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Episcopal Presiding Bishop Sells Church and French Short in Prayer for Those Slain in France

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Sells Church and French Short in Prayer for Those Slain in France

By David W. Virtue DD
www.virtueonline.org
November 15, 2015

The Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, has released a video calling on people to pray in response to the violent attacks by ISIS in Paris, France. You can watch it here: https://episcopalchurch.wistia.com/medias/t2fnj1nhc8

He asked everyone to say the Lord's Prayer, and that was it. Really. Just the Lord's Prayer! He invited Episcopalians and people of good will to pray for those who have died and those seeking help to pray what Jesus taught. He concluded by saying may the souls of the departed rest in peace and rise in glory. End of story.

Did that include the 8 terrorists who strapped bombs around their waists, and with Kalashnikov and grenades in hand, killed nearly 130 people and injured 352 more? He didn't say. Perhaps the 8 Islamic terrorists (yes, they were Islamic terrorists) hoped they would now be feasting on fresh hummus and 72 virgins for their loyalty to Mohammed.

Why was there no mention of the facts that terrorized the French people for several hours? Why? This is not the first time Islamic terrorists (yes, they were Islamic terrorists) have plotted to kill French people. Think Charlie Hebdo. And the frightening thing is that ISIS is also attacking other Arab Islamists who don't fully agree with them about the prophet's call to wipe out unbelievers. Think Beirut. ISIS are indiscriminate in who they kill, but they like fresh Western meat because it raises their credibility with other Jihadists, kills tourism and temporarily wrecks economies.

Indeed, the US dhimmi-in-chief Barack Obama said, "I don't want to speculate on who is responsible for this." Of course. He chose deliberately not to use the 'M' word, and he wants us to keep our heads in the sand. He and Curry have that much in common--Black and liberal theologically and politically-- because of these commonalities, they refuse to deal with reality.

Obama called the attacks an "outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians" and vowed to do whatever it takes to help bring the perpetrators to justice. But still he did not use the "M" or "I" words.

I have watched nearly all the TV channels, and I have yet to hear the "M" word or the "I" word mentioned in any of the media reports. The ongoing willful blindness of Western leaders, politicians, media outlets and religious leaders to deal with reality is appalling.

Ruling political and religious elites just don't want to face reality. The Pope did come out swinging when news of the Paris attacks erupted. He blasted what he called "mad terrorist violence" and called for "decisive response to homicidal hatred." That's a whole lot better than the weak response by Episcopal Presiding Bishop Curry.

A small group of us have been warning people about flawed multiculturalism policies, along with the diversity and inclusivity much favored by Episcopal Church elites. We have also complained about the ignorance of Islam and the intentions of their leaders who prefer to include them in the false umbrella of "Abrahamic faiths," which they are not, as well as the near total blindness regarding Islam's world-dominating intentions and the reality of creeping Sharia.

TEC's interfaith links with CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case by the Justice Department, is a group TEC will not offend.

CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR's cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements. Its California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI. CAIR has opposed every anti-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented.

Meanwhile, in a first, Washington National Cathedral recently hosted regular Friday Muslim prayer services with not a scant thought at the ecclesiastical and theological implications of such an act. TEC is completely blind to the war are in with Islam. Interfaith "dialogue" trumps truth.

What should be the Christian's response?

As orthodox Anglican believers, we should engage Muslims and share the gospel with them, even if they reject it. I watched a video of an old Christian evangelist being taunted and terrorized in Hyde Park London by a group of young Muslim thugs. He stood his ground, but the harassment was obvious. I personally find it hard to love these animalistic persons because if the cameras were not on them, they might have done much worse to the old man.

We have an obligation to love and evangelize everyone, including Muslims, but on issues of public policy the US and French governments have an obligation and responsibility to protect their citizens. The French did so by suddenly securing its borders for the first time since World War II.

"No government worth its salt can turn a blind eye to the political ideology of Islam and its stated aims of establishing a universal caliphate with everyone in submission to Allah, willingly or otherwise," wrote culture watcher Bill Muehlenberg.

"God created the institution of the state to deal with evil and maintain order in a nation. But he also created the church to share the gospel. The believer must understand that both play important roles here. While individual believers can forgive and extend mercy, the state must administer justice and punish wrongdoing."

We can pray all we want, even say the Lord's Prayer, as Bishop Curry asked us to do, but to say nothing about how the state must guard its citizens and, if necessary, deal harshly with its enemies, even to the point of killing them (before they kill us) is to invite a false spirituality, a bad reading of history reminiscent of British PM Chamberlain and "peace in our time."

"There is nothing spiritual or Christlike about being ignorant and just plain stupid about one of the gravest threats to everything we hold near and dear," writes Muehlenberg.

Allowing Muslim terrorists to slaughter innocent men, women and children because we don't want to be "judgmental" or appear to be unwelcoming or un-accepting is not a sign of Christian maturity but a sign of brainless foolishness. Political realism demands otherwise from our leaders.

Militant Islam is indeed a "death cult," as some brave leaders such as Tony Abbott have said. We ignore it at our own peril. This is war. War has been declared against the West, against Christianity, against freedom, and against everything decent and worthwhile.

Appeasers like Curry are little more than cowards, and the duped dhimmis in the West are as responsible for the blood flowing on the streets of Paris--and elsewhere--as the ISIS gunmen. To pretend Islam is not a problem is to contribute to the problem.

The West got a wake-up call last night. War has been declared, and bishops like Curry need to call it for what it is. To do otherwise is to declare our impotency in the face of colossal evil and to fall prey to one of the vilest religions that would seek to dominate, and if that is not successful, exterminate us all. Saying the Lord's Prayer is not enough. The Lord's Prayer was given to us believers by Jesus. It does not and was not designed to placate evil.

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