Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today Is Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran's Day. Today I am thinking of the countless men and women who have given of their lives, and some, given their lives, so that we can be free in the United States of America. May God bless our veterans.

This particular Veterans Day has been touched by the shadow of the attack on Fort Hood, when last week, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, walked onto this military installation, on American soil, and opened fire killing 13 people and wounding another 29.

Many have asked the question, "Why did he do it?" In many cases of seemingly random shootings, we are left to wonder "why" such a tragedy. But that is not the case with the Fort Hood shooting. We KNOW why Major Hasan killed. He declared with his own words his motivation when he shouted the words, "Allahu Akbar!" while opening fire.

"Allahu Akbar means literally, "Allah is the Greatest." It is the Islamic declaration said before every prayer that a Muslim utters. It has also been a phrase used by terrorists in the act of killing themselves and others.

So it is clear. Major Hassan was an Islamic extremist, acting as a terrorist, on American soil, in the name of his religion.

I blogged six months ago in May about three cultural shifts that every Christian in America needs to watch. The first of those three cultural shifts is the growth of Islam in our country. As Islam grows, so will these kinds of terrorist attacks. Not because the majority of Muslims are jihadists, but because there is a potent and radical element within Islam that calls for the destruction of the infidel. As Islam in America grows overall, so too will this radical element grow in our country.

In light of the attack on Fort Hood, I now amend the title of my blog post in May. The growth of Islam is not a cultural shift that ever Christian in America needs to watch, but one that every American period, needs to watch.

May God bless our veterans,

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