Learned early by children, the moral isn't always retained by adults. Scams often victimize those too trusting.
When honest endorsers naively lend their high-profile name to such a scam, investors foolishly assume their investment is safe. But those blindly accepting endorsements as gospel without independent investigation court disaster.
Investigative responsibility especially arises when endorsers promote investments outside their expertise parameters, such as churches sanctioning political party agendas effecting U.S. national security.
Such an endorsement was given by the Presbyterian Church (USA). It is a political scam artist's dream.
The church's intentions are good -- seeking to embrace another religion in an act of equality. But it fails to recognize the threat this other religion poses to Presbyterianism's future existence -- a religion hiding a deadly political agenda it silently promotes.
The religion is Islam. It lacks tolerance for non-Muslims under a religious/political system of laws known as "Shariah" -- so adverse to the U.S. Constitution, supporting one system excludes the other.
Islamists predicted in a strategy document they wrote, Americans will awaken too late to realize the Constitution has been targeted.
Before embracing Islam as a religion amongst equals, the Presbyterian Church needs to understand how Islam's Koran views all other religions.
Concealed within Islam is a political belief system of superiority (Koran 3:110, "You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind"), entitling its believers alone to human rights -- limited as they are. Presbyterian Church leaders opening their arms in a show of tolerance fail to understand Islam's sinister designs to displace Presbyterianism, and all other religions, based on this belief.
Hard to believe? These designs are recorded in a 1991 strategic document Islamist leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood wrote explaining how to topple U.S. democracy by paralleling Prophet Muhammad's successful actions in imposing Islam upon others 14 centuries ago.
Discreetly circulated, the strategy paper seeks to use America's penchant for tolerance and political correctness against it, slowly replacing the U.S. Constitution with Shariah. "Shariah creep" is already making headway!
Found stored in a hidden sub-basement during the 2004 search of a Muslim leader's U.S. home, the documents are most telling concerning the strategy's success -- evidenced today by the Presbyterian Church's endorsement of various Islamic Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated entities (including unindicted co-conspirators in a fraud case that funneled money to terrorist groups).
Similar to Muhammad's seventh century successful strategy, Islam's modern era assault strategy involves three "jihads."
"Stealth jihad" is applicable when Muslims find themselves a minority seeking to plant Islam's seed among a majority non-believer community.
For Muhammad, it began when living among pagans in Mecca. It involves the "peaceful" promotion of Islam, assuring the majority of its tolerance to co-exist with other religions. Koran (109:6) says, "You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion."
Meanwhile, as did Prophet Muhammad, Muslims plot victory over non-believers, pretending to be friendly but lying about Islam's true intentions. Lying is a sin for Presbyterians but isn't for Muslims under "taqiyya," allowing deception to further Islam's influence.
Stealth jihad's endgame is to intimidate the majority into feeling guilty Muslims are victimized -- guilt allayed by then granting Muslims protected status over other religions.
This approach failed with Mecca's pagans who kicked the Muslims out for belittling their religion but did win Muhammad sympathy among Medina's non-believer majority who provided protection upon his arrival. This gave Muslims time to increase their numbers and resources, gaining influence while so protected.
"Defensive jihad" follows, allowing Muslims to violently defend any attacks—whether military or verbal.
In his day, while enjoying Medina's protective umbrella, Muhammad initiated this jihad by attacking Mecca's pagans, claiming they had "attacked" Islam by rejecting it. He used assassins to silence critics.
Medina's majority began awakening -- too late -- to the fact neither Muhammad nor Islam were peaceful. The Islamic seed growing in Medina became a vine choking the rights of the majority as Muhammad imposed Islam upon them, opening the door for the final jihad.
Now a majority with political power, Muslims employ "offensive jihad" by aggressively focusing violence upon all non-believers, including those who protected them earlier and even those who had never attacked. Koran 9:73 states, "Strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them." Despite non-believers' non-aggression, Islam finally reveals its true colors as a non-peaceful religion declaring (Koran 3:151), "Soon shall We cast terror into the Hearts of the Unbelievers."
The tolerance Muslims espoused as a minority vanishes when they become a majority, demanding non-believers submit to Islam by paying a tax or converting. This is observed today as most Muslim countries ban non-believers, prohibiting them from practicing their own faith -- contrary to the Presbyterian Church's policy.
Transitioning from stealth to offensive jihad, the Koran changes tunes. Gone from the latter is the "Kumbaya" of the former; allegations of Muslims' false victimization give way to real victimization of non-Muslims to "convert or die."
Islam is built upon a platform of hypocrisy, deception, human rights rejection for non-believers and violence (demanding death for apostates, contrary to any other religion's practices).
Culling extremists from the supposedly majority peace-loving Muslim herd is difficult as taqiyya allows deception, raising the question whether moderates are wolves in sheep's clothing. If Islam is peaceful, moderates have much explaining to do about a Koran strongly revealing a contrary view.
The Muslim Brotherhood's strategy is its blueprint for overcoming democracies throughout the West -- only differing on timing. The United States is in stealth jihad; Europe is in defensive jihad; offensive jihad is yet to come.
But, as extremists boldly declare, Islam's flag one day will fly over the White House.
The chameleon changes color to deceive predators. Islam changes color to deceive non-believers. Little Red Riding Hood proved capable of sensing such deception. Will the West prove equally as capable?
(Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt, a retired Marine infantry officer, served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf War. He is the author of "Bare Feet, Iron Will--Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam's Battlefields," "Living the Juche Lie: North Korea's Kim Dynasty" and "Doomsday: Iran--The Clock is Ticking." He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.)
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