Why Is Islam Not a Religion


Why Islam is Not a Religion

by Rebecca Bynum (Nov. 2011)
Speech delivered October 18th to ACT! for America Chapter in Memphis Tennessee

Good Evening. I’m here to talk about a subject no one wants to discuss – religion. Many people in our post-Christian society (especially journalists) are afraid of it, misinformed about it and ignorant of the most basic theological concepts. And our theologians are often too specialized in their work to be able to discuss religion in its broadest outlines or our Churchmen are often soo concerned with finding common ground that they gloss over and ignore the theology of Islam.

Our greatest Islam critics confine their attack to the non-religious aspects of Islam, either its political side or its judicial side. But when we discuss political Islam or Sharia law alone, we imply that there is a religious Islam that is perfectly fine, that we don’t have to worry about. And we leave the major problems of Islamization – Muslim immigration, mosque building, the proselytizing in our prisons and military and the infiltration of our governmental institutions completely untouched and indeed untouchable.

So I think we need to take a few steps back to examine Islam as a whole and to broadly define the outlines of Islam – what it is and what it isn’t.

One thing we can definitely say about Islam is that is it not solely confined to a belief system. If it is a religion it is not a religion only. ***Islam is a total system of life and contains within itself a particular social system, judicial system, and political system which includes geo-political aspirations – the conquest and administration of territory.

I often liken Islam to a duck-billed platypus which superficially resembles an otter. Upon closer examination, one finds this animal has a duck-like bill, lays eggs, and has many other characteristics which are not otter-like. So it cannot therefore remain in the biological category containing otters. It is simply too different and has to have its own category. I believe the same thing is true of Islam. ***It is much too different from the other religions to remain in the religion category, it should be uniquely classified in its own category.

Secondly, I think it is obvious to Christians that Islam is its polar opposite and I believe nihilism lies between Christianity and Islam and that the morality of Islam is inverted.

Let me explain: religion supplies our basic world-view concerning the nature of reality. If we were to plot belief systems on a graph – on one side are religions which view God as good and the universe as a benevolent place – in the middle we have the view that there is no God and the universe is a pitiless and indifferent place, the view of material determinism which is the direction toward which our society is tending. On the other side of the view of God as malevolent and the universe is a vicious and unpredictable place – that God enjoys our suffering. This is where Islam lies.

The reason we can assert that the morality of Islam is inverted is that Islam consistently elevates material over spiritual considerations. That is, it elevates the material obedience to the dictates of the Islamic doctrine above all consideration of Truth or Goodness. Morality, conformity and even legality are all one and the same in Islam. Let me give you an example: The following are the words of the father of a failed female suicide bomber:

“’If I had known what [my daughter] was planning I would have told the Jews. I would have stopped her.”

“In our religion it is forbidden for a girl’s body to be uncovered even at home. How could a girl allow her body to be smashed to pieces and then collected up by Jews? This is absolutely forbidden.”

Though this is an extreme circumstance, we see this pattern play out over and over again. Women are treated as if they were property because that is how they are defined by Islam.

For example, if a young girl runs away from home to marry her true love, she has in effect stolen the property that is herself from her family and the family will often try to kill her to negate the theft and to assuage the shame and humiliation suffered by the family for not to being in full control of their daughter’s body as is required by Islam. In this way, Islam is utterly materialistic – control of the body is everything. And the Muslim mind is focused fully on the material world.

I further contend that Islam has become a substitute God for Muslims. Worship is defined as obedience to Islam and Islam represents the entire will of God for all men through all time. God’s will is also every single thing that happens. So even if one disobeys Islam, it is still God’s will that he did so.

If there is no difference between man’s will and God’s will, there is no God to seek. In Islam God is unknowable – he is completely transcendent and his will is all things. Theologically this is the equivalent to saying there is no God.

Furthermore, when a religion becomes completely reduced to a doctrine and only a doctrine, it is no longer a living faith. It is dead. Islam may be complex and it maybe logical, but it is logic in the absence of living truth.

Religion in its broadest sense must be about the pursuit of higher value – of Truth Beauty and Goodness. As we learned in philosophy class, the thinking used to be that these values stand apart from the world and evaluate the world. Truth is the measure of man, man is not the measure of truth. That is the essence of religious thought. And the interesting thing is that when we pursue value, as all true religions encourage, we incorporate those values into our selves – as we pursue goodness, we become good, as we pursue truth we reflect truth in ourselves and we appreciate the beauty of God’s creation more and more – this is commonly called spiritual growth. All religion as we have known it facilitates this process – its goal is to lead men to God and lead them to experience God’s love.

Islam on the other hand, subordinates everything to itself. Islam is the highest value and the spiritual values we just mentioned are thought to be entirely contained within Islam, even to be entirely contained within the Koran. Which is why after a rumor about Korans being flushed down the toilet at Guantanamo was started by Newsweek in May 2005, scores were killed and hundreds injured in rioting all over the Muslim world. Lives were sacrificed over paper and ink. We saw the same pattern play out with the Muhammad cartoons over a supposed religious principle which concerns only the material world.

There is no higher truth than Islam, no higher good than Islam and nothing more beautiful than Islam. Islam has replaced God, you see, and its ultimate goal is not to lead men to seek those higher values. Islam exists simply to perpetuate itself.

Let’s take three simple religious concepts and look at how they are subordinated under Islam.

The first one is Faith. When we use the word faith, we mean a growing trust in a loving, fatherly God – a God who can be known, a God who can be approached. In Islam, God cannot be known, there is no bridge to him. What Muslims mean by faith is faith in the truth and rightness of Islam itself. Intellectual assent to a doctrine has replaced living faith – man’s relationship with a higher reality.

The second is prayer. When we pray we open our inner life to God – it is an intimate and personal communication and is often a petition for God to strengthen us in virtue so we will be better prepared to meet the problems of our lives.

There is nothing personal or intimate about Muslim prayer. It is communal and a rote formula. Everyone prays the same prayers at the same time facing the same direction, while performing the same muscular movements. Just like military drills, these so called prayers have the effect of cementing communal solidarity, but not of increasing intimate contact with God. Personal petitions must be addressed correctly to one of the 99 names of God, otherwise the prayer is lost as though God were some kind of giant post office. There is no intimacy between man and God in Islamic prayer because there cannot be.

The third is worship by which we mean love, adoration, awe and gratitude all being expressed to God. Often this is done in the form of song. In Islam, worship is defined as obedience to Islam and since God is transcendent and we cannot know him, loving him is beside the point and is certainly not essential. Obedience is everything.

This concept is also a major stumbling block to democracy because to obey man’s law in Islamic thought is equivalent to the worship of man. Now, while I would agree that the worship of man is broadly a characteristic of the modern world, especially if we look at the rise of science and its promise of omniscience and even omnipotence – that all things can be known and done through the agency of science. I vehemently disagree that the Islamic total belief system and total regulation of life is the answer to anything. It is certainly not a way to grow closer to God. It leads men away from God and focuses the mind on the material world alone from morning till night, day in and day out..

Islam is not the answer – Islam is the problem.

Now for those who still insist that Islam remain in the religion category, they will eventually have to concede that Islam is either a false religion or an evil religion because it leads men to evil action, even toward their own families. Of course there is no rule stating all religions must be good or lead to good actions.

Islam is false because it is built on the fundamental lie that Muhammad was a real prophet, rather than a man simply pretending to be a prophet in order to gain power over people. Of course one can make the same claim about Joseph Smith or L Ron Hubbard or any number of other founders of man-made religions which have been created from time to time throughout history. A religion which venerates an evil man and raises him to the level of the perfect model for human conduct, cannot help but lead men to evil action – even jihad.

This brings us back to the crux of our problem. Should an evil religion, which functions in exactly the opposite way from religion as we have known it, receive the same benefits and consideration as religion which is beneficial to society?

Essentially our secular society has a contract with religion. It says, the state will not interfere with religious practice so long as it is within the law and the state will extend benefits in the form of tax breaks and other considerations so that religious institutions can flourish freely with our boundaries. In exchange, religion has strengthened the family, produced honest hard working citizens with a high degree of personal self-control so that people behave ethically and charitably toward each other and can function with a minimum of external social control.

Religion as we have known it has been good for society. It has nurtured morality, strengthened the family, fostered public service and encouraged social harmony. Islam, on the other hand, ***is self-segregating and fosters ideas of Muslim supremacy and thereby sows seeds of social discord. Even its tradition of charitable giving is solely for the benefit of fellow Muslims and it utterly destroys the nuclear family through its adoption of polygamy. Polygamous marriage is not marriage. It reduces women to the status of property. Even Mormon polygamy eventually does this.

With the Arab spring we can clearly see that when the governing police state is suddenly removed, Muslim societies across the board descend into violence and chaos – religious sects fight other sects, tribes fight other tribes, looting is rampant and men are reduced to defending their families against their neighbors. Needless to say, this is not what we expect from religion. We expect religion to uphold morality and civilizational standards. It is clear Islam doesn’t do that.

Now despite all the evidence that Islam is an immoral religion, there is a current of modern thought seeking to elevate a laudable personal virtue, that of tolerance, over the greater social principle of justice.

But is it just to tolerate polygamy in the name of religious freedom? The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 1878 that it is not. Is it just to tolerate the unequal right to inheritance for women? Is it just to tolerate forced marriage? Is it just to tolerate antisemitism? Is it just to tolerate the preaching of hatred toward non-Muslims? Is it just to tolerate the teaching that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims or that men are superior to women? Is it just to tolerate a parallel legal system based on inequality?

There are things that our society cannot tolerate and expect to survive. Justice must take its rightful place above tolerance.

So to reiterate – Islam is not a religion because:

***It is an amalgam of social, political and judicial systems as well as a belief system. It is neither one thing nor the other – Islam is unique
Philosophically it is as far from other religions as it is possible to be. It lies beyond nihilism and its morality is inverted.
In society Islam functions in the opposite manner from all other religions. Rather than producing peace and social harmony, it sows violence and social disruption.
Therefore, I believe it would be wise to reconsider Islam’s inclusion as a religion at least as far as the First Amendment is concerned. I understand the difficulties with this approach, and I know many have and will reject it, but I also think it is necessary to raise the question about what Islam really is and what it isn’t.

When you consider the effort that went into arguing whether Pluto should be considered a planet or not, or how a newly discovered insect should be classified, or what constitutes organic produce, I really don’t think the ability to classify belief systems is beyond us. At the very least we must call into question this Islam-is-a-religion trump card that its defenders have been playing so successfully. And I think it could help remove the confusion in our own ranks and allow Islam to be criticized in its entirety, not just as a political or judicial system.

We cannot fight a lie of this magnitude with half the truth.

Thank you. [1]

Islam is NOT a Religion

Islam Does NOT Deserve Tax Exempt Status Because islam is NOT a Religion
By: Diane Sori

(Please note that in the body of my piece I deliberately do NOT capitalize islam, muslims, mohammad, or the qur’an in this paper as I believe to capitalize those words gives credence to them, and I give NO credence to islam, muslims, mohammad, or the qur’an.)

Our Constitution allows for freedom of religion. Along with that come all the modern perks including tax exemption and other special privileges. If it can be proven that islam does NOT qualify as a religion according to our laws, then islam will lose its religious designation, it’s very wanted but misguided protection under the guise of our First Amendment along with its tax exempt status, and thus its foothold in America. With that said, what I will try to do here is present a feasible argument that the special rights and privileges afforded islam were given in error and hopefully will be reversed, thus helping to save our Judeo-Christian nation from the islamization being forced on us by the Obama administration.

***First, it must be stated how religion, in a theological sense, is defined in America. Simply, it is a belief in, and reverence for, a singular, supernatural power (or being) who is both creator and ruler of the universe and one who controls man’s destiny; what we commonly refer to as God. (Deuteronomy 6:4: ‘…Hear Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.). Religion in America is based upon a set of beliefs, values, morals, ideals, and practices following the teachings of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Abrahamic God of the Jews; in other words a living, loving God (1 John chapter 4 verse 8 ‘He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love’) put forth as God’s word in The Holy Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16: ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God’.) America was founded upon the holiness and supremacy of this God, thus at its inception America became a Judeo-Christian society; as in ‘One nation under God’, because of these very beliefs, values, morals, and ideals.

Legal definitions of religion usually appear in the complicated contexts of either protecting freedom of religion, or prohibiting discrimination or persecution of religion. Legal definitions do not describe the nature of religion, they establish rules for regulating social and legal relations among people who themselves may have sharply different attitudes about what religion is, and what parts of it are entitled to protection. Legal definitions, therefore, may contain serious inefficiencies when they include particular social and cultural attitudes towards ‘accepted’ religions, or when they fail to account for social and cultural attitudes against ‘not accepted’ religions.

However, legally, The Supreme Court has interpreted religion to mean a sincere and meaningful belief that occupies in the life of its possessor a place parallel to the place held by God in the lives of other persons. The religion or religious concept need not include a belief in the existence of God or a supreme being to be within the scope of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has deliberately avoided establishing an exact definition of religion because freedom of religion is a guarantee that was written in such a manner as to ensure adaptability as the United States grew. As a result, religion is not limited to traditional denominations, and this is where islam falls for it is anything but traditional.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The first part of this provision is known as the Establishment Clause, and the second part is known as the Free Exercise Clause. Although the First Amendment only refers to Congress NOT to individuals or groups, The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Fourteenth Amendment (this amendment was first introduced to secure the rights of former slaves but has since been expanded to include other groups such as senior citizens, women, children, and people with disabilities and is the center of Equality in America) makes the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses also binding on states (Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296, 60 S. Ct. 900, 84 L. Ed. 1213 [1940], and Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1, 67 S. Ct. 504, 91 L. Ed. 711 [1947], respectively). This is extremely important because each state issues tax exemptions also.

However and here is where the problem lies, some define religion as an individual or group conviction, a belief tied in with societal and cultural traditions, along with man’s impact on them. But this definition of religion is wrong, for this in actuality is the definition of a ‘cult.’ A cult’s followers and members swear an allegiance to and/or worship in total submission to an unknown deity, or to a made-up god-like figure invented to further someone’s personal ambitions (as was the case with mohammad), and add the fact that the word ‘cult’ often suggests extreme beliefs and bizarre behavior, and you have just described islam to a tee. ***It’s extremely important to note that one of the main things separating a true religion from a cult is that NO true religion instructs its followers to kill in God’s name, but many a cult instructs its followers to kill in the name of their leader. Such is the case with the cult known as islam.

When a muslim declares that islam is a religion of peace, he is either ignorant of the qur’an or is deceitfully (taqiyya) thinking of this ‘peace’ as it applies only to those within the muslim community. (According to the qur’an Surah 48:29: “Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, but ruthless to unbelievers.” Surah 9:5: “Kill the Mushrikun (unbelievers) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush…” Also see Surah 9:29: PICKTHAL: “Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture (Christians & Jews) as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”) Remember, there is NOT a single verse in the Old or New Testaments that contains this command to kill unbelievers.

***It must also be noted that religion does NOT suppress or stop free speech and dissent, but cults do. Again, such is the case with islam. If islam really holds the ‘Ultimate Truth’ (Koran 4:82: Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.) and ‘Final Revelation’ as it claims (islam teaches that the qur’an is the final revelation from God), then islam should not fear challenge, questioning, or free speech. islam’s leaders should be able to defend islam with only words, because its appeal should be evident to everyone.

***Therefore, people should want to come to islam willingly and without fear of violence. If some choose to leave this so-called faith, then they should be allowed to leave without persecution or worse…..death. But that is not the case. (Hadith Al Buhkari vol. 9:57: ’Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.’) This command from the Hadith is practiced in almost all Islamic countries today, and just reeks of being a cult NOT a religion.

It must always be remembered that islam came into existence thousands of years after the birth of Judaism, and 600 hundred years after the birth of Christianity. Was islam the answer to those who doubted the living, loving God as set down in the Old and New Testaments? Was islam the antidote to the harsh instructions and rules that both Judaism and Christianity demanded of its followers? Or was islam nothing more than the mad rantings of a Bedouin sheepherder who had visions of grandeur and immortality and thus NOT a religion at all? I believe it is the later, and I will explain why.

***islam literally means submission. And herein lays a very crucial deviation from what religion is supposed to commutate. True religion worships a living, loving God and allows for the free will of man, (Deuteronomy 30:19: ‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.’), (Joshua 24:15: ‘And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’), (Proverbs 3:3: ‘Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.’) however, islam by its very name does not. *****Tawhid, the oneness of allah, is an essential belief for all muslims. Without the free will to either follow Tawhid or leave the so-called religion of islam, islam becomes nothing more than a cult where one must follow blindly or pay severe consequences. (Qur’an 8:12: ‘I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and his Apostle’).

***Remember, anyone can join islam, but the only way one can ever really leave islam is by death NOT by one’s free will to do so. (Sura 5:33, commands mutilation and crucifixion for striving against Allah and Muhammad)

muslims erroneously claim their religion to be the oldest and the only truth, and that all human beings are born muslim, but practice religion according to their upbringing. (Sahih Muslim, Book 033, Number 6426: mohammad said “No baby is born but upon Fitra (as a Muslim). It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist.”) Because islam means complete submission to the one and only ‘true god’ allah, muslims believe that anyone who is truly submitting himself to god (allah), according to what has been revealed from god (allah) and not simply according to his own whims, is a muslim. muslims believe that islam is the religion of all Prophets, Adam to muhammad, and that children are not born out of any sin, original, inherited or derived, so therefore, they are born of the religion of their nature…islam. muslims claim all people eventually revert back to islam and, therefore, are not converted to it, so if one does not follow islam and abide by its rules during their lifetime, then they must be killed. ***A simple premise yes, but one upon which muslims use to justify jihad upon non-believers (Qur’an 8:39: ‘Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah’), and lends more credence to the fact that islam is a cult NOT a religion of peace, as all religions are supposed to be.

The qur’an asserts that the god of islam is the God of Christians and Jews. (Sura 29:46: “Do not argue with the people of the scripture (Jews, Christians, & Muslims) except in the nicest possible manner—unless they transgress— and say, “We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you, and our god and your god is one and the same; to Him we are submitters.”) Nothing could be farther from the truth. About 578 years before islam began, Christians were warned against islam by both Jesus and the Apostle Paul. In Matthew 16:11-12 Jesus warned about many false prophets who would follow Him.

Paul also warned of this when he wrote in Galatians 1:8: “But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a Gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell!” muslims claim, without providing proof positive, that Christians and Jews have corrupted the Scriptures, and teach that everyone must instead accept the teachings of the qur’an. However, the Christian Bible predates muhammad and islam by more than 575 years and the Jewish Torah predates muhammad and islam by 1,000 – 3,000 years. muhammad said for muslims to read the Bible for ‘Guidance and Light’ (Surah 29:46 Muslims are told by Allah, not to question the authority of the scriptures of the Christians, saying, “And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, but say, “We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one”), so for islam to say that the Bible is corrupted, is to call muhammad a liar for recommending it, therefore taqiyya is being practiced here also.

In addition, islam teaches that only muslims will be admitted to Paradise or what we refer to as Heaven (Sura 5:72: Unbelievers are those that say: “God is the Messiah, the son of Mary.” For the Messiah himself said: “Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord. “He that worships other gods besides God, God will deny him Paradise, and the fire shall be his home. None shall help the evil-doers­.), even though Jews and Christians are considered ‘People of the Book’ (5:68 AYA).

And when compared with the Jewish and Christian scriptures, islam teaches that ‘Unbelievers’ are those that say that allah is not the true and only god (Sura, 14:9: Has not the news reached you, of those before you, the people of Nuh (Noah), and ‘Ad, and Thamud? And those after them? None knows them but Allah. To them came their Messengers with clear proofs, but they put their hands in their mouths (biting them from anger) and said: “Verily, we disbelieve in that with which you have been sent, and we are really in grave doubt as to that to which you invite us.” [islamic monotheism]), thus proving that allah is NOT the same god worshiped by Jews and Christians because allah is strictly a vengeful god, while the God of the Bible is a living, loving, and forgiving God (2 Corinthians 6:16: As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”) The bears out the premise that the true God strives to be one with man, while the false god allah wants all men enslaved to him. NOT the premise of a religion…most definitely the premise of a cult.

***muslims claim the qur’an is the verbatim word of God, and that muhammad is the last prophet of God (Quran, 33:40: ‘Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Apostle of God, and the Seal of the Prophets: and God has full knowledge of all things’ and is also stated in the first of the Five Pillars of islam: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Mohammed is His messenger’), and according to mohammad himself the first muslim, (Al-An’am, 6:162,163: “Say (O Muhammad): ‘Verily, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allâh alone, the Lord of all that exists. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims.’”) They also believe in the authority of the sunnah—the examples and teachings of mohammad (Yusuf 12:108 : “Say (O Muhammad) : ‘This my way; I invite unto Allâh …”). Add to that their belief in the hadith, the record of the prophet’s actions and statements relating to life, personal conduct, morals and manners, and you have one vile contradiction to the definition of a religion. muslims believe their sole purpose in life is to worship allah that nothing else matters (qur’an 51:56: “I have only created jinns and men, that they may serve Me.”), while Jews and Christians believe in the sanctity and purpose of life while at the same time serving the living God’s will (Job 19:25: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives’).

***Again, the free will to serve or not serve is laid upon the believer in a true religion but is demanded of people in the cult known as islam (qur’an 2:155-156e: “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere—who say when afflicted with calamity: ‘To ALLAH we belong, and to Him is our return.’ “). And remember, the living, loving God wants man to be happy in this life (Ps37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord; 1Thesilonians 5:16 Rejoice always; Jm1:3: Consider it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials…), NOT to be a blind following, unquestioning servant.

*****And here is another premise allowed for in a religion but NOT in a cult, that is the right to question. True religions allow for questions, a cult does not. The punishment for questioning in the cult of islam is death, there is NO punishment for questions in the religions of Judaism or Christianity, in fact, questioning is encouraged for through questions comes understanding and acceptance, something NO cult, especially the cult of islam, accepts or allows.

***muslims also mistakenly believe that islam is the only true version of faith (Qur’an,112: ‘In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say (O Muhammad) He is God the One God, the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone’.), and that it was revealed many times before there was an actual islam, including to Abraham, Moses and Jesus (whom muslims do consider prophets, however, Jesus is NOT recognized as the Son of God nor is the Trilogy given any credence), but was not heeded by those men (qur’an 4:171: O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, “Trinity.” You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master.).

muslims say that past revelations, as for example those in the Holy Bible, have been changed, corrupted, or compromised, thus their belief that the qur’an is the unaltered, untouched, and final revelation of God, (allah promises in the qur’an, in Surah Al Hijr, chapter 15 verse 9: “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption) something we know not to be the case. To them The Holy Bible is nothing more than a fairy tale.

The qur’an teaches that islam is the continued faithful religion in the same line as the Prophets who were before muhammad (42:13 AYA: the same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah … and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus). The result of this view is that the scriptures given by these prophets are considered to be genuine scriptures from God (29:46 AYA: ‘We (Muslims) believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you (Jews & Christians); our Allah and your Allah is One’.), and that allah and our Lord are the same but we know this to not be the case, because muslims believe the qur’an is the word of their god allah, when in reality The Holy Bible is the word of God.

***While the hadith acts as a supplement to the qur’an, it still demands that sharia be followed. Sharia literally means ‘way’ or ‘path’ and is the code of conduct and religious law of islam. Most muslims believe sharia is derived from two primary sources of islamic law: the precepts set forth in the Quran, and the example set by the Islamic prophet muhammad in the sunnah. Sharia deals with many topics addressed by secular law, including crime, politics, and economics, as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, hygiene, diet, prayer, and fasting. Sharia is applied by Islamic judges, or qadis. The imam has varying responsibilities depending on the interpretation of sharia. While the term is commonly used to refer to the leader of communal prayers, the imam may also be a scholar, religious leader, or political leader. And herein is the sticking point. Because the imam is both a spiritual and political leader, and because sharia is applied by islamic judges, sharia itself becomes a political system instituted as the definitive way of existence touching upon virtually every aspect of daily life and society. Since sharia is indeed a political system then islam, what sharia is part of, therefore becomes a political system, as well as being a cult.

***While sharia may have been inspired by the qur’an, it has developed and evolved through the efforts of mortal men. Sharia wraps its tentacles around every fiber of its followers being until life’s choices we take for granted are forbidden to islam’s followers. This is something a true religion does not do. While the ‘Golden Rule’ (Matthew 7:12: ‘Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them’.), or some derivative of said Rule, might be the hoped for basis for daily living, it is NOT demanded of a true religion’s followers, because of free will to either follow or not follow its tenets. Yet, islam demands sharia law be followed with NO exceptions. Sharia law denies the right of muslims to leave and thusly, is in contravention of one of the most fundamental principles of human rights (free will to leave a group of one’s own volition). But on the other hand, one of the reasons for the growth of islam has been that becoming a muslim is a one-way street. Whether by birth or conversion (likely to have been a forced conversion) once you are a muslim the only way out, under sharia law, is death.

Another example of sharia is shown in how muslim men are instructed to practice the total subjugation of women, who are viewed as property and in reality as slaves, to be disposed of at will at the whim of their husbands. They are, for all intents and purposes, actually lord and master over both their wives and their children, with the authority to actually take their lives if they feel the need to do so under the guise of ‘honor killings,’ something a true religion would never allow nor condone.

Also used ­­­­­­­­­by the followers of islam is the practice known as taqiyya, which is basically the obligation to lie and cheat if it promotes the spread of islam. The word ‘taqiyya’ means to protect against or conceal. Taqiyya is the islamic justification for lying and deceiving. (qur’an 66:2: “Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths”) Taqiyya is drawn explicitly from the words of muhammad, and from the examples he and his successors set. muslims are actually instructed and encouraged to lie, and told to lie to all non-believers just to spread islam. (qur’an 16:106 – establishes that there are circumstances that can “compel” a muslim to tell a lie.) Due to this fact alone, islam removes all integrity from its followers. Once again, this is a tactic used by a cult to obtain blind, unquestioning followers NOT by a religion trying to secure followers to the way of the living, loving God.

In addition to taqiyyqa, ‘kitman,’ known as lying by omission, is also allowed and encouraged. An example would be when muslims quote only a fragment of a verse (qur’an 5:32: that if anyone kills “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”) while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse, (and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty), but afterwards lo! Many of them become prodigals of the earth.”) and those that come after (qur’an 5:36: “As for those who disbelieve, lo! If all that is in the earth were theirs, and as much again therewith, to ransom them from the doom on the Day of the Resurrection, it would not be accepted from them. Theirs will be a painful doom.”) mandate murder in undefined cases of ‘corruption’ and ‘mischief.’ Again, lying by omission is another tactic used by cults to gain followers by concealing the whole truth of what they are or do.

To understand the true nature of the cult of islam you have to understand the beginnings of islam and hopefully this will show why islam is NOT a religion. muslims believe that in the beginning their god (or allah as muslims call him, which comes from the Arabic word ‘elah’ meaning ‘a god’ or something that is worshipped) sent prophets to all nations to tell the people to worship Him and Him alone. Abraham called upon his people to reject the worship of idols. muslims claim their god called Abraham and his people to islam, but the people rejected islam, becoming the Children of Israel (Jews) instead. God put Abraham through many tests, and he passed all of them. For his many sacrifices, God proclaimed that he would raise from amongst his progeny a great nation. Whenever people from his progeny started to stray away from the Truth, which was to worship none but their god alone and to obey His commandments, their god sent them another prophet steering them back to his will.

Many prophets were sent amongst the progeny of Abraham, for example his two sons Isaac and Ishmael, along with Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, Moses, and of course, Jesus. Each prophet was sent to the Children of Israel (the Jews) when they went astray from the true religion of the god (allah), and it became obligatory for them to follow the messenger who was sent to them and to obey their commandments. All of the messengers came with the same message, to reject worship of all other beings except the god (allah) Alone and to obey His commandments. Some disbelieved the prophets, while others believed. Those that believed the prophets became followers of islam and allah, henceforth to be known as muslims. This goes against everything Jews and Christians believe in.

The made-up concept of allah is really just a bastardized version of the pagan moon god, Hubal, and as such the word ‘allah’ is simply a title. It means ‘the god’. It can be any god, and since muslims claim allah is the same as Yahweh (one of the Hebrew names for God), why is there no mention of allah in the Old or the New Testaments? It is ridiculous to believe that the biblical prophets were muslims and believed in allah, yet that is what muslims believe. When the Arabic Bible mentions allah it is referring to al lah Yahweh but when the qur’an talks about allah, it is referring to al lah Hubal. While Christians and Jews are mentioned in the qur’an as the custodians of scripture, they are believed by muslims to be the custodians of the qur’an’s scripture NOT the scripture of The Holy Bible, because muslims do NOT believe The Holy Bible to be the word of God (5:47 AYA/44 MP: ‘For to them was entrusted the protection of Allah’s Book). islam teaches that their god (allah) gave the scripture to the Jews and Christians so that they could make known to the whole world the true knowledge of their god, being allah, not the living, loving God the Jews and Christians believed in. And remember allah took a Covenant from the ‘People of the Book’ (an islamic reference to Jews and Christians), to make the qur’an known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it (3:187 AYA). muslims also believe the unbelieving behavior of so-called unfaithful is to conceal the truth of the qur’an’s scripture (2:140 AYA: ‘Who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah?’).

Simply, the Bible (from the Greek: Biblos meaning ‘books’) was given by God to man. The Bible writers were inspired by God in their writings. Thus Christians refer to the Bible as the ‘Word of God’. (2 Timothy 3:16) The Jewish and Christian religions are based on legitimate, proven historical events of divine intervention and revelations from God. Jews and Christian’s believe The Holy Bible is the word of the living, loving God, (Exodus 34:6: the real God revealed Himself as “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth”. He is the Creator of the Universe, the God of Love, and Lord of Life. The God of Israel is this true God. He insists “Thou shall not kill the innocent and just”.) while muslims believe the qur’an (Arabic meaning ‘recitation’), revealed to mohammed over a period of about 20 years, to be the final revelation given by allah to mankind.

In reality, the qur’an is the rantings and writings of a mortal, mad man (mohammed), nothing more, nothing less. The Jewish and Christian religions teach us to peacefully spread God’s word. muhammad taught his followers to murder people who refused to follow him, a characteristic of a cult NOT of a peaceful religion. (Qur’an 9:5 – ‘Fight and kill non-muslims wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every strategem of war.’). Also, only a cult would instruct people to hide the truth about themselves and not spread that truth, because the foundation of a true religion IS to spread the ‘Good News’ to everyone.

And lastly, The Holy Bible speaks of, ‘A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.’ Jesus Christ, (John 13:34-3). This is truly what the definition of religion is, and that is love (Romans 5:5: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.) NOT hate, NOT subjugation, NOT blind allegiance, NOT fear of leaving, NOT torture, NOT perversion, NOT murder…for those are the makings of a cult, and those describe islam to a tee.


Based on the premise that the so-called religion of islam is nothing but a totalitarian political cult, along with being an economic, social, and legal system hiding behind religious garb, it should then NOT be allowed tax exempt status under our laws. Many states, in addition to the federal government, give exemption from taxes for certain recognized organizations, like ‘churches’ (under which falls synagogues and mosques) and charities, but all applying for exemption must serve public purposes, and what purpose can a cult, as I’ve shown islam to be, possibly serve…the answer is NONE!

To show why mosques, and hence islam, do NOT meet the criteria for tax exemption we must start at the legal beginning, and that is with the fact that many people make the interpretative mistake that the First Amendment grants us individual or group rights. As written, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” the First Amendment doesn’t grant any rights to anybody. All the amendment does is prohibit Congress from making laws about religion, speech, the press, or assembly. Therefore, muslims do NOT have a First Amendment ‘right’ to build mosques, proselytize, or implement sharia anywhere in our country; therefore, islam is NOT protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

This leads into the actual rules that a religious entity has to obey in order to become a tax exempt entity under our laws, thus gaining a 501-C-3 status. To qualify, the church, synagogue, or mosque, must be in operation for a specific purpose (see below). This is where the problems with mosques come into play, because as of this date our government still deems islam a legitimate religion, which I have proven it is not.

So, as of now, to qualify for tax-exempt status a mosque must meet the following requirements:
1. a mosque must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes
2. net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder
3. no substantial part of the mosque’s activity may be attempting to influence legislation
4. a mosque may not intervene in political campaigns
5. a mosque’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.

All mosques are in violation of our tax laws, and actually violate the public policy of our country that assures Americans that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Let me go over this point by point. 1. a mosque must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes. muslims, while inside mosques, engage in recruiting terrorists and jihad training within their confines, and none of this is for religious purposes or for charity but is for the singular purpose of killing or hurting those they consider infidels. 2. net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder. muslims, while inside mosques, raise monies to bail terrorists out of jail, and to send monies overseas to support recognized terrorist organizations like The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. 3. no substantial part of the mosque’s activity may be attempting to influence legislation. muslims, while inside mosques, hold meetings to organize, push for, and write papers and such to prepare their case for sharia law to be implemented in this country. 4. a mosque may not intervene in political campaigns. muslims, while inside mosques, actively work for, and campaign for, muslim or pro-muslim leaning candidates so they win their elections and thus can infiltrate our government and influence legislation in their favor, and 5. a mosque’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy. And here in number 5 is the hoped for sticking point, for a mosque to openly speak out, or organize in opposition to anything that our government declares ‘legal,’ that mosque has jeopardized its tax exempt status.

Once again, American mosques are actively preaching jihad in violation of their tax-exempt status and, a direct violation of public policy guaranteeing our right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ in our daily lives.

Here’s an interesting fact that some might not know, there are over 3000 mosques, each granted tax exemption, in American today, and to me there is something inherently wrong with that. Since islam is NOT a religion (it is a cult) how is this being allowed to happen and what are our rights as Americans that the intrusion of islam into our society is not allowing us to have? Our rights come from the living, loving God of The Holy Bible, the book our nation was founded upon, NOT upon the false god allah, and NOT upon the vile book known as the qur’an. And our rights, spelled out in our Declaration of Independence, are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, the very things islam goes against. islam is a cult of oppression and death, instead of a religion of life, as noted in its oppression of women, its condoning of murder and its honor killings for even the most mild of transgressions. The qur’an actually instructs muslims to torture (Sura 4:56: Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.), and kill non-believers. islam allows NO liberty for its followers for it is a cult of slavery and submission.

Women are forced to cover their faces and bodies (qur’an: 24:31: And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes, and maintain their chastity. They shall not reveal any parts of their bodies, except that which is necessary. They shall cover their chests with their ‘khimar’, and shall not relax this code in the presence of other than their husbands, their fathers, the fathers of their husbands, their sons, the sons of their husbands, their brothers, the sons of their brothers, the sons of their sisters, other women, the male servants or employees whose sexual drive has been nullified, or the children who have not reached puberty. They shall not strike their feet when they walk in order to shake and reveal certain details of their bodies. All of you shall repent to God, O you believers, that you may succeed.), and are at the total command and will of their husbands.

Children are often raped and molested, homosexuality is not frowned upon, especially with young boys (Sura LII:24 “And there shall wait on them [the Muslim men] young boys of their own, as fair as virgin pearls.” – Sura LXXVI:19: “They shall be attended by boys graced with eternal youth, who will seem like scattered pearls to the beholders.”), and conversion to another religion, if caught, ends in death. Islam allows no happiness because it is an all-consuming way of life that does NOT allow for any individuality or free will at all. You either follow its tenets to the letter, you NEVER question or speak out against islam or you will die. So how can anyone be happy under islam…they can’t.

*****So, if islam goes against our inalienable right to ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happines,’ guaranteed to us under our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, if islam goes against what God the Creator has set down for us, how can islam be what our Founding Fathers meant by religion…it can’t be. And if it’s NOT a religion as set down by the writings of our Founders, no matter what The Supreme Court says (remember they must uphold the Constitution), how can it be given religious tax exemption status…it can’t! It really is that simple. [2]


Islam is Not a religion By: Vic Rosenthal 

{Originally posted to author’s website, Abu Yehuda)

Today in a 647-word editorial the New York Times has strikingly exemplified the West’s misunderstanding of and impotent response to the threat posed to it by a resurgent, expansionist Islam:

Each new attack, each new convulsion of fear, horror, grief and anger is a progressively greater test of enlightened civilization’s commitment to its core values. …

But whoever struck the blow, whatever its malevolent purpose or toll, the response cannot be to abandon the respect for human rights, equality, reason and tolerance that is the aspiration of all democratic cultures. Though it has become almost a cliché to argue that the goal of terrorists is to bring their victims down to their moral level, it is also a truth, and it must be reaffirmed after every attack.

First, the misunderstanding. The perpetrators of these murderous attacks can’t be “trying to bring us down to their moral level,” because they believe they are on a higher moral level than we are. They are not trying to make us give up our moral principles, which they think are stupid anyway. Rather, they are trying to demoralize us, to terrorize us, to paralyze us so that we will not strike back. To create chaos. To make us see how powerful they are. To make us appease them. To make us submit.

The editors of the Times would have us stress ‘tolerance,’ according to the perception that Islam is a religion like any of the attenuated religions with which we are familiar, a sort of liberal Protestantism or Reform Judaism where they go to mosque on Friday. And if this were a correct characterization of Islam they would be right. But Islam is not a religion in that sense. It is a religion-based ideology, and two of its fundamental principles are that Islam must a) spread throughout the world, and b) become politically dominant wherever Muslims live.

Marxism-Leninism and Nazism were also expansionist ideologies that had a hold on large numbers of people, although without involving religion. The religious basis of Islam only makes it much more effective in gaining and keeping adherents, a task at which it is unmatched. The collection of ideas that make up the Islamic ideology has possibly been the single most effective ‘memeplex’ in human history.

The wave of Islamic conquest that began in the 7th century was a straightforward military campaign. Defeat the infidels’ armies, kill their leaders, enslave or convert the population to Islam, impose shari’a (Islamic law), and move on to the next conquest.

Today the balance of military power is such that the infidels can’t be confronted head-on. But the jihadists understand the weaknesses inherent in Western societies. They believe that they can be cracked into pieces over time by terrorism and taken over by subversion. And the Western leadership often plays directly into their hands

For example, there is no recognition on the part of Western elites that Islam is anything more than a ‘religion’ in the most trivial sense; and therefore it would violate our ideal of freedom of religion to interfere with it in any way. So, although they admit that there is such a thing as ‘radical Islamism’ which engages in terrorism, it is considered wholly separate and distinct from ordinary Islam, which is peaceful and harmless.

They refuse to see that the ideology that is Islam is pervasive; the difference is just that for whatever reason – temperament, practical considerations, degree of commitment – ‘moderate’ Muslims do not engage in violent activities. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of support in the overall Muslim community for extremists, who are often seen as ‘more devout’, better Muslims because of their zeal.

Religion in the West is exempt from criticism, and in the US it receives exemption from taxation as well. Ideology and politics are not so protected. It isn’t considered bigotry to oppose Marxism or Republicanism, and political contributions can’t be deducted from income on American tax returns. The problem is that the pernicious political ideology of Islam rides along with its religious underpinnings.

Criticism of Islam is systematically suppressed by being called ‘hate’, ‘bigotry’ or even ‘racism.’ Organizations like the ADL or the Southern Poverty Law Center see ‘Islamophobia’ as a form of ‘hate.’ along with anti-black racism or Jew-hatred. Although it should be obvious that one can be opposed to the ideology inherent in Islam without hating Muslims, and certainly without being a racist, this distinction is never drawn.

Because it ignores the ideological nature of Islam, the West does really stupid things. For example, the US allows foreign interests in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and Iran to pump huge amounts of money into mosques and Islamic centers in America. These institutions teach both the religion and the ideology – they are inseparable – convert Americans to Islam, engage in ‘educational’ enterprises in their communities, support friendly politicians, squelch criticism of Islam, and so forth. And of course they pay no taxes.

Foreign money also goes into educational institutions, endowing Middle East Studies departments that are little more than mouthpieces for pro-Islamic propaganda, giving grants to academics for helpful  research, and – to a shocking degree – influencing the content of textbooks used by American grade school and high school students.

In what must rank as one of the most foolish acts in history since that Greek horse was allowed to enter Troy, US prisons provide taxpayer-funded Muslim chaplains who teach Islam, organize worship services and help inmates convert to Islam. Thus some of the most violent elements in society are indoctrinated with an ideology that lends itself to violent extremism!

So what should the Western response to Islamic terrorism be?

  • First and most important, we must recognize that Islam is not merely a religion that should be given the benefit of ‘tolerance’. It is an ideology that is opposed to the basic principles of the democratic, enlightened West, and should be treated as an enemy.
  • We should stop shutting down criticism of Islam, an ideology, on the grounds that such criticism is the same as irrational hatred of a person because of his ethnicity or race. Criticism of ideologies is entirely legitimate.
  • We should treat Islamic institutions as (anti-Western) political institutions, not religious ones.
  • We should understand that foreign money supporting Islamic causes in a Western country constitutes subversion, and take steps to control it.
  • We should ensure that the history and philosophy of Islam as an expansionist ideology is taught in schools in an honest way (e.g., the primary meaning of ‘jihad’ is not ‘an inner struggle against evil’).
  • We should monitor Islamic institutions for subversive activities.
  • We should not encourage immigration of Muslims to the West.
  • We should eliminate Muslim chaplains in prisons.

The Times concludes thus:

What threatened nations and their leaders can do is to firmly instill the idea that the only sure defense is to stay true to what democratic societies really stand for.

What the editors of the Times intend, of course, is that the West should not allow Islamic provocations to cause us to treat Muslims any differently than anyone else. And they are correct that we should always protect human rights.

But it is not a human right in the West to espouse an ideology that embraces conquest and destruction of Western civilization. Such an ideology contradicts “what democratic societies really stand for,” and tolerance for it is no more justified than tolerance for smallpox or polio. It is suicidal.

Vic Rosenthal

About the Author: Vic Rosenthal created FresnoZionism.org to provide a forum for publishing and discussing issues about Israel and the Mideast conflict, especially where there is a local connection. Rosenthal believes that America’s interests are best served by supporting the democratic state of Israel, the front line in the struggle between Western civilization and radical Islam. The viewpoint is not intended to be liberal or conservative — just pro-Israel.



[1] Why is Islam not a religion: http://newenglishreview.org/Rebecca_Bynum/Why_Islam_is_Not_a_Religion/
[2] IslamIs Not A Religion: http://thepatriotfactor.blogspot.co.uk/p/islkam-is-not-religion.html

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