Sunday Late Night: Amarillo Army of God
Imagine, if you will, young Muslim men rampaging through an American community exposing people who act in what they view as a sexually licentious manner. Imagine that these young Muslim men acted as a paramilitary organization, terrorizing an entire city by protesting sexually promiscuous gatherings, photographing and publishing license plate numbers, workplace addresses and home locations. Getting people fired from their jobs and blacklisted for hire anywhere else in town.
Imagine these Muslim warriors created a map of the community, identifying as unholy other religions’ houses of worship, other faith centers, as well as locations where sexual immorality is practiced, in their view. And that they called this map their Spiritual Warfare Map, and they required their members to ‘witness’ the activities therein by actual physical protest.
environmentalists, breast cancer events that do not highlight abortion, Halloween, “spring break events,” and pornography shops
Imagine if these young Muslim men organized themselves into a group called Army of God. Or, if you will, Repent Infidels!
Imagine if this Muslim group had called for the boycott of their state’s largest city because a lesbian had been elected Mayor.
Shouldn’t authorities be worried if an American city had operating in it an Army of God whose call to ‘spiritual warfare’ begins like this:
I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer. The Holy Bible is my code of conduct. Faith, Prayer, and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity, and tested by fire. I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity. I will either retire in this army at the Rapture or I will die in this army.
Oh — it’s okay for Christians to call themselves the “Special Forces of spiritual warfare?” It’s okay for Christian evangelicals to behave radically in the service of their faith, but not Muslims? We are happy to have Christians imposing their values through threats, violence, exposure at the workplace, and blacklisting? But not Muslims?
Armies of God are not the American way, unless this country has become a theocracy. We have one Army, the United States Army. And our Army fights for America, not for any single God.
This is the American Taliban, the American Hezbollah, the American Sharia enforcers. They seek to impose their religion’s strict codes on all their countrymen. They are not exercising free speech; they are imposing religious views upon others, through harassment, intimidation, threats of violence, and what they call ‘warfare.’
This is religious-based terrorism.
If our nation is now a theocracy and permits rampaging bands of thugs because they adhere to one religion but not another, we’re in big trouble. Because that doesn’t sound like the America I love.