Religion

The “free” in Murfreesboro bugs me

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Muslims are hoping to celebrate Ramadan in the much-anticipated opening of their Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). While it seems they will be able to do so, a most unfortunate story is lurking in the shadow.  A group of non-Muslims who filed suit seeking a restraining order to end the Centre’s construction has recently complained that the local judicial system did not offer a hearing to check the ICM’s ‘risk of actions promoting Jihad and terrorism’.

This group of non-Muslims also argues that Islam is not a religion and thus undeserving of the religious freedom protections granted by the First Amendment.  It furthermore claims that Islam is not a religion but a political ideology.

In a similarly frightening light, I visited Columbia, Tennessee a few years ago and spent a day with a Muslim community which had its mosque burned down by members of the Christian Identity Movement.

In response to this act of terrorism, Reverend Bill Williamson of the Columbia Presbyterian Church not only offered the Columbia Muslim community money but also a key to his church if they needed protection or a quiet space to pray.  Reverend Williamson even went as far as offering to remove religious symbols of Christ if they were offensive.

The Muslim community did not ask Reverend Williamson to remove the Christian symbols.  Muslims, after all, revere Christ and treat him as one of the great prophets of the Abrahamic tradition.

If members of the Murfreesboro community need guidance on how to treat their Muslim neighbours as Americans and Christians, they have the perfect role model in Reverend Williamson, who was only following in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers.  These men certainly were not perfect, but on the issue of religious freedom, they most definitely were:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – First Amendment

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5 thoughts on “The “free” in Murfreesboro bugs me

  1. The author of this blog is a naive, at best. Islam is a totalitarian ideology like Communism or, more closely related, Nazi-fascism. It controls every aspect of a Muslim’s life with Shari’ah Law. Ask Europe, the Mideast, Asia, Australia, Canada, and yes, our founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson who translated the Qur’an into English so that we, Americans, would know who these people are. Jefferson then proceeded to send the Marines to the “…shores of Tripoli,” where we forced Islam to sign a treaty with America. Jefferson discovered that Islam attacked and killed non-Muslims because the Qur’an tells them to do this very thing. The Muslim Brotherhood is this style of Islam, make no mistake about it. Ask the Christian Copts of Egypt, or the female reporters in any Islamic nation who are dressed like Americans or Europeans. Unless you are fine with Social Jihad funded by Shari’ah Compliant Finance (almost every American University and college), then wake up. Those Muslim friends of yours who are peaceful and Americanized will be killed right along with you unless they do what the Qur’an tells them to do. Their lies, taqiyya, enforced by the Muslim Brotherhood, are to promote Islam at all cost. They are extremely patient. The Mega-Mosque in Murfreesboro is considered the land of Islam and they will defend that land to the death. Wake up. Muslims produce 8 children sometimes via 4 women to our 1. This is their creeping jihad that slowly makes them the majority of any nation they inhabit. Become more educated in this area. See how this present administration embraces the Muslim Brotherhood, our Secretary of State bypassed Congress for the President to give them $1.5 billion of our money. If you listen to the mainstream media, then you only hear information that promotes Islam, like your blog. Our founding fathers knew then and we know now. Being American, you should know better.

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  2. Jack – glad you wrote something. Unfortunately, I don’t think you are knowledgeable enough to comment sanely on this topic. You are under the false assumption that ALL Muslims are extremists and that they follow a radical version of Islam. Clearly, you have not done your reading. Clearly, you do not know many Muslims. Clearly, these unfortunate developments have blinded you and filled your head and heart with hate. Sadly, there are many other Americans out there like yourself. I hope that you (and them) will read what I have to say here with an open mind. I think your Founding Fathers would appreciate that. I will not comment further on your remarks for the sake of sanity. Thank you.

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    1. Craig, you are wrong about my knowledge on the subject. I, too, know some salt-of-the-earth Muslims. I worked with them in the hospital. I know their stories of leaving their homelands hiding in cornfields to escape execution. They, and I would say most Muslims are happy to pursue a peaceful life, especially in America. I am not blinded or consumed by hate. It is the minority, the non-assimilating Muslims who are here on jihad. Unfortunately, many are groomed for their key positions in our government and they have a cleared path now. The truth is suppressed quite a bit and mixed with conspiracy. I want what you want, Craig, I’m sure, a safe country to raise a family where freedom and liberty reign to allow opportunities for law abiding citizens. I could not state everything in a comment about what I have learned about social jihad. If you follow the money and see how everything negative about Islam has been erased from every legal document and teaching manual in the government within the shortest period of time, you will understand there is a concentrated effort to make America a Muslim, Shari’ah compliant nation. This is not because I read a book or two on the subject, not at all. I am good friends, still, with my Muslim friends; they are Egyptian, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, Lebanese, Indain, Jordanian. Not one is a Palestinian because Palestinians are, actually, one of the above. I am a Christian and believe America’s lack of faith is the reason Islam is filling the void. I am not a fan of violence unless necessary. Burning churches doesn’t solve anything, it just makes the situation worse. It only takes 10% of a population to change a nation and it is done by controlling information, especially in schools. Hitler said he only needed one generation to change the ideology of a nation and he was right.

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  3. Thank you for the link and article. It may explain Dr Zuhdi Jasser’s practice of Islam, I could be wrong. The article may be accurate but it doesn’t change the way people respond to the same teachings. There is no denying the jihad that Islamists wage today in the world encouraging radical Muslims to carry signs that may read, “We will dominate you” using islamism, a fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement generally characterized by moral conservatism and the literal interpretation of the Koran and the attempt to implement Islamic values in all aspects of life (Google Dictionary), to control the poor masses to do their bidding. It is a power grab in the name of Islam. It is natural to have the reactions seen as hateful when one’s way of life is threatened. The term, “Islamophobia” is a term made up by shrewd Islamists to use against those who oppose their indoctrination of Shari’ah law into their culture. I desire the truth. What is written is not what is demonstrated most of the time. We are the Fallen and we prove every day. I am grateful for your correspondence and time to read this.

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