Nov 22, 2008

There Was No Koran On The Mayflower

By Dr. Richard Booker

In spite of some who want to revise American history, our country was founded by godly Christians fleeing Britain for the purpose of religious freedom. This is not just my opinion. Anyone can learn this by simply reading books by and about the Pilgrims and Puritans who came to America.

Of the many good books available, one of the most interesting is entitled, Of Plymouth Plantation published by The Vision Forum, San Antonio, Texas in association with Mantle Ministries, Bulverde, Texas. This fascinating book traces the history of the New Plymouth Settlement from its inception on British soil in 1608, to its sojourn in the Netherlands, and finally to its establishment on American shores. It is actually the diary of William Bradford’s history of the Plymouth Settlement from 1608-1650. Bradford served as governor of the new colony and faithfully recorded his first-hand account of life at Plymouth.

These founders of our country had a strong connection to the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament). They studied the Hebrew language and knew well the biblical Hebraic-Jewish roots of Christianity. They had a strong Judeo-Christian heritage. They came with a Bible in one hand and faith in the other hand.

I am grateful that our founding fathers brought religious freedom to America. But with all due respect to the first elected Muslim congressman from Minnesota, there was no Koran on the Mayflower. My point is that America was founded on the basis of a Judeo-Christian heritage. Historically Americans were raised with the Bible. Since there is nothing about Islam in the Bible, the American people know little or nothing about the life of Mohammed and the teachings of Islam. Let’s begin in this article with some startling facts about the modern revival of Islam.

Islam On The Move

Islam is one of the world’s fastest-growing religions, gaining converts in every country through an aggressive missionary program. The worldwide Islamic population has now reached one billion. This means that one in every five persons is now a Muslim. Most Muslims are peaceful folk who just want to have a good life and raise their children to be normal, healthy human beings. But if only twenty percent are radical Islamists, that means that two hundred million Muslims would kill Jews and Christians if they had a chance.

The majority of the populations of eleven of the twenty-five, fastest-growing nations in the world are Muslim. It is even more frightening to realize that these predominately Muslim populations are growing at a staggering rate. The birthrate in Muslim countries is 42 per 1,000 compared to 13 per 1,000 in the West.

Islam dominates thirty-eight countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and is spreading rapidly in the West. For example, in England, the birthplace of John Wesley, there are more Muslims than Methodists. There are thousands of Mosques in England and the number continues to grow. This is also true of every European country.

In the United States, Islam claims to be the fourth largest religion. Muslims are outnumbered only by Southern Baptist, Roman Catholics and those who practice Judaism. There are more Muslims in the United States than Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, etc. In the near future, there will be more Muslims than Jews in the United States. As one Muslim leader in the U.S. has said, “Most of our urban centers will be predominantly Muslim by 2020.” Think about that!

The number of Mosques being built in America is growing daily. Saudi money finances the building of these Mosques. The problem is not the building of Mosques because America has freedom of religion. The problem is that these Mosques represent the radical Wahhabi brand of Islam practiced by the founders of Saudi Arabia including Osama bin Ladin.

In addition, the Saudis give millions of dollars every year to American Universities to fund Islamic Studies Departments with the stipulation that the universities would hire Islamic professors to chair the department and teach the courses. Islamic professors at universities across America are teaching something other than a Judeo-Christian tradition and heritage to their students.

Our founding fathers were clear in their beliefs that our form of government would only work with moral citizens who make decisions based on Judeo-Christian values. We are a self-governing people. As our nation removes these values from public life, our beloved America will continue to crumble. The agenda of radical Islam is to hasten the day when America will not have the moral clarity and strength to stand against their onslaught on our culture. Our democracy will give way to anarchy unless the American people return to our Judeo-Christian heritage.