The Parable of the Good Samaritan Redux

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Redux October 27, 2015

Every other day, I am informed by somebody or other that Muslims are pretty much all born killers.

Then, I read about people like this young Muslim couple who spent their wedding day foregoing the banquet and spending their wedding banquet money feeding some of the thousands of Syrian refugees that have poured into Turkey, and I recall:

“[Who] do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Lk 10:36–37).

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  • Dave G.

    I try to avoid commenting too vocally about things that don’t impact me if I’m wrong. Nonetheless, I saw this quote from the Internet (so it must be true), and thought it fit with the post:

    “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future… Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles.. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values.. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”

    Not from a European or Western Christian, for what it’s worth.

    • You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles.

      No.

      • Dave G.

        I thought it was an interesting statement, given the source. The post made me think of it again.

      • iamlucky13

        The Archbishop of Mosul was not referring Christian principles. He was referring to liberal democratic principles.

        What specifically he considers liberal and to what degree he thinks democratic principles can be extended to dealing with Islam isn’t clear. But the reality that formed his opinions on this matter are clear. He lives in exile. His congregation was forced from their homes, and those who did not leave are being slaughtered.

        Not slaughtered by isolated extremists, but slaughtered by soldiers of a de facto nation with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of citizens, and who knows how many more living in other nations who provide material aid to them.

        There’s a difference between being completely opposed to all immigration, and insisting on an immigration policy that does not allow those with similar intent to readily infiltrate new areas.

  • wlinden

    But that’s all TAQIYYA, don’t ya know. The handy excuse that lets us rant “Why don’t ‘moderate Muslims’ Speak Out”, and then when they do, dismiss it because anything one of Them says is automatically a lie.

  • Stu

    Muslims are not all “born killers.” There are some that are very good people. I know this for a fact.

    But Islam is a very dangerous heresy and to think the struggle between it and Christianity ended after the Crusades is just wrong.

    • Dave G.

      A big problem I see in any debate about immigration is that it is portrayed as a conflict between two groups: one always the beautiful people/heroic defenders of the home, vs. migrating killers/typical down home racists. Trying to acknowledge bad elements in all, while finding the reasonable voices with reasonable concerns on both sides is a tough thing to do.

      • Stu

        “Reasonable” is what is lacking throughout. We should welcome immigrants as new lifeblood but there a limit to what a country can handle, especially all at once. And we should not be afraid of new cultures influencing ours but the new folks do need to assimilate to their new home.

        • Dave G.

          Depends on the culture of course, but there is probably something in most that would be nice to accept. Likewise, I like the idea of people keeping parts of their own cultural heritage, but I think we can finally get rid of this notion that America doesn’t have a right to have a definitive cultural and moral identity.

  • anna lisa

    The problem is the fundamentalists. Educated Muslims are so disgusted by them, that many are turning away from religion completely.

  • Radical muslims, mostly in foreign lands, frequently issue religious judgments that give the right for moderate muslims living ‘next door’ to kill us. This is the essence of americans’ quarrel with muslims. How many times do you have to read something like that before a generalized suspicion regarding everybody in the group sinks in?

    Moderate muslims in the US are constrained by the US government from fixing the problem themselves due to the Westphalian international system we’ve signed on to. At the same time, the US government does not seriously try to fix the problem. The situation is horrible and deserves attention and resolution. Either the US maps all these sharia courts and smashes any who conspire to commit murder in the US or the Congress should start issuing letters of marque and reprisal for our moderate muslims to be freed to handle it themselves.

    None of this has anything to do with the very nice muslim couple in Turkey.