Here are some of my recent thoughts about radical Islam. I’m not an expert, but I think this is something that a lot of Westerners need to hear. First lets hear from a radical muslim source. A recent message to muslims goes (sic to all the weird grammar, etc.):
O! Muslims, in America, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia, and Italy and else where Outside the Caliphate Role
Get far away from the gathering places of the Crusaders before the Military places from their markets, ways and Parkings..
All of these places are Targets for the Soldiers of the Caliphate and we will explode, Run over people by vehicles and Cut off their necks in any time
To the Crusaders they say:
The Islamic State haven’t started the war against you, as your governments and media imagine that to you, you have started the aggression against us, and the starter is most aggressive, and you will pay costly for that, and not these almost daily blessed attacks in your homelands; are just a beginning and a promise from Allah and his Messenger (PBUH) and what we had promised you, and we have prepared for you worst days, surprises after surprises, and to answer the call of targeting people of the crusader’s countries, thousands of lonely lions has been prepared in your countries and have sold their bodies and souls for the sake of Allah
And wait for Attacks, and we wait too!
It’s interesting that they should mention “lonely lions” as their source of attacks. To whom have they sold their souls? It’s not hard to guess:
Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. [1 Peter 5:8]
It’s also interesting that they frame their Western enemies as Crusaders. They must know that Western society is increasingly secular, and that the depravity that they often point to is linked directly to an increase in secularism. Directing the threat against Crusaders makes non-believers want to distance themselves even further from the Church when that is the very thing that can save them. Radical Islam wants the West to give up its only salvation (which is not very surprising). They probably know that secular Western society already uses a distorted account of the Crusades as propaganda to discredit the Catholic Church. The wedge is firmly in place already, the terrorists are just giving it one more tap to widen the gap. The correct response to this threat is to embrace the thing which they are trying to separate us from.
I urge all non-believers not to give up on Christ before giving Him a fair hearing. Find out what’s really at stake before you let someone take it out of your reach forever.
I’ve been a Catholic for less than two years so I still remember all the anti-Catholic propaganda that had kept me away from the Church for decades. If there’s something stopping you from learning more about the Church please let me know in the comments. It is quite possible that what you believe about the Church is false, or exagerrated. I know I had some crazy notions about it before I finally decided to open my mind.