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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Warning to the US: Don't play by Islamic rules. by Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray has written an important lucid article on the subversion of the debate on Islam in America:

Murray on the paradox of the so-called Islamic reformers:
The tragedy is that for many of the so-called reformers, ... their task can, they believe, only be fulfilled by attacking those who speak the truth about Islam. They attempt to retain what little credibility they have by denying what are to very many of us self-evident and demonstrable truths about Islam. It has become the default position of European — and now American — governments to ground their resistance to Islamic extremism in the bolstering of people who are going out and telling what to our societies must be seen to be untruths. It is as though we had fought the Cold War while disallowing any criticism of communism.
And questions for America:
Do Western liberal democracies have the right to say the truth as we see it or must we be truth-neutral? Must we pretend we have no past but rather simply a clean slate on which whoever is loudest can write most surely? Are our societies to be forced to have every debate not on our own terms but rather in an increasingly Islamic key? Are we always to be the aggressor or are there times when we can justifiably claim to be the victims?
Read the whole article at STANDPOINT.

5 comments:

  1. The full Mannkal speech was just uploaded. The YouTube title is "The Sun Rises in the West Reverend Mark Durie Full Speech". The blog wont allow one to post a link, it seems...

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  2. I found 3 more Mark Durie videos. One needs RealPlayer to Watch. Even though it says "listen" at the site they are actually videos. The blog system wont accept links so to find them go to calvinseminary edu and search. :-) They are very fine lectures...

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  3. Mark,

    This is off topic here, but I wanted to get your opinion on the Apostle Paul. Some critics try to descredit him and his contribution to the NT canon because he never met or personally knew Jesus. Obviously these critics have no room for the supernatural in their hermeneutics, but how would you answer them?

    I ask this question because late last year I visited a mosque with a group of Christian friends to hear a talk by Yusha Evans, a former Christian turned Muslim cleric. As well as talking about his conversion, he also spoke about his rejection of Christianity. His rejection of Paul's apostolic credentials because he never met Jesus was one of the reasons for this rejection. The leader of our group was a missiologist who spent many years working in the Islamic world, and is something of an expert on Islam and its sacred writings. On my blog I'm writing a series of posts addressing some of the arguments Yusha put forward in his lecture.

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  4. Ross, you could try this page: http://www.answering-islam.org/Index/index.html for ideas about how to answer this challenge to Christianity. It is a common Muslim objection.

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  5. Hello Mark. Thanks for the reply. I'll have a look at this site.

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