That's right, September 11, 2013.
The timing of the event is not only tasteless, to say the least, but raises questions and affirms the fears of many.
What are they thinking?
What are we thinking to even allow the event?
Not only are the Muslims planning to stand strong in DC on the anniversary of the worst massacre in American history perpetrated in the name of Islam, but the demands they are making on our government are unbelievable.
The organizer of the event is hardly a "peaceful" person.
The organizers are demanding the following of our government:
"We at AMPAC (American Political Action Committee) are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government.
We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment . We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people."
The group seems to rationalize the date chosen for their march by claiming that the media has been lying to the American people with regard to the role Islam played in the 9/11 attacks:
"On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam.
There is not as more free and accepting nation in the world than the United States of America."
"On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and Non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam.
Yet our Government either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the NDAA law.
These lies told to the American population has made it impossible for us to do true Dawa. Why do we have to defend our religion while doing Dawa? Why can’t we just share the perfection of the Quran and the beauty of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWS)"
Why do Muslims hate Jews? There are several reasons.
A recent article by Nonie Darwish, a former Muslim and author of the book, "The Devil We Don't Know" gives an historic overview of Mohammed's mission to launch the religion of Islam.
It is an in depth article which says, "At the heart of Islamic theology is the belief that world peace will be established only when Jews are wiped from the earth."
But why the hatred of Jews?
She says hating Jews is a way of life for Muslims---"To the average Muslim, routinely cursing Jews in mosques feels normal and even holy."
She says it goes back to the beginning of Islam. As Mohammad began his trek to create the religion of Islam, his original intent was to create a uniquely Abrabian religion, but he was rejected initially by his own people.
In his attempt to legitimize his new religion he attempted to link it to Judaism and Christianity. Being rejected in Mecca by his own, he moved on to Medina, an area where many Jews lived.
There he believed the Jews would accept him as their Messiah, thus lending credibility to his claims and his own tribe back in Mecca.
At first the Koran of Mecca, as it was known, contained a number of verses that were very complimentary toward the Jews. At first the Jews accepted him, not as Messiah, but simply as a person. However, when the Jews rejected Mohammad and his teaching, refusing to convert from Judaism, he flipped.
The Koran changed from "love" to "hate" toward the Jews. Not only was he angry over being rejected, but also envious of the prosperity the Jews were enjoying in the region.
Mohammad was a warrior and gained his wealth by fighting wars and advancing violence.
He never got over the rejection by the "people of the book"---the Jews.
In his final days---on his death bed, he entrusted Muslims to "kill Jews where ever they found them," making this his holy commandment.
There is much more. I encourage you to read her entire article.
Islam is clearly not a religion of peace.
Darwish says, "Islam's greatest enemy is the truth."
Truth is Christianity's greatest strength. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
He also said, 'You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free."
The conflict with Islam, however, is not merely cultural or even philosophical---it is spiritual.
Mohammad certainly knew the tenants of Christianity. He wanted to be the "Christ." He wanted to be God.
It's a familiar narrative.
This puts a different light, at least for me, on the demands being made in regard to the upcoming million Muslim march on Washington DC. On 9-11.
Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.