What Do Jews and Muslims Have in Common?

photo courtesy Tea Party News Network

photo courtesy Tea Party News Network

These are trying times.

I know every generation thinks their time in history is the most challenging, the most significant, the most “historic”.  I will not claim that today’s challenges rise to the level of World War II, or the fall of the Roman Empire, or the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages.

Still, these are trying times.  And the issue of our day is the rapid advance of extremist Muslims across the globe.

What baffles non-Muslims is how moderate (non-violent) Muslims seem to tolerate the horrendous violence of their radical brethren.

Our own president, who attended a Muslim elementary school, gives moderate Muslims a pass.  In a CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, President Obama said, “I don’t quibble with labels. I think we all recognize that this is a particular problem that has roots in Muslim communities.  But I think we do ourselves a disservice in this fight if we are not taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject this ideology.”

If an “overwhelming majority of Muslims” reject terrorism, why don’t they do something about it?  Have you heard anything about moderate Muslims speaking up against the beheadings, murders, and abuse of children and women?

They don’t.  I’m pretty sure that’s because they are AFRAID.  Extremist Muslims murder moderate Muslims all over the world with glee and abandon.  Would you be willing to make yourself a target of these maniacs?

European Jews were abused and murdered by the millions during World War II.  Weighing heavy on the minds of Gentiles who weren’t there is the question:  Why didn’t they put up a fight?

Of course, many Jews did.  But many more left their homes, boarded the trains, and followed the orders of the Nazi murderers because . . . they were AFRAID.

Who wouldn’t be?  It’s so easy for those of us who are not a target to diminish those who are, but who don’t put up a fight.  And it’s so easy to disengage from the conflict and mind our own business.

If history teaches us anything, it is this:  we must fight evil, wherever it surfaces.  Not some of us, all of us.  Tyranny, violence, and oppression is wrong, in any language and in any true religion.  And while it’s hard for an individual to fight the power, it is much easier and more effective if we bring our numbers to the battle.

The Jews in World War II and all those who face extremist Islam today – Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims, and any unlucky soul who strays into the path of the evil Muslim mayhem – share the need to stay alive.  Pity those who shrink from the task at hand.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side
Keep yourself alive, keep yourself alive.
It’ll take you all your time and money, honey you’ll survive
Keep yourself alive

Queen – Keep Yourself Alive

 

 

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