the United States will be next.
THE UNITED STATES OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL
On Wednesday, December 06, 2017, President Donald Trump declared that the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Trump also indicated that the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv would be moved to Jerusalem.
Israel had declared Jerusalem as its capital since its founding in 1948. Previous U.S. presidents have remained neutral on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to appease Israel’s Arab neighbors, but Trump declared that every sovereign nation has the right to declare the location of its own capital.
There are a few notable observations of Scripture prophetic significance concerning the historic announcement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
2017 represents a jubilee (50-year) time period since Israel’s Six Day War of 1967, and before that another jubilee (50-year) time period since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 by the British government announcing support for a homeland for the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement on December 6th was declared just six days before Hanukkah, the 12-day Feast of Dedication (John 10:22), which begins December 12th.
The United States’ official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital brings Israel one political step closer to fulfilling the rebuilding of their Third Temple, on the Temple Mount site, where the Dome on the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosques currently sit. In the decades to come these mosques will come down and be relocated by Muslims. Israel’s Third Temple will be erected on its Temple Mount site and Scripture prophecy will be fulfilled, as it is written (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1).
TRUMP TO UN ON NORTH KOREA: We will “totally destroy” them if they attack us or our allies.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed the United Nation, discussing one of the most recent conflicts pertaining to U.S. national security. President Trump discussed the North Korea nuclearization situation, and threatened to “totally destroy” them if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies.
“The United States has great strength and patience,” Trump continued, “but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
He also told the assembly that the country is operated by a “depraved regime.”
The President called upon other nations to work together, striving to cease doing business with and isolate the country, until it decides to discontinue its nuclear program and aggressive threats.
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