Date: May 30, 2016
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Soeren Kern
Soeren Kern is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the Institutions of Democracy and the Rule of Law, Human Rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and ensuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.
According to Soeren, until 1975 Spain was under a dictatorship and General Franco was aligned closely with the Roman Catholic Church. Since that time there has been an attempt by socialists and left leaning political factions to remove all traces of Roman Catholicism. One of the ways this has been attempted has been to open the door to other non-Catholic religions such as Islam.
In order to help this effort along, a curriculum has been drafted by the Council of Islamic Affairs in Spain. The guidelines are not really about comparative religion or the history of religion, it’s actually about apologetics or defense of Islam.
Soeren went on to note that this problem isn’t restricted to Spain. Germany, Belgium and France are also seeing efforts to ‘mainstream’ Islam and create the impression that Islam is not a Middle Eastern religion but instead a European one. This is happening because most European nations are secular. They believe in the equality of religions therefore they merely view Islam as an alternative to Christianity.
Indoctrination begins at age 3 where youngsters are taught the Islamic statement of faith. This is troubling because in the Islamic faith, if you repeat that statement 3 times before a witness, you become a Muslim. Complicating matters is the fact that once you’re in Islam, it’s difficult to get out.
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