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“I Keel You!” – Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo

We don’t often talk about Muslim extremists and terrorism here at Raised on Hoecakes. It is not that we are not concerned, it is that there are so many other voices – voices with far more expertise than ours – that do a much better job of writing and discussing the threat of radical Islam and its affects on terrorism here and abroad.

When we first heard about the attacks in Oslo, we have to admit that our first thought was “oh no….. not another senseless attack by some radical, Muslim looking for 72 virgins.” In a way, that thought shows a bit of a bias – a prejudice if you will – on what is happening in the world. We automatically assumed that anyone that would bomb and shoot innocent people would be a Muslim. In some ways, we are ashamed of that thought. Terrorists and whackjobs, as we have learned, come in all different nationalities, races, and genders. Unlike others, we did not rush to put out a piece blaming Muslims or anyone for the Oslo killings.

We waited until more facts were known.

When Anders Behring Breivik was named as the alleged perpetrator of the Oslo attacks, we were shocked and surprised at the rush of many to label Breivik as a “Christian.” We addressed that issue in a previous post and believe our position concerning the “faith” of Breivik still stands.

Now comes this from CNN.com:

FBI agents discovered a bevy of potential bomb-making materials in the hotel room of a missing Muslim American soldier who was arrested near Fort Hood, Texas, the military base where a 2009 shooting spree killed 13 people, an FBI spokesman said Thursday.

Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, a Muslim American who refused to deploy to Iraq and later went AWOL after facing child pornography charges, was arrested at a traffic stop Wednesday by police in Killeen, Texas, just outside Fort Hood, said the FBI spokesman, Erik Vasys.

He is expected to face federal charges, possibly as early as Thursday afternoon, a federal law enforcement official said. The case immediately sounded alarms because of the proximity to Fort Hood.

UPDATE: The email alert sent to all Army units Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press says the man arrested by Killeen police a day earlier had a large quantity of ammunition, weapons and a bomb inside a backpack.

It says he admitted under questioning to planning an attack on Fort Hood.
(emphasis ours)

There are so many things to comment about this story that it is hard to know where to begin.

First, when did the use of “Muslim American” become en vogue? Abdo was an American citizen in the United States Army. Period. He took an oath to defend the Constitution by saying:

“I, Naser Jason Abdo, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

It almost appears that the term “Muslim American” is being given the same “casual acceptance” as “Irish American,” or “African American.” But have you ever heard or seen “Christian American?” “Hindu American?” “Atheist American?” Why the inconsistencies?

But let’s look at that oath. Is that oath binding to a Muslim? According to the sources we found, you’re darn tooting it is. The first hurdle would be “is ‘so help me God,’ the same as ‘so help me Allah.'” According to at least one site, it is:

The word “Allah” is the perfect description of the “One God” of monotheism for Jews, Christians and Muslims!

Just how sacred to a Muslim is an oath made in the name of Allah?

If you take an oath, you MUST fulfil it. And, you should never take a false oath with Allah as a witness. It is one of the major sins in Islam. Quoted below are some proofs :

Do not make your oaths a means of deceiving one another or your foot will slip after it was firmly placed and you will taste evil for barring access to the Way of Allah and you will have a terrible punishment.” (16:92) Dakhalan means deceit and treachery.

6298. Ash-Sha’bi related from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet*, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The major wrong actions are shirk with Allah, disobeying parents, murder and false oaths.”

“Those who sell Allah’s contract and their own oaths for a paltry price, such people will have no portion in the Next World, and on the Day of Rising Allah will not speak to them or look at them or purify them. They will have a painful punishment.” (3:77)

It is not our intent here to disparage those who take an oath in the name of Allah. Our intent is to show the seriousness of that oath with the Muslim belief system.

In the oath that Abdo took of his own free will, he swore to “…defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic….”

Domestic enemies?

That would be defend the country against himself, right? If Abdo was planning on using his bomb making equipment to attack the US and its citizens, then did he not break his oath? The oath he swore to Allah?

The reason we bring this up is because when the media talks about Christians who break oaths and sin, the fact that the person went against the tenants and beliefs of Christianity is highlighted. It is almost always brought forth. A Christian sinning is always publicly held against him. He is labeled a hypocrite, a sinner, etc and perhaps rightfully so. Yet when a member of the Muslim faith breaks the tenants of their faith, the outrage is muted and subdued. It is not mentioned in the press.

When accused “Fort Hood Killer” Major Nidal Malik Hasan first was mentioned in the media after a shooting spree killed 13 people, we were lectured by the media to be patient and not to rush to judgment on Hasan’s religious beliefs. In Oslo, it wasn’t 24 hours before the media was screaming of Breivik’s “Christianity.”

There is no consistency.

When a priest if found to have violated a child, we consider that a crime of unmentionable horror against the child, the laws of man, and the laws of God. When Abdo has a computer loaded with kiddie porn, it is no big deal. Nothing to see here… move along.

When Abdo was arrested, he was AWOL from the Army due to the child pornography charges against him. He was running from his crime. He was running from his oath.

Way to stand up, be accountable and be a man like a exemplary “Muslim American!”

If Abdo were of another faith, we have no doubt his transgressions against his stated faith would be part of the discussion as to the type of person Abdo is. As it is, it almost seems as if that part of his life doesn’t matter. Once again, it seems “Abdo is a Muslim? Wow! Who knew? Nothing to see here….. move along.”

Abdo, as a Muslim, should be treated the same way in the press in regards to his faith as other men and women of faith who break the law and whose actions are against the teachings of their faith. It is not that we want Muslims or any other faith to be held to a higher standard that other faiths, we just want the same standards of examination and accountability applied to him as is applied to Christians.

Is that too much to ask for?



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