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Barcelona Terror: When Will We Wake Up To Islam?

Aug 18, 2017

Another day, another Islamic terror attack. More innocent men, women and children slaughtered once again by devout followers of Islam. More blood on Western streets. More carnage and mayhem. This time it was on the streets of Barcelona, Spain.

So far we have at least 16 dead and over 100 injured. Once again a van driven by a Muslim raced down a busy walking street, slaughtering innocents and causing terror. Here is one news account of the terror that has again descended on our streets:

Here is what we know about the hunt for the suspect and the attack itself. Witnesses said the van jumped onto the centralised pedestrian area of Las Ramblas at a high speed and swerved from side to side, hitting pedestrians and sending people running for their lives.
At least 16 people have been killed but authorities expect that number to rise. There are 100 people injured, 15 seriously. One Australian woman, believed to be from NSW, is in a serious but stable condition in a Barcelona hospital. Two other Australians received minor injuries.
Witnesses said the driver of the van fled the vehicle on foot after the attack and did not appear to be armed.
An alleged getaway van was found in a neighbouring small town.
Spanish media are reporting the van had been rented by a man who has since turned himself in to police, claiming his documents had been stolen. Two men remain in custody, after being arrested in Ripoll and Alcana, two different towns in the Catalonia region. One of the men was Moroccan and the other was from the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Africa, police said.

A personal account of someone who has been there and done that before is worth sharing here:

A Melbourne paramedic who attended to victims of the Bourke Street tragedy has told of the horror which unfolded on Las Ramblas. MFB Commander Graeme O’Sullivan was with his wife on the rooftop of their Barcelona hotel when the white van started mowing down pedestrians.
“We were up on the sixth floor roof terrace, just the pool area, enjoying a few drinks,” he told Nine News. “We could clearly hear thuds as the vehicle was running into people, and then a short time after that, obviously, several very loud sickening screams from the people involved down at street level.” Mr O’Sullivan said the similarity to the Bourke Street Mall event was chilling, describing it as a terrible scene.

And in a related episode, a counter-terrorism operation in another part of Spain prevented a similar type of attack:

Spanish media are reporting that the Cambrils terror suspects were attempting to carry out an attack similar to the one in Barcelona. Police thwarted the attack in a shootout which left four suspects dead and a fifth one injured. State-owned television network RTVE reported that the suspects had planned to drive a van at pedestrians in the seafront area of the coastal town which is a popular tourist destination south west of Barcelona.

The Barcelona attack is something that especially has me concerned. At one point some years ago I often walked up and down the Las Ramblas where this attack occurred. Back in late 1979 I and other young people on a mission trip daily used the 1.2 kilometre pedestrian area to the Placa de Catalunya in the heart of the city. It is a major tourist destination.

Little did we know back then that one day Europe would be so unsafe, so insecure, and so much a target of one political religion. Little did we know that one day there would be few places in Europe not immune from such deadly terror attacks. Little did we know back then that the religion of peace would forever change the face of Europe.

Every time another one of these horrific and diabolical terror attacks take place, I have to repeat a few simple truths. Let me do so again:

-We have a major problem with Islam.
-Islam is a political ideology which brooks no rivals.
-While there may well be many moderate Muslims, Islam is NOT moderate.
-Islam according to its own sources is a bloodthirsty religion which commands the death of the infidels.
-The West is under deliberate, sustained attack by this violent ideology.
-Yet most Western leaders are living in denial. They refuse to even acknowledge that we have a problem with Islam.
-They far prefer to ramble on about things like “Islamophobia” than the actual issues facing us.
-As such, these leaders are complicit in these terror attacks.
-Until the West wakes up and acknowledges that there is a sworn enemy of the West out there, ever at work, these attacks will simply continue.
-The time for making excuses for Islam is now over. We must take this threat seriously. Failure of Western leaders to do so is an act of treason.

And every time one of these attacks takes place, I also quote some shocking statistics. These numbers alone should wake up every single one of us, but so far they seem to be falling on deaf ears. So I will continue to run with these horrific figures. Since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, there have been 31,590 deadly Islamic terror attacks carried out.

Did you get that? I did not say deadly Christian terror attacks. I did not say deadly Buddhist terror attacks. Terrorism is not the sole domain of Islam, but it is overwhelmingly being carried out by those in the name of Islam. So when are we going to snap out of our slumber and realise that we have a real problem with one religion – Islam?

www.smh.com.au/world/barcelona-attack-van-ploughs-into-crowd-in-spanish-city-20170817-gxyvk4.html
www.smh.com.au/world/barcelona-attack-van-ploughs-into-crowd-in-spanish-city-20170817-gxyvk4.html
www.thereligionofpeace.com/

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11 Responses to Barcelona Terror: When Will We Wake Up To Islam?

  • Here in America Bill when a white supremacist killed a person with a car in Charlottesville, the Left and the media was up in a frenzy blaming Trump and labeling every trump supporter as a Nazi. But when this terror attack happen, it was the typical excuses and the #NotallMuslims. The left here is getting worse by the day Bill and now they want to tear down any statue that (in their minds) is considered racist, one news outlet VICE even suggest to blow up Mount Rushmore. What is going on in this world? Is there something in our water that’s making people go crazy? This is very sadly going to get much worse and I fear the only way this is going to end is in a civil war.

  • Maybe bad timing but The Australian published this about Australian Chinese Christian community leader Dr Pansy Lai and Australian Muslim community leaders Sheik Bilal Dannoun and Sheik Abu Bakr Zoud.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/ethnic-angst-on-samesex-marriage-vows/news-story/d5d6d118eb86144405208bde889c6794

    What is your view Bill? I think other than polygamy we agree with the Muslims on traditional marriage. I think they would be good allies in the fight for our right to use our traditional language (words like sodomite) instead of PC language (like “gay”) without being shouted down.

    I judge our potential allies on whether their views reinforce my Christian values and what I want my children to hold as true. On marriage at least, the Muslims seem to be good allies in the marriage and safe schools battle.

    And isn’t it ironic the leftists want to import more Muslims yet this would only reinforce the majority in favour of traditional man-woman marriage!

  • Thanks Peter. There is a place for co-belligerency, and I have worked with Muslims on pro-family causes in the past. But there are limits here. To say “other than polygamy” is of course not a minor point at all. it is massive! So we must be rather cautious here.

    And as I just said in a comment under another article:

    In theory Muslims are opposed to homosexuality but it does not always pan out that way. They want polygamy legalised, so they are willing to back “homosexual marriage” to get what they want. See here for example:

    http://bernardgaynor.com.au/eyes-sydney-muslims-vote-yes-redefining-marriage/

    And here:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/angela-merkel-chancellor-germany-same-sex-marriage-vote-lgbt-muslim-mps-berlin-bundestag-cdu-sdp-a7819391.html

    My friend Ewan McDonald gets to the heart of this: “There are two main reasons Muslims would support SSM. Firstly, it’s a step towards redefining marriage to accommodate polygamy, and secondly, it’s a further undermining of the Judeo-Christian foundations of our society. SSM will silence the church but will have little impact on Muslims since they are effectively immune from all the various anti-discrimination laws. They are immune because these laws are selectively applied by the anti-Christian / pro-Islam secularists who govern us.”

    So temporary strategic battles may allow us to work together with various non-Christian groups to a limited extent, but as a Christian, I realise of course that Islam is diametrically opposed to my faith, denying the very heart and soul of basic Christian beliefs.

  • James, from what I’ve read the ‘white supremacist’ driver was on anti-psychotic medication since he was at school. There’s also questions as to whether the fatality was deliberate or accidental – some stories suggest the vehicle was attacked by protesters. It seems to be a very very confusing incident, but since the driver is white, male, and interested in Nazis, he’s a perfect victim to blame.

  • I’m not sure I understand you, Bill.

    When I became Christian I was taught Catholics aren’t Christian. That was firmly taught to us. We were taught we are saved by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour and by a believer’s Baptism, and that Roman Catholicism teaches neither of these things leaving all their souls unsaved unless they defy their teaching. I am confused because you have spoken against Catholicism so I thought you think the same?

    We were taught there is a line and you have to be on this side of the line to be saved and people who follow the Roman Catholic Pope are on the other side. The Muslims are even further on that side, and it is the atheists that are the most far away from being saved. Of course there are Muslims who want ssm like there are apostate Christians who do, but if we can put side theological differences and work with Bernard Gaynor (a Catholic) and Andrew Bolt (an anti-secularist atheist) on the very narrow issue of defending the current Marriage Act, why aren’t we working with Muslims who don’t want change either? With the odds we are facing to win the plebiscite — with the powerful enemies lined up against us — don’t we need all the allies we can get?

  • Thanks Peter. But I am afraid it is I who does not understand you. What do Catholics have to do with anything here? If your point is about co-belligerency then I already said that I have worked with all sorts of folks in the past and where possible, will do so again, be it Muslim, Moonie, Mormon, Catholic, or what have you. Differing theological positions can be temporarily set aside for limited tactical campaigns where we work together with others.

    For more on this see these articles:

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2010/09/02/on-co-belligerency/

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/08/28/culture-wars-theology-working-together/

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2012/06/30/8405/

    After you have read those three pieces and are still confused, ask me again!

  • Dear Andrew, if you are ministering to Chinese and Asians I have to tell you you risk alienating them if you say things like that.

    Australian Chinese may be religious, socially and economically conservative, but bring up race and you’ll see a different side of us.

    One of the first things my wife and I, and my friends remember about politics after immigrating from Hong Kong was John Howard saying Asian immigration was too high. We never forgot that.

    We are natural Liberal voters, we voted for our local Liberal and helped make Mr Howard Prime Minister several times, but then in 2007 his seat of Bennelong was redistributed to include our heavily Chinese area of Sydney. For the first time we saw John Howard’s name on the ballot paper. Many of us never forgave him for what he said in the 1988 and voted for Maxine McKew. Ms McKew lost the seat in 2010 because with Mr Howard gone we all went back to voting Liberal.

    So if there is a lesson here it is when the culture wars move to discussing race it will almost always alienate Asians from be conservative side of politics. It’s no accident that — as Bill will know — in America most Chinese vote for Democrats, with the heavy emphasis of race in politics over there. If One Nation ever becomes the dominant conservative party, like some conservatives are hoping, you will see the Australian Chinese voting Labor in large numbers.

  • In the United States, the massive effort by the Left to unseat a duly elected President, now has people blaming Donald Trump for terroist attacks even in Barcelona.

  • Actually Bill now that you said that, you’re right. I heard somewhere that in the U.K specifically there were LGBT activist pressuring both Christian and Jewish schools to teach the gender studies fiasco. But these same activists don’t pressure the Muslim schools to do the same. Of course lets not forget the whole cake thing two years ago to.

  • Bill.

    Your reply to Peter Law at 2:45? Absolutely SPOT ON!!!

    I hope the penny drops and people see just how accurate the Biblical prophecies have been.

    May I say that the Biblical prophecies fell into place for me when I realized that the individuals mentions such as the King of the North (the dark place) and the King of the South (the barren place) were not actually individuals but entities, groups and nations, just like when Greece was referred to as a goat and Persia as a ram in Daniel’s prophecies. There is a consistency of approach in all these visionary prophecies that flows right through to John’s Revelation. After seeing this, little details came to life for me that some people and Bible versions completely miss such as Daniel 11:17. If you check this in various versions you see there is quite a diversity of translations which always highlights to me that there is an issue. Many just say an alliance is formed and completely gloss over the Hebrew term yawshawr (Strong’s H3477) that tells us something of what the alliance is about. Surprisingly, I think the American Standard, perhaps, says it clearest:-

    Dan 11:17 And he shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and with him equitable conditions; and he shall perform them: and he shall give him the daughter of women, to corrupt her; but she shall not stand, neither be for him.
    (ASV)

    It had always baffled me that the “upright ones” (because I was reading the KJV) would be in alliance with the evil King of the North because it was so obvious that he was evil but now everything is falling into place. Beside the equality falsehood we currently see, we even see in this scripture how evil attempted to hijack feminism and control it but feminists are starting to see through this. We can see these sorts of conflict right through Daniel’s prophecies where various wrong ideologies oppose both each other and sometimes, the forces of evil as they occasionally see the errors in the other camp, but are still not able to come to the full knowledge of the Truth.

    As much as it grieves me to see how the world is falling into delusion and lies I am comforted that it was all prophesied and God really is in control. Thank you again, Bill, for highlighting some of the Truth. Let’s hope and pray that mankind will be smart and moral enough to see through all this falsehood and faith will be found on the Earth.

    God be praised.

  • Spain is bound to have a peculiar attraction for Islamic militants: There was once in mediaeval Southern Spain an Ummayyad caliphate whose rulers were descended from the family of the Damascus Ummayyad dynasty the one which succeeded the first Mecca-based Pious Caliphs. The Spanish caliphate was hailed by Friedrich Nietzsche as a more masculine and superior society to its mediaeval Christian neighbours.

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