A lot of Americans became fans of Colonel Allen B. West, a Republican Representative in Florida, for his military service and his transition to public service in Florida. Politics aside, I have read about some pretty bold things that Col. West did to rescue his soldiers, including at one point firing a round from his pistol right next to an Iraqi he was interrogating who wouldn’t give up the information West wanted. Legend has it that West intentionally missed the guy’s head by few inches, but that he told the Iraqi: “Next time I won’t miss.”
This courageous move cost Col. West his impressive 20+ year military career. It probably did save lives, too.
As an army brat, born on a US Army base and raised with numerous family members serving in various branches of the military, I am familiar with military life and sacrifice. I was raised to never let an American flag or a Bible hit the ground, risking my life if necessary to save them. To this day, I am still considered a patriot by all who know me, and will proudly die that way.
But, when I saw what appears to be a very narrow perspective by Col. West posted on a website by someone asking for notes of thanks for his service, I found myself alarmed at the perception created here about “the enemy”. He speaks about the tenets of Islam with some credibility. I admire that because not many Americans take the time to learn about Islam. It is true that a few who take the Quran literally still carry out its orders with brutality. All that is true.
But, what isn’t so widely discussed is that by a margin of about 7 to 1, the Bible itself preaches more violence than the Quran does. In the new book Laying Down the Sword: Why we Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses, Philip Jenkins brilliantly compares and contrasts the Bible and the Quran in terms of sheer violence.
It is not that “knowing the enemy” means knowing the Quran, although plenty of today’s trouble makers take the time to learn some of the Quran’s violent verses. Today, “knowing the enemy” means knowing anyone who doesn’t proactively dismiss their own religion’s violent scriptures.
Anyone who acts violently, believing they are carrying out the work of God, is today’s true enemy.
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