The enemy isn’t Islam

Earlier this year the same bunch of knuckle-draggers were outraged when Hassan Shibly, a Muslim associated with a different group on the government’s unindicted co-conspirator list, spoke to Steinbrenner High School students about Islam.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published May 16, 2012

My ancestors descended from Salzburg (in present-day Austria) after facing religious persecution from the Catholic Church, which opposed the teachings of Martin Luther that the Lutheran Salzburgers followed. In 1731, 20,000 Protestants were ordered by Count Leopold von Firmian, the Catholic archbishop and prince of the Salzburg state, to dispose of their property and leave the country. Most of the Salzburger outcasts settled in other parts of Europe, but some 300 of them settled in the American colony of Georgia after pleading with King George II of England, who had a German duke and a fellow Lutheran, for help.

The plight of my ancestors is similar to those of countless immigrants who settled in what would become the United States of America.

Despite the fact that most Americans have stories of their ancestors coming here under less-than-desirable circumstances, a few among us seek to deny those who don’t share the same religious beliefs the very rights and privileges that make America the place to be for those looking for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Last Saturday a group of self-described “patriots” assembled in Tampa at what they billed as a “Stop the Cultural Jihad” rally. In an email announcing the event, organizers said the purpose of the rally was to protest the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which met in Tampa over the weekend. The “patriots” oppose the ISNA because it was listed as an “un-indicted co-conspirator” in a federal criminal case against the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) that the government believes is associated with the terrorist group Hamas.

Earlier this year the same bunch of knuckle-draggers were outraged when Hassan Shibly, a Muslim associated with a different group on the government’s unindicted co-conspirator list, spoke to Steinbrenner High School students about Islam. (Click here to read the full column in the Tampa Tribune.)

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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7 thoughts on “The enemy isn’t Islam”

  1. I see that Mr. Ingram is familiar with the tactic of insulting those who would dare express an opinion he disagrees with. I guess I am one of that “bunch of knuckle-draggers” who would dare oppose a religion that encourages lying to promote their religion & even promotes killing those who will not convert to their religion.
    Personally, I would fight for his right to express his opinion but I hope neither of us ever faces execution or conversion.

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  2. Chris, I disagree with you statement that the enemy isn’t Islam. I spent over six years in the Middle East and have experienced Islam first hand. The first and largest difference in Islam and most of the other religions is that there are no civil laws in Islam, only religious laws. Even the most moderate members of the Islamic faith do not speak out to object to Islamic actions that we of the Christian faith find reprehensible. Beheading and stoning is not only recommended in the Quran for certain behaviors it is common practice in some Islamic Countries. It is not condemned in those Islamic Countries where it is not practiced. If you think the actions of the radical Islamic leaders is anything other than war on non-Islamic religions then you need to read the Quran.

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  3. Here’s one thing that keeps standing out in my mind. That beheading — I watched the video. Kind of sticks in the mind, since it happened in these modern days, not 200 years ago. Kind of a wake up call if the twin towers didn’t suffice. That beheading was not done by a Jew or a Baptist or a Hindu.

    Another thing..that recent “ruling” for Muslims about how long after death it is ok for a husband to have sex with the body of his DEAD wife…how many hours is “acceptable”…(I think it was six..or was it eight..?) What’s that all about?

    Just some random thoughts. Things that tend to stick in the mind.

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  4. Your column titled “The enemy isn’t Islam” is, in my opinion, the best you’ve ever written. Fear is gripping our nation from so many fronts it is difficult for many to understand what is fact or fiction. Thanks for writing something that brings some common sense and perspective to the forefront.

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  5. I’m going to focus on the latter part of your commentary. First, the Crusades.On this I am dealing in fact, not the underlying morality of the Crusades. The Crusades were initiated by Pope Urban II at Cluny in 1096 at the behest of Byzantine Emperor Alexius in his struggle with Muslim states. THe succeeding First CRusade exceeded his expectations and proceeded to capture Jerusalem, which had been conquered by the armies of Mohammed in 637.

    Historically speaking, the spread of Islam was spread by force lacking any Apostolic parallel. I am by no means justifying wars of faith, but again from a purely objective standpoint the Crusades, like the “Reconquista” in Spain was an effort to reclaim what had been taken by force of arms. If this seems like a rationalization, it is not, it is merely a recognition that they were violent times and NO ONE alive today would endure such hardships.

    On the McVeigh point. This is a traditionally liberal point in rebuttal.It is true that to his infamy at the time of the bombing in Oklahoma City, former Congressman Dave McCurdy (D-OKLA) tried without evidence to pin it on Islamic Jihad and he paid a heavy price for his foolishness. Every American at 18 is free to register to any party they like. Neither the Democratic or REpublican Party has any control in who registers. AS for his being a Christian, so what? Hitler was a baptized CAtholic, but not being as the Church calls it “in a state of grace” he would no longer be in standing until such time as he repented of his sins and faced a just penance. This is essentially the view with varying terms with most Christian denominations.

    It is perhaps more precise to say that Muslims are not the enemy but why then the whitewash in the press? THe massacre at Fort Hood, the killing of U.S. soldiers in GErmany were clearly based in faith as the assailants cried “Allah Akbar” before engaging in a spree of murder? At present there is another under arrest for plotting another rampage at Ft. Hood and has said his faith was his motivating drive.

    I realize that the the next point is not relevant to your article, but have you looked around the world lately? Internationally, for years now it is Christians and Jews who have had their rights, their very lives brutally suppressed and snuffed out. Darfur? Nigeria? Church burnings in Egypt? Pakistan? CHriistians arrested in Iran and SAudi ARabia for having services in their home?

    WE talk of Islamophobia here at home, but what about CHristians and Jews being persecuted and killed in MUslim countries? Or for that matter here in the West?

    SAlman Rushdie? Danish cartoonist? Dutch film makers murdered? Right here at home a cartoonist in hiding for suggesting “Everyone draw Muhammad Day”. At the FBI’s request. South Park censored by Comedy CEntral for fear they might be targeted if aired or the episodes released on DVD? Anyone willing to defend free speech and expression? You see Chris, it isn’t just those “knuckle draggers” it’s also the white collar execs at Comedy CEntral and the major networks. Why would they obscure the motives for those acts of terrorism? Who are the real Islamophobes?

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