Why Anti-Muslim Hatred Is Baseless – Dave Agema Strikes Again

Michigan Republican State Representative Dave Agema believes Obama is not only a secret Muslim, but that “just about every” terrorist is Muslim.

Yep. We couldn’t make this up if we tried.

The subscription only Gongwer news agency quotes Agema as saying in reference to Obama:

 “Which is it? He can’t be both. It’s disingenuous to say one time you’re a Christian and then say another time you’re a Muslim.”

True. It is disingenuous. You can’t change your religion, principles and beliefs based on whether or not it will win you votes. Except Obama has never once claimed to be Muslim. Ever. Go ahead, look it up. It hasn’t happened.

His comments toward Islam are somewhat more distressing than his delusions regarding the President. In his own words:

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but just about every terrorist is a Muslim. I disagree that Islam is a religion of peace.”

So is Islam really a violent religion that demands blood? Are all terrorists Muslim? No, and no.

Islam teaches that it is one thing to defend yourself, and something else entirely to murder. The Qur’an specifically states:

“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, and do not transgress; for Allah loveth not transgressors.  But if they cease (fighting you), Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (2:190-192)

“But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is the One that Heareth and Knoweth (all things).” (8:61)

These passages pretty well sum up the Muslim approach to violence: defend yourself if necessary, but don’t be the aggressor. If your enemy changes their mind, and wants peace, give it to them.

The Qur’an also tells Muslims to not let past hatreds color interactions with people. It teaches Muslims to help each other in things that are good and kind (feeding the hungry, for example), but not in things that are considered hostile or bad (murder)

” … and let not the hatred of some people in (once) shutting you out of the Sacred Mosque lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment.” (5:2)

Furthermore, Islam teaches that while it is acceptable to “return the favor,” patience, kindness and understanding are is far more preferable, and to let things slide

“And if ye do punish them, punish them no worse than they punished you: but if ye show patience, that is indeed the best (course) for those who are patient.” (16:26)

Sounds like a pretty peaceful religion, doesn’t it? That is because it is. Islam teaches love and peace, not violence and degradation. While there is no denying that some people have violated those tenets and twisted the faith into something it is not, the same is said of almost any group.

As for almost every terrorist being Muslim, well, what about the SPLC’s list of active domestic terrorists in the US? Or the FBI and MPAC’s report on domestic terrorism being a huge concern?

Just in the last few years, there’s the Sovereign Citizens Movement, the Christian Identity movement, The Army of God, The Republic For The United States of America

Or are they not terrorists because they mostly vote Republican?

Let’s not forget about the Unabomber, Timothy McVeigh, the KKK…but who knows? Are they secret Muslims too?