How strange and at times odious, the antagonism that is loosed toward our Muslim friends and neighbors as of late by talk show hosts and columnists. Recent statements by Phil Valentine typify the apparent ignorance of Biblical and Quranic sources that are often pontificated by Mr. Valentine and other radio personalities.
Most notable of his and other 99.7 FM programs is the incessant surmising of Muslim terrorism. A quote in The Murfreesboro Pulse, “Muslims are far more likely to be terrorists than anyone else,” to be specific, demonstrates gross ignorance of Islam and smacks of an agenda all in the name of combating “political correctness.”
There seems to be an abundance of half-truths and suspicious theories to pass for objective journalism these days. While Mr. Valentine does an excellent job discussing the woes of “Big Government” and other important constitutional matters, his conclusions of Islam and the Bible are not founded upon the facts of either source documents. Therefore, most of his conclusions appear incorrect and devoid of common sense.
From the Biblical standpoint, Mr. Valentine seems to rely heavily upon the Baptist and Evangelical dogmas of Premillennial Dispensational thought to shape his world view. This theory has Christ returning to earth (Jerusalem) for a thousand-year reign (Rev. 20:1-6) with a reinstituted Jewish Nation (David’s Throne) which lends credibility to the practice of Zionism. Even though there are several Biblical reasons (prophecy, lineage of Christ, etc.) why these theories are false, the doctrine of Premillennialism explains the apparent misguided hysteria and hatred loosed toward Islam. Muslims are viewed as a threat to this unbiblical arrangement and deemed “terrorist” by nature. And looking through this prism, Islam can and will always be viewed as a source of terrorism.
From a Quranic view, there are no commands direct or implied to take innocent life, period. This includes the tactic of terrorism. A Muslim cannot support terrorist activities, directly or indirectly. The majority of talking points used by Mr. Valentine are founded upon ignorance and misapplications of Quranic and Biblical texts.
Could it be that Mr. Valentine and others take leave of common sense when they make false accusations based upon false premises?
Church of Christ Evangelist