In a move of unprecedented celerity and international cooperation, the Summit Against Violent Extremism launched a worldwide counterattack on the recruiting methods and radicalization techniques used by the Islamic State and other extremists. Recognizing that the threat must be neutralized on all fronts, the summit presents a comprehensive approach, from building awareness through education, to destroying extremist narratives online with facts and larger counternarratives, to empowering community efforts to disrupt radicalization before the damage is done. Specific attention was given to the role of religious leaders. From the press release:
“The United States works with religious leaders and faith communities around the world to address both religious and non-religious causes of violence and extremism, including by working with religious leaders on projects emphasizing peace, tolerance, and coexistence at the community level and training religious leaders on outreach to at-risk youth.”
Apparently the 700 Club wants nothing to do with peace, tolerance, and coexistence, because Gordon Robertson (presumably Pat’s son) broadcasts pure hate on Fox networks, calling Islam a religion of war, calling the leader of ISIS a direct descendant of Muhammad, and calling on all Christians “to know the truth about Islam and be able to speak confidently regarding the issues of our day.”
Then they present “Islam: Religion of Peace or War,” forty pages of misinformation that would make the CIA proud. It attempts to blame Muhammad for the subjugation of women. In the book of Genesis, Abraham’s slave woman Hagar has no rights and is left to die, indicating that the subjugation of women is at least as old as Hebrew writing, thousands of years before Muhammad. It attempts to blame Muhammad for monomaniacal proselytization, despite the fact that Christians have been jailed, tortured, executed, and exiled from day one (circa 30 AD, 500 years before Muhammad) and still today prefer death to renouncing their faith.
Then, it attempts to hang the idea of holy war on Muhammad, because as everyone knows, the Canaanites just handed over the land of milk and honey. It’s true that early Muslims took control of vast sections of the fragmented Mediterranean region formerly known as the Roman Empire, but power vacuums attract power, and Islam was on the rise in that regard. And this alarmist misinformation pamphlet makes no mention of the fact that Christianity strikes back hard.
The term Crusade is based on the fact that warriors bore the cross, the symbol of Christianity, as their flag when they marched on Damascus and Jerusalem to kill the infidels, aka the locals. Also, there were fifteen crusades, spanning seven hundred years, and the reason they stopped was because colonialism powered up, and the battle for gold and souls turned global. None of this is important to tell the American Christians audience as context for the prominent role that war plays in the writings and tradition of Islam, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network, which produces The 700 Club. Instead, let’s play up the Antichrist angle.
First John 2:18 says, “As ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists.” This appears to be a warning against heresy and the influence of heretics. CBN’s interpretation is that John is warning us against Muslims, which did not exist at the time. Either no one at CBN has read John, the only author in the bible who ever mentions “antichrist,” or they are deliberately misrepresenting the concept to stir up hatred against Muslims.
What do you think the reaction would be if a Muslim “religious leader” was on a major television network spreading lies and hatred for Christians by deliberately misinterpreting and misrepresenting his religious texts? Honestly, I just wanted to get Uni-vision working so I could watch Liga MX soccer, and this drooling warmonger was the only thing my antenna could pick up. Perhaps the United States should work with religious leaders and faith communities here at home to emphasize peace, tolerance and coexistence.