What’s ISIS? It’s Islam Repeating History

Is Islam a Danger to the Religious Freedom of the U.S. and the World?

By Fr. Marvin Deutsch MM.

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Today there is a big controversy going on in our country about Islam. This has been going on for a long time but today it is accentuated by the killing of 49 people at Orlando by a lone Islamic terrorist and also the denial by our president that Islam is a religion of violence. The president maintains that Islam is a religion of peace and those who kill and terrorize are acting contrary to the very meaning and nature of what Islam really is. This is an important discussion, but, I believe, there is another discussion that is even more important and that is, “What is the goal of Islam. It is quite obvious from the Koran that the goal of Islam is to conquer the world for Allah. Islam cannot rest until everyone is a Muslim, wither by conversion or by force. And so this is not only a threat to Christianity, but also the constitution and first amendment of the US. – the freedom of religion in our country. It is this goal that gives meaning to the jihadist who are wreaking terror throughout the world. There is a method to their madness, and that is why those who commit these crimes feel so good about what they are doing. The Koran supports this belief:

And fight with them until there is no more Fitna (unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah.
(Koran 8:39)

Muhammed died of a heart attack in 632. He was a little over 60 years old. He taught his followers well about conquering the world by force (Jihad), if necessary for Allah. Within a hundred years, Islam became the controlling religion in all of Asia Minor (what is now Turkey). All of North Africa was taken over by invasion. Muslims also took over Spain and ruled there for 800 years. It wasn’t until the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492 that the Muslims were overpowered and dismissed from Spain. Islam tried to get into France by going over the Pyrenees but were held back and defeated by the French army.

The Battle of Lepanto

Several times Islam was on the verge of conquering Europe. Right after the council of Trent, Michael Ghislieri, a Dominican, was chosen Pope. He took the name, Pius V, and reigned from 1565-1572. During his reign, the catechism ordered by the council of Trent, was completed and translated into many languages. Pius V saw the great threat of the Islamic Turks who were poised to attack Italy and take over all of Europe, which would bring to an end Christian civilization. Pius V exhorted all European leaders to unite against the Turkish invasion. Only Venice, Genoa, and Spain answered the papal call. Don Juan of Austria, the brilliant illegitimate son of Habsburg Emperor, Charles V, was put in charge of the Christian fleet. In 1571, one of the greatest sea battles in history took place between Christian and Islamic fleets. The battle occurred in the Bay of Lepanto, off the shores of Greece. The Christian forces were outnumbered 3 to 2. During the battle Pius V had all the Catholics in Rome praying the rosary. What looked like a disaster suddenly changed. The winds became favorable to the Christian fleet. The Christian forces killed or captured over 70,000 Turks and took only 7,500 causalities. Over 10,000 Christian slaves were released. Europe was saved.

In the latter part of the 17th Century, Vienna was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the king of Poland, a date that is unforgettable for us today, September 11, but this was Sept. 11, 1683. When planning the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, that specific date in September may have been very influential, There are so many dates and battles that could be enumerated here, but perhaps what I have written is enough to show that Jihad has always been part of Islamic thinking and activity. The fact that Non-Moslems and Christians were especially hated, should also be mentioned. From 1915 to 1922, over a million and a half Christian Armenians were systematically put to death in Turkey, a fact that the Turks refuse to admit today. Today Turkey, which was once the cradle of Christianity, is 99% Moslem.

The great English Catholic writer, Hillarie Belloc wrote a book in 1938 in which he said that Islam will rise again. Islam had been quiet since about 1925 when, after the genocide of over a million and half Armenians in Turkey, Turkey was declared a secular state by Ataturk. The reason why Belloc wrote this was because he understood the very nature of Islam as taught in the Koran, that Islam must conquer the world for Allah.

In Islam the notion of God loving all peoples is nonexistent. Yes, he is merciful and compassionate, but only for those who are Muslims since they are the only ones, according to the Muslim belief, are conformed to his will.

According to the Koran, (There are over 100 verses that mention Jihad) violent Jihad is part and parcel of the Islamic religion in order to conquer the world for Allah. It is true that there are many peace loving Muslims. The Jihadists would consider that these peace loving people are not true to their heritage, the very opposite of what our president is preaching. It does no good to pretend otherwise.

Fr. Marvin Deutsch, M.M.