This is Robert Fawcett's Web Log,
        or commonly know as a blog.

It was interesting to learn that the word "blog" is a contraction, or the shorting of the word group, "web log." Further, the word blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

In any event, this is part of our website, and it will have regular entries of commentary and/or opinion as to news, correspondence received, excerpts from sources used in my book, either events or happenings concerning religious groups, and will include links to other websites, blogs, and other media as to the topic. It will be my way of helping others learn more about the major religions of the world.

Perhaps this will help someone around that spiritual bend in the road. Enjoy!

Religion: What is the rift between Islam and Christianity?

May 5th, 2011

Everyone in the Muslim world views everyone in Western Civilization as a Christian. That is their world view.

Everyone in the Western world views everyone in the Middle East and/or Near East as a Muslim. (Muslim, or Moslem, means to be a follower of the Islam religion.) And that is the world view of all countries in Western Civilization.

It makes no difference as to whether or not it is true. That is the perception.

Aside from the continuing war on terrorism, there is a continuing rift, this conflict, with Islam, anyway. Even though one religion follows a prophet (Muhammad) and the other religion follows a messiah (Jesus), they both believe in the same God. Why can’t they just get along? So what is the major rift, for goodness sake, between these two religions?

The rift is simply this:

  • Islam emphasizes “correct action, observance;”
  • whereas, Christianity emphasizes “correct belief.”

The world in which Muhammad was involved was truly “a tough neighborhood” where violence was a natural state of affairs. It was beset with tribal raids (and even wars), and cycles of vengeance and vendettas. Tribal honor and family honor were central virtues: manliness, courage in battle, chivalry, and upholding tribal and family honor were major virtues.

There was no sense of moral purpose, or communal moral responsibility. There were all kinds of religious traditions, most pointed toward idolatry. God was not in the equation. Therefore, Muhammad set out to correct this situation, and turn people to God.

Through a series of visions from the Angel Gabriel during his life, he was commanded to “proclaim the name of God,” and the Qur’an (known as the Koran in English) evolved. This book is divine guidance and direction for mankind, and considers the original Arabic text to be the final revelation of God. It is taught and understood that Islam’s mission is to bring all people, the entire world, under the discipline of the Qur’an’s teachings, saving humankind from its sinfulness.

So, Islam emphasizes correct action, correct observance, and a summary explanation as to the teachings of the Qur’an can be found in the following:

The world in which Jesus was thrust was that while the Hebrew people were God’s chosen people to “spread the word, bringing all the nations of the world to Him,” the religious leaders had turned the laws into a confusing mass of rules – would you believe some 613 rules! They were trying to correct the sinful nature of humankind. They lost sight of their purpose which was to turn people to God, and through the Holy Spirit, change the heart of the individual.

The Law itself, as well as a mass of rules, never makes us acceptable to God. Rules such as attendance in church or doing good works or worshiping in a certain manner or honoring special religious days or tithing to a church, are examples in current times. True belief and true faith transforms our thoughts as well as our conduct – we do the above examples in appreciation or gratefulness or to honor tradition and make Jesus known, not in anticipation or approval or expectation. Heartfelt obedience (a decision from the heart) is more important than legalistic observance (an intellectual decision).

As Jesus teaches, God doesn’t so much judge our actions, He judges our motives. Therefore, Jesus was sent into the world to mend that broken relationship between God and humankind, give humankind the New Covenant, and offer a path, through Jesus, for the forgiveness of sins and a way to Heaven.

So, Christianity emphasizes correct belief, and a summary explanation as to the teachings of the Bible can be found in the following:

And that is the rift — the disagreement that disrupts good relations.

Islam: Sir Winston Churchill’s view on Mohammedanism, the Islam religion

March 28th, 2011

Did Churchill see it coming?
Sir Winston Churchill was one of the greatest men of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   He was a statesman.    He was a decorated combat veteran Army officer (Middle East, the current Pakistan area, and Africa, the Sudan and Egypt), a politician (advancing to Prime Minister of Britain), an artist (a respected artist), an author (receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature), and finally, an honorary citizen of the United States of America.

So, Churchill had extensive experience with the Arab world, and particularly the religion of Islam.  He resigned from the Army, and to promote his latest book written in 1899 and, of course his political career, he began a speaking tour of Britain, followed by tours of the United States and Canada.  Of his many speaking engagements, the basis for his remarks on Islam were words from his book, expressed in the wonderful Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language (dust-off your dictionary), of which he was a past master.

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries (see “votary” in the dictionary)!   Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia (i.e., same as rabies) in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule, or live.   A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.   No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step;  and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

(The River War; First Edition; Volume II, pages 248-50)

Was Churchill right?

Yes, as we see in current times where we have many examples of the same analysis from political and military leaders since Churchill’s analysis over a century ago in time, the below link is one minute and forty-five seconds (1 ¾ minute) video that succinctly captures the driving force behind terrorism in our current world situation, particularly as it would involve the United States.

As with Churchill, Mr. Allen West also has experience in the Arab world (Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan), and therefore, the religion of Islam.   He was a military officer, an officer in the U.S. Army (Lieutenant Colonel), and was also a decorated combat veteran.  As with Churchill, he also resigned from the Army, and his political career began when he was elected to Congress in 2010.   As you will see, he has a grasp and an understanding of history.

In the above video clip, West references the Koran, the Sunnah (he used the word sura, but meant Sunnah), and the Hadith.  For further information:
The Koran, or Qur’an —
The Sunnah —
The Hadith —

100+ years later, where are we?

Sir Winston Churchill and Rep. Allen West are addressing major concerns, in different words, so we need to analyze the really “key” problems:

  1. In Islam, as I cover in my book, there is no separation between religion and state, and therefore, any economy (except oil states) where Islam is in political control is in trouble.  The reason is that this doctrine does not embrace the capitalistic economic system.   They are welded together, and any legal system is replaced with Shar’ia Law.   As a result, there is no chance for economic growth necessary to cure any unemployment issues, or quality of life issues.   [Of course, power brokers use the resulting unrest to stoke the fire against Western Civilization, as you will see in the Hamas explanation and the video after point # 3 below.]
    (a.) The Qur’an forbids collecting interest on loans (usury) that is necessary to seed modern banking, and seed capital markets.
    (b.) The legal system, developed from the doctrine of the Qur’an, does not permit a legal entity such as a corporation; therefore, a business cannot raise capital to limit an investor’s liability to their investment.   There is no vehicle to allow for the formation of capital for either an existing business or a new business to fuel an economy.
    (c.) The legal framework does not exist for a uniform system of property rights where the economic feature is decoupled from an asset by the use of deeds, titles, and stock shares or bond certificates necessary to transform assets into capital for further investment, or to purchase assets through the use of debt.
  2. Again, as I explain in my book, it is unmistakable that the Qur’an teaches that Islam’s “mission” is to bring all people, the entire world, under the discipline of the Qur’an’s teachings, saving humankind from its sinfulness.   Through this radicalism (which is way beyond fundamentalism), their leaders truly believe they can legislate goodness, righteousness.  (Girls and Boys, this is very key point – don’t miss it.)
    By contrast, the teaching of Jesus, and therefore the mission of his followers, is far different: it is to change a person’s heart.  Huge difference!
  3. We are constantly reminded that the Qur’an (as well the Sunnah and the Hadith) is taken out of context by extremists, and there is no doubt that, in many cases, this is correct.    However, their political and religious leader’s offense to counter this charge is only “that” (meaning, merely mentioning this issue without either explanation or  justification, and adding that Muslims are ‘misunderstood”) rather than doing something about the problem.

The litmus test for any leader in the Islam sphere of influence, political leaders and Islamic clergy (whether Arab or not), is whether or not they will condemn the Palestinian Islamist political organization Hamas which governs Gaza.   This is the one organization that is really the center piece of the Jihadist movement.   The term jihad is used by Islamic organizations, although not the correct meaning, as “holy war.”

If mainstream Muslims truly want peace and truly want to “do something about the problem,” then all the leaders (political and religious) must publicly condemn Hamas (and all other such terrorists’ organizations).   Thence, the governments from other Islam countries need to take-out those organizations through military/police operations.

Without this condemnation and this removal of the terrorists organizations (and prosecution of their leaders) by other Islam countries, Islam will always be a threat via extremists, and Western Civilization will always be at risk.

The teachings in Arab countries …are chilling

This video was originally presented to the UN Human Rights Commission, Geneva, on September 28, 2010.

This video, consisting of translated clips from Arab TV, is chilling.   It is difficult to watch, and gets harder as it progresses.   Some of it would seem ridiculous, and even funny, if we didn’t know that these people are deadly serious.

Notice the theme and titles of the individuals in each clip.

Ladies and Gentlemen, unless this situation gets under control by their own leaders around the world, we will have further nightmare stories of Western Civilization assimilating these people (particular new converts) into our mist.

By way of example, the nightmare stories, such as France, where Paris has lost control of Muslim city neighborhoods where fear reigns, and neither policemen nor firemen nor ambulance emergency units will enter.   Furthermore, these same citizens are gaining traction in their political system with the long-range goal of gaining control.


Hamas (an acronym for the Arabic words “Islamic Resistant Movement”) was an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in 1987.   The proper name is The Society of the Muslim Brothers, and it was founded in 1928 in Egypt.   The group is the world’s oldest and largest Islamic political group, and the “world’s most influential Islamist movement.”    The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for … ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community, … and state.”

[By the way, please take note that The Society of the Muslim Brothers, the “world’s most influential Islamist movement,” issued a Declaration of War against the United States, the West (I assume this is Western Civilization), Christians, and Jews in September 2010.  (Source: Barry Rubin, Director, Global Research in International Affairs Center; October 7, 2010)]

Sheik Ahmed Yassin declared in 1987 that Hamas was founded for the purpose of Jihad, to liberate Palestine from Israeli oppression, and to establish an Islamic state “from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.”

Hamas is classified as a major terrorist organization by all non-Islamic governments; i.e., all countries from the European Union to Japan, from Iceland to Australia.    And it is brutal; i.e., suicide bombings (using women and, in cases, children as well as men), Israel rockets attacks, extreme torture and death to any suspected Palestinian collaborators, et cetera.   Hamas’ 1988 Charter calls for replacing the State of Israel with a Palestinian Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.   Their Charter identifies the conflict as a “struggle against the Jews.”

The Charter also asserts that through shrewd manipulation of imperial countries and secret societies, Zionists were behind a wide range of events, and disasters, going as far back in history as the French Revolution.    Among the charter’s controversial statements is the following: “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews [and kill them];  until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”    The document also quotes Islamic religious texts (the Koran, the Sunnah, the Hadith) to provide justification for fighting against, and killing, Jews.

Website to the Hamas Charter:

As to the litmus test, notice the lack of either (^) sermons from the pulpit in Arab states or (^) any effort to dismantle this organization by the surrounding Arab states or (^) any marketing for formal education (lower schools as well as at the university level) to condemn these teachings with the young or (^) widely publicized written documents of any kind that correct and dispel any misuse of religious text (Koran, Sunnah, or Hadith) utilized to justify organizations such as Hamas.

Make no mistake: this be the center piece of their ongoing military effort (including guerrilla and terrorist tactics), and political effort (including judicial, social, and elective offices) throughout the world.    This includes the United States, whether it be Portland or Little Rock, whether Kalamazoo or Tucson.

In addition, it serves as an example for all Muslims, any denomination, that their role, as I explain in my book, is to bring the entire world under ALLAH’s dominion, and therefore, the discipline of the Koran’s (or Qur’an) teachings.    The Islam religion and the State are one – they are to have total control.