Love your neighborhood Muslim, and the one around the world. The Muslims are not the Vogons. They would like to be, undoubtedly, what with all that shariah business and the imamic eructation of fatwa’s and the Ouija search for the Hidden Imam, along with rumors promulgated by spooky people (who preface their PowerPoint oracles with “I shouldn’t be telling you this”) of arms caches squirreled away in mosques from Baghdad to Toledo (Ohio, that is).
Nope. They can be truculent, surely, and historically they like to beat up on Christians and Jews. I, for one, do not feel complimented in the least when classified under the rubric “People of the Book” (which I would be if I were in any number of European, even English, communities right now). I can just imagine it: “You, khalil, are now a People of the Book! Rejoice in your good fortune!” “Uhhh, thanks all the same, but I’d rather not. Just let me play Scrabble.”
But the Muslims are neither Vogon, Sauron, or the Dark Side Emperor. They are only people, with an essentially good nature (as all created things must be), but their ends have been perverted by spite, and their hearts by centuries of blaspheming the Incarnation.
They are also something else. They have become an Actor on the historic stage. They have auditioned for, and have been cast as, a Character force in the script for Heilsgeschicte. They are what the Assyrians used to be. Israel, the Old Church, found out that there is no fighting the Assyrians, as these “total war” (Napoleon was not the first!) people were the scourge against sin. The only way to fend off the Assyrians were repentance, humility, piety, and obedience to the Trinitarian Will of Love.
Which is, after all, a lot harder than war.
The Muslims are the Assyrians for the West in Act II of Salvation History.
But, as the song says, Love the Muslims you’re with, anyways. Do this, despite their being Assyrian. And pay no heed to the ones who say that “Assyria means Peace.” No one listens to these liberal imams, who might even believe what they are saying. They’re like our own liberal imams.
And something else: while you already know that Orthodox Christians do not sign up for Crusades (which almost always take the Constantinople detour), beware, very ware, of what goes on under the cover of Islamophobia. Somehow, someone is benefiting. Watch the money.