Muslim terror in Oklahoma

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Two days ago a recent Muslim convert acted out a brutal Muslim practice: kill those who won’t convert. He killed one woman and wounded another before a company officer wounded him in turn. And those in authority refuse to call this incident by its proper name: a terrorist act in the name of Allah.

What did this Muslim do?

A typical Muslim national flag: green with a white crescent and star.

The Turkistan flag, a typical Muslim national flag

Alton Alexander Nolen, age 30, recently lost his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma. On Thursday he came back to the processing plant carrying a long knife. He stabbed Colleen Hufford, age 54, to death and hacked off her head. Then he attacked another employee, Traci Johnson, age 43. Then Mark Vaughan, the COO, drew his reserve deputy sheriff’s gun. With one shot he downed Nolen. (Another man called 911. That shot rang out in the background during the call. A local TV station has the recording.)

The first reports came out in NewsOK.com and the Associated Press. Tellingly, the NewsOK report left out this key fact: Alton Nolen recently converted to Islam. (He now calls himself “Jah’Keem Yisrael.”) The AP report did mention Nolen’s Muslim background, and that he had tried to convert others to Islam before his rampage. Even that, the AP repeated as an afterthought. Nor dit it come from any official. The AP had to withhold the source’s name. “Officer PFWTS”* further said, according to the AP, that Nolen’s act had “no connection to terrorism.”

Moore City Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said more, for full attribution, to the local TV station the next day. He praised Vaughan’s quick thinking and action:

This off-duty deputy definitely saved Traci’s life. This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. He’s obviously a hero in this situation. It’s very tragic that someone did lose their life, but it could have gotten a lot worse. This guy was definitely not going to stop. He didn’t stop until [Mr. Vaughan] shot [him].

But Sgt. Lewis also confirmed what “Officer PFWTS”‘ said about Nolen trying to convert others to “his Muslim religion.” Furthermore, the Moore Police called the FBI into the case. So maybe, as “Officer PFWTS” hinted, they didn’t want to admit the terrorist angle at first. But in calling the FBI, they did. (The Daily Caller has this video.)Fox News Channel has more background on Nolen. This includes his earlier run-ins with the law. (See his prison record.) Fox News also has this: the local Islamic Center is afraid of people attacking Muslims in retaliation or revenge. But a spokesman for the Muslim center admitted this:

They have this ISIS thing on their minds and now this guy has brought it to America.

(This morning we now learn from The Daily Oklahoman that Nolen visited that same mosque.)Bob Unruh at WND has more. He cites this post at TruthRevolt.com that says why the Vaughan company fired Nolen. Citing the McCurtin Gazette (print only), Truth Revolt had this quote from a member of Nolen’s family, who told it to a former classmate of Nolen’s from high school:

Nolen was telling coworkers Thursday of an Islamic teaching that said women should be stoned for an offense, and that an argument followed the mark.

That’s when the Vaughan company fired him. Later that day he drove into the parking lot, crashed into another car, got out of his car, rushed into the building, and started his killing spree.

Murky Muslim support

Of course, officials at the Islamic Center denounce Nolen. They say his acts do not conform to proper Muslim practice.They also said no one remembers Nolen saying violent things. They obviously never read his Facebook page, as Breitbart.com did. Nolen also cited Surah 8:12 from the Koran. That verse reads in part:

I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.

This episode is the first time anyone has chopped anyone’s head off in America. But Unruh points out many Muslims have cut off heads in England and other Western lands.Does Muslim tradition support this practice? What does it say, either about converting others or what should happen to one who falls away?Several Muslim contributors to Yahoo’s Answers service tried to answer this. One cited Surah 3:85-91. It reads:

[3.85] And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.

[3.86] How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their believing and (after) they had borne witness that the Apostle was true and clear arguments had come to them; and Allah does not guide the unjust people.

[3.87] (As for) these, their reward is that upon them is the curse of Allah and the angels and of men, all together.

[3.88] Abiding in it; their chastisement shall not be lightened nor shall they be respited.

[3.89] Except those who repent after that and amend, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

[3.90] Surely, those who disbelieve after their believing, then increase in unbelief, their repentance shall not be accepted, and these are they that go astray.

[3.91] Surely, those who disbelieve and die while they are unbelievers, the earth full of gold shall not be accepted from one of them, though he should offer to ransom himself with it, these it is who shall have a painful chastisement, and they shall have no helpers.

The interpreters insist: those verses say those who fall away from Islam will face the penalty in the next life, not this one. Some admit the Hadiths support killing apostates or non-converts. One even said:

The present Sharia law is NOT according to the Quran. It is according to the fabrication of Hadith and Sunnat.

That other commenter left this reference also.

But John Hawkins at Townhall.com reports widespread support among the people in Muslim countries for killing “apostates,” stoning adulterers (usually adulteresses, but who’s quibbling?) or both. His source: a 2013 poll by the Pew Research Center, through The Daily Caller.

Besides: the Koran boasts many Fighting Words, and an Abrogation Principle that puts the Fighting Words into full force and effect, while superseding the Peaceful Words.

Was Islam ever a religion of peace? Before the Meccan officials chased Mohammed out, maybe. But not afterward. Even if you say that, Muslim practice seems now to mean whatever any Muslim practitioner does, any time he does it. Alton Nolen found something in Muslim doctrine (or that part of it he read) that spoke to whatever rage he had gathered along his way. Too often, such rage finds easy expression among Muslims. Even the verses from Surah 3 above say nothing as clearly as Paul of Tarsus said it in his Letter to the Romans (ch. 12, verse 19):

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [a]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Or to translate the original Greek more precisely: never avenge yourself on your own. Let God act as your Magistrate, to judge and pass sentence. Scripture says, “‘Justice is My job; I will set things right,’ says the Lord.”

* “Person Familiar With The Situation” (or Matter or, as in this case, Investigation)

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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