This morning President Donald Trump retweeted three videos tweeted by Jayda Fransen, a British right wing activist. The first video titled, ‘Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! The second video is titled, ‘Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!’ and the third video is titled ‘Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!’
Donald Trump’s retweets of these videos sent shock waves throughout the world. The response was predictable. The British government rebuked Trump that these videos are ‘wrong’. Trump hit back at British Prime Minister, ‘don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!’
The Netherlands Embassy tweeted at Trump and said, “Facts do matter. The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law”. But what religion does the perpetrator of the violent act belong to? The embassy does not reveal his religion. Sometimes governments reveal only selective facts, not all facts. When we go to court, we are commanded to say, ‘truth, all truth’, because you can mix truth with falsehood and misrepresent reality.
Trump keeps his staff on their toes is an understatement. They don’t know what he will say next minute or what he will tweet next hour. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real, and that is what the president is talking about”
These video tweets came from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a small nationalist party from Britain. She told the Washington Post, “The British establishment no longer supports free speech, but the president of the United States, Donald Trump, clearly does, and that’s why he tweeted, as a public display of support for Britain First and its deputy leader”
There is some truth in her statements. Freedom of speech is under unprecedented attack in the West today. In 2012, when Benghazi attacks happened – you remember four Americans were killed in Benghazi when radical Muslims attacked American Embassy in Benghazi – Hillary Clinton said that radical Muslims did what they did to Americans because they were mad at an American who made a video critical of Muhammad. Hillary Clinton got this American film producer arrested and imprisoned. His crime was making a video that irritated radical Muslims.
In the United Kingdom, Jayda Fransen is facing hate speech charges because of her remarks at a rally in Belfast. She is charged with ‘religious harassment’ for a social media campaign she started against Muslim men who raped a woman. Western governments are now prosecuting people for making videos, for giving speeches and for social media posts that are not in line with prevailing culture. Christian bakers are now being prosecuted for not making cakes for gay couples. Freedom of conscience and freedom of speech are under unprecedented attacks.
Prime Minister Theresa May immediately condemned Trump’s videos. Why did Hillary Clinton get a film producer imprisoned for making a video? Why is Jayda Fransen facing criminal charges for speaking out her mind? Why is such an outrage at Trump for tweeting videos depicting radical Muslims?
Islam is globalized and will remain a potent force
When Trump was tweeting these videos, his daughter Ivanka Trump was in India, visiting Golconda. Golconda is a fort located 11 kilometers outside of Hyderabad. Both Hyderabad and Golconda were built by Muslim kings in 16th century. The first mosque in India was built in 629 AD. Muhammad died in 632 AD. So, Islam made inroads into India even before the death of its prophet. Muslim kings later invaded India and put it under their control until the British arrived and displaced them from power in 18th century. Hyderabad today became a technology hub and Ivanka went there to speak in a business conference. This city was built by Muslim kings and it has millions of Muslim population. In the past this city was known for frequent clashes between Hindus and Muslims. Literally thousands of people, mostly innocent ones, died in the clashes that happened between Hindus and Muslims. In recent years, Hyderabad became peaceful. We still hear stories of radicalization among young Muslims in Hyderabad, but, bloody clashes between Hindus and Muslims now became rare. The reason for this is, Hindu leaders developed a no-nonsense approach to deal with Islamic violence. Hindus, with their population growth, became a strong force in Hyderabad. Muslims also realized their minority status and put a checkpoint on radicalization. So, a strong government and strong demographics helping India to combat Islamic violence.
Sadly, these two things are missing in Europe. The governments in Europe have been wavering in their response to Islamic violence. Unlike Hindus in India, Europeans have weak demographics. Across most European nations, the population is not even at replacement level. Countries like Belgium have negative population growth. Pew Research showed that Muslim population is going to be tripled in Europe by 2050. In the United Kingdom, Muslim population is going to rise from 6.3 percent in 2016 to 16.7 soon. Sweden will be ⅓ Muslim by 2050. With politically correct government, declining demographics, and strong Muslim growth, Europe has a rough road ahead.
Anti-Christian violence is the problem, not Anti-Muslim violence
When Trump retweeted these videos, the media cried out, ‘this is Anti-Muslim’. American media figures like Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Maher release Anti-Christian videos almost on a weekly basis. The media does not call them Anti-Christian. All mockery of Christianity and Christians will be tolerated under freedom of speech. When Christians were killed in a Texas Church three weeks ago, the media did not call the slaughter, ‘Anti-Christian killings’. It simply complained that there are too many guns in America.
Let us go back to the three videos Trump retweeted. In the first video, a Muslim youth was thrown to his death by Islamic activists in Cairo, Egypt. This happened in 2013. Moderate and liberal Muslims are being killed at alarming rates in Muslim nations. A few days ago, more than 300 Sufi Muslims were killed when Sunni Muslim radicals attacked a Sufi mosque. This happened in Sinai desert in Egypt. Muslims are more likely to be killed in the hands of a fellow Muslim than in the hands of an infidel.
In the second video, we see a Muslim destroying the statue of Mary. For Catholics, witnessing the destruction of statues of Mary could be quite painful. The irony here is, a Muslim destroying Catholic statues is called ‘Anti-Muslim’, not ‘Anti-Catholic’.
So, this video should have been called ‘Anti-Catholic’ not, Anti-Muslim. Islamic iconoclasm destroyed statues of all other religions. They destroyed many statues of Jesus, Crosses and statues of other biblical figures. They destroyed famous statues of Buddha in Bamiyan valley in Afghanistan. They destroyed many statues of Hindu gods.
The media writes it off as ‘some nut jobs’, but Islamic iconoclasm is part and parcel of orthodox Islam. Why do Orthodox Muslims show such penchant for destruction of statues of other religions? That video ends with the man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. That means ‘Allah is supreme’. Allah is supreme over all other deities. So, it is a proper duty of the Muslim to display the supremacy of Allah by destroying the statues of infidels.
In the third video, a Dutch youth was beating another young boy walking on his crutches. Now, we don’t know the religion of this perpetrator. But the fact is, across Europe, there is a new wave of criminality coming from Muslim communities. Quite frequently, Pakistani young Muslims are sexually violating the school girls in Britain. Off course, many peaceful Muslims are rebuilding their lives across Europe. But Islamic violence is also increasing. Hardly a week goes by without some Muhammad blowing up something, somewhere in Europe. The Anti-semitism emanating from Muslims is a cause for concern for many Jews in Europe. I read in Jerusalem Post, that in German city of Bochum, Jews stopped wearing their kippot because of attacks on them by Muslim youths. Many Jews are moving from Europe to Israel. I am not surprised.
No Jew in his or her right mind would move to a Muslim nation in current circumstances because Islamic nations are moving towards salafist Islam that promotes a very virulent form of antisemitism. The main source of this anti-semitism is Quran and hadith. Listen to this hadith:
“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” Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791; Sahih Muslim 41:6985
So, in the last days, nature itself will expunge the Jews. This hadith is quoted in Article Seven of the Hamas “Charter of Allah”.
Let me also quote some select verses from Quran:
5:82 say, Jews are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims
2:79; 3:75, 3:181: Jews fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah
9:29: Muslims should wage war against Jews and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony
9:30 Jews are under Allah’s curse
4:161 Jews devour people’s wealth by subterfuge
5:18 Jews are being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people
2:109: Jews wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them
2:29; 3:78 Jews falsified the Scriptures to suit their own evil ends
2:88, 4:46 Allah has cursed Jews because of their refusal to believe
4:46: Jews slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah
2:74 Jews are merciless and heartless
59:13-14 they being cowardly
5:41 they love to listen to lies
3:120 feeling pain when others are happy or blessed
5:13 they disobey Allah and never observe his commands
2:100 never keep their promises or fulfilling their words
3:78 they hide the truth and mislead people
2:247 They are quarreling and disputing
5:64 they claim that Allah’s power is limited
2:87 giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad
4:53 they are miserly
5:41 Jews are damned both in this world and in the next
2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166: Jews are being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath.
This is one of the most quoted verses in Friday sermons and TV serials based on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which is a fabricated text purporting to describe a Jewish plan for global domination.
The Jewish conspiracy theories are rampant across the Middle East and even America. When I was working in New York City as a physician, I used to have some Muslim colleagues among the doctors I was working with. One day we were discussing September 11 attacks. I asked, ‘Who planned September 11?’ One Muslim doctor, who is from Pakistan, immediately shot at me, ‘Jews’. He further elaborated, ‘A day before, Israel and Mossad warned Jews not to go to work anywhere in Manhattan on September 11’
If a doctor who is working a few blocks from World Trade Center site believe such lies, think about the vulnerability of cab drivers in Bangladesh and Indonesia? Jews have been facing these slanders from gentiles for thousands of years but they are more prevalent among Muslims.
Jews planned Great Depression, World War I and II to create Israel. Jews created European Union to control the world. Jews planned September 11 to invade Iraq and steal their oil.
I heard a joke about this. A Jewish businessman is riding the train. He is reading an Arabic newspaper. One of his friends asked him, ‘Hi, why are you reading an Arabic newspaper? The businessman replied, ‘It’s so depressing to read Israeli newspaper. They describe all the problems and failures of the Jews. In Arabic newspapers, they describe how we are controlling everything around the world. That makes me feel better’.
But besides our jokes, laughing and giggling, this is a serious matter. Jews were blamed for Black Death that ravaged Europe in 14th century. In medieval Europe, every calamity, every hurricane, every earthquake, every disease was blamed on the Jews. And Jews paid a heavy price for those lies. They were disparaged, discriminated, oppressed, and even killed.
You might ask, ‘How did Christian Europe commit such atrocities against the Jews?’ The answer is simple: Biblical ignorance. God wrote the Bible using Jews as the writers. Salvation is of the Jews, Jesus told Samaritan woman in John chapter 4, verse 22. God sent Jesus to this world. He was born in a Jewish home of a Jewish virgin, raised in a Jewish neighborhood. He followed Jewish traditions, He taught Jewish scriptures. He was called a Jewish rabbi. He was a condemned by Rome as a Jewish rebel. In His life and death, He fulfilled what Jewish prophets predicted about the coming Messiah. Lord Jesus Christ is, first the Messiah for the Jews, and then the Savior of the world. Jews are central in the God’s plan for human redemption. Jesus cannot be our messiah and redeemer if we strip him of His Jewishness.
During the medieval times, people were not taught about the Jewishness of Jesus. Much worse, Jesus was depicted wearing a Roman toga and persecuting the Jews. Like today’s Palestinian Jesus who rebukes Jews from West Bank, then Roman Jesus was created who would rebuke the Jews for killing Him.
Not surprisingly, people made vile accusations against the Jews. If a child went missing, they said, Jews were offering their child sacrifices. For centuries, such horrible tales were told in lurid details against the Jews living in Europe. It all culminated in the Holocaust in 20th century. To some extent, Christians learnt their lesson.
Then note the difference between Christian anti-semitism and Islamic anti-semitism.
Christians commit their anti-semitism because of their ignorance of the Bible, Muslims commit their anti-semitism because of their knowledge of the Quran.
Left and Islam
The fact is, Orthodox Imams have been preaching the hatred of Christians and Jews in radical mosques across the world. The secular Left is not recognizing this problem. They call any statements or videos describing Islamic violence as ‘racist’. By the way, Islam is a religion, not a race. They do not extend the same privilege to Christianity. Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel and countless others in Western media and academia mock and vilify Christianity almost on a daily basis. Yet, the media never call them, ‘Anti-Christian’, they are called ‘freedom of speech’. Rather than labeling every criticism of Islam as ‘racism’ and ‘bigotry’, the secular academia should take a honest look at the history, teachings and practice of orthodox Islam.
Right and Islam
Sadly, this whitewashing of Islam is not limited to the Left. After September 11 attacks in 2001, then President George Bush declared to the world, ‘Islam means peace’. Truth is, Islam means surrender or submission to Allah, not peace. Many radical Muslims would laugh at us when we bend over backwards to appease them and say foolish things to look nice and endearing.
How to respond to radical Islam?
Our pundits offer us many tools to fight radical Islam. Some people say let’s fight it with better economy. It’s economy, stupid, right? Some say let’s fight it with immigration control. Some say, let’s fight it with a strong military. Some say, let’s fight it with travel ban. Some say, let us increase foreign aid to Muslim nations. But, what is the most effective weapon to combat radical Islam? It’s preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Orthodox Islam teaches that the sure path to heaven is to die for Allah. Christianity teaches that trusting in the sufficiency of the death of Christ is the sure path to heaven. It is not, its economy stupid. Its evangelism stupid. Only through preaching the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ and cultivating a Christian worldview, will we ever be able to save ourselves from Islamic invasion. In many European nations today, more people are going to mosques than churches. Our problem is not Muslims, our problem is unbelief. This unbelief has social consequences. In any religion, orthodox communities will have better demographics than liberal communities. Why? because metaphysics do matter. If there is a God, if there is a heaven, if there is a God’s order for family, marriage and children, you are more likely to get married and raise children. If there is no God, if there is no heaven, if there is no God’s order for family, marriage and children, you are less likely to get married and raise children. The erosion of Christian faith has produced a society with low demographics. And that’s the problem. We have so many young people who believe we are ‘hurting’ even plants with our disregard for climate change. They shun raising children because every human being adds up to the carbon foot print. They are unaware that Islam is spreading in their midst while they are saving butterflies. Without strong demographics, no society can withstand Islamic aggression.
So, let me summarize and close. We should stand for the freedom of speech. We should get rid of political correctness and speak the truth as it is. We should preach the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ and cultivate a deep Christian worldview. That is how we can save our communities from radical Islamic violence.
Lord Jesus, we pray for your guidance. We pray you give the light of your gospel to Europe. We pray for Muslim world. Help them see that you are the God incarnate, the one who went to the cross to die for our sins, the one who raised from the dead. Help them see that you are greater than Muhammad. Help them see that you are the true way to God. Help us to reach them with love, not hatred. In your precious name we pray, Amen.
Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins By David Patterson