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March 1, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) – Europe will have difficulty stemming the tide of Islam and sharia law, but the United States still has an opportunity, a member of the British Parliament said Tuesday, February 28, during Proclaim 17, the National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention in Orlando.
Speaking at a pastors luncheon, sponsored by Liberty HealthShare, Malcolm Pearson – a member of the House of Lords – said the existence of 87 Muslim arbitration tribunals in the United Kingdom means essentially “sharia law is running de facto in our land.”
While efforts are being made, he fears “stopping it could be easier said than done in Europe now,” Pearson told Convention attendees at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Americans, however, have a chance of avoiding a “growing cultural catastrophe,” especially since President Trump has a clear grasp of the problem, he said.
Speaking to the pastors and broadcasters, he said, “And your ministry is by far the best chance we have of defeating this grave evil in our midst.”
One reason for the conflict in Europe is the contrast between Islam and western styles of government, Pearson said.
“Islam and its sharia law are a single legal, political, and religious system,” he told the attendees. “So Islam is completely different and incompatible with our Judeo-Christian liberal democracies with our separation of powers” among different branches of government.
In such democracies, “ultimate sovereignty lies” with the people, he said. “But ladies and gentlemen, ‘We the people’ simply doesn’t work with Islam.”
The climate in his country has made it difficult even to discuss the issue, Pearson told the crowd.
On occasions in both December and January, he asked the government before the House of Lords if it would encourage Muslim leaders to re-examine such tenets of their faith as abrogation and taqiyya, Pearson said. Abrogation teaches later verses in the Koran – written when the prophet Mohammed was more violent – abrogate or cancel earlier verses, while taqiyya encourages Muslims to deceive non-Muslims to advance Islam, he said.
The British government responded by saying he was stirring up hate with such questions, Pearson said. “Where is the hate? Does it not reside in the breast of the Islamist? And is it not directed against all who do not share his evil creed?”
Muslims don’t need to blow up others, an Islamic leader recently told a friend of his, according to Pearson. “All we have to do is wait until we take over your culture through the power of the womb and the ballot box, and that is what we are going to do,” said Pearson, paraphrasing the Muslim leader.
British scholar E. David Cook – professor at Loyola University in Chicago and distinguished scholar for iNRB’s Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Term in England – also addressed the audience, noting, “Islam is a religion of legalism; Christianity is a religion of grace.
“If Christians don’t behave like Christians, if Christians don’t tell the truth of Christianity, if Christians don’t do the truth of Christianity …, then we’re going to reap the whirlwind of Islam, and that will be bitter destruction,” Cook said.
By Tom Strode
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