CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 14, 2015 – Let’s talk about the media’s favorite new buzzword, “radicalized.”
What does that mean exactly?
In the book of Acts in the New Testament, Saul of Tarsus was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damacus when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a blinding light. For three days Saul was sightless; then Ananias of Damascus restored his vision.
From that point forward, the former persecutor of early disciples of Christ became known as Paul the Apostle. So in contemporary terminology should we say that Paul was “Christianized”?
Modern media are obsessed with the concept that purely innocent peace-loving people are magically converted overnight by a process called “radicalization,” which turns them into bomb-loving murderous Islamists as if they have taken Dr. Jekyll’s potion, suddenly becoming Mr. Hyde.
It doesn’t work that way. It’s just another example of how the press gets things so wrong these days.
As the media see it, becoming a “radical” Islamist is not an integral part of Islam, it just happens. One day a person is happy and carefree and the next, in a moment of “ba-boom”, he is an extremist killing machine.
Does it not seem odd that such people are almost always Muslims? We never hear of Christians, Jews, Buddhists or Hindus being “radicalized.” Only Muslims. How can that be when Islam is the “religion of peace”?
Why should we become upset when Muslims want to build a mosque in our neighborhood? If the people who go to Friday prayers each week are truly peace-loving citizens, it shouldn’t matter.
Unlike “Rosemary’s Baby,” who came out of the womb already “satanized,” other children have to be taught what to believe. From the day they are born, Muslim children are indoctrinated into believing that Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims are “apes, pigs and enemies of Allah.”
Look it up in the Koran if you do not believe it. It’s all there in black and white.
Living in Saudi Arabia, I was offered $10,000 to convert to Islam – would that have been the turning point? Is that when my “radicalization” would begin?
Can future Islamists become “radicalized” by taking correspondence courses online? Is that like Rush Limbaugh’s EIB Network, where if you listen long enough you become “conservatized”?
It simply does not happen that way.
There is no blinding flash of light or magic elixir that changes people. A child who is born and grows up in an Islamic societal environment is surrounded by jihadist thinking from the moment he or she comes into the world.
It all centers around the “victimization” of Muslims. Muslims are never responsible for their actions. It has to do with an indoctrination of hate from the day a child of Islam is born. Oh no. That would be admitting that Islam is guilty.
To reject such concepts makes a child no less of an infidel than any other non-Muslim.
“Radicalization”? The answer is not difficult. What is difficult is realizing the cause and a willingness to accept the truth. And the truth is (drum roll please), the entire Islamic culture is what “radicalizes” people.
There is no single event or a set of objectives that must be checked off a “to-do” list the like Boy Scout merit badges.
Look no further than our own president. Barack Obama grew up in an Islamic society. The first third of his life he was taught all things Islamic. We have all seen the photos of the young Obama in his Islamic garb.
Is it any wonder then that he defends Muslims with the most ridiculous convoluted distorted excuses imaginable?
Mr. Obama cannot, and will not, deny his roots, no matter what.
Does that, therefore, mean that Barack Obama has been “radicalized”? Obama is not killing people in the streets or in office buildings or on airplanes. Does that mean his thinking is not “radical”?
Christians have the Ten Commandments. Islam has one. Ironically it is verse (surah) 9:111 of the Quran (an interesting number, don’t you think?): “God has purchased from the faithful their lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised them the Garden. They will fight for the cause of God, they will slay and be slain”(emphasis added).
The Quran was written down nearly 14 centuries ago as the revealed word of God through the Prophet Muhammad. So let’s see, when did all this “radicalization” begin again?
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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