August 5, 2013
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
I did not vote for you, and do not approve of most of what you have done or tried to do during your years in office thus far. But, Sir, you are the President. From your own mouth I learn that you are, nominally, a Christian. It is on these two facts that I base my decision to write to you. I write to remind you of your position and your claimed faith. That the one requires leadership and the other demands charity.
Reliable sources report that across the Islamic world, from Morocco to Indonesia, between 100 and 200 million Christians are subject to persecution, the majority at the hands of Muslims in Muslim majority countries. These same sources report that a Christian is martyred every five minutes. I do not know the figures for the kidnappings, beatings, home burnings, forced conversions, threats and rapes of Christians in Muslim lands that occur with dismaying regularity, but I am sure that you will only have to ask to be told them. I will not speak here of dhimmitude, the Muslim practice of institutional degradation for all non-Muslims under their control.
Since Islam first broke out of its home in the Arabian Peninsula it has sailed on a sea of blood and woe for more than a thousand years. There is enough evidence in that record to support the logical conclusion that this Religion of Peace, so called, is the least peaceful of any “force” natural or man-made that has appeared on the face of the earth. I include in that assertion everything, including the gulags and death camps of recent horror.
We are at war, now, in several places, and at home, against those bits and pieces of Islam which we have timidly chosen to call Islamism, to distinguish them from what Islam would prefer us to know it as, peaceful, irenic. These Islamic rogues aiming themselves at us are united with millions of their co-religionists in one goal: To rid the world of all who aren’t Muslim. They operate against the innocent abroad. The millions at home murder and maim those whose double misfortune is to be within arm’s reach, and not to be Muslim.
The leaders of Islam and of the governments of Islamic majority nations are, and have been almost universally silent about this evil. And, likewise, there is timid silence among the rest of the world.
I remember, and you should too, the eruption of rage across the Islamic world when Pope Benedict XVI made a glancing reference to a conversation which had taken place between a Byzantine Emperor and an Islamic notable in a lecture he delivered at Regensburg University some years ago. His Holiness’ lecture was on the relationship between faith and reason; his point being that one comes to faith through reason. The quote is above the address in this letter, Sir, and your memory should tell you how telling today are the long dead emperor’s remarks.
Does this concern you? It should as you stand today looking out at embassies of the United States across the world shuttered because of a threat from Islam; an act unprecedented in history. It should as you issue warnings and cautions to American citizens here at home and across the world to be on guard against violence because they are, simply, Americans; an act unprecedented in our history. It should as you take what measures you may to protect our interests and still stand helpless by as Islam rages against innocent Christians in their homes and churches across the world; an act lamentable in its scope and centuries of duration.
From no more surprising a source than your colleague at the pinnacle, Vladimir Putin, has come a call to the nations to begin to take some action against the slaughter and subjugation of Christians condemned to lives of fear . If only that were all. But, it isn’t. And, you know it.
Your recent visit, Sir, to South Africa showed you what good may be done for a persecuted minority when the world unites against those who persecute the innocent and helpless. Universal condemnation, trade and cultural sanctions and the cry of shame against them ended apartheid in South Africa.
Against Christians and other religious minorities throughout Islam since its birth a much more evil form of that sin has been allowed, even encouraged, for centuries. It is time to speak and act against it. Exposure of the truth and shame are wonderful cleansing agents.
Sir, I call you to begin the work of cleaning out the filth of violence and murder and discrimination that are now such an essential part of Islam. You have the tools. You need no arms, no weapons but the cry of shame. Call the world to turn its back on them until they change their evil to good. Thousands of voices a year call from the grave for an end to this.
It is your duty as a leader and your calling as a Christian. Do not shirk either.