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Western Ignorance of the ‘Conditions of Omar’

Syrian Christians are being forced to convert, subjugate themselves, or face death.

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Raymond Ibrahim

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March 22, 2014 - 12:00 am
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A jihadi group occupying the Syrian town of Raqqa recently gave Christian minorities living there three choices: 1) convert to Islam; 2) remain Christian but pay tribute and accept third-class subject status; or 3) die by the sword.

According to the BBC, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria issued a directive:

[The directive cites] the Islamic concept of “dhimma,” [which] requires Christians in the city to pay tax of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety. It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches, ring church bells or pray in public.  Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS (also known as ISIL) on their daily lives. The statement said the group had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices — they could convert to Islam, accept ISIS’ conditions, or reject their control and risk being killed.  “If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” the statement said.

Because several Western media outlets uncharacteristically reported on this latest atrocity against Syrian Christians, many Westerners are now shocked and amazed to hear of such draconian conditions.

In reality, however, these three choices are fully grounded in Islamic teachings, as shall be demonstrated below.

Why is the West, especially in the “information age,” utterly if not abhorrently ignorant of the teachings of Islam? Because those responsible for making such knowledge available — specifically academia, media, and government — are more interested in whitewashing Islam and bemoaning Islamophobia (see pgs. 219-249 of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians for specifics).

Western Dissembling

A symbolic example of this situation: around the same time that news of jihadis subjugating and extorting jizya-money from Syrian Christians appeared, the Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding at Georgetown University held a seminar discussing how Islam is misunderstood and being demonized by so-called “Islamophobes.”

I have direct experience of this. Many years ago as a graduate student at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, my interest in medieval Islamic history, Sharia, and jihad received askance looks from professors — not least because most classes offered were about the evils of colonialism and Orientalism, or Islamic “feminism.”

The same situation existed when I worked at the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, a governmental institution; there, our conferences regularly focused on the purported achievements of Islamic civilization.

As for the endemic Muslim persecution of Christians — past or present — apparently only an “Islamophobe” would raise that topic.

Also around the same time that jihadis were giving Christians the three classic choices of Islam — conversion, subjugation, or death — a delegation of Syrian Christian clergy came to the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room to offer testimony concerning the sufferings of Syria’s Christians:

Sen. John McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. “He was incredibly rude,” the source told Judicial Watch “because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.” Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers. The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”

Less dramatic but equally revealing, CIA chief John Brennan recently declared that the ideology of those offering Christians three choices is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Koran,” one that has “hijacked” Islam and “really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.”

If the attempts to suppress the reality of Christian suffering under Islam by academia, media, and government were not enough, months and years back — when the plight of Syria’s Christians was becoming known — even random (but supposedly nonbiased and independent) think tanks and writers also tried to suppress it.

Is it any wonder, then, that Christians in Syria being offered three choices — Islam, subjugation, or death — is mindboggling to the average person in the West, appearing as a wild aberration? 

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"Me (Twelver Shi'a) against my brother (Non-Twelver Shi'a). My brother and I (Shi'a) against my cousin (Sunni). My brother, My cousin, and I (The Islamic Ummah) against the Outsider (all non-Muslims)."

Islam will be as unified as it needs to be to destroy the rest of us, THEN resume fighting among themselves after we've all been slaughtered.
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You are so misguided it's sickening to read you. Islam is Lucifer's cancer upon God's good earth. The only way to deal with cancer is too eradicate it.
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And so we should excuse what islam is doing NOW because of what ignorant people did back during the Middle Ages?? Please!
That's the stupidest argument I've ever heard.
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"Less dramatic but equally revealing, CIA chief John Brennan recently declared that the ideology of those offering Christians three choices is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Koran,” one that has “hijacked” Islam and “really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.”"

Simple question, if this interpretation of islam really is incorrect, has the clergy in saudi arabia ever issued a joint fatwa saying so, and stating that those who follow this interpretation of islam are heritics, and any muslim who gives money to them is also a heritic. If not, then Brennan is an islamic apoligist spouting BS.
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Meanwhile, in the US Christians are also being told to keep their religion in churches. Sure, nobody is being beheaded, but the modern progressive believes that religion should stay out of the public square; that religion is only worship, but not a way of life; that the best religion is that which is not seen or heard. Americans are forced to supply abortifacients, against their religious conscience; they are forced to provide services to activities (such as gay marriage) in a way that makes them complicit in sin (by their beliefs). Tolerance, these days, means "do what I say or you will be labeled intolerant!"

Unless, of course, one is Muslim, in which case special dispensation is made in public facilities at the same time that crosses are torn down from public squares. The policers of tolerance are cowards.

The US doesn't have dhimmitude, but it is no longer a place of religious tolerance.
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People of The Book are targets.

Radical Islam wants to destroy them and radical leftists are in bed with radical Islam to camouflage their combined intent.

"Moderate Islam and moderate leftism come each in two forms.

1)Radicals hiding as moderates
2) Useful idiots spouting indoctrinated propaganda

People of The Book turn the other cheek and try to find the best in others. They behave in a mannered, genteel and formal decorous fashion. Radicals blow things up, plot overthrows, slander, lie, rape the information stream and propagandize the entire culture.

The theater of warfare for hearts and minds therefore consists of People of The Book doing a swell job of slamming their chins into radical fists and hurling their groins against radical knees.

Maybe it's time we get up off the kneelers and step away from the Wailing Wall and defend our right to exist free from radical brutality, sedition, treason and tyranny. I know the isolationists love to roll over and play dead. Pretty soon all that practice will come in handy for the real thing. Christians "over there", who the hell cares...right? And Jews....well, it goes without saying what the isolationists think of them.

The People of the Book won't find any defenders here.

We are too busy trying to find the easy way out.
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You cannot use simple negotiating tactics against radical religious fundamentalists, true believers. They do not play by your rules. They are prepared to die for the cause. You must deal with the core faith and try to understand, then figure out what to do next to defeat them.

What Christian Arabs need is an Israel of their own. I do not see this happening. What will happen, and is going on, is an Exodus. We know this from demographics for decades now.

I assume that the People of the Book here does not refer to the other People of the Book who right now are defending and fighting along every front. Go to the Golan or Gaza border today. A Christian of any denomination has far more security and freedom in Israel than anywhere else in the hostile Middle East. That does not come cheap or easy.,,
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"Isolationist" is a lot like "racist", at least 9 times out of 10 those trying to use it as a weapon have no idea what the hell they are talking about.
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You have fallen hard, MB4. All that's left is an understanding of Islam now. For the rest, you have gone bat-sh*t-crazy.
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I take it you are one of the few Shrinks available under ObamaCare. I will put your diagnosis in one of my files, Doctor Freud, under Sh splat.
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Radicals, smaticals.

Turkish PM Erdogan, "These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.

"He [that would be Muhammad, the founder of Islam and Islam's "Perfect Man", not some "radical", not to Muslims anyway] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion [that would be Islam, not "Islamism", not "Radical Islam", not 'Islamists" not "Islamofascism", not "Hijacked Islam", but ISLAM, ISLAM, ISLAM!!!], against all the rest of mankind." (John Quincy Adams)

Col. Allen West: “This is not a perversion, They are doing EXACTLY what the Koran says. Until you get principled leadership in the United States of America that is willing to say that, we will continue to chase our tail, because we will never clearly define who the enemy is”.

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Because several Western media outlets uncharacteristically reported on this latest atrocity against Syrian Christians, many Westerners are now shocked and amazed to hear of such draconian conditions.

They are shocked to learn traditional Islamic practices that have been going on for over a thousand years? Don't people ever learn history anymore? Many of those "peaceful" and "tolerant" Islamic societies that Islamophiles like to laud were so because half the non-Islamic population had died in the process of making it peaceful and tolerant.
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America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality. This year, may Eid also be a time in which we recognize the values of progress, pluralism, and acceptance that bind us together as a Nation and a global community. By working together to advance mutual understanding, we point the way to a brighter future for all.
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What would Charles Martel do?

Charles Martel was a brilliant strategic general and also a great tactical commander, who in the middle of battle was able to adapt his plans to his enemy's forces and movement and to defeat them repeatedly, even when, as at Tours, they were far superior in numbers of men and in weaponry. Charles Martel also had another quality, also totally missing in the sorry lot of today's American multi-star generals, including the neocon's beloved disgraced Petraeus, he could foresee the dangers of his foes, and prepared for them with great cunning using terrain, time and place to offset the enemy's superior weaponry and larger numbers and adapted, over and over again, to the enemy on the battlefield, gracefully adjusting to compensate for the unforeseen and seemingly unforeseeable.
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St. David IV, King of Georgia, began his rule by instigating some reforms. Some of his reforms ended some privileged concessions that some Georgian Muslims had enjoyed. They angrily petitioned the Sultan. He, Sultan Mohammad bin Mohammad, declared a jihad against Georgia. His troops outnumbered the Georgians by over 10 to 1. The Georgians sent that jihad fleeing for their lives after wiping out most of them.
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In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust, by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he [Mohammad] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE.

Between these two religions [Christianity and Islam], thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men. The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. It is, indeed, amongst the mysterious dealings of God, that this delusion should have been suffered for so many ages, and during so many generations of human kind, to prevail over the doctrines of the meek and peaceful and benevolent Jesus.

The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.

The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion, is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies. There is no denomination of Christians, which denies or misunderstands this doctrine. All understand it alike—all acknowledge its obligations; and however imperfectly, in the purposes of Divine Providence, its efficacy has been shown in the practice of Christians, it has not been wholly inoperative upon them. Its effect has been upon the manners of nations. The unqualified acknowledgement of a duty does not, indeed, suffice to insure its performance. Hatred is yet a passion, but too powerful upon the hearts of Christians. Yet they cannot indulge it, except by the sacrifice of their principles, and the conscious violation of their duties. No state paper from a Christian hand, could, without trampling the precepts of its Lord and Master, have commenced by an open proclamation of hatred to any portion of the human race. The Ottoman [Muslim] lays it down as the foundation of his discourse.
(John Quincy Adams on Islam.)
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To simplify Mohammad's religion: Think of movies that young teen boys like, especially the ones their parents won't let them see. Now think about basing a religion and political system on those movies. The result is Islam.
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Meanwhile, Western countries including the US import Muslim immigrants. Obama is literally importing thousands upon thousands of Muslims, mostly Arabs.

While in Great Britain, Sharia is being adopted in deliberate, tangible steps:

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/03/22/Law-Society-Sharia
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Yes but we are draining resources from those places.

Most admitted have special skills in medicine, engineering, business, science, IT, economy, or something. Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran ...I have worked with highly trained professionals from all of those places. They are never going back. Big loss for the Jihadis who are left with no talent or ability to launch a modern economy.

The true believer jihadis can blow things up and kill, but that is the limit of their skill set. They cannot build a country. That is a weakness to be exploited.

There is no need to generate any special exemptions for Muslims here other than the same ones we give to other religious groups. We should give exactly the same considerations and nothing more. Religious freedom is a core American value, it is a strength as much as the f-16, we should not give that up.






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"There is no need to generate any special exemptions for Muslims here other than the same ones we give to other religious groups."

You just wait until there are enough of them in our midst & watch as they exert a burgeoning degree of pressure to have elements of shariah law implemented. It's already happening in places around our country. Exhibit A: Dearborn, Michigan. Research it.
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