And Hugh Hewitt considers him an authority.
John Mark Reynolds critiques OBL through the prism of his own religiosity and ignorance. Islam is as different from Christianity as evil is from good.
Reynolds first demonstrates his utter ignorance of Islam with: "I certainly do not believe Osama represents mainstream Islam and my comments are directed towards his views and not to that faith."
Allah will not be pleased.
OBL invites unbelievers to Islam, then he wars against those who refuse. What did Mohammed do? Exactly that:
"the Messenger of Allah . . . would say: 'Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. . . . When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. . . . Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. . . . If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them . . .'" (Muslim Book 19, Number 4294).Since Reynolds demonstrates he knows nothing of Islam, why does he feel qualified at all to speak?
"On the other hand, where the ideology of Osama (not Islam, but his twisted version of it) . . . ."So says the philosopher. On what evidence does he base his conclusion that OBL has "twisted" anything?
Certainly not on the word of Allah or the example of his prophet:
"fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . " (Qur’an 9:5).John Mark Reynolds, Hugh Hewitt, and Joe Carter can celebrate their tolerance and magnanimity in their mis-defining Islam in terms of its apostates, heretics, propagandists, and sleepers, but those who've discovered the ugly and alarming truth about Islam know better than to give their suicidally-false delusions any credence.
"Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers . . . " (Qur'an 9:14).
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued" (Qur'an 9:29).
"Allah's Apostle said: 'I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle . . . '" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).
"Allah's Apostle was asked, 'What is the best deed?' He replied, 'To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad).' The questioner then asked, 'What is the next (in goodness)?' He replied, 'To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's Cause.' The questioner again asked, 'What is the next (in goodness)?' He replied, 'To perform Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). . .'" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25).
"He [OBL] represents no state. His allies are on the run everywhere."Actually, his allies control mosques and madrassas in not only Muslim lands, but also in the lands of the Infidel -- Dar al-Harb (the Abode of War -- I wonder, why does Islam call it that?).
OBL's allies are elected by popular vote into positions of power throughout the Muslim world. Our own government consorts with them, participating in their conferences, recruiting among them for positions in our government, and contributing funds and arms to them overseas.
This week, Europeans With a Clue protested the Islamization of Europe in Brussels, the "administrative centre" of the EU. What was that city's response? Its police brutalized and arrested the protesters!
Reynolds can rightfully say that from wherever our military confronts them, OBL's co-religionists run.
Unfortunately, many of them are running also for Congress, city councils, and other positions of influence among the Infidels.
"Instead, it is sign of the effect of Osama’s ideology on those who would defy the just rules of war and of honor as accepted by all the great monotheistic traditions of the world."Cowardice. Vile submission. Blasphemy.
"great monotheistic traditions of the world" is code for "No, no, Islam is just as good as Christianity. No, even better!"
It is a disgraceful, bald-faced lie to try to connect Islam to Judaism and Christianity as did Mohammed, who attempted to make his heresy palatable to the "People of the Book" early on. Once they rejected his false god, it was war upon them both.
I'll bet Reynolds knows nothing of Allah and Mohammed's true sentiments toward Jews and Christians. Here's a taste:
"Allah's Apostle said, 'The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him"'" (Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177).More from Reynolds:
"It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah . . . say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim" (Muslim Book 19, Number 4363-4366).
"O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust" (Qur'an 5:51).
"In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary." (Qur'an 5:17).
"It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son" (Qur'an 19:35).
"Osama fights like a terrorist and not like the noble Saladin"What exactly makes that persecutor of Christ's church "noble"?
From Robert Spencer at JihadWatch.org:
"Saladin was no stranger to massacre: when his forces decisively defeated the Crusaders at Hattin on July 3, 1187, he ordered the mass execution of his Christian opponents. According to his secretary, Imad ed-Din, Saladin “'ordered that they should be beheaded, choosing to have them dead rather than in prison. With him was a whole band of scholars and Sufis and a certain number of devout men and ascetics; each begged to be allowed to kill one of them, and drew his sword and rolled back his sleeve. Saladin, his face joyful, was sitting on his dais; the unbelievers showed black despair.'”Reynolds continues with a flourish of ignorance:
"Also, when Saladin and his men entered Jerusalem later that year, their magnanimity was actually pragmatism. He had initially planned to put to death all the Christians in the city. However, when the Christian commander inside Jerusalem, Balian of Ibelin, threatened in turn to destroy the city and kill all the Muslims there before Saladin could get inside, Saladin relented — although once inside the city he did enslave many of the Christians who could not afford to buy their way out of town."
"His version of Islam is a newcomer to the world and an extreme version of it."In light of Allah's commands to subjugate and humiliate or kill non-Muslims who refuse to convert (and Mohammed's obedience to those mandates), how exactly is OBL's Islam "new" or "extreme"? It's exactly what Allah ordered.
Osama is no friend of global Islam. He despises the proud and noble Turkish nation and its modern state. He loathes the Islam of most Egyptians and of the Persian people. He sows only discord amongst brothers, amongst people of the Book, and has no plan and no viable alternative.Here again, Reynolds validates the language of blasphemy and persecution with "people of the Book." He proves his ignorance of Islam by claiming that OBL "sows only discord" (he's carrying out the will of Allah), and by praising an Egypt that destroys and oppresses its Coptic Christians, works toward Shari'a, and gives popular support to the Muslim Brotherhood. Just as inexplicably stupidly, Reynolds refers to the "proud and noble Turkish nation." The one that has slaughtered Christian Greeks, Armenians, and Slavs for centuries? The "modern state" that now -- apart from a pro-secular military --would have OBL's Islam in control of the government?
He is not a leader of a government, because he has no capacity to govern. Where ideas similar to his have been given a chance (in pockets of Iraq), the people have united to throw out the thugs who have made a popular idol of a man who confuses his will with the Will of God.The last -- and greatest -- abomination: John Mark Reynolds refers to Allah as "God." In doing so, this "theologian" and "philosopher" blasphemes the Son of the Living God.
What greater insult could even a devil make against Christ than to equate Him with the god from hell?
Christ commands, "Love your enemies." Allah commands, "kill the unbelievers wherever you find them."John Mark Reynolds should recant. Instead, Hugh Hewitt will slap him on the back and they'll have a threesome on his program with Joe Carter, mocking all the Islamophobes calling in to point out their utter lack of intellectual integrity and moral fortitude.
Christ committed no sin. Allah calls Mohammed -- a lying, thieving, raping, enslaving, murderous pedophile -- "a beautiful pattern of conduct."
Christ claimed to be the Son of God. Allah says that those who claim Allah has a son is a blasphemer, accursed, and deluded.