“Islam is not a religion”

From Andy McCarthy at National Review Online:

The Ground Zero mosque project is not about religious tolerance. We permit thousands of mosques in our country, and Islam is not a religion. Islam is an ideology that has some spiritual elements, but strives for authoritarian control of every aspect of human life — social, political, and economic. The Ground Zero mosque project is a stealth step in the “Grand Jihad,” the term used by the Muslim Brotherhood and its confederates for what they describe as a “civilizational” battle to destroy the U.S. and the West from within, by sabotage.

Mr. McCarthy is not quite right about Islam not being a religion. I would restate it thus: Islam is an ideology that is also a religion. Skeptics, including me, believe that the vast majority of Muslims believe their faith to be a religion, whose primary purpose is to worship and obey Allah.

Unfortunately for us in the West, Allah is not God, at least the Judeo-Christian God we worship: a God of love and divine justice. Allah, based on the entire history of Islam, seems primarily about conquest through the sword. Most definitely not conquest through the love and sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

Simply stated: Today, many Christians and Jews are willing to die for their God; many Muslims have killed and will kill for theirs.

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