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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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Fear of Muslims is Not a Phobia, but Rational

The term Islamophobia is an OXYMORON since having a Phobia means having an IRRATIONAL FEAR.

Fearing Islam which wants 80% of humanity Enslaved or EXTERMINATED is totally RATIONAL and hence cannot possibly be called a Phobia. This video is not limited to any one religion but the following is true:

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims

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The Abbasid Dynasty Part III, Dhimmitude

Dan Wolf photo for bio150by Dan Wolf

This third article on the Abbasids covers the relationship between jihad and dhimmitude, and the development of Islamic law as related to this topic. This article will examine the following: (1) defining some relevant terms, (2) the relationship between dhimmitude and jihad, (3) governance under dhimmitude, (4) taxation, (5) church complicity, and (6) outcomes.

 Definitions

I am going to assume that the terms in this article are unfamiliar to you. So we are going to start with defining a few of them.

Ata – A gift, in this case of land given to someone who participated in jihad.

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10 Tips How to Counter Islam

NoSharia

Unless the individual US citizen takes personal responsibility to counter Islam and the stealth jihad encroaching our Western culture, the consequences are catastrophic.

Nicolai Sennels | 10NEWS.DK

COUNTER ISLAM IN AMERICA

1) Fight, Stop and Roll Back all Types of Sharia

Islamic law, Sharia, is opposed to secular, democratic laws and humanistic values. It is not only discriminatory towards Muslim women, it demands Muslims to actively oppose democracy, and to fight, enslave and kill non-Muslims. By allowing Sharia into our societies, no matter in how small quantities, we are giving breathing air to a system that ultimately aims at our destruction. It also sends a welcoming signal to Islamic fundamentalists, that they can come and live without having to assimilate to our societies and values. It sends a signal to both Muslims and non-Muslims that democratic, humanistic values are worth less than the foreign and medieval, religious laws of a brutal religion.

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The Abbasid Dynasty – Part II, Its Religious Development

Islamic Timeline

Dan Wolf photo for bio150 by Dan Wolf

As mentioned last time, this article focuses on Islam’s religious doctrines and documents. During this period that Islam’s core beliefs, and the documents reflecting those beliefs, hardened into those we know today. This article focuses on the Qur’an, Hadith, Sunna, Shri’ a, and Sirat.  (See Part I)

Before we begin it is important to note that in terms of beliefs and doctrine, Muhammad added nothing new from a theological perspective. Instead he borrowed from every religion that existed within the Arabian Peninsula. One can find borrowings from Judaism, Christianity (primarily Monophysite), Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, and paganism. In addition, one will find Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Ethiopic, Greek, and Persian words within the Qur’an’s Arabic text – about 275 words in all. Ignaz Goldziher was one of the most renowned Islamists of modern times. He had this to say about Muhammad and Islam’s teachings.

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Of Governance, Healthcare, and Refugees

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The following Op-Ed by VCA Advisory Board Member, Dan Wolf, was submitted to and rejected by: The Washington Post, USA Today, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and The Virginia Pilot.

To the Editor:

While recently reading a mental healthcare related op-ed, I was struck by its commonality with the Syrian refugee crisis. We share the author’s pain and concern, but disagree another law is needed. The bill is well intentioned, but places decision-making in judiciary hands, and creates new positions within the DHHS. More government funding, jurisdiction, and intervention only deals with the effects, and not the underlying cause(s).

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The Abbasid Dynasty – Part I, History

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The Abbasid Dynasty lasted from 750 until 1258. It was during this period that many of Islam’s structures began to solidify. The Qur’an, hadith, traditions (sunna), and schools of legal jurisprudence (Shri’a) all formed during this time. Governance structures also solidified during this period. These changes had significant impacts on the various peoples conquered by the early caliphs and the Umayyad. Due to the nature and extent of the changes occurring within Islam during this period, there will be three articles concerning this dynasty. This article will focus on the history from this period. The second on the development of religious doctrine, and the third on the conquered peoples within the caliphate (the Dhimmis).

Although this is often thought of as Islam’s Golden Age, it should be noted that there was much upheaval and infighting that occurred during this time. The changes occurring during this period are both significant in terms of Islam’s development and complex. We will specifically look at the rise and fall of both the Fatamid and Seljuk Turk kingdoms within the caliphate that occurred during this period, and conclude with the crusades and Mongol invasion that ultimately ended Abbasid rule.

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Islam - An Overview

System of Belief Picture

Dan Wolf photo for bio150by Dan Wolf

Islam is not just a religion, but an ideology with a religious component. This ideology is not only contrary to our society’s foundations, but is incompatible with it. At its core is the notion that man is not by nature free; he is a slave. Freedom within Islam is the negation of a negative, it is what you have when you are not coerced – as its underlying tenet is submission. In short, man’s natural state is one in which he is coerced by those whose control he is under. Islam means ‘submission to the will of Allah.’ Submission is defined by Islam’s documents and doctrines.

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The First Caliphs and the Umayyad Dynasty

Map Growth of Islamic Caliphate

With this article, we will start to go review the caliphate’s history, beginning with the first caliphs that came from Muhammad’s followers and the Umayyad dynasty.  But before proceeding with that historical review, there is one more area related to Islam and Muhammad that needs to be discussed.  In the last article, Muhammad's Life and Teachings – Part II, we outlined some of the changes that occurred within Islam’s tenets after the migration to Mecca.  Many of the verses within the Qur’an not only changed, but the later revelations themselves conflicted with other verses.  These changes produced concern among some of Muhammad’s followers.  We’ve already mentioned that some of his followers left Islam shortly after the migration from Mecca to Medina (the Hypocrites cited in Surah 63).  We’ve also mentioned the scribe who left Islam after Muhammad allowed him to suggest changes to revelations.  This scribe was later ordered to be slain when Muhammad took Mecca. 

Along the way we will also look at the development of the Qur’an as it was during this period that it was first collected, written down, and assembled into several codices.

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Daniel Greenfield: How Islam in America Became a Privileged Religion

Ralph Sidway | Jihad Watch

Another brilliant piece of analysis from Daniel Greenfield breaks down how Islam has attained its unique status as the “Teflon Religion.” No one may criticize Islam, and woe to those who do.

“How Islam in America Became a Privileged Religion,” by Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage, June 3, 2015

What is Islam? The obvious dictionary definition answer is that it’s a religion, but legally speaking it actually enjoys all of the advantages of race, religion and culture with none of the disadvantages.

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