DO WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT ISLAM?

Versus what we want to believe, what is reality? Have you studied history, or do you only know what our government-run schools want you to know?

I discovered the video below at Catholic Online.

In the video, Raymond Ibrahim (Middle East specialist and Associate fellow, Middle East Forum) testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives.  Ibrahim makes the point that we have a naive, politically corrected notion of how Islam spread.

During a search, I discovered the video above in this article: Persecution of Christian Copts in Egypt on Rise as Muslim Brotherhood Consolidates Power. Here is how that article begins.

President Mursi said he was going to be the president of all Egyptians, including the Copts. As we watch events unfold in Egypt, we have to ask ourselves, was that just a big lie, a ruse to gain power and Islamize Egypt? Does President Mursi mean to govern the Copts as a free and equal people or as the dhimmi class? Some Copts fear a return to the days of the dhimmi class and the jizya tax, as Islamist groups seem emboldened since the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power. (continue here)

What direction will Egypt take? That depends upon the prejudices of the Egyptian people. At one time, many Americans believed in a peculiar institution called slavery. So some people owned slaves, and our government enforced the “right” of slave owners to own such “property.” What do Egyptians believe about the rights of non-Muslims? Only time will tell.

Thus far the news is confusing. Today some people held a demonstration against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and that demonstration appears to have been relatively quiet. The Egypt opposition take to the street, clash with president’s supporters from The Christian Science Monitor reports the following:

Opponents of Egypt’s president scuffled with his supporters on Friday during a demonstration that was billed as a test of Mohamed Mursi’s popularity on the street but which managed to muster only modest numbers against his rule.

After months of turmoil and bloodshed, Egypt’s streets have calmed since Mursi’s June election that ended 60 years of rule by military men, a relief to Egyptians and the West, wary of instability in a nation that has a peace treaty with Israel.(continued here)

Assuming The Christian Science Monitor has the story right, the demonstrations largely fizzled, and that is good news. Is it? I don’t know. Because of what the people in charge of Egypt say they believe, how much reason do we have to trust them?

Consider this truly strange report from the AP, Thousands rally against Egypt’s Islamist president. In this report the news is absurdly secularized. If the Muslim Brotherhood did not call itself the Muslim Brotherhood, the report would contain no reference to religion. As it is, because of the Muslim Brotherhood, the AP cannot avoid using the term “Islamist.”

Several thousand Egyptians rallied Friday in the first significant protests  against the country’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, accusing him and his  Muslim Brotherhood group of trying to monopolize power.

The main protest in Cairo, which began in the capital’s landmark Tahrir  Square and marched to the presidential palace from several locations, drew a  fall smaller turnout than the mass demonstrations that helped topple Morsi’s  predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, or the later rallies against the council of generals  that took power after Mubarak’s fall. (continued here)

Reuters provides a similarly secularized report in Scuffles as Egyptians challenge Mursi.

Remember the news report about Tea Party rallies in this country. Remember how our news media covered it. If we had relied upon our mass media, how many would have expected the power to shift in Congress as in did in the last election?

Can the people whose job it is to provide us news be trusted? Apparently not.

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