I was working in College Library, the Undergraduate Library for the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 11, 2001.
My first indication that something was wrong was that it was taking an extremely long time to load a web page from the BBC. It was just after 9am.
My heart melted when the web page finally loaded. My co-workers and I quickly set up the Media Center in College Library to be a place where students could come to watch the news.
Hundreds stood in utter disbelief.
Islamic extremism had reared its ugly-death dealing-face upon thousands of Americans.
But this is not something new to Islam.
Revisionist Academic Historians in our modern times have painted a grotesquely distorted picture of Christianity's slow and pathetic response to Islam's militant history. Pope Urban II established the Crusades on Nov. 27, 1095. His proclamation was in response to the Islamic Jihad which had left a river of blood from Christians and Jews who would not convert to Islam across northern Africa, into Spain and France and throughout Turkey and Greece.
No, the Crusades were not good. But these modern academic historians want us to think that Islam was bountiful, beautiful, and peaceful in its subjugation of the Near East, Africa, and Europe. In truth it was far from bountiful, beautiful, and peaceful.
In an ironic twist of the 20th century's self-serving fantasy, one great Christian King fought the incursions of Islamic Jihadists in his kingdom only to become labeled in our time as the father of Vampires. Vlad III the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracul (later as "Dracula") fought against the Islamic Jihadists and left the militant Jihadists' corpses impaled upon pikes to serve as a warning to the Islamic extremists who would threaten his citizens and kingdom.
Even before the American Revolution Islamic extremism had been a problem for our country. See this article. Our Founding Fathers knew this problem and worked to face it "on the shores of Tripoli" as the Marines' Hymn states.
Do you remember what you thought when the Oklahoma Federal building was bombed on April 19, 1995? I remember what I heard a lot of people saying. Nearly everyone assumed it was an Islamic extremist. And to our horror, we discovered that terrorists could be home grown and conservative.
Do you remember the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski? Terrorists could be liberal and socialist.
Do you remember Columbine or Red Lake? Terrorists could be kids misled by Aryan philosophies.
Do you remember Eric Rudolph, the Abortion clinic bomber? Terrorists could be politically conservative Christians.
I mention these because it is very comfortable for conservative Christians to think that Islamic Jihadists are so very different from us, and we could never do such terrible things. Face it. We can and we could.
But there is a difference. Conservative Christianity does not promote or tolerate such terrible and horrific civil actions. Islam, as a whole, does.
When Christians fight back they get portrayed as grotesque hypocrites. When conservatives fight back they are portrayed as weak, self-serving, hypocrites. When Liberals attack they are portrayed as champions of truth. When Jihadists attack they are portrayed as misunderstood people struggling under the oppression of a capitalistic society like Israel or the U.S.
It's time to cut the crap.
The Islamic Jihadists are simply brutal murderers. They must be fought by a freedom loving society. They must be sought out and brought to light. They must be shown the value of freedom. They must see the blood of the innocent that they have slaughtered.
We pray for their repentance and forgiveness in Christ.
But I, for one, will give my life to prevent them from taking my wife or my children from their faith in Christ or their freedom to worship Christ as we have in this country. And that means fighting against any incursion into our freedom of worship that has been promoted by the many socialist, Stalinists, Marxists, and other liberals in our government--just as much as from any Jihadist.
Drat, I was way too political in this post. A pastor isn't supposed to be very political for his congregation. He's supposed to preach God's Word and let his flock sort it out and make their own mistakes--and then deal with the fallout.
Well, when I was driving home from shut-in calls and Bible study this evening there was a tribute to the victims of 9/11/01 on the radio. I had to stop on the side of the road. It was too emotionally hard to drive safely. And after hearing all those hypocrites questioning General Petraeus today I felt a great sadness for my homeland.
I know that my children are accountable to God on their own. I know that the world they face will be just as different from the one I grew up in as my world is from my own parents. But I do hope that they can live in a country where it is not a crime to abide by the Word of God in the Doctrine and Practice of Christ. But God's will be done. I know He has them in His love and in the safety of His loving arms.
I don't know if this post makes any sense. Mary will have to review it for me. I'm too emotional about this topic as I'm writing. I came over to the office to finish off part of my Wednesday School schedule. I got that done to an acceptable amount, and then I waxed political.
I'm sorry if you're offended. If you want, I'll pray for you. Please keep me in your prayers. But this is just the way I see things.