ENOUGH!

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I watched in horror as the news channel aired the video clip of two men hacking another man to death in the streets of suburban London. As a crowd began to form one of the men walked up to someone taping them and began giving his justification for committing the atrocity, saying ‘you people will never be safe’ and ‘you and your children are next’. The monster ranted as he held a meat cleaver in one of his bloodied hands. To add to the surreal and nightmarish scene a woman walked casually by the man on her way home from a day of shopping as if nothing was wrong.

The images that splashed across my TV screen made me sick. I’m still sick. But I’m more ANGRY than sick. That scarf-wearing shopper who strolled right by the murderer, that oblivious woman who saw the carnage but didn’t hesitate to amble through, that very act of turning a blind eye and pretending nothing was wrong is indicative of the majority of us, and this outrages me so much that I want to scream and pound my fists into something. This is going on all around us – hatred-fueled murder and mayhem in the name of God – and we watch it as if nothing is wrong!  To follow Howard Beale’s advice in the film Network: I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!

I’ve got a copy of the Qur’an, and in Surah 5, verse 32 it says “… if anyone slays a human being – unless it be in punishment for murder or for spreading corruption on earth – it shall be as though he had slain all mankind…” There are other references to the subject of murder, but this one is as close as I can get to outright condemnation of homicide. If you are a Muslim and know of any other verse in the Qur’an that unequivocally denounces murder, please bring it to my attention.  As far as I know, however, the holy scripture of Islam does not outright say “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:17) There is always some caveat or stipulation which can be warped and twisted. What’s even worse than morphing scripture to justify murder is that the rest of Islam is just like that woman walking by, aware of the horror but unwilling to act against it.  The typical response for Muslims and non-Muslims to do is to say “Islam is a peace loving religion and does not condone such violence.”  Really? Those murderers claim to be Muslims, so they must go to some mosque, they must be getting their brains infected with hatred from some Imam, they must be a brother, a son, a husband, a father – SOMEONE has to be aware of the evil pouring out of these radical killers and what fount of poison they’re drinking from. I’m pointing my finger at Islam and I’m not afraid. Clean up your house!

Jesus said in Matthew 5: 21-22: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment…”  If you think God is telling you to hate, if you think your spiritual leader is right by shoveling rage and violence into you, if you think you are justified to murder innocent human beings, I’ve got news for you: There will be an accounting.  If you know someone who is like this, if you live with or near someone who talks about murdering infidels in the name of Allah, if you stand by and watch them slaughter another human being, if you walk on by, I’ve got news for you: There will be an accounting.

I’m not going to let some hate-filled monster try to harm my family and friends, or any other human for that matter. If I’m around to witness that level of evil I will use every means at my disposal to insure they meet their maker, even if I have to beat them to death with my laptop or choke the life out of their hateful body with my bare hands.  Radical Islamists, if you come after my family, friends or neighbors, I will be glad to help you get to paradise.  I am not going to take it anymore.

This is the moment when we as decent people need to draw a line in the sand and scream “NO MORE!” If you don’t want to get involved, do the rest of us a favor and stay in your house. Your non-action and your silence condones the spread of hatred. Those of you who are fed up, who are as mad as hell as I am, here’s what you do: Stand up against evil! Step in and do your best to stop hate, whether it manifests in the form of vitriol or violence! Speak out against intolerance, prejudice and hatred regardless of its source. Don’t let yourself fall into the stupor of non-action, like that woman who just walked on by or the others who stood there taking pictures. Be the one who has the courage to confront evil despite the danger!

It is common for people to say “Oh well, that’s fine and good to believe such things, but we never know what we’ll do until we find ourselves in that situation.” If you’re not sure what you’d do, then prepare yourself to act in that moment! Jesus said “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) We all have the instinct to try and save our own life when in danger. It’s called self-preservation. Jesus also said “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39) Who is your neighbor? We all are! Don’t be someone in the crowd taking pictures or just walking on by. I promise you that even if ten percent of us act, evil will not prevail. Be ready! Be one of the ten percent! Be mad enough to do something!

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About jaytharding
Christian Mystic-in-training, burgeoning Apologist, Writer, Poet, Philosopher, all-purpose curmudgeon I am part of the load not rightly balanced. I drop off in the grass, like the old Cave-sleepers, to browse wherever I fall. ~Rumi~

6 Responses to ENOUGH!

  1. Jay I had not heard of this until I saw your blog post. I agree with you 100%. The fact that someone could walk by and ignore it. I do not understand what has happened to this world. I do not know anything about the Muslim religion and will not pretend to. The quote you stated ”

    I’ve got a copy of the Qur’an, and in Surah 5, verse 32 it says “… if anyone slays a human being – unless it be in punishment for murder or for spreading corruption on earth – it shall be as though he had slain all mankind…” There are other references to the subject of murder, but this one is as close as I can get to outright condemnation of homicide”.

    I would HOPE that NO ONE would ever think they are JUSTIFIED in outright killing someone for “punishment or spreading corruption” in the streets is justified.

    I agree that we all need to step up and remember “love thy neighbor” and “treat unto others as you would like to be treated”. We are all here and need to learn to protect those that are not able to protect themselves.

    WELL SAID JAY WELL SAID!!!

  2. Marty D'Arcy says:

    What’s it going to take to get Patriotic Americans off their couches and into the streets when their country is under attack by “any” administration or force they believe is wrong!

  3. Sue says:

    I agree, ENOUGH! Thank you for this, I am ready.

  4. Lee Taylor says:

    Having heard about this in the news, it was alarming and terrifying, and I said to my wife as we sat and watched in disdain and horror that this was just the beginning… Why do people have to be so blatantly moronic? Why do they find themselves justified in taking someone else’s life and feel no remorse? As a race we are pretty easy to lead in one direction just from listening to someone attractive or charismatic, its this flock mentality that has the human race headed in one direction, and that is down the shitter. Because when the shit hits the proverbial fan we are all content at standing by, watching, so confident with our own intelligence that whatever is happening in front of us is none of our business…

    It’s like in the cases where a person is being assaulted they are told not to shout “raaaaaaaaaaaape!” but “fire!” as it is more likely to draw help or at least garner the attention from jelly legged hordes of groundhogs popping their heads up from their windows or doors.

    It boils down to simple “Glad that isn’t happening to me!” what’s the solution? re-education on a world wide scale, form a hive mentality or… we need something to focus all of our disdain on, (like Breaking dawn) In this age we live, with the internet I wish we could say that the reason why people acted so poorly was because we were terrified, that we were so disturbed that we unable to move or we didn’t know what was happening… but the fact that we acted more severe with what transpired with “two girls and one cup” says a lot.

    I cannot say what was going through peoples heads as they watched the attack, whether it was morbid interest, a line from Jurassic park, or if they remember to pick up eggs from the store, or if this would make them late for their enemas… I just hope that we learn from this and do not become “anti” anything, the last thing that we need it to breed a new generation of racists or facilitate a war on terror, as that is what terror is. The hippies might have seemed a bit off smelling of hemp and sandalwood shouting peace and love, but the true hippies the ones we should have looked to were not the ones causing a stir, shouting from the rooftops or taking to the streets smoking reefer and blaming “the man” the ones we should have listened to were the ones who just sat back and watched with the giggles… In these coming days I hope that we can depend on each other more because if we cannot history will simply repeat itself..

  5. Orok Duke says:

    Getting into London from Paris on the same day that the mindless murder took place is more hounding. It will be well. I am happy at the response from the public, so far…..

  6. thank God someone else saw that woman, I thought I was the only person who did. She just walked by a man with bloodied hands without any fear. How are we not sure that she was/is part of the murder crew…

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