Monday, September 04, 2006

‘Invitation to Islam’: No thanks

Just goes to show what over-exposure to heavy metal music in the early years—on top of bad parenting—will do to the human brain. It sounds like Adam Gadahn--the American convert to Islam who joined al Qaeda and recently issued a highly publicized “invitation” for Americans to convert, too--never had a chance. Adam’s heavy-metal addiction during his teen years was probably understandable, given his father’s bizarre example as a psychedelic rock musician and goat farmer.

Phil Pearlman, a southern California musician who produced one album, “Beat of the Earth” in the 1960s and a few singles on obscure labels (Phil & the Flakes), reportedly changed his name to Gadahn for equally obscure religious reasons. (It apparently had something to do with the Old Testament character Gideon.) Then he had some kind of goat business on a farm without electricity where he’d “humanely” slit their throats and butcher the carcasses in “halal” fashion for sale to Muslims.

Perhaps that’s how young Adam had his first exposure to Islam—and possibly throat-slitting. Then, after he got over his heavy metal addiction, he became one himself. Not just any kind of Muslim, but a fire-breathing, jihad-screaming, infidel-threatening one. This time he has threatened a few specifically by name, including Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. It’s come-to-Allah time, Adam warned, or face the consequences.

To which Robert has issued a firm “no thank you.” Robert asserted in his response that he rejects “violent intimidation” and has no desire to live in a society that practices such. “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,” he wrote.

The only thing is, this invitation from Adam—like one that Iran President Mahmoud “Mojo” Ahmadinejad has made to President Bush--could well be a formulaic prelude to attack. The Daley Report and a few others have noted that this kind of “invitation”—with the anticipated rejection—is radical Islam’s justification for jihad against the infidel. The fact that this is coming just on the verge of the fifth anniversary for 9/11 is particularly ominous.

We would like to issue an invitation of our own: Adam, you are one lost dude. You may be able to clean the outside of the cup with religious rituals and works, but the inside is still full of vileness and sin. There is only one remedy for that: the person of Jesus Christ, the Savior. You need a Savior, Adam. Come to him now. He will not turn you away.


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