|Vol. 16 No. 4 April 2014||
Donald R. Fox
For many of us, when we think of atheists, we think, well they don’t believe in God. They are passive in their conduct. As long as people are law-abiding citizens, we all seem to be tolerant of each other. We may not believe and we may rule out what others teach or adhere to; however, we still can be civilized to each other. Such is life, so to speak. The rub comes in when organizations, etc. try to change long accepted beliefs of everyday citizens via making these beliefs against the law of the land. We are facing such today. Please notice following extracted from www.secular.org.
The Secular Coalition for America is the only organization in the nation whose primary purpose is lobbying Congress on behalf of atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans. From our office in the nation’s capital, our full-time lobbyist and support staff engage public policy makers and the media on issues ranging from religion’s influence on education and medical research to the privileging of faith groups by government. We are the first and only cooperative venture of eight member organizations coming together to improve the political situation of a previously unrepresented constituency: the tens of millions of atheists and agnostics in the United States.
What is this atheistic organization lobbying Congress about? They oppose statements that our rights are derived from God. They oppose the statement that the USA is a “Christian nation.” They oppose the statements like “under God” in our “Pledge of Allegiance.” They would make it a hate crime to preach against homosexuality. There is a drive to erase and remove all principles of our constitutional rights. Friends, are we ready for a truly atheistic secular society? (Informational sources: The San Francisco Chronicle, February 20, 2006; Atheists United and Secular Coalition for America)
We must continue to remind ourselves that Christians do not have the right to disobey God-given law. “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). This affirmation by the apostles was after they were told by the Jewish council, with the high priest ordering “…Did not we straitly commanded you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood on us” (Acts 5:28). Teaching and obeying the Word of God has been very good to our nation. We dare not change.
Ponder the drive by militant atheists to create a secular society. We wonder how many hospitals, colleges/universities and a host of benevolent organizations will they foster? We wonder what type of guidance atheists will incorporate to replace “The Golden Rule.”
Donald R. Fox
It is important to try to understand orthodox Islam. I continue to be shocked at the constant verifiable information about this bloody religion. No, it is not a religion of peace, but a religion of killing, blood and hate. Convert to Islam or else! Friends, I take no pleasure thinking and writing about such things as to the violent nature of Islam. To be very truthful with you, our current times remind me of Nazism of the 1930’s that led to World War II. The “final solution” was brought on because of hatred of Jewish people. These terrible facts of history are depressing. We are now living in an era again where hatred and bloodthirsty killing are common. (https://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/gaza-jihadist-prays-to-allah-you-have-made-our-killing-of-the-jews-an-act-of-worship-through-which-w.html)
“Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (https://www.muslimaccess.com/sunnah/hadeeth/muslim/041.html)
According to history, the religion of Islam started in the year A.D. 610. Muhammad claimed to have received revelations from Allah. Muhammad’s companions wrote down these revelations in a book called the Qur’an, also known as the Koran. As we study the Word of God, the Bible, and compare it to the Koran, one can see the difference. Blood, killing, war and hate are the fundamentals to Islam. Why would civilized people accept the Koran and its false prophet? “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1 ASV).
To Follow Jesus Is a Return to Civilized Conduct
Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:38-48)
Are there Muslims who just want to earn a living for their families and live in peace with all mankind? Yes, there are many who want to live in peace. In this essay, we are addressing Muslims who are orthodox. Such orthodox Muslims believe they are adhering to the Koran and obeying Shari’ah Law. Orthodox Muslims believe they are doing the will of Allah.
[“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV). Whereas our Lord’s statement here applies to false teachers who claim to be proponents of Christianity, it equally applies to other world religions and their leaders, too. The “fruit” says it all! ~ Louis Rushmore, Editor]