Recently my husband and I were shopping in Target when my husband says, “Oh my gosh, did you see that?!” under his breath. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about because I was too preoccupied with crossing things off my “to do list”. In response to his mad tapping on my arm, I look over to see what all the fuss was about and I almost fell over. Squatting right there in the cosmetics section of my local Target store was a woman in a jet-black full-body burqa (or more accurately, a niqab). This was the most covered I have ever seen anyone in my life with only the teeniest little slits for eyes you could imagine. Yet this person was hunched over looking at the cosmetics, for quite a long while. In fact when we finished gathering the items from our list making our way to the check out, we saw her again, still there in the same spot, hunched over, looking at the cosmetics.
I’m used to living in the Tri-State NYC area, seeing all kinds of people from all kinds of places, and quite frankly most of the time it doesn’t really bother me. They’re all just “people” to me and I normally do not pre-judge people, but in this instance I found myself guilty. Not only was I judging, but also I felt so sorry for her at the same time.
Then anger came over me, because no one seemed to mind that there was a full-on, full body burqa right smack dab in the middle of Target. This is the United States, not the United Arab Emirates and there are actually laws against people being covered in public. And this is not the first time I have seen this lately; a few weeks before we saw another full burqa at the Outlet Center Woodbury Commons, in the middle of an open area with hundreds of stores and literally thousands of people at any given time. Talk about danger… it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that a person could dress like that, loaded up with explosives. But again, no one seems to give a flying flip. Everyone just walked by busy doing his or her own thing. Like the saying goes “Ignorance is Bliss”; besides it’s us, the “hateful Christians”, who are always stirring up the pot anyway, right?
The reason the anger was boiling inside me was because I couldn’t understand why anyone wasn’t calling security, or the store manager, or outlet manager, or the local police. Why were my husband and I the only ones who seemed to be bothered by this sight? So when we got home from Target I decided to do a little research regarding the law about being covered in public. Turns out it is different for different states (click HERE to see if your state allows people to wear masks/cover up in public).
To me it appears as if people are testing the waters, to see how far they can push the boundaries and find out just how “tolerant” we Politically Correct Americans will be. We do after all have an administration consistently going out of it’s way to make sure Muslims are never offended. And although I know it’s not politically correct to discuss religion these days, it’s time we have a real dialogue about exactly what the “peaceful religion” of Islam is all about through the eyes of a Bible believing, non-denominational follower of Jesus Christ. I believe He is the one and only Son of God and the only way to the Father is through Him.
Islam, according to the Koran, instructs its followers to follow Sharia Law which condones the butchering, rape and mutilation of it’s women, children and animals. Further it also instructs a holy jihad [holy war] against the infidels of the world, something that most imams and clerics have declared. They believe that by killing an infidel, which is a direct command to all Muslims, they are assured a place in heaven.
One would think that as a new follower of Islam or even a new Christian you’d want to find out about this Muhammad or Jesus, right? So what would one find if they were to research these two men?
First off, Muhammad was a straight-up pedophile. His wife Aisha was six or seven when she was betrothed to him and nine years old when the marriage was consummated. By my estimates, this also most likely makes him a rapist because I don’t know too many nine-year-old girls who would willfully have sex with an approximately fifty-year-old man.
Second, Muhammad was a warmonger who left a legacy of a barbaric practices that are still happening today, including the butchering of children (see “female genital mutilation”), and lets not forget the instructions that homosexuals should be put to death. And again, there is that still-used practice of killing all infidels. What is an infidel? Any non-believer in Islam. Sorry, but this doesn’t sound very “peaceful” to me.
Now let’s look at Jesus. Instead of killing people, He died for Man’s sins. Instead of instructing people to kill enemies or non-believers, He instructs us to love them—including the ones who consider us “infidels” and want to kill us for not believing in Islam. Love our neighbor, died to cover all of us in Grace—hmmm, doesn’t seem difficult to decide which is the better choice and I still can’t wrap my noggin around how the prison system is churning out so many followers of Islam.
Regarding the mentality of a typical male Muslim, I recently read a story about a group of Muslim men outside of Spokane, Washington who kidnapped two teenage girls. One of the men, who was an acquaintance of one of the girls and was living a western lifestyle, tricked the girls into staying at his apartment. He and his buddies then held the two girls captive for months, forcing them to have sex with up to seven different men per day, charging the men. They were gang raped and tortured and threatened with death should they try to escape. Upon being detained and asked why he did it, the one man reportedly said they deserved it because they were “unveiled whores”.
On the flip side, can you imagine the Pope or any popular Christian pastor instructing Christians to go out and kill non-Christians so that they can get to heaven? Of course not.