Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Monday, July 29, 2013

Soft Jihad Is More Dangerous .... And More Effective


“We have 50 million Muslims in Europe.  There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”
Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan Leader, 2006

Statistics to consider:
  • Muslims now make up one-quarter of the population of the capital of the enlightened Europe and they are asking to use the empty churches for Islamic prayers
  • Since 2008, the top seven baby boys’ names in Brussels were Mohammed, Adam, Rayan, Ayoub, Mehdi, Amine and Hamza
  • Mohammed is also the most popular name for baby boys in Belgium’s second-largest city, Antwerp, where an estimated 40% of elementary school children are Muslim.
  • Antwerp is also home to Belgium’s first Islamic Sharia law court, which began operating in September 2011
  • Islam is already the fastest-growing religion in Europe, where the number of Muslims has tripled over the past 30 years. One third of all European children will be born to Muslim families by 2025.
  • Islam is the most practiced religion in the United Kingdom. In London, more Muslims attend mosques on Friday than do Christians churches on Sunday
  • In Austria, which was 90% Catholic in the 20th Century, Islam will be the majority religion among Austrians aged under 15 by 2050
  • The total number of mosques in France doubled to more than 2,000 in the last 10 years. The best known French Islamic leader, Dalil Boubakeur, Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, recently suggested that the total number of mosques should double yet again, to 4,000, to meet the growing demand.  Meanwhile, the Catholic Church in France had only 20 new churches built in the last 10 years, and formally closed more than 60 churches, many of which became mosques, according to research conducted by the French Catholic daily La Croix.
Princeton University’s Bernard Lewis told the German daily Die Welt that “Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century.” 

Oriana Fallaci was an Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer. A former partisan during World War II, she had a long and successful journalistic career. Fallaci became famous worldwide for her coverage of war and revolution, and her interviews with many world leaders during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  Before her death in 2006, she said,

“Europe is no longer Europe, it is Eurabia, a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense, but also in a mental and cultural sense.”

Soft (also known as stealth) Jihad is slowly but surely bringing about what the Ottoman Muslims were unable to achieve in 1683 at the Gate of Vienna with violent jihad - the Islamization of Europe.  Muslims are exhorted to follow Muhammad’s example and participate in jihad in order to establish the dominance of Islam through adherence to the laws of Islam (Shari'a) [Koran suras 5:48 & 45:18). According to Islamic doctrine, Islamic Shari'a which was dictated by Allah, cannot be subordinate to any other legal system.  Shari'a must reign supreme over every other legal system in the world.

"Soft" jihad seeks to impose Shari'a onto every country by non-confrontational means.  Deceiving its' target population into apathy, it is also much more effective - in the long run - than traditional violent jihad.  Under the banners of "tolerance" and "civil rights," soft jihadists introduce little-by-little in piecemeal fashion, the elements of Shari'a into Western societies and then demand that non-Muslims make allowance for those elements.  Soft jihadists disparage those who dare to discuss the negative aspects of Shari'a (and Islam) as "racists" and "Islamophobes."  Ultimately, they exploit the West’s respect for minority rights and cultures to transform pluralistic societies into Islamic states and gradually sweep away Western notions of legal equality, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and individual rights.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) openly states:

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” 

An 18-page memorandum (revealed at Federal trial) written by a Muslim Brotherhood representative in the United States, Mohamed Akramon, dated May 22, 1991 explained this newest kind of stealth jihad as:

“The process of settlement in America is a Civilization-Jihadist process . . . . The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

What kinds of measures does soft (stealth) jihad include?

1.  Stifling free speech.
One of the Islamists’ main efforts has been to make it unacceptable for people to speak about Islam in connection with terrorism. Through the successful lobbying efforts of Islamist leaders the State Department has now forbidden Department employees to speak of terrorism in connection to Islam or Muslims. Moreover, the U.S. government made clear as of May 2010 through the Department for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in a speech delivered by John Brennan, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, that the United States cannot describe our enemy as “jihadists” or “Islamists” and that the enemy is not about terrorism. The FBI even refuses to report on Islamic “honor killings” and characterizes them as nothing more that domestic violence cases.

2.  Building Muslim enclaves.
Muslims have been working in the West to create communities based solely on Islam and run by Shari'a law.  Americans should be concerned about Shari'a councils operating out of mosques, particularly in Muslim enclaves which provide an institutionalized atmosphere of intimidation that can include sanctioned murder under Shari'a law.  Examples of these Islamic enclaves in the United States is documented here.

3.  Growing a Shariah compliant financial system. 
In a nutshell, this seeks to create a business market involving Islamic police to ensure that businesses are Shari'a compliant.  The Islamization of American businesses is best understood by visiting postings at this blog that deals with issues related to Shariah compliant financial systems.

4.  Engaging in a propaganda campaign through education
“Schools are fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students,” according to this Muslim website.  Dawa is an Arabic term meaning to invite non-Muslims to accept the truth of Islam. This site, apparently connected with the Council on Islamic Education, promotes Islam in U.S. public schools.  On the web site are various quotes from the Koran that encourage Muslim students to proselytize in their schools. One example is noted under the heading: “Dawa through the school newspaper” in which Muslim students are told to submit an article on Islam in every issue of the school paper.  The website also states that while schools will not allow one to preach in the school paper there are “ways to circumvent this problem.”

Moreover, through the bullying tactics of the Council on Islamic Education, textbook publishers have accepted a whitewash of Islam that fails to portray Shari'a law accurately.  According to The American Textbook Committee’s report, Islam in the Classroom, Muslim oriented activities are part of a concerted effort by Islamic organizations wanting to provide “misinformation” in today’s curriculum. “These activists are eager to expunge any critical thought about Islam from textbooks and all public discourse.”

A recent example of this kind of soft jihad activity is here.

5.  Recruiting and Proselytizing. 
Recruitment and proselytizing occurs in schools, colleges and university campuses, prisons, and the work place. Members of the Muslim community both here and elsewhere have said openly and honestly that the goal is to convert at least one member of every American family to Islam in order to transform America into a Muslim nation-state.

6.  Massive Immigration, legal and illegal
The Islamization of Europe is underway with breathtaking rapidity.  Today, in the United Kingdom, the most popular name given to baby boys is Mohammad. Some of Belgium’s largest cities now have Muslim majorities.   Muslims are rapidly immigrating to Europe. But they are not adapting to European culture; rather many of them are attempting to conform European society to their own ideals.  A poll conducted by the London Telegraph reveals that 40 percent of British Muslims want Sharia introduced in Great Britain. It should be no surprise that the Islamic population in Britain is multiplying 10 times faster than the rest of the society.  Additionally low birthrates among Europeans, and high birthrates among Muslim immigrants are quickly turning Europe into an extension of the Muslim world.  Watch this eye-opening video to see how fast Europe is changing due to Islamic immigration.

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Many, like Giulio Meotti, are now predicting Europe will be inevitably be Islamic before the end of this century ... that the die is cast and cannot be reversed.

As I've mentioned before, there's an excellent book out that approaches the issue of Islamization from the theological perspective, "The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent" warning of the danger Islam (including soft jihad) poses to the church today. The author is not some radical anti-Islamic fire-breathing zealot, but the senior pastor of Moody church in Chicago.  But he goes beyond simply warning us, and exhorts the church to be wise about what's happening and to use the opportunity to share the gospel with those trapped in the darkness of Islam.

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ."  Col 2:8 [NIV]

"A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust."  Prov 21:22 [NIV]

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