Crosstalk: September 13, 2017
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, has put together the template for a resolution requesting the removal of all Confederate memorials, flags, streets, names and symbols from public spaces and property. Jim believes they're trying to co-opt themselves with the tidal wave of protests that have been generated around America in order to present themselves as being sympathetic to the cause.
Joining Jim to bring clarity to this issue was Usama Dakdok. Usama is the president of the Straight Way of Grace Ministry. He's speaker of the national radio program, 'Revealing the Truth About Islam' and travels the nation to alert and wake up Americans regarding the true goal of Islam. Usama is Egyptian born, speaks fluent Arabic and has translated the Qur'an into English.
CAIR's executive director said, 'Removal of these memorials would be a small step forward in turning the page on the darkest period in our nation's history.' Why would an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Trial care about the Confederate statues/memorials/monuments debate when they themselves promote slavery?
Usama believes this is part of a multi-step process, where one of the steps would be replacement of things like street names with Muslim names.
After Jim read the resolution template from CAIR, Usama set the record straight regarding the slavery issue. He began by noting that when it comes to slavery there are 3 equal partners: pagan African chiefs, Muslim Arabs and white Europeans. In other words, African chiefs were the ones who sold their own people to the Arab Muslims, who carried them in ships and sold them to white Europeans.
What about those who say you can't point to Islam or Muslims because the Bible itself promotes slavery? Usama noted Exodus 21:16. This verse clearly teaches that anyone who steals a man and sells him shall be put to death.
But what about the portion of Leviticus 25:44-46 where it appears that God is telling Moses to take slaves? God wanted Moses to kill all the people in the inhabited lands because they were wicked, even after God waited patiently for 400 years for them to repent. That takes us to Joshua 9. Some men from Gibeon presented themselves as ambassadors to the Israelites. Through deception, because they knew the Israelites were wiping out the inherited lands, they concocted a plan and because Joshua didn't seek counsel of the Lord, he entered into a peace treaty with them. Eventually Joshua realized he'd been deceived and made them woodcutters and water carriers for God's house. That was the beginning of slavery among the Israelites that God knew ahead of time would happen, therefore there is no contradiction between Exodus 21 and Leviticus 25.
Jim and Usama also looked at 1 Timothy 1:9-11, who it was that took Africans from their East Coast to Islamic nations, the extent of Muslim slavery today, the Qur'an's specific teachings on slavery, and more.
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