Islam — the prisoner’s friend (and not because it brings remorse, redemption, and amends)

In July 2006, I quoted my cousin, who was then working as a prison chaplain on prisoners’ conversions to Islam:

It is not a contradiction to be a Muslim and a murderer, even a mass murderer. That is one reason why criminals “convert” to Islam in prison. They don’t convert at all; they similarly [sic] remain the angry judgmental vicious beings they always have been. They simply add “religious” diatribes to their personal invective. Islam does not inspire a crisis of conscience, just inspirations to outrage.

Today, I’ll quote Robert Spencer on the fact that James Holmes (aka the Colorado gunman) has converted to Islam:

Holmes’s conversion reveals that instead of being unaware of what he did, or utterly remorseless, as one might expect of a psychotic or a sociopath, the murders must trouble him a great deal. For it is souls that are troubled — intellectually, morally, spiritually, psychologically — who cast about for some solution to what troubles them, and often find it in religious conversion.

But it is what Holmes converted to that is significant. Had Holmes converted to Christianity, he might have found relief for any remorse he might be feeling for the massacre in the proposition that in Christ his sins, no matter how great, were forgiven; if he had explored Buddhism, he might have focused upon developing right intention, right speech, and right action, and eradicating the illusions that led him to kill in the first place.

Instead, Holmes chose Islam. A prison source noted: “He has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels.”

Exactly. Guns are merely the vehicles.  The driver is man and the evil that he embraces.

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  • Charles Martel

    Next to Marxism (and on a minor note, Scientology), Islam stands as the most vile bill of goods ever sold mankind.

  • SADIE

    While others don’t bother to wait for prison – they declare it right after they murder.
     
    Reshad Riddle then continued into the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was “the will of Allah. This is the will of God.”
     
    I am sure the victim, the father, if he was still breathing would disagree.

  • Charles Martel

    In the Muslim understanding of God, Allah is a totally transcendent being who, unlike the Christian and Jewish God, is not a person. Allah is pure will, and as such may decide anything it will. It is not beholden to some implicit moral code, or logic, or natural order. It could decide to decree that adultery is now legal, or that the sun will now rise from the southwest, and there would be nothing to stop it, or make it hesitate, or reconsider. Pure will does what pure will wants.
     
    Man is relation to Allah is simply a creature that Allah has willed into existence to extol its glory and to submit to its will. Man has no input into what Allah does. Like a slave, all he can hope for is that for today Massa has no plans to torture or kill him.
     
    The beauty of this belief is that Muslims see Allah as willing literally everything, including all of their thoughts and actions. So to the gunman who yells out, “Allah akbar, God wills this!” as he’s murdering people, he is literally carrying out Allah’s will.
     
    The Marxist equivalent to this savage way of thinking is the belief that the forces and tides of history inevitably will lead to paradise. It matters not a whit how much misery and suffering men must endure on the way to future glory, Allah wills it, history wills it.

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    All true, Charles Martel. Allah can do anything except be his own son or rise from the grave.

  • Spartacus

    “Allah is pure will, and as such may decide anything it will. It is not beholden to some implicit moral code, or logic, or natural order. It could decide to decree that adultery is now legal, or that the sun will now rise from the southwest, and there would be nothing to stop it, or make it hesitate, or reconsider. Pure will does what pure will wants.”
     
    So, I was just going to comment, “Ah.  Calvinball [link].  No wonder Democrats seem to click so well with jihadis.”  But in looking up the link, I happened across another [link] to a community-organizer-turned-politician with a most ironic name.  Which party?  As if you had to ask.
     
    God is good, but He has a wicked sense of humor.

  • MacG

    Martel,  I never thought about Allah NOT being a person as I, with regularity, hear that Allah and YHVH are the same and I know intrinsically it’s not so.  OTOH I hear that Allah is the ancient Moon god but I assumed personality as well.  It is interesting if this is the case that a perosnless will made persons. 
    If what you say it true and Allah is only will my western mind wants to link a will with a person. What you are you saying makes it sound more like fatalism than anything. True?  I mean How does a will need a prophet?  Why does a will need to communicate anything much less use an ‘angel’ to dictate to a Prophet?  I mean just will it to be.
     
    If there is no person what was the creative force?

  • Charles Martel

    MacG, Islam is the most fatalistic of religions. The Qu’ran describes Allah as creating souls that It has already consigned to Heaven or Hell. In other words, no matter if a man or woman is righteous, virtuous, compassionate, and obedient to Allah’s will, if Allah has predestined that soul to Hell, then that soul shall go there regardless of what he or she believes or does.
     
    Islam cannot conceive of redemption or repentance. Even if you follow the Qu’ranic admonitions that call upon sinners to repent, it makes no difference: Allah decided as It created them what their eternal destiny would be.
     
    As for your question about how a pure will needs a prophet (how could it “need” anything?), you’ve made the observation that shows the idiocy of Islam. Despite being able to will anything, apparently Allah has some desperate need to not only have to communicate Its wisdom through a pedophile warlord, It has to constantly amend Its “eternal and uncreated word” depending on what sexual or marital problems Its prophet is suffering.
     
    As we SADIE-Catholics say, Feh.

  • SADIE

    Erin go Bragh – Erin go Burka – the “jig is up”.
     
    City planners in the Irish capital, Dublin, have given the go-ahead for the construction of a sprawling mega-mosque complex that will cater to Ireland’s burgeoning Muslim population.
    The massive €40 million ($50 million) “Islamic Cultural Center” will be built on a six-acre site in Clongriffin, a new and as yet unfinished suburb at the northern edge of Dublin.