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  • ivanildotrindade 5:07 pm on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: attack in libya, bridges to cross, , evil in the world, innocence of muslims, jesus' wife, Libya, Mary Magdalene, radical islam, religious persecution, the last temptation of christ, the problem of evil, violence in islam   

    The Muslim Across the Street is NOT My Enemy 

    I disagree with those who are saying that the recent deadly attack on the American Embassy in Libya was the result of protests gone awry. There is no question that some radical militants have seized the opportunity afforded them by the anti-Islamic YouTube so-called movie “Innocence of Muslims,” but to say that this was the reason for the attack is a bit of a stretch.

    Some Americans still need to wake up to one simple reality: there is, after all, good and evil in this world. Now I am not saying that we are good and everyone else is evil. That would be ethnocentric and arrogant. But to recognize that there is evil is like saying that the sun is hot. Let me say it then as clearly as I can: every day there are people who wake up in some dark corners of this earth and go about one and only one activity — devising ways they can inflict the most extensive damage and cause the greatest possible pain against the United States of America and what this country stands for.

    Actually, I should revise that statement: there are people who do that 24-7. They have taken a secret vow to bring destruction not only to a country but to an entire civilization.

    Now I don’t think anyone knows how many people like that are out there. And no one can say what they look like or when they are about to strike. We can’t even say which religion they belong to. They may not belong to any religion, even if they claim they do.

     

    This is not to say that we don’t know what the biggest threat to Christianity and Western Civilization is — a radical strand of Islam which is uncompromisingly violent and unashamedly zealot for the destruction of Israel and the church.

    Just one simple fact will suffice: it is undeniable that today whenever a Muslim fundamentalist group ascends to power Christians starting running for their lives. Their churches are burned, their families are decimated. Persecution against Christians and other religious minorities is still a fact of life in about 60 countries around the world, the vast majority being those dominated by a radical Islamic ideology.

    Muslims who disagree with this form of Islam are embarrassed. The media is usually cornered into silence for fear of violent retaliation. Muslims in the West who would protest fear for the lives of their loved ones still living in those countries. Blasphemy laws are still prevalent in so many Muslim countries and Christians can be put on trial and get stiff sentences, including death, for any perceived violation of such laws, however small the “offense” might be.

    Some brave miniscule weeklies dare to publish cartoons containing images of Muhammad that   are considered offensive by some in Islam (by the way, some of those pictures are offensive). Though I don’t agree with vacuous provocations, I do think that if no one dares challenge this violent strand of Islam in the media, we will eventually find the muzzle nearer out mouths than we wish.

    Religious people in the U.S. are by now used to having precious symbols of their faiths vilified and trampled upon. Whether it is an “artist” who depicts the Virgin Mary with human feces or a movie about a Jesus Christ who was having an affair with Mary Magdalene, we have grown accustomed to this kind of abuse. We get outraged by this and stage a few anemic protests and meaningless boycotts, but in the end we go home and sleep quietly in our own beds, sad for the insult, but glad that the world didn’t go up in flames and neighbors who disagree can still say “good morning” when the day is new.

    You may not like the system and it certainly is brutal at times for those who chose to believe (and it is brutal as well for those who chose NOT to believe). But in the end, I would rather contend with those who sit behind cameras and keyboards than with those who would make bombs.

    I don’t know about you, but I personally yearn for the day when evil will be no more. Meanwhile, I ask God to give me the ability to understand that the person across the street, though from a different country and a different faith, is not my enemy by default.

    I still have bridges to cross. Thanks for leaving them standing.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

    “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Words of Jesus).

     
  • ivanildotrindade 7:57 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anti-semitism, , easter bombings in nigeria, islamic terrorist groups, John Boehner, , northern nigeria, radical islam, sharia law   

    Shining the light on the cowardly acts against Christians in Nigeria 

    Another bloody Easter in Nigeria, but who is talking about it. I saw a couple of columns in “The Wall Street Journal” today. It starts by saying that “terror attacks on Christians holidays have become a common place in Nigeria, but the violence this Easter illustrates how deadly and widespread the threat has become.” It goes on to list the horrible acts committed against Christians by Islamist terror groups.

    The most infamous of these groups is the s0-called Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is sin,” which has killed nearly 1,000 people since July 2009, according to Human Rights Watch. Pardon the petulance, but if the tables were reversed, let’s say 1,000 Muslims had been killed by Christian militias, do you think the world would hear about it more vociferously? You bet it would!

    Or what about this: suppose Jews were the ones being targeted for killing, would Mr. Murdoch open the pages of his newspapers around the world to headline such a terrible thing? You bet he would!

    As it stands, Christians continue to be the sacrificial lamb. They are treated as expandable in this world of political correctness and cowardice.

    I am not here to promote hatred against any group, but I am here to speak for a world where violence is not tacitly accepted no matter how “just” the cause. Politicians speak of “moderate Islam,” but where are the voices of this silent majority. My hunch is that either this “silent majority” does not exist or it is too scared or it actually agrees with the perpetrators of mayhem.

    If you are able to get to a computer, please contact the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and ask her to use her influence to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. Here is the contact information:

    Public Communication Division:

    PA/PL, Rm. 2206
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20520
    202-647-6575
    Main switchboard: 202-647-4000

    Also, contact The Speaker of the House, Mr. John Boehner, and ask him to expedite the work of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission regarding security issues. Here is the information you need:

    H-232 The Capitol
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-0600
    Fax: (202) 225-5117

    You may also go here to send him a message.

    If you have Muslim friends, ask them to make their voices heard as well. If you have Jewish friends, make them aware of what is going on. Make your voice heard. Cowards don’t like when their cowardice is exposed. Even the most evil of persons doesn’t like to be seen as such. The world needs to condemn the atrocities that are being committed on a daily basis against Christians in Nigeria. Please help get the word out.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
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