I read a lot of conservative email, and listen to a lot of Christian radio and lately, Catholic radio as well. Of course, there is a lot of talk about how Islam is actually a “religion of peace” and one of my best friends sometimes claims that all the trouble is caused by a few fanatics. Earlier this year, I also had the experience at a Black Month event of meeting a man who is Muslim and he asked me point blank why is it that people discriminate against me and my wife? I’m no terrorist, am I not an ordinary man like yourself? Or something like that, he said. I sensed his innocence and decency, I mean I could be wrong, but I had no doubt that he was right …
However, I have read a lot, heard a lot, about the evil of Islam. Yes, about ISIS, about these incredibly psycho anti-Christ pillagers who shoot up Christians and leave them laying there, set Christians on fire, torture and behead them; rape and sell women, even girls into slavery; and even sexually abuse young men. But I’ve also read about religious persecution all over the Muslim world, about their pride in having destroyed every church in Afghanistan, countries where it is against the law, a grave crime even, to have a Bible or celebrate Mass; and Muslim families who will persecute and ostracize and even threaten you with death if you turn Christian.
Some might say, “oh you’re just seeing anti-Muslim propaganda” but when some of the information comes from top-notch radio commentators like Janet Parshall and Teresa Tomeo, I would disagree with that. I heard some especially interesting historical background on Tomeo’s “Catholic Connection” about the prophet Mohammed’s own pillages and the cruelties of Muslim rule of the Holy Land during the “religion of peace”'s first centuries, cruelties that took place before the Crusades fell into swing. And just the other day, Republican Presidential candidate challenged the media to find a place in the Muslim scriptures where Sharia law was condemned (at least, that’s what I think he said).
I don’t think I’m meant to be a great apologist or debater (once again I could be wrong), but as many have great concerns about the reach of this new Islamic jihad and its infiltration into the USA, while other “bleeding hearts” are crying how terrible it is to stereotype all Muslims as terrorists–what, I wonder, is the truth? Although it may sound as though I have “studied” this topic extensively, I do not yet feel like I can talk intelligently and confidently on it. What books would you recommend I read on the subject of the Muslim/ Islamic faith that would give me a well-researched, well-balanced overview of the religion, from its historical roots to its current place on the world/ American stage?
Please let me know–thanks!