History of Islam Audio
Summary: In the past 20-30 years, there has been increased research and interest concerning exactly how Islam really began. The orthodox view of Islam’s beginnings comes to us from material written and compiled 200-300 years after the fact. Jay Smith has been working in this area of historical research for the past 17 years, debating it with Muslims scholars, to good effect. Two months ago a new book was published in the UK entitled ‘In the Shade of the Sword’, by Tom Holland, one of the most celebrated historians in the UK today. His book details some of the most provocative and exciting academic research concerning this area of study, paralleling much of the material Jay has been using in his debates. Since its release, the book has sent shock waves throughout the Muslim community in Europe, which will hopefully help a growing disillusionment in the veracity of Islam’s origins. Jay introduced and explained Holland’s findings, as well as the ramifications this will have on the foundations of Islam for the future.
Click the link below to listen to this very interesting lecture on the history of Islam:
History of Islam Audio
David Wood, of Acts17 Apologetics Ministry, appears on Fox News to discuss being arrested for attending an Arab Festival in Dearborn, MI.
More information about the legal battle for basic Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech for Christians in the United States can be found at the following link:
Thomas More Law Center.
David Wood, of Acts17 Ministries, answers your questions concerning last Friday nights arrest by Dearborn police.
Why would you preach Christianity at an Islamic festival? Wouldn’t you get upset if Muslims stormed your church?
This wasn’t a Muslim festival, so the church comparison just doesn’t work. This was an Arab festival—i.e. a cultural event—and people of all faiths were invited. For a more accurate parallel, let’s suppose that New York City decides to host a German festival, and that everyone is welcome. Let’s say that two Muslims show up to the German festival, and are approached by a mob of Christians, who curse at the Muslims, harass them, insult them, and threaten them, while the Muslims respond peacefully. Would it be acceptable to arrest the Muslims? Of course not. So why do so many Muslims find it acceptable to treat two Christians this way? Perhaps it’s because the Qur’an describes us as the “worst of creatures” (Qur’an 98:6).
Why would you hand out materials, knowing that this was against the rules?
This is a Muslim misrepresentation. We weren’t handing out anything either in 2009 or when we were arrested in 2010. A group of us tried to distribute materials two days later (Sunday) outside the festival, and we were stopped. But at no point did we ever attempt to distribute anything inside the festival.
I found another interesting question and answer on the Acts17 blog – Answering Muslims
Anonymous Steve asks…
Isn’t it shameful that purportedly Christian people would dis-obey a legal order requiring they maintain a distance from this Muslim festival site? I wonder if these purportedly Christian missionaries read much of Paul’s writings? Can they point to his use of flagrant confrontational tactics in sharing the Good News — if not, why do they persist in their desire to be so confrontational?
David Wood’s Answer
When were we told to maintain a distance from the festival? When we were told to move five blocks away, we did. We never disobeyed police officers. So are you deliberately misrepresenting things?
In addition to the Islam debates this weekend, James White also appeared on Aramaic Broadcasting Network’s (ABN) Program, ‘Jesus or Mohammad?‘
Episode 1 can be found HERE
Episodes 2 and 3 can be found HERE
In response to the police of the city of Dearborn arresting 3 people for nothing other than being Christian and exercising their Constitutional right to freedom of speech, I’ve sent the following letter to the Mayor and Chief of Police of Dearborn. I will post a response here, should I receive one.
Mayor (Police Chief) –
I wonder if you might comment on the situation this weekend where Christian men were arrested for passing out religious literature on public city streets.
From watching the video of the arrest, it appears the men who doing nothing other than passing out free literature to whoever would like to receive it.
Why were the men arrested and what crime are the men charged with?
Does the city of Dearborn plan to continue to suppress Civil rights of American citizens?
Does Dearborn no longer recognize the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights?
The city of Dearborn can be contacted: HERE.
The Mayor of Dearborn responds to my letter on July 9 –
Letter from Mayor of Dearborn
OTHER DEARBORN INFORMATION –
Police Ordered to Protect Muslim Sites
President Obama Honors Police Chief Haddad
Islamic apologist cowers away from debate with Christian apologist James White.
Read story HERE.
Apparently a Muslim challenger stepped up just in time to ruin the night: HERE.
…in Dearborn, MI, USA
Most of the feedback I’ve received concerning this post stem from people not understanding the order of the events during this past weekend. I’ve re-posted the information below in the order the events take place so to make things more clear…
Nabeel, David, Nageen, and Paul (Acts17 Ministry) were arrested on Friday night when a confrontational group of Muslims recognized and confronted Nabeel at the Dearborn, MI Arab festival. Nabeel was the ONLY one talking to the Arab Musilms. Nabeel was NOT passing out literature and he was not confronting anyone and he did NOT disobey or resist the police. The police, afraid to incite violence from the Muslim crowd, took the path of least resistance by arresting the Christians (and confiscating their cameras) in order to pacify the crowd, under the guise of ‘breach of the peace and disorderly conduct’. This is known as a “heckler’s veto”and has been condemned by the Supreme Court as a violation of free speech. You can’t arrest people constitutionally for fear of violence from the targeted audience.
The Christians did not break the law (or resist police) and they will not (should not) be convicted.
If the Dearborn police release the video of the mob harassing Nabeel, the whole issue will be cleared up. Why won’t they release the video?
Muslims chant and yell, “Allahu Akhbar!”
The following four Christians were arrested last Friday night, their video camera was confiscated, and they spent the night in jail for attending the Dearborn, MI Arab Festival.
The first hand accounts of the arrest and police harassment can be found below:
Triablogue: Sharia in Dearborn, MI 2010
Triablogue: Sharia in Dearborn, MI 2010, part II
Alpha and Omega: Christians Taken Away in Handcuffs…
TMLC: Thomas More Law Center to Represent Free Speech
Aristophrenium: “It Could Never Happen Here, Right?”
More on Arrest at Arab Festival
Video Evidence Vs Scathing Rant
Silence words that anger others?
More information on Dearborn arrests
Christians Again Hassled by Police (6/20)
…for Offering Bibles to the City Streets of Dearborn, MI!
Two days after being arrested, Christian Evangelists pass out Gospels of John on the city streets of Dearborn, MI and are hassled by what appears to be about a dozen police officers. The Christians were present for less than 3 minutes!
The Christians responded peacefully and moved 5 city blocks away from the Arab event.
The city of Dearborn can be contacted: HERE
President Obama Honors Police Chief Haddad