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Will We Stand for Truth?

Dan Wolf photo for bioDan Wolf | Virginia Christian Alliance Advisory Board

Our country is grounded in Judeo/Christian principles. Living in the truth is one such principle. “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought by God.”

No one should fear the truth, although at times we may be afraid. The truth is the light which sets us free. It is when truth is suppressed that we should fear, for the light fades and darkness comes forth.

So why am I bringing this up?

Recently a religious organization in Virginia agreed to have a well known and highly regarded historian appear to give a presentation on Islam’s history. A couple of days before the event was to occur, it was cancelled because of a few phone calls and emails from the local interfaith community that said the presenter and presentation were untruthful.

What is troubling is that:

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Islam’s Ties to Modern Slavery

Slave Populations by Country

 Dan Wolf

This site normally looks at issues relevant to Islam; its history, cultural attitudes, etc. 

Today’s topic is modern slavery, an issue that goes well beyond Islam. 

It is a problem that is global in scope.  Although it is more prevalent in countries that govern using collectivism (such as communism, fascism, Islam, nationalism, progressivism, or socialism), it is also present in countries with republican forms of governance - such as the U.S.  In all cases it represents a form of moral corruption, as discussed below. There are, however, a couple of ties that add to slavery’s prevalence within Islamic countries.

First, slavery is permissible under Islam. This item is a hold-over from pre-Islamic Arab culture.  The second tie relates to jihad.  There is a breakdown in governance and law during any period of war.  Within Islamic jihad, captives can either be made slaves or held for ransom.  Captives were historically part of the booty received by those who fought.  One example, the first war fought by the U.S. was against the Barbary Pirates of North Africa, who raided ships and took captives that were made slaves or held for ransom.  While this example is more recent, it is behavior going back to the actions sanctioned by Muhammad’s example in the seventh century.

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Resettling Immigrants in Virginia

Refugee Resettlement Map of Virginia

Dan Wolf | Virginia Christian Alliance

AUGUST 27, 2016The last two articles have looked at some of Islam’s ideological roots, their connection to collectivism (Making Sense of Orlando), and the fact that we are in an ideological war that we are not winning (Why We are Losing the War). In this article we’ll look at the refugee resettlement program in Virginia, from an ideological and economic perspective, and conclude with some related data at the end.

Before discussing the refugee resettlement program, we should look a little more at why it matters. Our country’s founding principles have their roots in individualism, specifically a Biblical based philosophy in terms of morality, laws, and governance. Collectivism is simply the notion that a people exists to serve its state, and this generally breeds dependency within a people as the government grows to control many aspects of society. Individualism is its opposite. Its underlying notion is that the state exists to serve its people (whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all). So you can look at this ideological battle as one between individual independence versus dependence.

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Why We are Losing the War

Dan Wolf photo for bio150Dan Wolf
Virginia Christian Alliance

The last article (Making Sense of Orlando) described how we are in an ideological war, one that has been declared upon us simply because of what we believe, and has been waged for the last fifteen to twenty years.  If you think this is not true, ask yourself are we on the right track as a nation today?  If you are like most Americans, you do not.  Why?  What is wrong?  There are two main thrusts, security and economics, and these are related through morality - or rather the lack of it.

Control is being exerted using fear and misinformation instead of knowledge.  When horrific events happen like those in Orlando, San Bernadino, Boston, 9/11, etc. we can become fearful, and at those times we are apt to willingly give up some of our rights and freedoms in exchange for security - to take away the fear.  Haven’t political elites called for more controls as a result of each of these events?  At its heart, these are simply the tools of collectivism which I have written about in Do You Want to be Free and Collectivism and Charity (forthcoming later this month), and Islam is another ideological form of collectivism.  An ideology which forbids questioning or using reason, where only acceptance is allowed.  An ideology where nothing matters below the State, which is true of all collectivism’s forms - whether they call themselves communists, fascists, progressives, or socialists.

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Making Sense of Orlando

 Dan Wolf photo for bio150Dan Wolf, VCA Board AdvisorDan Wolf

Sunday of last week in Orlando, a follower of Islam, Omar Mateen, went into a night club and began killing other human beings.  A senseless and cowardly act by Western standards, but ISIS has embraced him as a heroic fighter for the Islamic State.  Why?

Just like in Casablanca, our politicians have responded by rounding up the usual suspects.  ‘We are still learning all the facts.’  ‘We are investigating possible ties to terrorism.’  ‘This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people.’  The truth is it doesn’t matter whether the killer had terrorist ties or not.  Having gun control laws in place also doesn’t matter.  The killer adhered to an ideology regardless of if he had pledged himself to a group.  The only ones hurt by stricter gun control laws are law abiding citizens who follow them.  Killers do not follow the law.  We must consider how many fewer might have died if only a few law abiding citizens in the night club had been armed, such as security personnel.  The political statements are meant to placate rather than solve the problem.  So what are some of the underlying issues?

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An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America

An Explanatory Memorandum From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America

Through 29 front groups and through mosque networks of recruitment and indocrtination centers in your community and across the nation, the United States is being not only invading, but American institutions are being infiltrated at the highest levels. Also see the 10 Part Series on the Muslim Brotherhood here.

Center for Security Policy

We at the Center for Security Policy feel it is important for Americans to better understand– and, then, be able to successfully contend with– those that attempt to destroy or subvert our way of life. As making our nation’s enemies’ threat doctrines available is a key part of our educational efforts, we are pleased to present the blueprint for the Muslim Brotherhood in America, known as An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America or, in America’s largest terrorist prosecution in US federal court, Government Exhibit 003-0085 3:04-CR-240-G in U.S. v Holy Land Foundation, et al.

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Europe: Allah Takes over Churches, Synagogues

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Editor's note: How many mosques have been planted in Virginia and are infiltrating our communities with Sharia Law?

by Giulio Meotti | Gatestone Insitute

  • In the Dutch province of Friesland, 250 of 720 existing churches have been transformed or closed. The Fatih Camii Mosque in Amsterdam once was the Saint Ignatius Church. A synagogue in The Hague was turned into the Al Aqsa Mosque. In Flanders, in place of a famous church, a luxury hotel now stands. Catholic arches, columns and windows still soar between menus and tables for customers.
  • "The French will not wake up until Notre Dame becomes a mosque." — Emile Cioran, author.
  • Germany is literally selling its churches. Between 1990 and 2010, the German Evangelical Church closed 340 churches. Recently in Hamburg, a Lutheran church was purchased by the Muslim community.
  • "History teaches us that these transformations are rarely innocent." — Bertrand Dutheil de La Rochère, assistant to Marine Le Pen.

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Extremism and Islam - Law and Culture

Dan Wolf photo for bio150By Dan Wolf

This article ends the series examining extremism and Islam that began with About that 1% on Extremists and continued in Extremism, Islam, and Politics.

In those articles we’ve touched upon some of Islam’s general attitudes and how those are reflected in its views of extremism, politics, and freedom.

This article will continue to use the same surveys[1] to look at some attitudes around law and culture.

Law

The last article looked at the connection within Islam between religion, politics, and freedom - using the survey results around religious freedom to illustrate the points. This article will start by looking at the connections between religion and law. Islamic law is encompassed within what is called shari’a, and is derived from several of Islam’s source documents as outlined in US Law and Shari’a.

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Extremism, Islam, and Politics

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Dan Wolf photo for bio150by Dan Wolf

 In About that 1% on Extremists, we started to look what extremism means and some general attitudes within the Islamic world. This article will turn that discussion to focus on politics. Law and culture will be covered in later articles. We will use the same source information as before. But first we are going to look at another general question asked of Muslims, which is ‘Do you consider yourself a national citizen first or a Muslim first.’ Responses from six countries representing most of the regions in the survey are shown below.

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High Turn Out for Brigitte Gabriel Event Shows Islam Issue High Priority for Virginians

Gabriel Life Church VCA  event

Virginia Christian Alliance and Life Church partner to bring Brigitte Gabriel and ACT to Mechanicsville. Citizens eager for information while few pastors and church leadership participate.

About 400 Hanover and Henrico County residents packed Life Church’s auditorium last Thursday to hear an intelligence briefing by Brigette Gabriel. Her message should be a wake-up call to all Americans.

She was born in Lebanon and lived a normal childhood until 1975 when Islamic fighters attacked her village and destroyed her family’s home. She was trapped within the rubble for two days until rescued, and spent the next two months in a hospital recovering from the injuries she sustained. She returned to live in an 8’ x 10’ bomb shelter for the next seven years until 1982 when Israeli Defense Forces set up a security zone for the remaining non-Muslims still alive in Lebanon. She recounted how they foraged for any vegetation for food and crawled to a spring for water while avoiding Islamic snipers until the Israelis came to their rescue. When she asked her father why Islamists did this to us, he replied, ‘Because we are Christians, infidels.’

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About that 1% on Extremists

What Islamic Extremism Means

by Dan Wolf

We hear it repeatedly from the media, and also from some of our leaders. Extremists are a very small part of Islam, and the figure is normally put at about 1%. We further hear from some analysts that there are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, so even 1% of that population is about 16 million people – and while that is a lot, it is still less than 5% of the entire US population.

But there are at least a couple of things missing from this conversation.

First, what exactly is meant by extremist? Is it action or belief? Attitude or thought?

Second, what is the 1% figure based upon? Is that assertion supported? Toward the first question, being an extremist is a relative term. There are likely some issues where I could view you as an extremist, and there are undoubtedly others where you could view me as an extremist as well. This label really doesn’t help very much in even determining what is extreme, let alone a solution. So let’s start with a definition. According to the dictionary an extremist is someone who carries something to excess. Seen from a Westerner’s perspective, that could be interpreted as adhering to a very literal meaning of Islam and its doctrines.

For more information on Islam’s tenets and their development, see The First Caliphs and the Umayyad Dynasty and The Abbasid Dynasty – Part II.

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Islam Is Not An Abrahamic Religion

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Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side News

 Islam’s Abrahamic Religion Claim Is A Trojan Horse Subterfuge 

Do Muslims Jews, And Christians Worship The Same God?

This basic question must be addressed and answered in the negative if Western Civilization is to begin to forge an effective defense against Islamic jihad. Dr. Mark Durie, an Australian Anglican theologian, has written the definitive analytical book, “Which God?: Jesus, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity & Islam,” that debunks the accepted conventional wisdom that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity share Abrahamic roots. Dr. Durie’s book incontestably demonstrates that YHWH and Allah are not the same god. Consequently, Christians and Jews are being misled about the shared identity of the three religions’ divinity. This deception is a key component in the overt and covert war being conducted by the political forces of Islam in order to subjugate the Judeo-Christian religions and their societies.

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Why Men Commit Evil Acts

Stephen McDowellBy Stephen McDowell

What Motivates Muslim Terrorists, Mass Murderers, and Destructive Anarchists, and How Do We Stop Them?

“Why do they hate us so much?”

This question was asked by many in Belgium after Islamic terrorists bombed the airport and subway in Brussels on March 22, 2016, killing 31 and wounding over 300. Similar questions have been asked after other recent acts of terror, including the events on 9-11, the terrorist attacks in Paris, and the shooting in San Bernardino. Leaders, the media, and citizens ask, “Why would people commit such atrocities?”

Such questions followed the riotous acts in Ferguson and Baltimore and after mass killings in the theater in Colorado and the church in Charleston. What could provoke people to act this way? What is their motive? Why do terrorists and mass killers commit such despicable acts?

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Muhammad’s Life and Teachings, Part II

Islamic Tenet Changes Part I

Dan Wolf photo for bio150by Dan Wolf

This article will begin where the last one left off, with the migration of Muslims from Mecca to Medina in 622.  The focus will be on the changes to the tenets outlined in the last article.  Medina was home to eight Arab and three Jewish clans, including the Ansar who had pledged their loyalty to Muhammad.  The Jewish clans were the Banu Qaynuqa, the Banu Nadir, and the Banu Qurayza, and each had formed alliances with various Arab clans.  The references below indicate either a section number within the sirat (number only), or a verse within the Qur’an (Numbers preceded by an S).

The Medina Constitution

One of Muhammad’s first actions in Medina was to create an agreement referred to as the Constitution of Medina, and Muslims point to this document as the world’s first constitution.  Below are some of its contents. 

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The Ottoman Empire

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Dan Wolf photo for bio150By Dan Wolf

In a previous article, I discussed some of the events occurring at the end of the Abbasid dynasty that included: a Mongol invasion, the rise of the Mamluks, and the development of the Seljuk Turk kingdom that would eventually give birth to the Ottoman Empire. This article will look at the development of each of these events after the Abbasid’s fall, and then look briefly at the issues of governance and dhimmitude as Ottoman rule is largely referred to as a more tolerant period within Islam. This article will then close with some words from our fifth president – John Quincy Adams – on the differences, as he saw them, between Christianity and Islam and some implications arising from those differences.

But first a timeline is presented below to help understand the timing of some significant events occurring during the period of Ottoman expansion. It should be noted that the Ottoman Empire continued to exist until the early 20th century, about 300 years beyond the period presented below.

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