An Islamic Radical killed 12 people in a Paris publication office for posting satire about Terrorism. Even more horrifically, there is video footage of them gunning down a wounded police officer as he begged for his life. It was another brief moment for evil in this world that we had to witness. However, for these 12 individuals, that was the moment the ability to COEXIST became a fairy tale. Now, I would like to take credit for the title of this article and the pictures you see here, but truth be told I’m just a big fat thief. The words and titles are from Gruntworks. You might know Gruntworks as the service oriented page on Facebook that brightens each of our days with some pretty motto content. However, they also create some pretty awesome gear and shirts to include the COEXIST content you see here. I think you can get it in a shirt and a decal here at http://www.gruntworks11b.com/. I’m not getting paid or anything to point you there. I just believe when I rob someone of their nice stuff, I could at least have the decency to tell you where I stole it from. But let’s get back to COEXIST.
You Have Seen It
Now, some of you might be wondering why I am capitalizing COEXIST. However, I think most of you know. You have seen the bumper stickers that are fairly common place in America. Made from symbols of the major religions, it basically promotes the idea that we should all get along and allow each other to do their own thing. To which I respond, great. I am happy to COEXIST as I have been doing that all my life. Within 10 minutes of my house, I can visit a religious institution of nearly all of these religions and I have yet to attempt to blow any of them up. I am a big fan of COEXISTing as I am doing it this very minute and killing no one.
Full disclosure, there was actually this one time in Iraq where some Haji shot at me in the middle of the night and in accordance with my personal policy I tried to shoot him back. Now, I assume he was Muslim as he probably assumed I was Christian. And for that brief moment in time, neither one of us had any desire to COEXIST. Now, I don’t know if I hit him or not and he didn’t hit me or any of the other 3 Marines in that dark alley in Al Kut. So it might entirely be that we do indeed both COEXIST at this very moment. I guess that is just fine. However, I think we can agree that there is a time and season for everything. And with each act of terrorism, I’m afraid the time to COEXIST is fading into the sunset.
Now, I am not saying we should fail to COEXIST with Islam. I believe in the freedom of religion and as a Christian, it’s not too far fetched that the day where America is much less friendly to my faith is fast approaching. So it would be foolish to arm Government with the legal or police precedent to dispatch our enemies today only to have them used against us tomorrow. I actually know Muslims who are great people. Moreover, many Muslims are about as Muslim as many Christians are Christian. Meaning, they wear the title but that’s about it. So we truthfully must COEXIST with each other as the original bumper sticker would suggest.
However, there are terrorist who want to kill you right now. They wear the banner of Islam and they have no desire to COEXIST with you. This is something that tragically played out in the streets of Paris today. Moreover, these terrorist scum decided to act based off of a cartoon. That’s it. You see, if I slap a bear long enough in the face or travel to the jungle to spank a lion, I understand that I have invoked violence upon myself. However, if a lion jumps through my window right now to snack on me, then he was nothing but a blood thirsty animal and this is how I would sum up the terrorist. When trivial matters invoke them to violence, then there is no other motive than the sick and twisted evil in their hearts. There was no offense given as they were but prowling animals already looking for their next meal.
The Time is Nigh
We are indeed in armed conflict with ISIS at this moment and we do appear to be winning. ISIS is on its heels and I am of the opinion, the sooner they are dispatched the safer we all are. You see, there will always be terrorism acts of violence coming from radical Islam as long as the world exists. Whether it is the streets of Paris, the Boston Marathon, or a lone wolf, we can’t wipe out everyone who would do us harm. However, we can try. ISIS might very well be a figurehead that has inspired many of these terrorist to new levels of boldness and that is a possibility we can’t ignore.
For the rest of us just living our lives here in the world, we should embody General Mattis’ famous words of “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.” We should be friendly and cordial to all faiths and allow them to operate freely. However, the moment they challenge our right to EXIST we should be quick to throw COEXIST out the window. Let this last hard truth sink in and resonate with you. When the terrorist have killed you, then you indeed no longer COEXIST as only they EXIST. I say again, I welcome people of the Muslim faith to operate freely. However, just like that dark night in Iraq, we can do this another way if you so choose. For just as Gruntworks so eloquently stated, You can’t COEXIST with people who are trying to kill you.
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