I am forcing myself to watch a Muslim killer at work,
A hooded Muslim slashing another Muslim’s throat.
He is using a dull knife.
I force myself to watch the video over and over.
It is the least I can do.
I pray that death comes quickly
For the Muslim man whose neck is too leathery
For the blade, but he is already dead.
The killer holds his head by his hair
Both before and after.
Just one click and you can see dozens of these videos.
The scenes are usually hazy,
As if even light does not want to reveal this darkness.
I resist the temptation to look away,
Yet I still want to gouge out my offended eye.
These videos do not reveal a world without all honor.
The victims, for example, hardly protest, or resist.
They are too resigned to be brave.
The man with the thick neck lets his killer work hard
But slashing is not the right word.
The killer is too devout to believe in thoughtless action.
First he saws, since the neck is like a log,
But he grows impatient that abrasive rubbing will not split the skin.
Then he stabs, making openings that go too deep
For what he wants to find.
Next the Muslim jabs, rapidly, almost delicately,
Like he is puncturing a potato about to be boiled.
Perhaps he is trying to feel the liquid through the steel.
Finally, out of frustration, he chops,
Holding the blade horizontal as the horizon,
Certain that in the pulpy mess he has made
He will sever his target even if it kills them both.
The artery snaps like a weed jerked from its root
Or a clam cut from its adducting muscle,
But unlike in the movies the blood puddles without spouting.
The victim’s neck is splayed fruit on the desert ground
With the juice, black as oil, seeping up from the sand.
I should not say Muslim, you tell me. Would Arab be better?
Terrorist? Fanatic? Barbarian sounds right.
But these killers are not from some primitive age.
They are radical monotheists, with plenty of bullets for their guns,
Yet willing to follow the harder path
Of mercy following subjugation, violence hallowed by obedience.
We say Nazis, not Germans,
So maybe we should say Jihadists, not Muslims,
Except, of course, they are.
We hesitate to name this grotesque devotion,
But the killers do not hesitate to raise the blade.
Nor do their unbound brothers panic while prostrate on the ground.
They share an otherworldly calm that is terrifying.
Try as I might, I cannot imagine the Germans using dull cutlery
Or the French using unserrated cleavers rather than guillotines.
In horror movies they use chain saws.
I cannot imagine I will ever say that Allah is my God too.
I want to be there, before he dies,
To lay down with him, to share his suffering,
So I pause the video between the jabbing and the chopping
And ask God to turn back time and contract space
So that I can see if I have what it takes to be that forebearing.
And I imagine being there, in the thicketless sand,
Calling out to the killer, “Here I am!”
Crawling to a stone, extending my own pale neck,
While imploring him to acknowledge me.
Telling him right in the midst of my agony
That I forgive him. That I know that he too is human.
I could do none of that, of course,
No matter how close fantasy is to faith.
But neither could the victim, nor would he
Since he knows something about submission that I do not.
So I pray that in the next life
Someone else will be able to step into that scene
To take off the one Muslim’s hood,
Wrap a cloth around the other Muslim’s neck
And ask that the camera be put down.
Someone who can open wounds wide enough
To satisfy the rage and stop the bleeding.
The image of the Muslim killer stays in my eyes now,
Forcing me to turn him over to the God he deserves.
Stephen H. Webb writes on a wide range of topics, from the theology of basketball, the stories of John Updike, and the spirituality of pet keeping to Bob Dylan’s Christian period, the metaphysics of matter, and the religious significance of sound. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, he taught theology and philosophy for twenty five years at Wabash College, Indiana.
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Would that the entire West could muster as much attention to what is going on; it might shake everyone out of the dangerous lethargy that plagues us now. And it’s not merely ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh), that nebulous category of people dubbed “Islamic extremists,” that carries on this barbarism, despite what Obama and those of his intellectual ilk would have us believe. Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and other dens of Muslim darkness are every day the scene of identical cruelty and savagery. This is not surprising of course since this inhumanity is — to put it vulgarly — the meat and potatoes of the Koran. No cruelty, no blood, no rape means no Islam.
Mr. Curedents, it’s just as you say– Islamic societies have always and everywhere
been places where life is cheap and human rights nonexistent. The Judeo-Christian
tradition has always held that God endowed mankind with inalienable rights when
He created us in His image. That belief in inalienable human dignity is foreign to
Islam, where Allah alone has dignity, and to a Muslim, man is nothing but dust beneath
his god’s feet.
The history of the Muslim world is an almost uninterrupted story of violence, rape,
slavery, institutionalized misogyny and pedophilia, piracy, wars of aggression
and brutal oligarchies imposing grinding poverty on the vast majority of their
slave/subjects. The only time Muslim-majority nations have enjoyed similar
rights to ours– freedom of religion, speech, and association, and the equality of
the sexes before the law — have been those few times like Turkey under Kamal
Ataturk or Egypt under Nassar and Sadat where the elite took their inspiration
for reforms from Western models, which were of course themselves formed
in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Sadly, the nations of the mideast seem to
be shedding themselves of any vestiges of Western-style law based on the
concept of human rights, and returning to the embrace of sharia– which means
nothing but more cruelty, blood and rape.
Jihadis are they who most faithfully actualise the putative commands of Allah as recorded in the Koran and the Jihadis are the most faithful disciples of Mahomet in their imitation of, according to Islam, the perfect man.
Far from hijacking a religion, they are, effectively, saints of that religion and one can easily read decisions taken by the leading Imans of Al Hazar University (The Vatican of the most ridiculous and savage false religion) publicly denying the Jihadis are not faithful Mahometans.
We shrink from such barbarism and consider it foreign, but a cursory reading of what the Catholic martyrs of England went through in the 16th century, along with some of their counterparts on the continent, shows no less barbarism, and it was perpetrated by people who still possessed a Catholic ethos. Being hung, drawn and quartered is pretty gruesome.
And then, of course, there is abortion, oftentimes entailing the slicing up of a person and the selling of his/her body parts, and that goes on nearly every day, within a short drive from the living rooms of tens of millions of Americans.
Notice, though, that both you and Pope Francis have to dig back many centuries to find examples of barbarism in Christianity, and even then you can cite few instances of it, infamous because of their rarity. Throughout the 1400 years of Mohammedan history, excepting only those times where the lands polluted by this benighted faith were under European colonial rule, savagery has been the norm. And there is a crucial difference, I believe, between murder by abortion with its millions of victims and the inhumanity imposed by Islam, viz. the latter add to their sin by blasphemously alleging that their murders please God.
“I believe, between murder by abortion with its millions of victims and the inhumanity imposed by Islam, viz. the latter add to their sin by blasphemously alleging that their murders please God.” Don’t be too sure about this.
When so called “clergy” bless abortion clinics, they are saying that God endorses the murders going on in there. How is that any different than Jihad?
Se my post above. Short answer to your question is yes, it is different in this circumstance. Making false comparisons like this only further muddies already turbid waters.
“Making false comparisons like this only further muddies already turbid waters.” What really makes the U.S. vulnerable today is that we have turned our back on God. I am more concerned that the name “Jesus Christ” has now become a “trigger word” to a dominant pagan culture. This is the season of Advent. It’s time to repent.
Either I didn’t see the link you give when I last looked, or it wasn’t there at the time. Either way, what the article describes is only tangentially similar to Mohammedan killings. The latter are religiously inspired, directly ordered in the Koran, a book containing what Muslims consider to be the exact words of God. Pure, unadulterated blasphemy. What the article at lifenews.com describes is an afterthought of marginal people pretending to represent a faith whose teachings they purposely distort. Beyond that, Mohammedan murderers, vicious and evil as they are, are serious people who understand exactly what they are doing; no one can say the same about the affected people whose photo appears in the article.
Hope your not watching any other types of graphic videos at your place of employment!
Just by chance I came across this youtube video on the Crusades. Very informative.
Fransican Univeristy of Steubenville presents: Myths of the Crusades
If you vote for Hillary, expect to see this in our own streets soon. She is letting ISIS in with no intention on screening them. I’m voting for Trump. My kids future will be safer!