Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Opus 2015-251: Koran Klarifications in the Headlines: It Is All in How You Define It

I don’t know if this was carried in American media but The Independent has an article about an American woman who was kidnaped by ISIS and is now being used as a sex slave by the leader of the self declared Caliphate.  The article says “he had married her by force”.  We in the non-Muslim world call it rape.

How is this possible in a religion of peace?  Is this an aberration of a few radical fringers?  It works this way, Muslims make a big deal about honoring their women but that applies only for honorable, “free” women.  Slaves can be used anyway you want and since this woman is a kafir prisoner, she qualifies as a slave.  From the Koran,
“Forbidden to you also are married women, except those who are in your hands as slaves: This is the law of God for you. And it is allowed you, beside this, to seek out wives by means of your wealth, with modest conduct, and without fornication. And give those with whom ye have cohabited their dowry.  This is the law. But it shall be no crime in you to make agreements over and above the law. Verily, God is Knowing, Wise!”  Sura 4, Women, verse 24
Read that over a few times and understand all the exceptions and permissions given there.  Then realize that the code word for slaves is “who are in your hands”.  Here is another reference from the Koran.
Who humble them in their prayer,
And who keep aloof from vain words,
And who are doers of alms deeds,
And who restrain their appetites,
(Save with their wives, or the slaves whom their right hands possess: for in that case they shall be free from blame:”  Sura 23, The Believers, verse 1-6
Retrain your appetites, except when it involves your wives and slaves.  So, yes, this is a part of the religion of peace.  No, this is not just for the radical fringe unless you define radical fringe as someone who is a devout believer in the Koran as dictation by Allah to Mohammed. 

If you Google “rape in Islam” you will find many sites that tell you rape is condemned by Islam, that women are revered and protected and even give you selected references.  The key is to read carefully what they mean by rape and who is included.  If you don’t believe me then get a copy of the Koran and read it for yourself and think about what you have read in the primary sources.  Read it all the way through not just the parts I select or anyone else selects for you.

Wake up and smell the slavery, Kafirs.

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

homo unius libri


  1. I suspect that islam is better serving Satan at this point than outright Satan worshipers.

    1. Both groups claim to be gentle and kind people who get bad press.

      Grace and peace.


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