CHARLOTTE, NC, September 23, 2014 – As ISIS periodically severs the heads from the bodies of innocent victims for all the world to see on social media, Republican State Senator John Bennett has raised a firestorm among the American-Islamic community which “CNN” says are “the vilest anti-Muslim comments yet.”
Go figure. Behead three people on social media or use words to explain the truth about Islam and the words are credited as being “vile.”
Dean Obeidallah, a columnist for “The Daily Beast” and editor of “The Dean’s Report” which is a political blog, wrote that while speaking at a public forum at a steakhouse in Sallisaw, OK Bennett “provided his supporters with something other than steak – a big helping of hate.”
He was shocked that Bennett refused to apologize and “instead escalated his campaign of bigotry.”
The “escalation” Obeidallah was referring to was another remark by Bennett, who said that Islam is a “cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.”
Bennett later added that “Islam is not even religion; it is a social, political system that uses a deity to advance its agenda of global conquest.”
That statement brought about an even greater brouhaha of controversy.
Bennett responded in an interview with “Huffington Post” saying that he was “not talking about Muslims but about Islam.”
A spokesman for CAIR (the Council for American Islamic Relations) countered by saying that it is impossible to separate Muslims from Islam.
Unfortunately, though Bennett is mostly correct in his analysis, the horrified mainstream media seems to have the upper hand.
Some observers interpreted Bennett’s opinions to be a call to arms when he said, “I’m not advocating violence against anyone…but I am not going to stand back and allow them to let Islam take over this nation.”
The head of the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR believes that Bennett’s remarks “crossed the line from inflammatory rhetoric to a call to violence that might incite people who might not know any better.”
When it comes to “inciting people who might not know any better” Islam is more guilty of that than any other group on the planet.
Though Bennett might have clarified his remarks a little better, Islam is indeed a socio-political movement that is Muslims, themselves, believe is a “way of life.”
Because Bennett went further to state that Islam “uses a deity to advance its agenda of global conquest” is no different than what ISIS has visibly stated as its ultimate goal from the outset.
Does that mean that Bennett’s words are controversial because they came from an American and not directly from the mouths of those who behead people for the “comfort of their souls?”
Has the world gone mad with its interpretations of morality where words are most damning than acts of violence against innocent people?
Eugene Volokh of “The Washington Post” resorts to the old tactic of comparing Islam with Christianity. It is a powerful argument that is easily made by using the Crusades as a resource for validation. A comparison which is totally inaccurate even though it sounds good.
Writes Volokh “it’s pretty clear that many varieties of Christianity have been spread more forcefully…at various times, and have been ‘social (and) political system(s)’ as well as purely theological ones. This didn’t make them ‘not even a religion’ back then, and similar behavior on the part of some streams of Islam doesn’t make Islam ‘not even a religion’ today.”
Here’s the fallacy in that statement. Christ himself never professed bloodshed or war against anyone. He never fought in a battle and his entire ministry was based upon love and compassion.
Furthermore, the documentation of the life of Christ, as written in the Bible, is the work of multiple authors.
Islam’s prophet, on the other hand, was a warrior who took part in nearly 100 conflicts after he gained access to an army when his followers migrated to Medina in 622.
The Koran, unlike the Bible, is the work of one man and said to be “the revealed words of Allah through the Prophet Mohammad.”
Read the Koran and there are countless references to killing, slaughter, beheadings, mutilation and other offenses against humanity. There are no such directives by Christ in the New Testament.
That others who may have invoked the “name” of Christianity in the past is not the same as those who follow a belief system with specific instructions and guidelines from their prophet.
To disagree with John Bennett is one thing. To be incensed by his words because they might be true is another.
The world would be a better place if we could keep reasonable heads on our shoulders. That is increasingly difficult these days.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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