Dear CRI Partner:
I really do understand why there are atheists.
In fact, if all religions were like Islam, I might be one too.
I know — those are stout words. And just uttering them would get me killed in some countries around the world.
Yet that would hardly be newsworthy. Because spilling the blood of infidels is absolutely nothing new to Islam.
But before I share why you should be alarmed — and why I want to put a copy of my new book MUSLIM in your hands — let me be very clear about something:
I bear no malice to Muslims. Quite the opposite. Many are wonderful. Caring. Gracious. Thoughtful and peaceful. And we should not for a moment forget that like you and me, they are “image bearers.” With all my heart, I long for them to know the true freedom, the human dignity, and the fullness of life available only through Christ.
But in ways that defy comprehension, the history of Islam is one of wanton carnage and horrific oppression.
And it has been whitewashed beyond recognition by our politically correct elites.
Just how many people have been slaughtered in the name of Islam?
According to credible sources, 120 million Africans, 80 million Hindus, 60 million Christians, 10 million Buddhists. And that doesn’t include the millions of Muslims killed by other Muslims.
As noted by historian Serge Trifkovic, “The massacres perpetrated by Muslims in India are unparalleled in history, bigger in sheer numbers than the Holocaust, or the massacre of Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese.”
The bottom line? In the fourteen centuries that followed Muhammad’s death, Islamic warfare against the “Kafirs” (infidels) has claimed the lives of at least a quarter of a billion non-Muslims — sixty million of whom were followers of Christ.
You’ll never hear this from the politically correct. They apparently missed the memo that Islam is the only religious system in the history of the human race with a sociopolitical structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel.
Just how duped are our political and academic elites?
Former President Barack Obama ventured that, “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”
Clearly not alone in his naïveté or polished deception, Condoleeza Rice said as Secretary of State under President George Bush, that the President wants to make “very, very clear” that “Islam stands for peace and stands for nonviolence.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was even more effusive in her praise. In her considered judgment, Islamic civilization from the year 800 to 1600 was “the greatest in the world.”
And indicative of the wrath awaiting those audacious enough to debunk the revisionist narrative embraced by much of U.S. academia, the French historian Sylvain Gouguenheim actually dared to speak the truth. He was immediately branded Islamophobic and racist, and a committee was convened to investigate his work.
His research was considered so threatening that an international collective of fifty-six researchers in history and philosophy found it necessary to sign an open letter attacking his work.
While you’ll discover much, much more about these now dominant distortions and deceptions in MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion, I’ve enclosed a sheet with excerpts just to whet your appetite.
Frankly, I wrote MUSLIM not out of mere intellectual curiosity. I invested countless hours of research and writing over many months because I believe that Islam and Sharia law represent one of the greatest threats to human dignity and religious freedom on our planet.
But for now, just know this:
v Ideas have consequences – In the case of Islam, the consequences historically have been unimaginably brutal. To believe that Islam is a religion of peace is a potentially fatal fiction.
v Ignorance is dangerous – This is time for naïve and trusting Christians to take their heads out of the sand. The innocence of doves now needs to be balanced with the shrewdness of serpents. True Islam has zero appreciation for the freedoms of Western democracies and would substitute the dehumanizing oppression of Sharia law in a heartbeat if given the chance.
v Discernment is critical – So rapid and pandemic has been the decline of biblical literacy and spiritual discernment that our once-unimaginable “post-truth” culture is effectively becoming an “anti-truth” culture. When Christians are incapable of detecting the rampant revisionist distortions of reality by leaders who should know better, it doesn’t bode well for the future.
v Action is essential – While the sun is setting on the Western church, Islam is now the fastest-growing religion in the world. This means that it’s not enough to simply be aware of this threat. Christians need to wake up, stand up, and speak up. This means being able to counter the outright deceptions and lies about Islam that otherwise will go unchecked with horrendous consequences.
That’s what MUSLIM will enable you to do. In keeping with the acronyms that characterize some of my other books, MUSLIM provides you with a framework to understand and recall key aspects of Islam that all Christians should be familiar with.
Because the global advance of Islam will not be halted in any foreseeable future, Christians in particular must be equipped to speak the truth in love to counter the perils inherent in the present pandemic ignorance about Islam.
That’s why your partnership remains so vital. And why I’ll encourage you to get a copy of MUSLIM not only for yourself but also to pass along one to a family member or friend.
As soldiers are fond of saying, “The only time you can have too much ammo is when you’re swimming!” Well, when it comes to the resources needed to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5), you simply can’t ever have too much apologetics ammo.
For the role you play “24/7” in equipping believers at home and around the globe to stand for life and truth, I’m grateful each and every day.
Because Life and Truth matter…
P.S. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 wisely instructs us to “test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.” I’m confident that MUSLIM will equip you and other believers to test the tenets of Islam and see how woefully wrong and maliciously misguided they are when compared to biblical truth. Here’s to holding firmly!