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Congressional Candidate Opposes Sharia Law

FrontPageMagazine.com recently interviewed Vijay Kumar, who is seeking the Republican nomination in a Tennessee primary Congressional race set for August.  He is running on an anti-Sharia platform.  Kumar was born in Hyderabad, India, in 1954.  During the late 1970s, he worked in human resources for a European construction company that sent him to work in Iran. From 1977 to 1979 he witnessed the radical transformation of Iran from a modern nation to a repressed, fundamentalist state.  He emigrated to the US in 1979 and has lived in Nashville for twenty years.

According to Kumar, the main focus of his campaign is the War on Terror.  Kumar believes that many politicians do not seem to realize that our struggle is against more than just “terror.” Terrorism is just one tactic being used by Islamic extremists to force their way of life on the rest of the world. He sees this is a struggle over whether the West will be ruled under Sharia law.

Sharia is a set of laws designed to apply not just to Muslims, but to non-Muslims as well. Everyone, believer and unbeliever alike, is supposed to live a life based upon Mohammed’s teachings. However, unbelievers are given distinctly different treatment than believers.  Sharia law is not based on logic or a belief in natural equality. It is based on religious customs, and part of its design is to elevate believers over non-believers.

Kumar thinks that secular progressives and Islam share many of the same values. Both believe a central authority should control all things. Both insult and denigrate their opponents and see themselves as victors in the movement of history.  He states, “The fight against Political Islam should have been led by the liberal intellectuals in our universities, but instead they deliberately and systematically support a seventh century totalitarian ideology that negates all forms of rational thinking, intellectual pursuit, and pluralism – the very ideals which are supposed to be central to the philosophy of the Left.  The Liberals have become the lackeys of Islamic imperialism in their words and deeds.”

Kumar points out that Sharia denies the values of our Constitutional government and that it has been the constant goal of radical Islam to make all peoples submit to Sharia.  He believes we should demand that all our politicians make their position on Sharia law clear. He wants to pass laws that ensure the brutality of Sharia law can never be applied to an American woman.

“It is a moral imperative to oppose the nations that practice Sharia Law,” says Kumar.  “We must start scrutinizing way more carefully immigration from Sharia practicing nations. Why should we let on our shores those who want to install and live by Sharia?”

Shall We Oppose The Secular Monopoly On Culture Or Remain Quietly In Our Churches?

The following statement was written in 1984:

“The church is safe from vicious persecution at the hands of the secularist, as educated people have finished with stake-burning circuses and torture racks.  No martyr’s blood is shed in the secular west.  So long as the church knows her place and remains quietly at peace on her modern reservation.  Let the babes pray and sing and read their Bibles, continuing steadfastly in their intellectual retardation; the church’s extinction will not come by sword or pillory, but by the quiet death of irrelevance.  But let the church step off the reservation, let her penetrate once more the culture of the day and the . . . face of secularism will change from a smile to a savage snarl.” (Classical Apologetics, p. 4, R. C. Sproul, John Gerstner, & Arthur Lindsley)

I know that this was not intended as a prophetic statement, but the ongoing secular progressive drive to push Christianity and Christians from the public arena of culture, conversation, intellectual debate, and politics is moving ahead with the savage determination stated above.  As more Christians stand against moral relativism and the attack on “absolute truth,” the secular progressives continue their fascist attacks through the media and best selling books on atheism.  Sproul, Gerstner, and Lindsley were right.  Secularism does not want the intrusion of Christianity into its cultural monopoly.

The secular progressives see Christianity as being intolerant.  Secularism defines tolerance as “no one is wrong and nothing is absolute,” except the secularist opinion that absolute truth does not exist.  When Christians say that some action is immoral, Christians are immediately portrayed as being intolerant.  The idea of absolute truth is a dangerous enemy to the politically-correct secularist who seeks power by legitimizing sin.

As Christians, we must do a better job of sharing the Gospel without compromising the Word of God.  We must teach our children and our neighbors the values of virtue and duty grounded in the image of God.  The church must do a better job of teaching the saints a Christian world-view that we are competent to articulate to the culture around us.  Christians must commit to a life of Biblical study so that we can say we have loved the Lord our God with all our minds and made disciples as He commanded.  Satan may roar like a lion over today’s secular kingdom, but his teeth are rotten like the abomination over which he rules.  “But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days.  But I will trust in you.” (Psalm 55:23, ESV)

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