By Bryan Fischer
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Note: This is the second in a series of columns on the ideal profile of our next president. The columns are adapted from the speech I delivered at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 8. In an earlier column, I stressed the importance of having a president who shares the genuine, authentic and sincere Christian faith of the Founders, and who rejects the theory of evolution since the Founders believed in a Creator who is the source of our unalienable rights.
I have written before that we need a president who believes in a Creator, as the Founders did. But we need a president who not only believes in a Creator, but believes in the same Creator in whom our Founding Fathers believed. The Founding Fathers believed in the Creator who is revealed in the pages of the Old and New Testaments.
Our Muslim friends also believe in a creator. But Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. If you doubt me, ask one of your Muslim friends, "Does the god whom you worship have a son?" He will tell you that that is blasphemy; even believing that is a criminal offense in most Muslim countries. In Iran, a man is living right now under a sentence of death for the Islamic crime of believing that God has a Son.
Yet the Founders believed in a God who has a Son. They believed so profoundly in this Son of God that they dated the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution from the year of His birth.
In the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, which Muslims believe was dictated word-for-word by Allah himself, the god who has no son calls no less than 109 times for his followers to commit violence against Christians and Jews. For instance, Sura 9:5 flatly declares, “Slay the idolaters (i.e., the infidels, the pagans) wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.”
Just last month, the deputy rector at Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution in Islam, the site President Obama chose for his world apology speech to the Muslim world in 2009, said this: "I say to all my brothers and sisters: Jihad has become an individual duty incumbent upon each and every one of us." He goes on to refer to critics of Islam as "the offspring of pigs and apes." Islam itself is not a religion of peace but a religion of war and violence and death.
A study published this summer revealed that 81% of all mosques in America distribute literature that promotes violent jihad. Because such mosques are the most well-attended, the alarming reality is that over 95% of Muslim Americans who attend mosque on a weekly basis attend one of those jihad-promoting houses of worship. This means every single mosque in America is a potential recruiting or training cell for Islamic terror. The greatest long-range threat to our security and liberty is not radical Islam but Islam itself. This is not Islamophobia, it is Islamorealism.
Our next president must understand that the more devout a Muslim becomes, the more likely he is to act on those verses. The more devout a Muslim becomes, the more of a threat he becomes to the national security of the United States. Last month, the FBI arrested a Muslim man, a US citizen, who wanted to blow up the Capitol and Pentagon and kill innocent men, women and children just because Americans are, as he put it, “enemies of Allah.”
Of course most Muslims in America would not think of acting out on any of those 109 commands, but we must understand that while there may be moderate Muslims, there is no such thing as moderate Islam.
A look at Muslim nations around the world makes it clear that Sharia law is flatly contradictory to every value and freedom that we cherish in the West.
Under Sharia law there is no freedom of religion, no freedom of conscience, no freedom of speech, no freedom of the press, no freedom of association, no equal rights for women.
That means, at minimum, we need a president who will use all the resources at his disposal to resist and reject the implementation of Sharia law anywhere, at any place, at any time, under any circumstances in the United States of America.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)