"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ISIS Explained

A great, great article by Graeme Wood in The Atlantic that deserves and is getting a lot of attention, explaining ISIS as a medieval/millenarian, apocalyptic brand of ultra-Islam.   Short version:   where Obama and his liberal ilk think ISIS doesn't represent Islam, the reality is... "It's the religion, stupid!"

A brief excerpt:

Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.” 
Every academic I asked about the Islamic State’s ideology sent me to Haykel. Of partial Lebanese descent, Haykel grew up in Lebanon and the United States, and when he talks through his Mephistophelian goatee, there is a hint of an unplaceable foreign accent. 
According to Haykel, the ranks of the Islamic State are deeply infused with religious vigor. Koranic quotations are ubiquitous. “Even the foot soldiers spout this stuff constantly,” Haykel said. “They mug for their cameras and repeat their basic doctrines in formulaic fashion, and they do it all the time.” He regards the claim that the Islamic State has distorted the texts of Islam as preposterous, sustainable only through willful ignorance. “People want to absolve Islam,” he said. “It’s this ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ mantra. As if there is such a thing as ‘Islam’! It’s what Muslims do, and how they interpret their texts.” Those texts are shared by all Sunni Muslims, not just the Islamic State. “And these guys have just as much legitimacy as anyone else.” 
All Muslims acknowledge that Muhammad’s earliest conquests were not tidy affairs, and that the laws of war passed down in the Koran and in the narrations of the Prophet’s rule were calibrated to fit a turbulent and violent time. In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war. This behavior includes a number of practices that modern Muslims tend to prefer not to acknowledge as integral to their sacred texts. “Slavery, crucifixion, and beheadings are not something that freakish [jihadists] are cherry-picking from the medieval tradition,” Haykel said. Islamic State fighters “are smack in the middle of the medieval tradition and are bringing it wholesale into the present day.”

Chilling stuff.


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  2. So you prove to be a coward who decieve himself and evade reality and truth.

  3. I agree with your take on ISIS.But it's hard not to notice that you backslid from true original Christian faith to catholic idolatry of intercession/veneration of saints and other lies of catholic sect.
    As a Catholic you will be forced to do idolatry by the practice of intercession/veneration of saints.According to the scripture/God's word/Bible-Revelation 21:8 all idolaters and liars will be sent by God to eternal hell fire.

    Idolatry is condemned by scriptures in the very first commandment given to Moses-Exodus 20:3-5 . In New Testament we are asked to flee from idolatry-1 Corinthians 10:14.

    In Revelations 9:20-And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
    Thus clearly the practice of intercession/veneration of saints by catholic/orthodox sects amount to idolatry and will lead you to eternal lake of fire and sulfur.
    Revelation 21:8-But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

    So never join any catholic/orthodox sects that teach these lies (lie of apostolic succession-authority of keys is given to all believers in Mathew 18:8-not to a select few as apostolic succession claims ,purgatory etc.) and practice idolatry.
    Instead join a church that fear God and his word and trusts Lord Jesus Christ and do not promote idolatry,sexual immorality,lies etc. so that you can be sure of your salvation through the sinless blood of Lord Jesus Christ shed for all mankind,so that whoever trusts in him (Jesus) can have eternal life.