“To Americans and the rest of Christendom we say, either repent…or…suffer the consequences in this world and the next…”
Michelle Malkin has transcribed a bit of Adam Gadahn’s convert to Islam-or-die message to America (and to Daniel Pipes, Michael Scheuer, Steve Emerson and me in particular). Please note that in extending this “invitation” to Islam coupled with a threat of violence, Gadahn is following the example of the Muslim prophet Muhammad — an example also followed recently by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Gadahn calls Muhammad “the chief and master of Adam’s children, and the embodiment of high morals and good character.”
“Islam is the only religion acceptable to God and came with the revealed book, the Koran, which abrogates all previous revelations, like the Torah and Evangel… God recognizes no separation between religion and state…”
Gadahn here also makes an expression of the Islamic supremacism that usurps even the religious traditions of Jews and Christians. In line with the Qur’an (3:67), Gadahn says, “Abraham was neither a Jew or a Christian, but was a Muslim hanif.” (A “hanif” is a pre-Islamic monotheist.) In other words, Judaism and Christianity as practiced today have no legitimacy, but are merely renegade corruptions of the true religion, Islam.
A little later he asks, “Who in his right mind would want to legislate himself to death, like you have done to yourselves?” I think he has a point there — one which applies to legislation sponsored by the ACLU, CAIR and others to restrict our ability to defend ourselves from the likes of Adam Gadahn.
“To Americans and the rest of Christendom we say, either repent (your) misguided ways and enter into the light of truth or keep your poison to yourself and suffer the consequences in this world and the next…”
“If the Zionist crusader missionaries of hate and counter-Islam consultants like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Scheuer, Steven Emerson, and yes, even the crusader-in-chief George W. Bush were to abandon their unbelief and repent and enter into the light of Islam and turn their swords against the enemies of God, it would be accepted of them and they would be our brothers in Islam. And we send a special invitation to all of you fighting Bush’s crusader pipe dream in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else W. has sent you to die.”
“Why not surrender to the truth? Escape from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. As for those who have expressed their respect and admiration for Islam, and acknowledged that it is the truth and demonstrated the support and sympathy for the Muslims and their causes like George Galloway, Robert Fisk, and countless others, I say to them, isn’t it time you stopped sitting on the fence and came over to the side of truth? …Abandon unbelief and accept the truth.”
Thank you for the invitation, Adam, and for your thoughtfulness in extending to me in particular a personal call. But I’m afraid I must decline. While I appreciate that I would be your “brother in Islam” if I became a Muslim and turned my “sword against the enemies” of Allah, I cannot and will not give in to violent intimidation, come what may, and I do not want to live in a society that bows to such intimidation.
I believe that societies that respect the equality of rights before the law of all people, including women and religious minorities, as well as the freedom of conscience, are superior to those that do not. I hope that such societies will be able to summon the will to resist you and your “invitation” in all its implications before it is too late.
Meanwhile, Adam, I have a preliminary invitation of my own for you: I invite you to accept the Bill of Rights, and enter into the brotherhood of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. My invitation does not focus on my religion, although I invite you to that also, but rather on a framework within which people of differing faiths can live in peace, harmony, and mutual respect — provided that none of the groups involved cherishes supremacist ambitions to subjugate the others.