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Churches Closing and Mosques Opening in The United States
By Julio Severo
More than 70 percent of U.S. citizens claim to be Christian. Even so, 6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year in America — and that number is growing. Most denominations are declining as a result of a declining Christian population. It is so a serious problem that The Atlantic produced the headline “America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches.”
While Christian churches are closing in the largest Protestant nation in the world, mosques are opening increasingly. There were about 100 mosques in the U.S. in 1970, but Islamic immigration has led to hundreds more being built. By 2000, there were 1,209 U.S. mosques, which rose to 2,106 in 2010 — an increase of 74%.
Why are churches closing and mosques opening?
U.S. Census data from 1850, when the U.S. was over 90 percent Protestant, show that families had usually six to nine kids. Today, U.S. families usually have 1 or 2 children, while Muslim immigrants have over 3 children.
How will U.S. churches stop closing if their families are not having enough babies for decades? How will Islamic mosques stop growing if their families are having too many babies?
Some could blame left-wing Democratic President Barack Hussein Obama for the Islamization of America, but the facilitation of Islamization began before. Even though his name is completely 100 percent Islamic, it did not begin with him. It did not also begin with right-wing Republican President George W. Bush, even though after the 9/11 he treated Islam as a “religion of peace.”
Probably, it began with right-wing Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who attended the dedication ceremony of a mosque in Washington D.C. in 1957. In his speech, Eisenhower spoke about the beauty of Islam and religious freedom in America. Now, Islam is enjoying U.S. religious freedom to expand in America and, in return, Americans are enjoying the “beauty” of Islam: 9/11 and many other Islamic terror attacks.
Eisenhower was the first U.S. president to enter a mosque. He removed his shoes on entering. This is an act of submission, and Islam means exactly this: Submission.
To take off the shoes is a demonstration of deep respect. Only God, not Islam, deserves such respect. God told Moses:
“Take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5 ESV)
A mosque is not a holy ground and God’s presence is not in that place. A mosque is a place of Islam, and Islam is a religious ideology of violence.
You can take off your shoes where God is. But to take off your shoes in a place where God is offended is an insult to God. A Christian should never take off his shoes in a place where Islam is worshipped.
Daniel in Babylon kept a high government post without “taking off his shoes” to other gods. Islam is another god, and if U.S. presidents think that Islam and U.S. evangelicalism are the same, they are doing what Daniel did not do: they are selling their Christianity for the sake of U.S. commercial interests.
Daniel never sold his God for the sake of Babylon’s commercial interests.
In his speech at the mosque, the Islamic Center, Eisenhower said,
It is a privilege to take part in this ceremony of dedication. Meeting with you now, in front of one of the newest and most beautiful buildings in Washington, it is fitting that we re-dedicate ourselves to the peaceful progress of all men under one God.
And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion.
Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience.
This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are.
The countries which have sponsored and built this Islamic Center have for centuries contributed to the building of civilization. With their traditions of learning and rich culture, the countries of Islam have added much to the advancement of mankind. Inspired by a sense of brotherhood, common to our innermost beliefs, we can here together reaffirm our determination to secure the foundation of a just and lasting peace.
Civilization owes to the Islamic world some of its most important tools and achievements. From fundamental discoveries in medicine to the highest planes of astronomy, the Muslim genius has added much to the culture of all peoples. That genius has been a wellspring of science, commerce and the arts, and has provided for all of us many lessons in courage and in hospitality.
I consider it a great personal and official honor to open the Islamic Center.
Eisenhower was a deeply anticommunist right-winger. If you want to know what a U.S. right-wing president thinks about Islam, just read Eisenhower’s words. Or you can also read the words of U.S. President George W. Bush, who immediately after the 9/11 terror attack visited the same Islamic Center to deliver a speech to say to the American public and Muslims around the world that the Saudi Islamic terrorists who attacked the U.S. did not represent the true Islam. He said,
The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran itself: “In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.”
The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.
When we think of Islam, we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world — billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.
If Muslims and their religion represent peace, who does not represent peace? According to Bush in his speech at the Islamic Center, Americans who oppose Islam “don’t represent the best of America. They represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.”
So in this definition, if you oppose Islam, you are anti-American. Would I be labeled “anti-American” for saying that Islam is the greatest persecutor of Christians in the world? Would I be labeled “anti-American” for saying that Islam is behind most terror attacks in the world?
Bush finished his speech by assuring that Muslims “love America just as much as I do.”
After reading how right-wing presidents Eisenhower and Bush praised Islam and Muslims as “peaceful,” why worry about what left-wing president Obama said about Islam? Obama was just the natural result of Eisenhower’s and Bush’s foolishness, which may produce many other prominent Muslims in the U.S. politics, including presidents.
The foundation of the Islamization of America is found in Eisenhower’s right-wing foolishness.
If terror, violence and massive persecution of Christians do not represent Islam, so why did over 100 years ago Winston Churchill describe about Islam the same reality we see today? He said,
“The Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness… How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia 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.”
Who lied? Eisenhower and Bush saw Islam as a source of peace and progress, but Churchill saw Islam as a source of violence and decadence. By Eisenhower’s and Bush’s standards, Churchill would be labeled “anti-American.”
I wonder why Eisenhower, as a right-wing president, “blessed” the dedication of a mosque in the capital of the U.S. government. Presidents of Islamic nations never attend the dedication of Christian churches. They do not even try, often, to hinder the massive persecution of Christians in their nations.
The building of the Islamic Center in Washington D.C. was funded by Turkey and other Islamic nations. I never see Islamic presidents removing their shoes to enter a Christian church to dedicate it. I never see Islamic presidents praising Christianity and blessing the dedication of a Christian church in their own nations just as a just retribution for the pro-Islam praises of Eisenhower and Bush. In fact, I never see the president of Turkeys giving back to Christians Hagia Sophia, the oldest Christian cathedral in the world, and hundreds of Armenian churches taken by Muslims.
While U.S. presidents praise Islam and its growth in the U.S., Islamic presidents do not praise Christianity and make all effort to hinder its growth. So who is truly submissive? While Muslims are making Westerners submissive to Islam, Westerns themselves are accepting to be submissive.
Let us see the math that brought Islamization to America: pro-mosque right-wing Eisenhower + pro-mosque right-wing Bush = pro-mosque left-wing Obama. The pro-mosque right-wing presidents got what they asked: a pro-mosque left-wing president.
So right-wingers cannot complain about Islamization of America. They are the fundamental part of the problem. They, not left-wingers, were pioneers in pro-mosque attitudes.
Evangelicals, who were since the Pilgrims the fundamental force in the birth of America, are the real hope for America in their belief that only Jesus Christ and His powerful Word can help America. Evangelicals, more than right-wingers and left-wingers, can recover the old American standard of the Bible as the center of the culture.
Yet, how can evangelicals help America if they are not taking care of their own future and the future of their churches by having the same number of babies that U.S. evangelical families had 150 years ago?
The same Eisenhower that was the first president to praise Islam within a mosque also asked birth control to everyone around the world. And birth control is the key for Islam to advance in the West. Eisenhower did not perceive that he was implementing the exact measures that are facilitating Islamic expansion in the U.S. and other Western nations.
With U.S. Democratic Harry Truman, Eisenhower served as co-chairman of a Planned Parenthood committee. Planned Parenthood is the largest family planning and abortion organization in the world.
Fortunately, U.S. conservative Republican President Ronald Reagan didn’t share Eisenhower’s love for Planned Parenthood. Reagan defunded the abortion organization around the world. For the Reagan administration, more people meant more ideas, more productivity and more consumers.
Even though Reagan excelled in pro-life and anticommunist stances, there was a big tragedy: under his right-wing administration the U.S. began its importation of Muslims from Somalia.
The “glory” of praising Islam and “blessing” the dedication of the first and largest mosque in the U.S. capital does not belong to left-wing presidents. It belongs to a right-wing president. When Eisenhower praised Islam and “blessed” the dedication of a mosque in Washington D.C., the U.S. welcomed Islam and its murderous spirits.
Jesus gave his disciples the authority to expel demons. As the largest Protestant nation in the world, the U.S. should know how to deal with Islamic spirits. But there are also non-spiritual measures. To ban Islamic immigration, a (non-fulfilled) promise by Trump in 2016, is a good measure.
The problem of immigration rose because U.S. families are not having enough babies. Where the population is not reproducing in sufficient numbers, immigration is necessary.
So by not having 6 to 9 children by Christian family, the U.S. is seeing lesser and lesser Christian babies a year, closing thousands of churches a year, welcoming thousands of Islamic immigrants a year and seeing a non-stop increase of Islamic babies and mosques.
The Islam praised by Eisenhower is opening mosques in America. The birth control praised by him is closing Christian churches by reducing Christian families in America. If you praise foolishness, you reap foolishness.