Monday, July 11, 2011

Finally - the truth about Islam REVEALED

It's been a mystery for fifteen hundred years, but the suspense comes to an end this Sunday, at a megachurch in the Des Moines metropolis.

Where I live!

How serendipitous.

Point of Grace Church, in Waukee, is devoting its Sunday morning service to this revelation, as well as a two-hour seminar Sunday night.

Here's the link to the trailer (yes, trailer) Point of Grace set up for its "Revealing the Truth About Islam" session this Sunday. (Anyone know how to embed videos from Vimeo? I'm such a dinosaur.)

If you don't take the time to watch the trailer, here's my trailer for the trailer:

[Footage of the 9/11 attacks, accompanied by scary scary Oriental music]

"We all know the horrors of terrorism."

[Footage of Muslims speaking scary-sounding Arabic on the TV nooz]

"But did you know that secret FBI documents PROVE that American Muslims are planning to set up a caliphate here WITHIN YOUR LIFETIME?"

Really, Point of Grace?

"Really, Joel."

Ok, fine.

According to Point of Grace's website, this Sunday's event is only part of a monthlong series entitled "The Agenda." The website's graphic for "The Agenda" shows the words "The Agenda" above a Star of David, a cross, and an Islamic crescent, all superimposed over a duststorm. I can only imagine what this agenda contains, or whose it is.

(Oh, and did I mention how I found out about all this? A Facebook ad.)

My beautiful, talented and worldly-wise mother asks me if the fact than an Egyptian Christian, Usama Dakdok, is leading the talk lends the whole thing credibility. My answer? More likely than not, it detracts from its credibility.

Don't get me wrong - Egyptian Christians rawk. But based on my limited experience with them, they are not the best source of information on Islam. Egyptian Christians live as a minority in Egypt, and have an, at best, rocky relationship with their Muslim countrymen. American Christian readers: Would you want Malcom X to tell Arab Muslims "the truth" about Christianity?

[I do two minutes of internet research.]

Apparently, Mr. Dakdok is, among other things, a proponent of the "Obama is a Muslim" meme, which, unfortunately, no birth certificate can ever disprove.


I may go to Point of Grace on Sunday, if only so I can blog about it later.

Some initial thoughts:

1) There is no such thing as "the truth" about Islam. Islam is not a country, a political party or an organization, with unified tenets and goals. "Islam" exists only in the minds of one billion plus people around the world, all of whom perceive ethics and reality a little differently. If you want to know "the truth" about Islam, go talk to one of them. (Believe it or not, they live here too.)

2) Re The "horror" of terrorism: We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.

Someone wrote that once.


  1. I love this post! One of the funniest I've seen. Please go to the service! I needz to knowz the trooth about the Islamz!

  2. Joel, you are fantastic writer. I'm following your blog from now one. I've more than once read over your brother's shoulder as he peruses your blog, which he does often, by the way. I am now going to look at it on my own. You are a brilliant writer, Joel, keep it up.

  3. Matthew - Thanks! I really appreciate your support. You're coming to my house soon, right?

    Neal and Adam - yes, I did go. I'll post about it soon. But I'm curious. What's the worst possible version of this church service you can imagine?