Malcolm X, before he converted to Islam, was known as Satan. Al-Hallaj claims that the truest lover of God was Iblis, because he refused to bow down in front of Adam; Iblis acknowledged no other than his Beloved. I suppose that means I’m not in such bad company.
Some of you may remember this comment by the Attorney General of the United States, John Ashcroft, entrusted with making sure I suffer no discrimination:
“Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you.”
–Attorney General John Ashcroft, during an interview with syndicated columnist and radio personality Cal Thomas
[I can’t find a date on this quote, if you have it, please send it my way.]
It gets better today according to CNN. Apparently a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, believes that we are not fighting a war against terror. No, we are in fact fighting Satan. The relevant passage from CNN is as follows:
“Appearing in dress uniform before a religious group in Oregon in June, Boykin said Islamic extremists hate the United States “because we’re a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christians. … And the enemy is a guy named Satan.””
I would like to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, and say that he is talking about terrorists as evil, working off of Bush II’s comment about evil-doers. Unfortunately, this guy is talking about a “Christian nation,” and referring to a Muslim warlord in Somalia in 1993, he made a comment that “my God was bigger than his.”
So, the only way to read this now is that as a non-Christian living in a Christian nation, I am Satan. Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have already defended his honor.
All this Satan has to say is: God bless America. We need it.