compares Gedaliah’s and America’s attitude and actions and foresees the resulting consequences. Gedaliah was a confident and budding leader of Judah but he refused to consider an existing threat. We’ve repeated Gedaliah’s folly and the outcome will be similar. America has changed and weakened during the last two generations and confidence in our strength and ability has caused us weakness. Our naivety and arrogance fuels our incapacity to understand real Islam’s strength and vision and we underestimate the threat consistently. History repeats itself and nations reap what they sow. What will America reap?
The war in Gaza/Israel is polarizing the world. Many Muslims are inflamed with anger against Israel, and Jews worldwide are feeling the brunt of growing anti-semitism not only from Muslims but others too. This polarization is also evident in the media, causing people on both sides to distrust "opposing" reports as biased. Many Muslims are sceptical of reports appearing to endorse Israel's claims that Hamas embeds their fighters and rockets near or among civilians as a shielding tactic. However, the truth is gradually coming to light. Israelis found a Hamas manual advising Palestinians on the benefits of using civilians as shields. Also, King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia has accused Hamas of causing a "collective massacre." True God-fearing people ought to grieve over the tragic loss of life on both sides. Is Israel without blame? Certainly not. Can one ever get to the root of the problem? Considering the seemingly endless blame-game, many people doubt that there is any hope of peace.
Journalism in the West has grown weaker when covering issues or topics related to Islam. Ignorance, bias, self-imposed or organizationally-imposed censorship has caused journalists to omit or miss the fundamental relationship between Islamic doctrine and the actions of Muslims. While Islamic violence grows worldwide and is ever before our eyes, self-righteous Western journalists bury their head in the sand and pretend that relationship does not exist. This self-binding and self-blinding trend continues through the efforts of Lawrence Pintak’s handbook “Islam for Journalists.” His booklet is critiqued in "Islam for Journalists: Errors and Omissions."
If Islam's peaceful image was tarnished by 9/11, a continuing barrage of worldwide terror attacks has caused further dents. Two years ago an Imam told me he was embarrassed at seeing Muslims killing fellow Muslims in Syria in the name of Allah. The death toll now exceeds 150,000. As if this is not bad enough, there has recently been an outcry over gross human rights violations in Nigeria, Sudan and Iraq, i.e. 300 school girls abducted, the sentencing of a woman to death for apostasy and the violent take over of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, causing 500,000 Iraquis to flee and plunging Iraq into all out civil war. While many Muslims view such evil as a distortion of Islam, others feel deeply disillusioned. Some have found true peace in Jesus Christ. The mounting violence perpetrated by Jihadists has prompted Muhammad Fahad al-Harthi, an expert on the Middle East, to say,“This extremism transcends borders and language barriers; and affects people across all sectors of society, regardless of religion, class or gender.” It also calls to mind a Bible prophecy of Ishmael, “His hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
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