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Campus Protests and the March of Islam

While the West has been sleeping, we’ve discovered the enemy is already here…

Recently, much of America has been shocked by the protests of thousands of students on the campuses of what we consider “elite” universities. But it’s important to know that these “protests” weren’t random or spontaneous; they were heavily funded, planned, and rehearsed.

The shock for most was that after the brutal invasion, rapes, and murders of Israelis by Hamas in October, the wave of students defending those actions took many by surprise – at least those who haven’t been paying attention to the ideological capture of America’s universities.

More concerning is the growing influence and encroachment of Muslim militants on our shores. Many would say that Europe and the UK are already lost, and that was captured this week in a Twitter post by actor Laurence Fox (@LaurenceFox):

The Mayor of London is a Muslim.

The mayor of Birmingham is a Muslim.

The Mayor of Leeds is Muslim.

Mayor of Blackburn – Muslim.

The mayor of Sheffield is a Muslim.

The mayor of Oxford is a Muslim.

The mayor of Luton is a Muslim.

The mayor of Oldham is Muslim.

The mayor of Rochdale is Muslim

All this was achieved by only 4 million Muslims out of 66 million people in England:

Today there are over 3,000 mosques in England.

There are over 130 sharia courts.

There are more than 50 Sharia Councils.

78 percent of Muslim women do not work, receive state support + free accommodation.

63 percent of Muslims do not work, receive state support + free housing.

State-supported Muslim families with an average of 6 to 8 children receive free accommodation.

Now every school in the UK is required to teach lessons about Islam.

Has anyone ever been given an opportunity to vote for this?

British Islamic scholar Anjem Chaudary has said: “Democracy will most likely be replaced by Islamic Sharia law in the UK, Belgium and France within 15-20 years.”

The story of the West’s capitulation to these ideas and forces is the story of turning our backs on a Judeo-Christian culture. While the White House and the media are growing hysterical over the fear of “Christian Nationalism,” that’s simply a diversion to scare us away from looking closely at the ideas, freedoms, and values that built Western civilization. Nobody I know wants to turn America into a theocracy (that’s the Muslim goal), but to turn our back on the values that built our culture is a grave mistake.

For instance, the loss of absolute Truth opens the door to any ideology, culture, or whim. Without Truth, you can’t say one culture is more valuable or productive. Without Truth, you have no basis to argue that men can’t become women. Without Truth, aborting an unborn baby up until the point of birth is perfectly justified.

It’s not an overreach to say that without Truth, all that is left is chaos.

But today, our secular culture has exchanged absolute Truth for “virtue signaling.” Since we’ve rejected our sense of Truth, we’re forced to go to great lengths to proclaim made-up values. We put them on yard signs and post them on social media. We talk about “my truth,” “your truth,” and “somebody else’s truth.”

But mere virtue signaling has no authority or power to stop ideologies that are destructive to our culture and our lives.

What happened on college campuses will continue. As Lawrence Fox shared the numbers, it’s already happening in the United Kingdom and Europe, and it’s marching toward America.

You don’t have to be a Christian to understand the Judeo-Christian values that gave rise to the West. In fact, even radical atheist Richard Dawkins – after decades vilifying Christianity – has changed his tune on the value of Christian culture.

Jonathon Van Maren, writing on his blog, said as far back as 2020:

Dawkins has now come out and repudiated his previous belief that Christianity should be banished from society even more firmly. In fact, he told The Times, ending religion—once his fervent goal—would be a terrible idea, because it would “give people a license to do really bad things.”

Like it or not, Christian culture laid the foundation for giving human beings personal dignity, built hospitals, elevated women, and created the very universities at which these students are chanting “Death to America.”

But one thing we saw clearly in these protests is that Christian values need to be boldly proclaimed today. In the largely Christian culture I grew up in, Christians took a back seat because the threats weren’t in our faces every day. But today, we don’t have that luxury.

On Twitter, one woman responded to Fox’s post with this:

What this tells you Laurence, is two-fold:
1. Your governments are working against you.
2. The Muslims are fighting and working for everything faster and harder than anyone else.

The Muslims are indeed working much faster and harder than anyone else, and it should be a wake-up call to the West.

The Romans saw the early Church as a rag-tag group of nobodies who ended up changing the world. Today, the clock is ticking, and if we don’t take our faith seriously and consider the civilization it built worth saving, we will indeed be lost.

Photo by Jeremiah Amaya on Unsplash

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10 Comments

  1. WOW Phil! I’m not sure it can be said any plainer or any more clear. As a pastor who is watching the culture capitulate to every Tom, Dick and Harry’s theory and ideas, this hits the nail on the head. This needs to not only be published more than just here, but spread as widely as possible.

  2. Excellent insights Phil, thanks for sharing. A real wake up call to Christians everywhere.

  3. Well said Phil. David Pawson has a wonderful book on just this topic. ‘The Challenge of Islam to Christians’ published in 2003. He could see then where we are now. How Islam was more equipped to fill the spiritual vacuum in many Western countries. Sobering reading.

    1. Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya said, “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists, we don’t need homicide bombers. The 50 plus million Muslims in Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”

  4. Surprised to see such an otherwise astute thought leader and man of letters capitulate to this anti-Muslim nonsense promulgated by the right. While there certainly may be a faction of the protesters who have some kind of ‘agenda,’ the primary issue they are protesting is the willy nilly destruction of Gaza at the whim of Israel. Israel has every right to go and hunt the terrorists who invaded their country and bring them to justice…it does NOT have the right to reduce a whole region to rubble in anger, or to kill 30,000 plus civilians in its rage. When terrorists attacked New York and killed 3,000 of our friends, we did NOT go and carpet bomb Saudi Arabia, even though we knew that’s where Osama and all his pilots were from. Instead, we strategically pursued a campaign to hunt down the killers, finally bagging the mastermind in 2011. Is real need to do the hard work like we did – identifying the killers and hunting them down -instead of blowing up the homes, roads, hospitals and businesses of Gaza because it can. THAT is what these students are protesting, not advocating for some silly sharia law agenda like folks keep alleging. I’ll leave this for your consideration…EVERY university in Gaza has been leveled – literally reduced to rubble – by this campaign, in many instances not by bombs or missiles, but by CONTROLLED DEMOLITION, Phil. How is Israel ‘defending itself’ by blowing up the classrooms and lecture halls and laboratories in which these people educate themselves? If we’re going o comment, let’s spit facts, shall we? Israel is essentially executing Gaza by firing squad, and we American Christians – read ‘lovers of our neighbor as ourselves ‘ – are ok with that? THAT’S what these students are protesting

    1. Except for the pesky fact that there WAS a cease-fire, and then Hamas broke it. And they broke it by burning children alive, gang-raping women until their hip bones were broken, dragging bodies through the streets, and locking elderly people in their homes and then setting them on fire. And Palestinians danced in the street in celebration. And keep in mind that hospitals and schools that have been leveled in Gaza were used as shields to hide Hamas fighters. They are cowards. Hamas is made up of barbarians, and the sooner the West realizes that, the better.

  5. Thanks for sounding the alarm, Phil. We need more voices like yours speaking on the chaos that can change America if we sit back and do nothing.

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