On last nights newscast I watched a video tape of this young wet-behind-the ears blowhard kid that goes by the nomicker Adam Yehiye Gadahn.
Formerly of Los Angeles Herr Gadahn spouted off some contemptible words for the American public about the truths of the Moslem faith and demanding that we repent and become loyal Muslims or face the consequences.
He denounced Christianity as a "hollow shell of a religion, whose followers cling to an empty faith and a false conviction in their own salvation. It is time for the unbelievers to discard these incoherent and illogical beliefs," he said. "We invite all Americans and other unbelievers to Islam, wherever they are." Tough words coming from a guy that was formerly Adam Pearlman.
What's up with Al Qaida? Do they think that by putting some air head American expatriate that couldn't cut the mustard in his own country or with his own family that his credibility will put their message "God Is On Our Side" over the top and make us quake, shiver and start wearing bath-towels on our noggins?
This made me think back to Abraham Lincoln. My Grandmother loved reading about Lincoln and instilled that quality in me. Lincoln was not only our greatest president, but one of the truly great men of all time. His words still ring true today.
During the Civil War when he was confronted by a pastor that he should be praying that God be on our side, Lincoln responded, "Sir my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God's side."
I am told that Jews, Muslims and Christians spring from a central root which is Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Our own United States of America became divided in our beliefs and underwent a terrible Civil War as a result. Perhaps this is a historical parallel to today's turbulence that is pitting fanatical Muslims against each other and against the Western world.
During his Second inaugural Address he said the following: "Both (sides) read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully."
He further went on to say, "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations"
Truth stands out because it shines and glows. It does not accuse. It does not demand. All men seek it and recognize it when it comes their way. Mr. Gadahn, you are a misguided zealot and a youth with a life time ahead of you. However you have blown it. You are merely echoing the rhetoric of evil men and we have heard it all before. You don't have any original thoughts and you are currently on the FBI's most wanted list. Would you please sit down, shut up and just go away. Exam yourself and the works of your organization and then ask yourself the question, "Are you on God's side?" Would you, "Care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan - to all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations?"