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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Opus 2013-25: Koran Klarifications: Dhimmitude, Better Than Death?, part 3 of 3

Again I give you the Surah we are considering.
“Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.”  Surah 9:29, Immunity
There are three levels of status in modern Islam for non-Muslims.
“Three categories of dhimmi are identified in Islam:  Hudna, Musta’min, and Zimmi.
    “Hudna (‘truce’) are those who sign a peace treaty with Muslims after being defeated in war....
    “Musta’min (‘protected ones’) are those who come to an Islamic nation as messengers, merchants, visitors, or students wanting to learn about Islam.  They are obliged to pay jizya (tribute, a ‘protection tax’)...
    “Zimmis (literally ‘those in custody’) are non-Muslims who live in Muslim countries and agree to pay the jizya in exchange for protection and safety....”  (Youssef, Michael, Blindsided, No City:  Kobri, 2012, p. 88.)
Nowhere is there an assumption of equal status.  Notice the first category is listed as a “truce” not a “treaty.”  The war is not over until you are converted or dead.

This war is to be fought against everyone who has received the “Scriptures.”  I don’t know if you have noticed or not but the Koran is available in every book store and library in the country.  I have no trouble with that.  I personally don’t see how any well meaning, intelligent, civilized person would be swayed by the Koran.  That sounds harsh, but I have read it, have you?  But it also gives them the right to wage war against anyone who does not immediately accept what they have to say.

We can continue to be like Nevil Chamberlain, meet with evil and claim to have made a peace.  If we do, our children will be able to witness videos of us waving a meaningless paper and claiming to have achieved “peace in our time.”  They may also be able to watch video of us being beheaded.  As they say, “Coming to a theater near you.”  In this case it is a war theater.  It will give new meaning to what will happen if “they gave a war and nobody came.”  I have news for you, the person who gives the party is always there even if no one else shows up.  And they get all the cake and goodies.

It is coming.  It is here.  It will not go away.  It can be contained but only through honest awareness.  We need to step up and be counted.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

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