A Human That Doesn’t Thrive is Like a Fruit Tree That Doesn’t Bear

human not flourishing like butterfly that can't flyImagine a butterfly with beautiful wings that couldn’t fly. A whale unable to dive. An otter that never learned to swim. In each, something important is missing, something related to the Designer’s intent.

If an orchard keeper finds an apple tree that looks beautiful but doesn’t bear fruit, he cuts it down! In fact, Jesus told a parable about that very scenario.

A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.  And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’  And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.  Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9 ESV)

A fruit tree is made to bear fruit. When no fruit appears, the tree is useless. But an apple tree bearing fruit is a thing of beauty.

In his wonderful book, The Evidential Power of Beauty, Thomas Dubay elaborates on this.

Form is the deep root of a being’s actuality, which gives it its basic whatness. It is the actualizing principle of a thing, the mysterious taproot that makes that thing to be what it is, and thus why it is different from every other kind of being. The inner form (not first of all an outer shape) of a palm tree makes it different from an oak, a corn stalk, indeed, a squirrel—even though all are made of atoms.[1]

This is another way to say that any created thing flourishes according to its inherent nature and design. As Dubay says, “The splendor of a duck is limited to ‘duckness’ and that of an oak tree to ‘oakness.’”[2]

For something to flourish, it must function in accordance with its nature and design.

Naturally, the principle extends to the human race. If a human being is to flourish, he or she must discover the design with which the Creator formed the human, and pursue the purpose for which the Creator made the human. We are not here as accidents of long eons of evolution. We are not merely animals or super consumers. The human was made in the image of God. Our lives have meaning, our choices matter. Wisdom teaches us to function according to the Creator’s purpose.

Many people never learn to do this. As a result, their lives are marked by folly, never fulfilling their incredible God-given potential. In addition, their circle of friends and family miss the blessing of their flourishing. I (Darrow) know a very gifted painter who, for some hidden reason, has not painted for twenty years. I think of how many people have missed the joy of seeing all the paintings this person has not painted, and the pleasure God has missed in seeing this person not fulfilling all the potential of their gifting.

Wisdom is pictured in the blessing of humans—as well as butterflies, whales, and otters—functioning as God intended.

- From a forthcoming book by Darrow Miller and Gary Brumbelow.

[1] Thomas Dubay, The Evidential Power of Beauty (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999), 50.

[2] Ibid, 43.

  
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Post-Christian Tolerance Dismissed the Rape of 1,400 English Girls

Muslim rape was covered upWhen she was twelve years old, Lucy, a British school girl, was gang raped by nine men in their 20s. During the ordeal the men “stood over her, cheering and jeering, and blinding her with the flash of their cameras.”

It gets worse. This was not an isolated crime, but a pattern in the northern England city of Rotherham. From 1997-2013, some 1,400 (mostly) white girls, as young as 11 years old, were raped, gang raped, trafficked to other cities and/or sold.

It gets even worse than that. Police and city officials knew about these crimes and equivocated. For 13 years city officials enabled the abuse of the very citizens whose health and safety were their responsibility. Why? Because the perpetrators were Asian Muslims.

Now the truth has finally been revealed by Alexis Jay, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and past Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government. In a devastating report on child abuse in Rotherham, Jay writes: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated.”

In addition to being raped and gang raped, girls were “groomed” for trafficking to other cities. Lucy’s story has now been told:

It started on the bumper cars in the children’s arcade of the local shopping mall. Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream.

Over time, older men were introduced to them. One man in particular, a Pakistani twice her age, flattered her and bought her drinks and even a mobile phone. Lucy liked him.

The rapes started gradually, once a week, then every day: by the war memorial in Clifton Park, in an alley near the bus station, in countless taxis and, once, in an apartment where she was locked naked in a room and had to service half a dozen men lined up outside.

She obliged. How could she not? They knew where she lived. “If you don’t come back, we will rape your mother and make you watch,” they would say.

Jay’s report summarizes the pattern of “grooming” young women for abuse:

… a period of courting with young men in public places like town centers, bus stations or shopping malls; the gradual introduction of cigarettes, alcohol and sometimes harder drugs; a sexual relationship with one man, who becomes the “boyfriend” and later demands that the girl prove her love by having sex with his friends; then the threats, blackmail and violence that have deterred so many girls from coming forward.

Many of the girls were kept silent by threats. Professor Jay: “There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone.”

Five Rotherham men are now in jail, with ongoing investigations into other possible perpetrators. In other British cities nine Muslim men with Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan background are in prison after the abuse of 47 girls.

I became aware of this horrible abuse when a friend sent me a link to the transcription of a National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast. As I read, like many others, I was shocked. Both the crimes and the scope of the cover-up were stunning. I kept asking myself, “Who were the perpetrators?” Not until well into the article were they identified as Pakistani. NPR never did classify them as Muslims.

In one article the men were labeled pedophiles, in another Asians. Why the refusal to expose their Muslim identity? Fear? Is the lack of transparency a result of multi-culturalism? Perhaps these publishers had the same fear that motivated the police and Rotherham City Council to stall the investigation: fear of being called Islamophobic or culturally insensitive. Consider what this political correctness cost in suffering, pain and life-long scarring in thousands of precious girls and their families. It was the arrogance of the multi-culturalist that covered up this atrocity.

 

Multiple rape cases went uninvestigated for 13 years

Jay’s report detailed that local authorities received accusations for years but had ignored, denied, or failed to pursue them. They walked on egg shells so as not to offend religious or ethnic minorities.

The South Yorkshire Police that had jurisdiction over the incidences used a variety of mechanisms to avoid engagement in these cases. Often they dismissed charges by claiming the sex had been consensual. One researcher was silenced when trying to expose the pattern to the police. Often police would not respond for 24 hours to frantic calls from parents. They suppressed and ignored evidence. Some parents were fined for “wasting police time.” Police arrested some fathers, who in frustration of police inaction, tried to track down their own daughters.

Jay’s report cited the attitude of some civic officials: “Some [Rotherham city] councillors seemed to think it was a one-off problem, which they hoped would go away. Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

Before Professor Jay’s report saw the light of day, three other accounts were suppressed by the authorities. One whistleblower was told, “You must never refer to that again, you must never refer to Asian men” and then assigned to a two-day “ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.” She went on to add, “I was subjected to the most intense personal hostility. There were threats made from a range of sources. … I still feel extremely angry about that.”

This is collective failure, malfeasance even, on the part of the city leaders.

Why was the truth suppressed? Because of the modern virtue of tolerance! Moral relativism leads to cultural relativism. The climate of political correctness means that anyone who exposes such abuses could be labeled racist and Islamophobic. And so this spiral of silence allowed the police and city council members to evade responsibility.

Rape played down by media outlets

In the meantime, NPR and other media outlets played down the Muslim connection. They did not want to be accused of racism and Islamophobia so they remained silent as to the reality.

How did we get to such a level of denial and civic incompetence and multicultural blindness? It began when Europe and the USA abandoned their historic roots in Judeo-Christian faith. That desertion began the slow death of objective truth, moral clarity, and beauty. In their place has risen moral and cultural relativism. What we are witnessing, as exampled by the events in England, is political correctness run amuck.

We see a potent mixture of Islam’s animus towards women and the West’s failure to respond because of moral and cultural relativism. This creates a perfect storm for the abuse of young girls over long periods of time. How many millions of young women around the world suffer because of this witches’ brew? The silence of the West, especially western feminists, at the plight of women in the Muslim world (and Hindu and animistic worlds) is deafening. Do feminists only care for certain women? Do they not care for women born into poor or middle-class homes? Do they not care for the plight of hundreds of millions of females in the developing world?

Europe and the United States abandoned the Judeo-Christian foundations of Western legal structures. That vacuum gave rise to cultural relativism and now another sinister framework is advancing as well. Sharia law is gaining acceptance in more and more Western communities. The atheist elites of the Western world control the boundaries of discourse in Western societies. While they seek to silence people of biblical faith, they are empowering the Muslim community by creating a space in Western societies for sharia law.

There’s a powerful irony: the tyranny of Islam’s sharia law is at the opposite end of the spectrum from cultural relativism. It seeks to destroy pluralistic societies, replacing them with rigid male-dominated societies. The cultural relativism of the West is providing an opening for sharia law. That same sharia will eventually destroy the societies led by those elites who promote tolerance and multiculturalism.

Under Western legal tradition the British girls would be protected by the community and its leaders against the kind of abuse they suffered. Or, if abused, they would have had an avenue for redress. Under sharia law, they have no protections and little-to-no opportunity for redress.

Dennis Prager wrote about this story in his Town Hall article, 1,400 English Girls Raped by Multiculturalism:

So why did the judge “question whether it was a cultural problem”?

Because morally judging cultures (except Christian, Israeli and American cultures) is forbidden by the left. Indeed not judging non-Western cultures is the very definition of “multiculturalism.”

And finally, from the same report: Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of Muslim organization the Ramadhan Foundation, “to suggest that this is somehow ingrained in the community is deeply offensive.”

“Offensive?” But what, Mr. Shafiq, if it’s true?

The answer is clear and important. For the multicultural left and the victim-status groups it defends — and for the millions of young people the Left has indoctrinated at schools and universities — whether something is true is not what matters. What matters is whether it can be deemed offensive by the left.

If truth were the coin of the realm this would have been exposed and dealt with years ago. But because in post-Christian culture the coin of the realm is tolerance, this evil was sustained for over a decade in Rotherham, and has existed for generations in Moslem, Hindu, Confucian, and Animistic societies around the world.

We live in a time of no-fault car insurance and no-fault divorce. Now we have no-fault culture. Cultural relativism means no one may make a judgment on culture and no one is at fault for cultural consequences. No one needs to connect the dots between a culture, its behaviors, and the consequences of those behaviors. An irresponsible press remains silent about the religious/ethnic background of the perpetrators. In fact, why even call them crimes? An irresponsible police department and an irresponsible city council ignore the reality of rape and brutality of young girls. All this out of the fear of being called racist and Islamophobic.

The Quran endorses polygyny and the right of husbands to beat their wives. It sanctions Muslim rape of non-Muslim women and selling the same as brides to Muslim men. Too often Islamic culture institutionalizes misogyny and vicious sexism. The prophet Muhammad modeled such behavior: to his existing trove of wives, he added six-year-old Aisha and consummated the marriage when she was 10 and he was 53!

At least 1,400 young British girls have been brutalized and will carry physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives. Millions of girls and women around the world are suffering pain and violence because of no-fault culture.

What folly that such atrocities could be covered up in the name of tolerance. Surely such a trail of folly cannot indefinitely continue. Will we wake up, or will we walk off into an abyss from which no society can return?

What real price are we willing to pay for the illusion of multi-culturalism’s no-fault culture?

  • Darrow Miller
  
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Enslaved to Our Screens

Last week, I read an article and was sent a link to a YouTube video, both of which addressed the same problem. Both are prophetic statements about the times we live in.

The article (“The Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy and What We Can Do About It” by Kenneth Berding) appeared in Biola Magazine. Here’s the pertinent part:

In 1986, Neil Postman published an influential cultural essay titled “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” He argued that personal freedoms would disappear not when totalitarian government imposed oppression from the outside (like George Orwell pictured in his book 1984), but rather when people came “to love their oppression, to adore technologies that undo their capacities to think” (like Aldous Huxley depicted in Brave New World). Postman wrote:

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared that we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture…”

As Huxley noted in a later book (mentioned by Postman), we have “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distraction.”

Here’s the video.

What can you do today, or this week, to push back against the cultural tyranny of the multiple screens in your life?

- Scott Allen

  
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Bestiality: the Logical Extension of Evolutionism

As Dr. Ben Carson recently implied, bestiality is on a spectrum with homosexuality. Why? Because both are the natural fruit of evolutionism.

Peter Singer approves of bestiality

“Singer1″ by Bbsrock – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons

Australian moral philosopher and Princeton Bioethicist Dr. Peter Singer fully understands the implications of evolutionary ideology. Because evolution has replaced the biblical worldview in the West, human life is no longer considered sacred and sexuality has no boundaries. These two notions are apparent in Singer’s work.

First, the “whole cloth” of evolutionary biology leads Singer to extrapolate, in the area of human life:

Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons; therefore, the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.[1]

At one time, our society regarded human beings as creatures made in the image of God. That view gave intrinsic worth to the unborn and the elderly, the well and the infirm, the productive and those unable to be productive. This understanding is no longer the foundation of society. According to the new standard it is “self-awareness” that gives human beings significance. When does self-awareness begin? Sometime between one and three years of age! By this standard, evolutionary biology establishes “moral” justification for infanticide. The abortion cycle is thus extended, no longer restricted to the first trimester of pregnancy, or the second, or third. Now, in the culture of death, children in the “fourth trimester”—fully born—are fair game.

At the other end of life, the logic leads to euthanasia. What of the years between birth and natural death? How does the rationale of evolutionary biology play out there? Hitler took it to its logical end in the extermination camps, eliminating any “life that was not worthy of life.” This is the reasoning of evolutionary ideology. The whole cloth of the Darwinian belief system produces unspeakable behaviors and consequences for human life.

Why is there so much heat over issues of life? Because abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are all policies and procedures cut from the whole cloth of atheism. It is this system that rids the universe of a moral framework and thus allows human beings to live as they choose without moral constraints. “No one is going to tell me what to do!” “If it feels good, do it!” It is a system that justifies lifestyles of nihilism and license.

Second, the same system that redefines human life also redefines marriage and human sexuality. Singer applies the same thinking to promote bestiality. In 2001 he wrote a piece titled “Heavy Petting”for Nerve, an online magazine on “sex, relationships, and pop culture.” In it he argues that humans are sexual beings, whose sexual experience is most closely related to their mammal cousins with similar sexual equipment. He begins by arguing that it was Judeo-Christian theology that separated us from the animals.

The existence of sexual contact between humans and animals, and the potency of the taboo against it, displays the ambivalence of our relationship with animals. On the one hand, especially in the Judeo-Christian tradition — less so in the East — we have always seen ourselves as distinct from animals, and imagined that a wide, unbridgeable gulf separates us from them. Humans alone are made in the image of God. Only human beings have an immortal soul. In Genesis, God gives humans dominion over the animals.

With the modern abandonment of the Judeo-Christian worldview in exchange for the Darwinian worldview, the distinction between man and animals disappears. After all, human beings are only animals, related to our nearest cousins, the chimpanzees, and through them to the rest of the mammal world.

Singer continues his argument for the logic of bestiality: On the other hand there are many ways in which we cannot help behaving just as animals do — or mammals, anyway — and sex is one of the most obvious ones.” He further argues that human animals are sexually equipped the same way other mammals are equipped, thus there is no reason not to engage sexually with animals.

With the prohibition against bestiality removed by the abandonment of the Judeo-Christian morality and metaphysic, there is nothing to prevent the broad implications of evolutionary biology from playing out. We are only animals. So “just do it” like animals and with animals.

If the biological evolutionists are correct, there is no prohibition against any form of “human sexuality” be it heterosexual, homosexual, adult-child, or human-beast. To push back, as Dr. Carson did, is to violate polite speech, to exhibit a “hateful” attitude. But the thought police in politically correct Western society are wrong. From creation, the line is clearly drawn. On the one hand is natural marriage as the framework for the expression of human sexuality. All other conceptualizations of human sexuality lie on the other side of that line.

In the modern world, sexual freedom is rapidly replacing religious freedom as the cause to celebrate. In fact it is religious freedom, established by the Judeo-Christian worldview and its moral code, which is seen as the enemy of sexual freedom. For sexual freedom (read license) to increase, religious freedom must be jettisoned.

This is why Dr. Carson received such swift and through condemnation. His association of bestiality with homosexuality and pedophilia could not be allowed.

Ben Carson connected the dots. He is right in his analysis and statement. But the modern world does not want to connect the dots, at least not all at once. The nature of sexual “freedom” – license, derived as it is from the Darwinian metaphysic, will lead inevitably from homosexuality to pedophilia to bestiality.

Moderns want to connect the dots in their own timing, allowing the momentum for sexual license to build. They do not want to scare off the general public with the exposure of the logical consequences of their ideology. First it was sex outside marriage. Then homosexuality. Now we are sliding to pedophilia. Joining Peter Singer is Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author of the popular book The God Delusion. Dawkins speaks without condemnation of what he calls “mild pedophilia.”

The logical consequences inevitably arrive at the legitimacy of bestiality as merely some other form of “human sexuality.”

As Christians we must wake up. We must be people, who, like Ben Carson, connect the dots. We need to speak prophetically to these growing trends fueled by the ideology of evolution. Nancy Pearcey, in her remarkable book, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, writes:

In other words, Darwinists are connecting all the dots, tracing everything back to origins. And that is why Christians had better connect the dots as well. If they offer “universal Darwinism,” then we had better offer “universal Design,” showing that design theory gives scientific support for an all-encompassing Christian worldview.[2]

With which will the West be finally dressed: the whole cloth of Darwinism or the whole cloth of Design? Will we continue to celebrate religious freedom or slide into the logical, unthinkable “freedom” of uninhibited sexual practices?

Ordinary people will make this choice. We must be people who connect the dots.

-          Darrow Miller

[1] Peter Singer, Practical Ethics, 1st ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979), 122–23

[2] Pearcey pg. 216 (author’s original emphasis)

  
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Leaders of Muslims Condemn ISIS Tactics

Muslims cresent moon star symbolThe world has witnessed Muslims celebrating Islamist attacks on the World Trade Center and other Western sites. Muslims have remained silent while Christians in Islamic countries have been slaughtered. They have protested as Israel defended herself against Hamas attacks. They have quietly accepted Muslim-on-Muslim violence: since 1948, ten million Muslims have been killed by Muslims.

I have often wondered, “Where are the moderate Muslims who long to raise their children in a stable and peaceful world? Where is their condemnation of such wanton violence?”

Of course there are secular Muslims, people born into Muslim families who have rejected Islam and embraced secularism, and these often speak out against the violence. But protests from religious Muslims have been few. One exception is Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix, Arizona, medical doctor born in Syria. Dr Jasser is a devout, “reformed” Muslim. He has boldly spoken out against the Islamist movement.

In 2003, Dr. Jasser, along with a small group of other American Muslims, formed the American Islamic Forum for Democracy to advocate for the separation of mosque and state. Kudos to Dr. Jasser. But in Muslim communities around the world, leadership condemning the violence and tactics of the jihadist movement has been, from my observation, sadly lacking.

However, recently a friend drew my attention to an article, “World’s Top Muslim Leaders Condemn Attacks on Iraqi Christians.” The article was written by Matthew Willingham, Communication Director of the Preemptive Love Coalition.

Two of the leading voices in the Muslim world denounced the persecution of Christians in Iraq at the hands of extremists proclaiming a caliphate under the name Islamic State.

The most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion Muslims. In a statement, he officially denounced the “forced deportation under the threat of execution” of Christians, calling it a “crime that cannot be tolerated.”

The Secretary General also distanced Islam from the actions of the militant group known as ISIS, saying they “have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith, and coexistence.”

Go here to read the entire article.

Will Muslims begin to publicly challenge the jihadist narrative?

This condemnation by some of the world’s foremost Muslim leaders is not insignificant. Whether it becomes historic only time will tell. Will grassroots Muslim leaders begin to speak out against the violence? Will Muslims begin to publicly challenge the jihadist narrative and speak out against radical Muslim clerics? Will the global Muslim leaders develop communications strategies to condemn the Islamists and pressure those Muslim governments and individuals who are financing the Islamists movement?

Here’s another question: Why has the mainstream media ignored this hopeful, possibly historic event? The story was published by the little-known Preemptive Love Coalition, a small non-profit working in Iraq to bring lifesaving heart surgery to children. Thank you, Preemptive Love Coalition, for informing us about this declaration by global Muslim leaders.

Christians are seeking to reach Muslims with the gospel, and that’s good. Here’s another needed outreach strategy: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone, (Romans 12:18 NIV). Christians need to build bridges to moderate Muslims who want to live in peace in a pluralistic society.

We saw Christians and Muslims standing together three years ago when young Egyptians who longed to live free demonstrated in Cairo. At the 2011 Tahrir Square protests it was encouraging to see Christians and Muslims joining together to make common cause for freedom in Egypt.

The same context gave rise to one of the most moving scenes I have ever viewed. The video below shows Dr. Maurice Sameh, Pastor of Qasr El Dobara Church in Tahrir Square, the largest evangelical church in Egypt and the Middle East, welcoming a friend, Imam Mazhar Shaheen, from Azhar Mosque in Cairo, to a Christmas Day celebration in 2012. Watch this incredible scene and be prepared to be moved to tears by this moment of Shalom.

Let’s pray for Shalom peace to come to the troubled Middle East and North Africa. Let’s work towards securing that peace as we have opportunities to engage with Muslims and Arabs in our own communities.

-          Darrow Miller

  
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Is Bestiality the Next Sexual Frontier?

Could Ben Carson be right about bestiality?

Ben Carson mentioned bestiality

“Ben Carson, MD” by V. Aceveda, U.S. Air Force – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Carson, retired pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Hospital, was the first to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. Celebrated and brilliant, he is an outspoken critic of the political correctness which has eroded free speech in the United States. Recently, his fearlessness may have been somewhat tempered by the uproar of the nation’s political elite. They chastised him for linking homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality. On the popular television show Hannity, Carson said the following in defense of natural marriage:

Marriage is between a man and a woman, it’s a well established fundamental pillar of society …. And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition, so it’s not something that’s against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society–it has significant ramifications.

The uproar from the LGBT community and their allies was swift and severe. Dr. Carson was forced to cancel the commencement address he was scheduled to make at Johns Hopkins University. Student and faculty pressure was overwhelming. He apologized for any offense his words brought, but seems to be standing by his basic opposition to those groups who are seeking to redefine the nature of human sexuality and marriage.

Whether or not you agree with Carson’s word choice, consider the heart of his assertion. It’s well founded.

Evolutionary science is not simply science, it is an ideology, a comprehensive worldview. We learn the science of evolution in biology classes, but few acknowledge that evolution is a dogma, a belief system that affects every area of life.

Dr. Randy Thornhill is one exception. This biology professor at the University of New Mexico has boldly stated what few have being willing to concede: “Every feature of every living thing, including human beings, has an underlying evolutionary background. That’s not a debatable matter.”[1] Thornhill’s view goes beyond the evolution-as-accepted-science position. He says the “fact” of evolution implies that everything has its own evolutionary story. History is explained by evolution. So, too, are psychology, sociology, and humanities … and every other field of study. Evolutionism defines our understanding of human life and sexuality.

The science is not debatable, Thornhill claims. Why is that? Because the belief system is assumed to be true.

Philosopher of Science Dr. Michael Ruse has said just that. He admits that evolution is not merely a science, but a religion that seeks to replace the Judeo-Christian worldview that created Western civilization. Evolution as a belief system is destroying the Western world. It is eroding the hope that Judeo-Christian theism offers humankind. Ruse writes,

Evolution came into being as a kind of secular ideology, an explicit substitute for Christianity…. [It] is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion – a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality.[2]

Yes, evolution is not merely science; it is a religion, a moral and metaphysical framework that infects all of life. Thus, there is a logic to naturalistic philosophy that impacts our understanding of sexuality.

This logic includes:

-          We are merely animals.

-          Sex is simply physical, at its root a biological urge.

-          The end is a hook-up culture, sex as entertainment, recreation. The “one-night stand” has degenerated further; now it’s “hook up and walk away.”

-          Sexual lawlessness prevails.

Naturalism is a denial of our humanity and our transcendent sexual nature, the feminine and the masculine. There are not and cannot be any moral or metaphysical limitations on our sexuality. There is no priority given to conventional, lifelong commitment of marriage between a man and a woman.

This is the reason that atheism is so hotly and passionately defended. It allows people to define their own sexual terms and to have sex without moral boundaries. In fact, I believe atheists embrace atheism for moral rather than metaphysical reasons. Without a moral universe, there are no boundaries on sexual behavior.

-          Darrow Miller

[1] http://www.worldmag.com/2000/03/darwin_s_dirty_secret

[2] As quoted by Nancy Pearcey, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, pg 172

 

 

  
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What Gaza Could Be But for Hamas

Exactly what is Hamas’ vision for Gaza? Is it the same as the vision of the Palestinian people who call Gaza home?

Here’s an observation rarely noted in all the back-and-forth about the Hamas-Israel conflict: as (part of) the land of the Palestinians, Gaza abounds with potential for development.

If only the goal of Hamas were the building of a prosperous nation rather than the elimination of Israel.

The potential for development in Gaza is immense

While Gaza is a small belt of land, its potential is immense. Of course Gaza is one part of the larger Palestinian homeland. But let’s contrast the state of development in the Gaza strip with the development of another small nation, one with fewer natural resources than Gaza.

Many people argue that one of Gaza’s major problems is population density: her 1,428,757 people share 147 square miles of land. That’s 9,719 people per square mile.

But another small country with  twice the population density and none of the natural resources is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Singapore’s 4,492,150 people are crowded onto 241 square miles of Pacific island, a population density of 18,645 people per square mile. Singapore has the second highest population density in the world!

There’s more: 50 years ago Singapore was one of the poorest countries in Asia. You could think of Singapore then as the Gaza of Asia. Yet today it is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. (For more of the Singapore story, go here.)

Gaza’s economic potential is tremendous. Her people are capable. They have shown great ingenuity. Gaza has reserves of both oil and natural gas, while Singapore has virtually no natural resources. Yet Singapore’s per capita GDP in 2013 was $55,182 (ahead of both the USA at $53,143 and Israel at $36,161). In Gaza, the current annual per capita GDP is $1,600.

When Israel pulled out of the Gaza strip in 2005, it left the people of Gaza with agricultural and other infrastructure. International aid and good will from around the world began to pour in.

Gaza has wonderful Mediterranean coastline

“Sea view from Al Deira hotel, Gaza” by Marius Arnesen

This largesse left Hamas with a decision to make. They could lead in building a new nation or work to destroy another nation. The entrepreneurial Palestinians could have taken the infrastructure left by the Israelis … plus their oil and natural gas … plus their farm land … plus their beautiful Mediterranean coast and built a thriving Palestine. Consider, for example, the potential tourism.

Tragically, Hamas chose instead to apply its foreign aid to the furtherance of its charter: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it.” In the process, it destroyed the infrastructure left by the Israelis. It diverted the international aid intended for development to preparing for war with Israel. Cement and reinforcing steel meant to build houses and hospitals was used instead to build tunnels to invade Israel. It is estimated that the 32 tunnels discovered so far cost about $2 M each. That is $64 M not used to help the Palestinian people. Monies that could be used to build infrastructure and provide capital for business was diverted to build or buy 10,000 missiles.

Our hearts ache for the Palestinians in Gaza

Our hearts should ache for the plight of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Their suffering is beyond imagination. But they suffer because their leaders are more concerned with destroying Israel than with building their nation. They are more interested in building tunnels to invade Israel than meeting the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people.

Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote:

At some point, Hamas will stop firing rockets — if for no other reason than its arsenal is depleted. For the people of Gaza, however, the price has been staggering. But Hamas’s leaders have never been concerned about that. For them, Palestinians’ pain and suffering are tools to exploit, not conditions to end.

While the Palestinians have suffered greatly in this latest war, they played a consenting role. They elected Hamas leaders, and they tolerated Hamas villainies. Palestinians had to see what was happening all around them. Many must have known that hospitals, schools, and mosques were being used as storage depots for missiles and mortars, as command centers for the military wing of Hamas, and as tunnel entrances for the invasion of Israel. The people’s silence may imply support for the Hamas tactics. Or perhaps they fear what Hamas might do to them if they protested.

The people of Gaza have a choice: they can live free and create a beautiful and thriving nation on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean, or they can follow Hamas and live in fear, poverty, and slavery. Freedom for the Palestinian people must begin in their hearts before it is established in their circumstances.

-          Darrow Miller

NOTE: We rarely solicit funds at Darrow Miller and Friends. However, if you have been moved by the plight of ethnic cleansing among Christians and Yezidis in Northern Iraq, and want a way to help, here are a couple of worthy avenues. My friends, Dr. George Grant and Dave Dillard, have been working in northern Iraq for some 15 years and have contacts with the church in Kurdistan. If you would like to help, see the links below. These will provide you, or your church, a way to get resources to those who are suffering. Please pass this information on to your friends. And please pray.

George Grant’s Fund for Kurdistan

Dave Dillard’s (founder of Servant Group International) Fund

 

 

  
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ISRAEL and the Return of Anti-Semitism

The historic Jewish homeland has been variously called Canaan, Israel, Judea and Samaria, and Palestine. The Jews trace their history there to 2085 BC when Abraham followed “the Voice” into the promised land of Canaan. God promises that this would be the land of Abraham’s descendants “forever.” About 1406 BC, after a 430-year exile in Egypt, Moses led the Hebrew people back to the Promised Land. Punctuated by periods of exile, the land of Judah and Samaria has been the home of the Jews, en masse and in remnant, for about 3,500 years.

During the first half of the twentieth century, under the British Mandate agreement, Muslims, Jews, and Christian Arabs lived side by side in relative peace. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into two states, Israel and Palestine. This move changed everything in the modern era. It led to the first Israeli-Arab war which was lost by the combined army of five Arab states. Two of those states—Egypt and Jordan—have since made peace with Israel. Three have not. In addition to these national enemies, the Jewish people live under the threat of Islamists–militant Muslims–who are committed to the destruction of the state of Israel.

Israel and the Arab WorldThe modern home of the Jews is very small, 290 miles long, 35-85 miles wide. Its 8,019 square miles are roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. Israel is dwarfed by the Arab/Muslim world around it, 640 times its size.

Israel’s population of 8 million is composed of 6.1 million Jews, 1.3 million Muslim Arabs and about 300,000 Christians and people of other faiths. The Jewish state is religiously pluralistic, in contrast to the ethnic cleansing now underway in Muslim nations, countries which have also included Jews, Christians and people of other faiths. If Israel were inclined toward ethnic purity, 25 percent of her people would not be  Muslim. Imagine Saudi Arabia allowing even one synagogue in their country, much less a quarter of her population Yahweh worshippers! The Jewish people of Israel live in an Arab-Muslim neighborhood of 260 million people.

Israel is the only nation in the world marked for extinction

Here’s the reality in a sentence: The world has 50 Muslim[1] states and one Jewish state, and that one Jewish state is the only country in the world targeted for extinction.

The Jewish people were hated long before the founding of Israel. In fact, hatred of the Jews has played a major part in their history and identity. In the Middle Ages, Christians were anti-Semitic, holding the Jews responsible for killing Christ. Some people still function from this mentality today.

Muslims have considered the Jews enemies since 622 AD when the prophet Mohammad moved to Medina. While still in Mecca, Mohammad had sought to persuade Christians and Jews to follow him. Failing that, he moved to Medina and began to convert through the sword.

In Russia, anti-Semitism blossomed during the pogroms of 1881-1884 and again in 1903–1906. The greatest wave of anti-Semitism occurred in Europe under the guise of the fascism of Hitler and the German Third Reich. The German Holocaust led to the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews, roughly the same number of Jews in Israel today.

As mentioned in an earlier post, the Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin el-Husseini, allied with the Axis powers during World War II to participate in the final “solution”: the utter annihilation of Jews worldwide. The Germans failed; the Islamists (not all Muslims) want to finish the job.

Today we are seeing a growing animus against Jews in the US and Europe. It is as if the fever of anti-Semitism that grew in Europe prior to World War II is now growing in the West again.

The ancient hatred of the Jews is being rekindled by a number of forces. First is what might be called the European Intifada sparked by various Islamist groups in support of Hamas in Gaza and the advancing ISIS in Syria and Iraq; second, the fear by Europeans of their growing Muslim minorities; third, the same kind of deep-seated animosity of some Europeans against Jews that led to the first Holocaust.

In France, the verbal and physical violence against Jews is forcing Jews to flee to Israel in fear of their lives as anti-Semitism grows. Where is the outcry from European citizens? They should be raising their voices against the anti-Semitism and on behalf of the humanity of the Jews. Has the world learned nothing from the Holocaust?

But it is not just Europe: protests and even violent demonstrations are happening in the US as well. As George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

There’s no nice war. War is hell! Those in the West who have been so critical of Israel as they responded to 3,000+ rocket attacks … what would they have Israel do? Is Israel to simply wait for the next barrage of rockets and hope for the best? Are the Israelis expected to simply surrender – become dhimma, and pay the jizya tax? Are they to abandon their ancient homeland? When the adversary gives them the choice of surrendering to Allah, fleeing or dying, how are they supposed to respond?

Some of the rhetoric stoking the anti-Semitism violence is coming from the entertainment industry. Dozens of Spanish film stars and singers signed an open letter to the European Union calling Israel’s bombing in Gaza “genocide” and challenging the EU to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.” Academy Award winner Jon Voight penned a letter to some of his Hollywood peers who, either knowingly or in ignorance, have fueled the fires of anti-Semitism. At the beginning of his letter, published in the Hollywood Reporter, Voight laments: “I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.” The four-time Academy Award nominee goes on to challenges his colleagues.

You have been able to become famous and have all your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et cetera? You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead, you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel.

Voight concludes his letter with a sobering question:

I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives. Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?

While clearly the growing worldwide fire of anti-Semitism has multiple causes, Hollywood celebrities can use their influence either to fan the flames or cool the rhetoric of anti-Semitism. That is the heart of Voight’s concern.

Why is there so much animus against Israel?

Another pubic figure who recently weighed in on this matter is Thomas Sowell, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. In his witty, sarcastic yet brilliant style, Sowell reflects on the war between Hamas and Israel by raising the question, “Is Thinking Obsolete?”

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era.

Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.

Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?

Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia.

In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.

Why is there so much animus against Israel? As we have already said, the history of the Jewish people is one of exile, dispersion, and persecution. Suffering is the underlying theme of the story of the Jews. Many factors explain the hostility against them.

Adolph Hitler identified the ultimate target of his hatred: Yahweh himself.

The God of the deserts, that crazed, stupid, vengeful, Asiatic despot, with the power to make laws! … that poison with which both Jews and Christians have spoiled and soiled the free, wonderful instincts of man… .

Hitler’s is the hatred of many secularists. If God exists there is a moral universe. Men who want to “be as god” are challenged by the God of the Jews.

Through much of history the hatred has come from misguided Christians who regarded the Jewish people as Christ killers. A 2013 study by the Anti-Defamation League found that 26% of Americans believe that “the Jews killed Jesus.”

Another reason, no doubt, is envy of Jewish prosperity. God promised Abraham that his children would be a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:2-3). Subsequently, Jewish people have been successful in many fields: business, banking, motion pictures, education, medicine, and science. While Jews represent just 0.3- 0.5 percent of the world’s population, they have received 18 percent of all Nobel prizes (130 out of 720 since 1901). Israel has more engineers and scientists per capita than any other country in the world. The nation grants 2,500 patents a year. In 2013, Israelis registered 1,917 patents in the USA. This is comparable to the number produced by Italy, with 10 times the population, and far in excess of the number from neighboring countries: Saudi Arabia (58 patents) Turkey (45) Egypt (20) Kuwait (14) UAE (9) Iran (8) Lebanon (5) Jordan (1) and Syria (0).

Behind this contribution is the Judeo-Christian worldview which comports with reality as God has made it. Could it be that a society’s worldview really does matter? Could the success of the Jewish people spring from the biblical worldview in which their history and very existence is steeped, and the virtues derived from it?

And perhaps those cultures where such a worldview is absent reflects, as Thomas Sowell suggests, human ignorance – “artificial stupidity.”

Whatever the reasons, the Jews have been a despised people who have been scattered and threatened with extinction.

-          Darrow Miller

[1] Muslim as opposed to Arab

NOTE: We rarely solicit funds at Darrow Miller and Friends. However, if you have been moved by the plight of ethnic cleansing among Christians and Yezidis in Northern Iraq, and want a way to help, here are a couple of worthy avenues. My friends, Dr. George Grant and Dave Dillard, have been working in northern Iraq for some 15 years and have contacts with the church in Kurdistan. If you would like to help, see the links below. These will provide you, or your church, a way to get resources to those who are suffering. Please pass this information on to your friends. And please pray.

George Grant’s Fund for Kurdistan

Dave Dillard’s (founder of Servant Group International) Fund

 

 

 

  
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Hamas and Israel: Is There a Moral Equivalence?

In the modern world cultural relativism is the thriving standard. Cultural relativism holds that no nation better than any other. No culture is superior to any other. This leads to the concept of moral equivalency between competing systems, nations, and cultures. In their embrace of moral equivalency, modern Western relativists argue against any moral distinction between rivals. All are equally valid: the Allies vs. the Axis powers in World War II, the USA  and its European allies vs. the USSR and the rest of the Communist bloc; the West and Islam; Israel and Hamas.

Relativists seem unable to recognize the difference between civilized and uncivilized behavior. They would perhaps agree that the jihadist beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl, for example, was barbaric. But from a platform of moral and cultural relativism it is impossible to judge the culture that produces such behavior.

Moral relativists argue for a moral equivalency between Hamas and Israel

In fact, it is impossible, from such a perspective, to recognize that such behavior is in fact the product of a culture.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal . Photo by Trango – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons

Moral relativists argue, either forcefully or tacitly, that a moral equivalency exists between Hamas and other jihadist groups on the one hand, and Israel on the other. They are wrong. In at least six dimensions. Note the absence of moral equivalence in,

  1. The political realm: Israel practices democracy while Hamas exercises a ruling tyranny.
  2. Defense strategy: Israel uses missiles to defend her people, Hamas uses Palestinian people to defend their missiles. The Israel Defense Forces places soldiers between civilians and Hamas fighters; Hamas fighters put civilians between themselves and Israeli soldiers. A Hamas urban warfare manual describes how to use people as human shields to protect their missiles and fighters.
  3. Military operations: Hamas places weapons, missile and mortar launchers, and tunnel entrances in schools, hospitals, mosques, homes, and UN facilities. They do so to draw Israeli counterattacks toward innocent people and exploit the results as propaganda. Israel puts its military sites away from civilian populations.
  4. The religious realm: Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims are expelled from Arab lands. Israel, a Jewish state, welcomes Muslims, Jews, Christians, Atheists, and Druses as full citizens with freedom to practice their religious convictions.
  5. The cultural realm: One culture celebrates life, the other, death. Osama bin Laden and other jihadists famously brag, “These [jihadist] youths love death as you love life.” Islamists are terrorists in nature and tactics. They use beheading, raping and stoning of women, and wanton execution of civilian populations to achieve their goals. Before the Israelis destroy buildings where Hamas has located military equipment they warn civilians to get away. After such attacks Israeli medical personnel treat enemy combatants. To see the reality of this Jihadist evil simply do a Google search of images: “beheading” or “ISIS ethnic cleansing.” Or see this ISIS propaganda video. [WARNING: BE PREPARED FOR GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE.]

These images reveal the incarnation of evil in the acts of man. They are reminiscent of the images from Hitler’s death camps. This is cleansing of ethnic and religious minorities in the extreme. And what does it say about the jihadists that they take pictures of the beheadings and mass killings and use these in promotional films to attract new recruits?

  1. The goal: Hamas and other Islamist groups aspire to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth. The goal of Israel is to live at peace with its neighbors, including Palestinians. As the vilified Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed it: “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel.”

Hamas aspires to eliminate Israel

Much could be written about each of these six dimensions of disparity, and there are more contrasts besides these. Only those who refuse to see can suggest a moral equivalence. As Samuel P. Huntington argues in his controversial book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, conflicts are rooted in religion, culture, and ideological vision.  We certainly see this in the conflict between Hamas and the Jews in Israel and groups like ISIS against Christians and the Yezidis in Iraq.

-          Darrow Miller

NOTE: We rarely solicit funds at Darrow Miller and Friends. However, if you have been moved by the plight of ethnic cleansing among Christians and Yezidis in Northern Iraq, and want a way to help, here are a couple of worthy avenues. My friends, Dr. George Grant and Dave Dillard, have been working in northern Iraq for some 15 years and have contacts with the church in Kurdistan. If you would like to help, see the links below. These will provide you, or your church, a way to get resources to those who are suffering. Please pass this information on to your friends. And please pray.

George Grant’s Fund for Kurdistan

Dave Dillard’s (founder of Servant Group International) Fund

 

  
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GAZA: What Does it All Mean?

As Gaza suffers, what are we to think about the conflict?

One perspective comes from our friend, Randy, in his response to our recent post “Say No! to Injustice”:

“Correct, I say NO to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and illegal expansion/exploitation by the State of Israel (directly violating Gen. 18: 17-19) for over 60 years. I call it time for Israel to be brought before the UN ICJ.”

Randy and I agree on many things and respect each another, even if we do not agree on all issues. His comment deserves a response.

This initial post will focus on ethnic cleansing and the illegal expansion and exploitation of the Palestinians. From there we will write a short series of posts on the subject of the “moral equivalence” between Israel and Hamas, and the presence of manifest evil in the tactics of jihadists like ISIS in Iraq and Hamas in Gaza.

It is heartrending to watch the ongoing poverty of the Palestinian people in general. It is particularly grievous to see the current suffering of the people of Gaza. Who can watch the news out of Gaza without grieving the death and injuries among the civilian populations and the physical destruction of their communities, homes and property? It is gut-wrenching especially because it does not have to be this way.

In 1879 US Civil War officer General William T. Sherman said, “War is hell.” Thus has it always been. This latest conflict between Israel and Gaza is hell.

At times in Israel’s history her people have abused others in seeking to establish and maintain a modern homeland. I think specifically of the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and communities during the Arab-Israeli War in 1948 by the Haganah, the Jewish defense forces.

In November 1947 the United Nations General Assembly approved the partition of Palestine, providing for the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel and the Arab state of Palestine. With some reservations, the Jews accepted this partition while the Arab states generally rejected it.

On May 14, 1948, the day before the end of 50 years of British Mandate for Palestine, Israel established itself as an independent state in the land granted by the UN partition. Almost immediately the combined armies of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq attacked Israel. Their goal was to drive the Jews from their ancient homeland.

To everyone’s surprise the Arab armies were defeated by the ragtag Israeli defense forces. By defeating the Arab armies, the Jews expanded their holdings to include about a third of the partition land that had been granted to the Palestinians. As a result, the Palestinians were left with the West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza strip.

The Arab nations had expected to win a quick and decisive victory over the Jews. In view of that expectation, they encouraged the Palestinians to flee their homes and then return upon the defeat of Israel. But most of the Palestinians who fled or were forcefully displaced ended up in exile in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and other lands.

But that is only half the story. While 700,000 Arabs were displaced from Israel, at the same time, about 750,000 Jews were forced to leave Arab lands where they had lived for generations. These fled to the new Jewish state of Israel.

So there is some substance to Randy’s claim. But I assume he would acknowledge that the situation between Israel and Gaza is complex. Yes, injustices have been perpetrated on both sides. But I do not mean to imply moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel.

Before elaborating on that last point, it’s important to distinguish between Muslim peoples on the one hand, and radical Islamists/Jihadists on the other. Most Muslims, like other citizens of the world, want to live in peace and raise their families. But the Jihadists, or Islamists, want to return to the world of the prophet Mohammed. A minority of Muslims are militants who want to renew the march of Islam to establish a global caliphate governed by Sharia law. The militant Hamas leaders are a different breed than the typical Palestinian civilian.

Randy accused the Israelis of ethnic cleansing. I do not regard this an accurate description of what is happening on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. Ethnic cleansing is the intentional, systematic, forced removal – through intimidation, torture, deportation, and mass murder – of religious or ethnic groups from a territory.

As I write, ISIS is marching through Iraq, ethnically cleansing hundreds of thousands, even millions of people as they go. The church that has existed in Iraq since the Apostle Thomas brought the gospel nearly 2000 years ago is decimated. In the last week, ISIS has turned its attention on the Yezidis, a 4,000-year-old ethnic/religious minority community in Kurdistan numbering between 300,000 – 700,000. In a matter of a few days, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes. As I write these words thousands are dying of dehydration and starvation in the arid Sinjar mountains where they have fled for their lives.

Jihadists are also rooting out Christians in Syria, another church that dates its founding to New Testament times. This is ethnic cleansing in all of its horrors. Recently I saw a picture of a six or seven-year-old Syrian girl  whose headless body was dressed in her “Sunday best.” A beheaded child! One can hardly imagine such evil. This is terror on its most basic level.

In addition to Iraq and Syria, persecution of Christians in the Muslim world is occurring in places like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran.

Islamists are not killing Christians only. Their goal is to rid the world, not simply the Middle East, of Jews.

Gaza parallels Hitler and al Husseini partnership against Jews

Amin al Husseini und Adolf Hitler” by Heinrich Hoffmann

A hatred of Christians and Jews dates back to Mohammed’s move from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD. But as recently as World War II, the Grand Mufti in Jerusalem, Amin el-Husseini, aligned himself with the Axis Powers and worked in collaboration with Hitler and the Third Reich.

Hitler and el-Husseini shared a vision for the extermination of the Jews. In November of 1943 he stated:

It is the duty of Muhammadans in general and Arabs in particular to … drive all Jews from Arab and Muhammadan countries … . Germany is also struggling against the common foe who oppressed Arabs and Muhammadans in their different countries. It has very clearly recognized the Jews for what they are and resolved to find a definitive solution [endgültige Lösung] for the Jewish danger that will eliminate the scourge that Jews represent in the world. ….”[1]

In modern times, there is a direct link between Hitler’s Third Reich and the war in Gaza. Nazi anti-Semitism was passed on to the political/spiritual descendants of el-Husseini, the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Hamas in Gaza. Written into the Hamas charter is the clear and unequivocal statement that Israel is to be obliterated: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” What Hitler began in Europe, Hamas and other Jihadists want to finish in the Middle East: the destruction of Israel and the extermination of Jews from the world.

The application of the term “ethnic cleansing” to Israel is certainly inappropriate as we watch ethnic cleansing being defined by ISIS before our very eyes. The brutality and intensity of the slaughter of innocents is the manifestation of evil.

-          Darrow Miller

NOTE: We rarely solicit funds at Darrow Miller and Friends. However, if you have been moved by the plight of ethnic cleansing among Christians and Yezidis in Northern Iraq, and want a way to help, here are a couple of worthy avenues. My friends, Dr. George Grant and Dave Dillard, have been working in northern Iraq for some 15 years and have contacts with the church in Kurdistan. If you want to help, see the links below. These will provide you, or your church, a way to get resources to those who are suffering. Please pass this information on to your friends. And please pray.

George Grant’s Fund for Kurdistan

Dave Dillard’s (founder of Servant Group International) Fund

[1] Mattar, Philip (1984). “Al-Husayni and Iraq’s quest for independence, 1939-1941″. Arab Studies Quarterly 6 (4). pp. 267–281

 

  
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