Terror a Religious Problem

I find it confusing that the West is willing to tolerate Islamic fascism. What will it take for people to open their eyes to the evil that faces each non-Muslim country?
This morning that same question came to mind as I watched a clip from a FoxNews interview with British author Melanie Phillips. Phillips wrote the book Londonistan. In the interview she provided a clear voice to the problem facing the West, namely that Muslim terrorism is religiously based. These terrorists are not merely a group of dissidents from “moderate Islam” who hate Western ideals to the death, they are the make-up of Islamic religion itself.
Why is it that Tony Blair is “isolated” in his views on the war on terror? Even members of his cabinet disagree with him. She says that the British people are aware of the terrorist threat, so why do they not acknowledge the religious nature of Muslim terrorism?
Phillips rightly argues that it is not merely watching out for terrorists in our lands, we need to attack the very ideas that back their violence. She advocates the banning of violent “sermons” in Mosques. When free speech is abused, as it is by so many imams, and our society is harmed because of it, free speech must go. This does not devalue freedom of speech, but in certain circumstances, as in the case of Muslim clerics who incite violence, it must be hampered. Right now the West is turning a blind eye to the ideas which drive the Islamic terrorists because they are minorities and we don’t want to hinder freedom of speech.
I also read a good piece in The Washington Times this morning written by Cal Thomas who interviewed a convert from Islam to Christianity. The man interviewed, “Sam Soloman,” had recruited terrorists for Jihadist groups and explains the methods he used. Like Phillips, he argues that the fight against terror needs to be on the ideological/religious level. The Koranic view is that there is no mercy to be shown against non-Muslims. He says, “There’s not a single verse in the Koran talking about peace with a non-Muslim, with the Jews and the Christians. Islam means submission. Islam means surrender. It means you surrender and accept Islamic hegemony over yourselves.”
Soloman argues that the fight “cannot be combated simply by force. It needs to be combated ideologically, spiritually [as well as] through arms.” He locates the Mosques as centres of violence, indicating that this has always been the case historically.
The response from Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR is almost laughable, arguing that violent Koranic texts are taken out of context. How does one take these words out of context: “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush (Surah 9:5).”
Soloman offers a suggestion to the Islamic leaders in the West who supposedly disagree with terrorism: “declare a fatwa that makes it clear ‘that this is not what the text means and that these texts are no longer effective. They have passed their date. But if they remain effective and eternally valid, then in America we have a serious problem.'”
In the words of John Wayne, “That’ll be the day.”

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