Brendan Tevlin was a 19-year-old American white male who was murdered in June by an African-American Muslim who told the police he was fighting jihad (holy war). He was shot eight times while sitting in his car at a traffic light. His killer claimed this was vengeance for America’s killing Muslims in Iraq.
Brendan’s murder received no national media attention, some say because he was a white man murdered by a black male but it’s more because the police rejected his claim to be fighting jihad – the case is being treated as a simple murder case.
The 82-year-old great grandmother decapitated in London, England, by a young black Muslim male also received little attention. The police dismissed the perpetrator’s claim to be fighting jihad and are not treating it as a terrorist act.
But what if they are wrong on both sides of the Atlantic? What if these one-man jihadis are the real thing? What if we increasingly see this happening in the months to come?
Will we even realize it’s happening?
The British Prime Minister David Cameron over the weekend condemned the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS. In his speech, he reminded us that Islam is a religion of peace. We’ve heard it from both British PM’s and American presidents.
But . . . is this true?
Somebody sent me a link to a Charlie Rose interview. Charlie Rose is arguably America’s best interviewer, certainly for those who like serious news. But, at 72, he’s a member of the liberal sixties generation that believes in multiculturalism and has no interest in religion. Because of this, they are fond of repeating the mantra that “Islam is a religion of peace,” sometimes stated as “all religions believe in peace.”
President Obama and his two predecessors along with successive British prime ministers have all said the same.
Bill Maher is an American stand-up comedian, political commentator and talk show host. He supports the legalization of marijuana and same sex marriage. He is also against all religion and made a documentary film in 2008 titled “Religulous.” He definitely fits into the liberal, anti-religious segment of American society. He is 58.
But, when interviewed by Charlie Rose, he was quite vociferous and forceful in condemning Islam as being quite different from Christianity. There is a violence and intolerance in Islam that you don’t see in Christianity, was the essence of what he was saying. When Charlie Rose awkwardly asked him if he would be willing to join him in a discussion with a “moderate Muslim,” Maher quickly quipped: “Find me one!
Perhaps Maher was thinking about Mohammed’s farewell address in 632 AD. Speaking to his followers he said: “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘there is no god but Allah.” By contrast, Jesus Christ said to His disciples: “Those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52) Admittedly, most Christians have not lived up to His standard.
Perhaps we are starting to see a sea-change in the attitudes of some of our liberal intellectual elite. If so, it’s about time.
It’s only natural that this elite that forced their opinions on the rest of us are taking their time to face up to changing realities. But there is hope. Winston Churchill once said that “a conservative is a liberal that got mugged.”
A few more terrorist incidents and the electorate will change their thinking.
That’s if the police will be honest and describe such incidents as the acts of “terrorism” they are.