In the Bible, pastors are referred to as "shepherds" and "watchmen." God has called us not only to feed and care for our flocks, but also to protect our flocks. The pastors of Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ were happy to sponsor the "I Don't CAIR" conference.
Is the Council on American-Islamic Relations a "civil rights group" as it claims? Is Sharia (Islamic) Law compatible with the American Constitution? Oklahomans need honest answers.
The FBI secretly recorded the initial 1993 meeting in Philadelphia of American Islamic groups that included two founding members of CAIR. Those recordings were used as evidence in the largest terror-funding trial in American history, in which CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator. The tapes of the 1993 meeting revealed plans to establish in America a "political organization and public relations" organ, "whose Islamic hue is not very conspicuous." The tapes also reveal participants saying, "War is deception. Deceive, camouflage. "¦?Deceive your enemy." CAIR was formed shortly thereafter by members of that Philadelphia meeting.
During the Holy Land Foundation trial, assistant U.S. attorney James T. Jacks filed a government memo that stated, "CAIR has been identified by the government at trial as a participant in an ongoing and ultimately unlawful conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization, a conspiracy from which CAIR never withdrew."
Assistant U.S. attorney Gordon Kromberg stated, "CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists."
Regarding our Constitution, America was established by Christians who searched the pages of Scripture for principles of government.
The concept of all men being created equal all came from the Bible. Consequently, we have enjoyed the longest running Constitutional republic in world history.
Is Sharia Law compatible with our Constitution? Fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history say "no." None of the 57 Islamic nations offer freedom and equality as we enjoy here. For example, a Muslim is free to move to Oklahoma, carry his Quran openly and share his beliefs with others, but an Oklahoman would not be allowed to carry a Bible openly in Saudi Arabia and share his Christian faith with Muslims. In spite of this fact, American Christians are the ones accused of being intolerant.
European nations are finding that Sharia law is not compatible with their constitutions, and it is certainly true that Sharia is not compatible with the American Constitution. One will have to give way to the other.
One of our speakers at "I Don't CAIR" was a former Muslim who grew up in Iraq and is now an American and a Christian. He said, "We must be aware that Islam is an intolerant, dangerous ideology, while remembering that Jesus died for Muslims, too." That was our balanced goal: Warn Americans about the threat to our constitutional liberty presented by Islam, while sharing the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Proclaiming truth is not hateful, and it is not bigotry. It is simply truth. It's up to you what you decide to do with it, but Oklahomans cannot say that they didn't know.
Blair, a former football player with Oklahoma State University and the Chicago Bears, is pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond.