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An Open Letter to Donald Trump

By Glenn Jobe

Dear Mr. Trump,

I praise you for your courage to stand up against Islam and your attempt to warn the American people of the dangers that have now infiltrated our borders. I know that you are under much criticism at this time from the politically “correct” and by those who are more interested in advancing their self-serving programs over that of protecting the American people.

I assure you that you are right in restricting Muslims and you have the First Amendment on your side. The First Amendment no more protects the practice of Islam in this country than it does those who would offer human sacrifices in the name of religion. I will explain how that is true shortly.

The American people have never received an answer to one question: Why do “radical Muslims” hate us? Other questions follow: Why do they want to kill us? Why do they blow themselves up?

What is common to all these “radical” Islamic groups? The answer is simple: you and I, everyone in this country (and in all other countries who do not come under the control of Islam) are “heathens, pagans, idolaters, unbelievers,” and according to the Koran, are slated for death. Not only does the Koran authorize the taking up of arms in order to defend Muslims, Muslims are explicitly instructed to kill all unbelievers in Allah. The Koran, itself, so indicates in several places. For instance, in 8:59-62, is written:

Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power so to do. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to God. All that you give for the cause of God shall be repaid to you. You shall not be wronged [emphasis mine].

Observe that carnal warfare is to be exacted against two kinds of offenders: “the enemy of God” (i.e. unbelievers in Allah), and “your enemy” (i.e., those who do not keep treaties, attack Muslims and do Muslims wrong). This is opposite to the religion of Christ (Matt. 5:43-48; Rom. 12:14-21). The Bible reserves judgment for the afterlife. Islam calls upon those who do not believe in Allah to be killed in this life by those who do! It is impossible for Muslims who follow the Koran to live in this society. Indeed the prophet Mohammad wrote immediately prior to the previous quote, “Make war with them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme” (8:39). Any person who believes not in Allah is classified “idolater.”

On the next page, the divine instruction continues (9:3-8, under “Repentance” At-Tauba):

God and His apostle are under no obligation to the idolaters. If you repent, it shall be well with you; but if you give no heed, know that you shall not be immune from God’s judgement.

Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers, except to those idolaters who have honoured their treaties with you in every detail and aided none against you. With these keep faith, until their treaties have run their term. God loves the righteousness.

When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful.

If an idolater seeks asylum with you, give him protection so that he may hear the Word of God, and then convey him to safety. For the idolaters are ignorant men.

God and his apostle repose no trust in idolaters, save those with whom you have made treaties at the Sacred Mosque. So long as they keep the faith with you, keep faith with them. God loves the righteous.

[All quotations are from The Koran, translated by N. J. Dawood (New York: Penguin Books, 1993). Though there are a number of translations into English, all references to The Koran are taken from this source. Since verse divisions in all consulted translations are ambiguous, verse numbers as here cited are intended as only approximate.]

I am a minister for a Christian church and have had to deal with this situation on several occasions. Just before 9/11 I had read the Koran and one evening while participating on a live community access television program in Lake County Illinois, our panel dealt with the teachings of the Islam and the Koran. An angry Muslim called accusing me—after I had read these and other quotes—of taking the Koran out of context and of depending on a translation. I do not read Arabic and thus have to depend upon a translation, but my response was quick and accurate: “Evidently, those who study the Koran in Arabic have come to the same conclusion because jihad is going on all over the world, including the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York.” He could not respond to that. There is no such thing as “radical Islam.” Terrorists are practicing Islam; they are carrying out what their holy book is telling them to do—murder unbelievers!

This country has always been at war with Islam, even as far back as the American Revolution. It is the reason why America developed a navy (see the Treaty of Tripoli, 1797).

How, then, can this country refuse Muslims into this country and shut down their mosques? Because Islam is a violation of the First Amendment. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion. Islam denies it—convert or die! Here’s the argument:

  1. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion and any religion that does not allow freedom of religion is not protected by the First Amendment.
  2. Islam is a religion that does not allow freedom of religion.
  3. Therefore, Islam is a religion that is not protected by the First Amendment.

To guarantee Muslims freedom of religion in this country makes as much sense as allowing Donald Trump to run for king. The Constitution makes no provision for either.

Thus, if the Koran is their holy book and they must revere and follow the teachings of the Koran, they cannot be “peaceable Muslims” in the midst of those who do not adhere to Islam. To speak of a “peaceable Muslim” is like talking about a “married bachelor”—they are contrary expressions. Islam is more dangerous and militant that Nazi-ism ever was. Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister, found out too late that peace with Nazi Germany was impossible.

What must our State Department do? They must require self-professed Muslims to deny part of the teaching of their Koran. Individual mosques, as they represent those who are associated with each mosque, must publicly announce that they do not believe that people of other religious persuasions must be killed, made war against, ambushed, arrested or besieged.

This move will pit Muslims against their Koran if they want to remain in the United States and practice their religion. It will also put them at odds with other Muslims, for true Muslims will want to kill them as they do so openly in other countries. To merely desecrate a printed copy of the Koran brings death!

Islam is not peaceable. When they feel that they have the upper hand, even with less than 25% of the population, they feel emboldened and will take over this country as they have in other countries (e.g. Iran and Egypt). Then we will have outright war in our streets. Where I preach, we had a refugee family here at the church from Iran. The father of the family had converted to Christianity. If he had stayed in Iran, he would have been hanged. He cannot return to his native country. In other Islamic countries the penalty is beheading.

Please, Mr. Trump, in your speeches and debates, educate the American people that you are the only candidate who is looking out for their rights as American citizens. To speak against what is morally wrong is not “hate speech.” Have your staff do the research on Islam, what it has meant in other countries, and what it will mean to the United States if it is not openly opposed. You are campaigning for the Executive Office of the United States which is to enforce the laws that Congress passes. If elected, you will have the awesome responsibility of protecting the citizens of the United States. I see no other candidate of either party committed to that. You give the American people a choice. Thank you for your efforts.

Glenn A. Jobe

December 9, 2015