Well, it has been a very interesting week for me. The real topper was when someone near and dear to me told my wife: "You know, your husband is the head of the number one "hate group" in Idaho?"
The source for this statement was not unknown to me--the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has branded me, in writing, as such for over 8 years since I first started sharing the truth about Islam and joined with others to try and educate Idahoans, and particularly our public officials, on the facts of the ideology of Islam. If you really wish to learn about a "hate group," you should delve into the history of the SPLC itself and see who all they list as haters! But, I am not going to go into that at this time--but will save that story for another time.
Our group has the mission of "telling the truth about Islam in love." We say that because we do not hate individual Muslims, but we do abhor the ideology of Islam. Does this sound contradictory? Well, it is not. Many Muslims themselves do not know the entire truth about Islam; a majority have never read the Qur'an for themselves because they are to read it in Arabic--and most Muslims don't read that language. Many Muslims consider themselves Muslims because they were born into its culture in an Islamic land or community--in that respect, they are like secular Christians who call themselves followers of Christ because their parents or grandparents were, but they don't read the Bible or attend church. For those Muslims who do attend the mosque, they believe what the Imam tells them to; sort of like some Catholics who only believe what the priest tells them and they don't go beyond that to learn for themselves.
On an individual basis, I have worked for and with people who called themselves Muslims. I found them to be good people who worked hard. They were concerned for their families and for the community. In no way did I ever hate them. I cannot tell you how deeply religious they were, because I don't know. I never saw any of them pray 5 times a day as they are required to do and I never asked them if they attended service at a local mosque. They were just my co-workers and/or my boss.
We have people in our group, Idaho G416 Patriots, who have the personal mission of reaching out to Muslims to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. As Christians we are told to do this in love. On the other hand, the Qur'an says, "Fight against those who believe not in God, . . .who refuse allegiance to the True Faith among those who have received the Book, until they pay tax. The Jews and Christians are perverts fight them." (Sura 9:29-30) As for those who are not "of the Book" (not Christians or Jews) "Slay the unbelievers where ever you find them." (Sura 2:191) Of course, they are first to ask the infidels to convert before they kill them and if they convert they are spared. Do you have Muslims you consider friends? Well, if they were truly following the instructions of Islam, they would not be friends with you as Sura 5:51 tells them ". . .not to make friendships with Jews and Christians but to war against them."
So here is my problem, how can I call myself a Christian who is to try and get others to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior if I hate all Muslims. The simple truth is as I have already stated: I do not hate individuals but I hate the ideology of Islam which for 1400 years "has spread misinformation and covered up what is in the Koran, even criminalizing exposing the truth or asking questions. The truth is too scary for many, both Muslims and non-Muslims." (Quote from Nonie Darwish, an ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel)
So I ask you, as Paul said in Galatians 4:16: "Am I therefore become you enemy because I tell you the truth?"