Oct 22, 2012
What's in A Name Like Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi?
Last week, a 21-year-old student was arrested for plotting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve. He was taken into custody after he allegedly tried to remotely detonate a fake, 1,000-pound car bomb outside the building in lower Manhattan, only a few blocks from the World Trade Center. The terrorists also planned to target a high-ranking U.S. official, believed to be President Obama.
I've purposely withheld the student's name to prove a point. Please select from the four names below which one is the terror plotter's name:
A. Bill Johnson
B. Thomas Parker
C. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis
D. Sally Stewart
If you guessed C, you would be correct. In fact, if you had picked the Muslim-sounding name in nearly every terrorist plot since 9/11, you would have successfully identified the perpetrators.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a Nigerian Islamist popularly referred to as the "Underwear Bomber." Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was hoping to set off bombs in Washington DC. Mohammed Sajid Khan was found guilty this summer of planning an attack on the Jewish community in Manchester, England. Of course, there is my favorite: Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi, who was part of terror ring that aspired to kill U.S. military personnel in the North Carolina area.
What makes it so easy to nab Islamic terrorist plotters is that they refuse to blend in with Western culture. They come to America, hang out in Islamic centers, and frequent the websites run by organizations that sponsor terrorism. They also seek to befriend others who share their anti-Western views, which is how the FBI uncovered Ahsan Nafis' plans.
I was reading about what one of the terrorists said in court, and I came up with a great way to speed up the screening lines at the airport. Amine El-Khalifi, at his sentencing hearing, said, "I just want to say that I love Allah. That's it." If we formed two lines based on the question: "Do you love Jesus or Allah?" we could save passengers a huge amount of time.
Israel has used profiling for decades to weed out terrorists. If a retired school teacher from Nebraska, a nun from Boston, and a guy named Mohammad from Pakistan tries to board an EL AL flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, you know which one will be scrutinized. Despite the overwhelming success of the Israeli system and the functioning means by which U.S. agents have been able to uncover terrorist plots, it is considered discriminatory to single out Islamic people from the general population.
We don't consider it unfair to only check woman for breast cancer. For males, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about one-tenth of 1 percent. The risk is so low for men, doctors check them for more important risks. The same common sense should apply to national security.
It is bad enough that we treat everyone the same, but we actually go the opposite way, with the government and media doing everything they can to disassociate Muslims from terrorism. Every major terrorist exercise that I've read about uses domestic organizations as the plotters. The liberal media rarely identifies the faith of terrorists. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, none of the major media networks mentioned the people who carried out the attack.
The original methods used to combat Muslim terrorists have morphed into a legalistic monster that is now after law-abiding citizens. Mississippi resident Wade Hicks is one of the latest victims. He was on a flight to visit his wife, a Navy lieutenant stationed in Okinawa, Japan. When the plane stopped off in Hawaii to refuel, upon reboarding the plane, Hicks was quickly escorted back off again by armed guards. He was then taken to a secure interrogation room, where Hicks was informed he would not be flying anywhere because he turned up on the no-fly list. Hicks believes he was detained because he's an outspoken critic of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
I believe the reason there is this huge effort to relieve Muslims from any lasting blame for terrorism is because Satan is seeking to bring all religions together under one banner. It would impossible for the Antichrist achieve this goal if one of the biggest players in his global interfaith scheme was commonly viewed as a pariah in the eyes of the other religions. The fact that we're seeing this planning now tells us that the Tribulation hour must be very near.
"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain" (Daniel 11:36-39).
The Issues According to God
This time of October always reminds me of the issues of life and death. My dad died near this date in 1992. My pain from His passing from this life, while diminished over the twenty years since, continues to evoke a sense of emptiness–a void that nothing can fill.
Jesus, while on earth in the flesh, the Bible tells us, experienced in His Spirit every human emotion that involves suffering. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Where death of a loved one is concerned, we can be assured our pain is understood by God Himself, because Jesus wept over the death of His friend Lazarus (John 11:33-35). Life and death, then, constitute an issue very close to the heart of the Creator of all things, the Heavenly Father.
More than any other matters involved in the issues of this presidential election, I believe it is life and death that are most important to consider in exercising not just our right, but our duty, to vote. I believe with all that is within me that America’s slide toward national oblivion began in earnest with the imposition of abortion as a legally sanctioned death-style by the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Since that time, a holocaust of immense magnitude has brought the deaths–I believe the murder—of 53 million human beings in the wombs of their mothers. Abortion is the nucleus of the national sin around which this all-important issue involving life and death revolves.
However, the gravity created by many corollary aspects within life and death as an issue also contributes to sucking the American soul ever more deeply into the quicksand of decay. As a result, the removal of the protective hand of Almighty God from our nation can, I believe, be easily observed taking place on a daily basis.
Sociologists who compile such statistical information report that America has a homosexual population of no more than 5 percent. Yet, the gay agenda has overtaken American society and culture as if gays constitute the 95 percent majority of our population, instead of the other way around. Since the days of the Moral Majority’s efforts to stem the tide of national immorality, there has been so little such organized opposition to the roughshod overrunning of America’s social structure as to make opposition virtually nonexistent.
These two issues, abortion and homosexuality, represent ways diametrically opposed to life. They are devoted to death. They are directly devoted to rebellion against the Giver of life.
Abortion is outright murder of the innocent (the shedding of innocent blood, as God’s Word puts it [Proverbs 6:16-19]). Homosexuality, when carried to its ultimate outcome, means the elimination of human life from the earth. Rebellion against the God who created us–manifest most egregiously in our culture through these two great sins--is the cause for all of the other problems resident within the issues that so trouble us, individually and governmentally. Whether talking about the sins of fornication and adultery within our heterosexual numbers or any other anti-God transgression one can list, rebellion–doing what is right in our own eyes—festers at the heart of humanity’s death wish. And, a death wish fallen man indeed has, because there is no sign of let-up in the march down the broad way to perdition.
Rebellion brings loss of common sense at some point. It produces a reprobate mind (Romans 1:26-27), the scripture informs. We are witnessing the insanity in handling the problems that are proliferating, thus the meltdown of social, economic, and all other elements within human affairs in these troubling times. We face, as a nation and as a world, certain destruction because of our refusal to follow the prescription for life offered by God’s love letter to mankind–the Bible.
“For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a). The moral issues, then, most directly affect our lives, according to God’s own Word. Of course, in thinking upon this presidential election, I realize that those lost in rebellion-transgression can never recognize that the moral issues are most directly relevant to our well-being as a nation.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Sadly, tragically, much of God’s own family–born-again people—have become so blinded to the lies fed them by the social architects and engineers who say man can build heaven on earth that they miss what truly matters as we approach the voting booths this November.
I will not be so arrogant as to tell the readers of this commentary who to vote for as president or for any other office in this or any election. But, I will suggest that you weigh carefully what each of the candidates claims is his position, according to party platforms and/or stated positions on these matters that are so close to the very heart of our God.
America has always presented voters with choices on the issues that affect our quality of life. The founding fathers saturated their writings with Judaeo-Christian principles while formulating this great experiment in liberty. They intended for "we the people" to stand upon solid moral ground. Christians should seek that solid ground in this and every election, even when faced with having to vote in many cases for and against spiritually fallen individuals as candidates.
Although eroded and under constant assault, our process still produces Judaeo-Christian options that offer the quality of life–i.e., options that are not in opposition to biblical principles. Such is the case in this election. We can be assured that we will be held accountable for the options we choose when we–and I believe it could be soon— stand before Christ at the judgment seat.