The man was captured and confessed to the crime, plainly stating that he did it because of his Muslim faith and his support of ISIS.
As is the pattern of some today, our newly minted mayor along with some other politicians stubbornly stated that this crime had nothing to do with Islam.
They chose to ignore the truths of reality in order to further their political agenda.
There are many crimes and terroristic acts committed in today’s world expressly in the name of Islam.
Conversely, one is hard pressed to find many instances at all, at least in Western or many Middle Eastern cultures, where these types of travesties are done directly in the name of any other religion. Additionally, while the majority of Muslims may disagree with these types of violent acts, there is a minority that accepts and incorporates them.
And so, while it is wrong to label all or even most Muslims as violent, one who argues that Islam has nothing to do with these terrible actions is arguing with reality.
Radical Islam is real, substantial, and to be reckoned with.
Intentionally ignoring truth and reality isn’t right no matter what ends one is trying to achieve. It’s dishonest and wrong and I do not believe God honors this type of approach. Even if it is done in an attempt to accomplish some kind of good ends.
But wait, I’m not done. Because the point of this post is not to bash those dishonest political liberals.
For no matter what our political leanings are or aren’t, I believe we are all guilty of the same types of transgressions at one time or another. And many times it doesn’t even have anything to do with politics. Politics is just the easy example here.
Just to even the political scales for a moment, I bring up as an example, David Barton.
This man, who has been spoken about here before, is a politically conservative Christian culture warrior who has been exposed for regularly bending, stretching, and obfuscating the truth in order to make his political points and further his agenda. Even when he is criticized by other politically and/or theologically conservative Christians, Barton and his supporters will try to smear and misrepresent the opposition as some kind of crusaders of political correctness or as “liberal bastards”.
Now, I know that not all conservatives act like or support David Barton and people like him, They don’t all parrot Barton and his ilk and choose to ignore the truths that they misrepresent. Just as I know that not all liberals duplicitously ignore the connections between *some* segments of Islam and violence. And I know others yet would even reject the liberal or conservative label and would take on some other label, or would reject any label at all.
All that notwithstanding, I believe we all have our biases and will at times allow those biases to misrepresent or cloud the truth of the matter at hand.
Whether it be governmental politics, or church politics, or really any argument or issue of life with which we’re dealing. We don’t like those little inconvenient truths from getting in the way of what we want or the argument we’re trying to win or the ends we’re trying to achieve.
Let us strive to be honest and straightforward. Let us not intentionally skew the truths of reality. Let us not try to achieve the ends we think God wants with disingenuous means. Rather, let us be true and upright and rely on God to see things through.