About Daniel Shayesteh

Dr Daniel was born into a Muslim family in Northern Iran. He became a radical Muslim leader and teacher of Islam in the militant Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement, closely supporting Ayatollah Khomeini. However, after falling out of favor with Khomeini’s political group, he escaped to Turkey where there began an amazing journey to faith in Jesus Christ.

Daniel's mission is to help others understand and lovingly respond to those who do not know Christ. He is also deeply concerned for the future of Western societies, their loss of confidence in Judeo-Christian values, and their persistent naivete about the implications of the world-wide Islamic revival.

Tolerance that Compromises the Truth

A joint project of The Human Rights First and The Interfaith Alliance encouraged 50 churches in 26 states of America to open their churches to Muslim Imams and Jewish Rabbis to read texts from their sacred scriptures in the pulpit of these churches. For this reason, thousands gathered in these churches on 26 June 2011, for a “Faith-Shared” event against those who call Islam a violent religion. Imams read texts from the Quran.

Tad Stahnke, the director of policy and programs for Human Rights First said, “We want to send a message to the world that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion.”

Churches across America Read from the Quran
Muslims in the Pulpit.

There is no doubt that America respects religious differences; otherwise people from different religious backgrounds and ethnicities would not continue to leave their motherlands to reside in America. All Muslim countries know that they do not have the freedom America has. Their laws, no matter how moderate they are, do not allow non-Muslims equal rights with Muslims. It is ironic that those who have been given the freedom to worship as they choose and to voice their opinions in America would then question the level of its tolerance!

The world recognizes that violence is an inseparable part of pious Muslims’ lives in Islamic countries, undermining the basic right to safety. This is not only limited to Islamic countries though. Pious Muslims in non-Islamic countries are also threats. Just recently, the Middle East Quarterly (Summer 2011) revealed some pages from an extensive survey taken in 100 mosques throughout 15 American states, which showed that 51% of the mosques were pro-Shari’a establishment in the West and held materials that conveyed a positive attitude toward employing violent jihad against the West and non-Muslims. Another 30% of the mosques were moderately supportive of violence, while the remaining 19% of mosques did not have violent texts. The report also revealed many other significant things that every western citizen needs to be aware of. One startling fact was on the level of attendance in each mosque and the motivation contributing to it. Mosques with pro-violence materials were the most attended.

Source: Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques

The pro-violence mosques in America are aware that the American governments have been spending millions of dollars to combat the threat of Islamic radicalism. Despite this awareness, these mosques have still been eager to chase their zeal for Shari’a and behave against the safety and freedom of this country. What do Americans need to do in the face of this very obvious threat? Do they need to tolerate this threat and make Islamic countries happy or do they need to stand up and show the Islamic world that they will not compromise the Islamic authoritarianism?

Throughout history, the West has never seen such a level of tolerance towards committed Muslims as we see now. Pro-Shari’a mosques and organizations are springing up everywhere; literatures that demonize Jews and non-Muslims are distributed widely; polygamy, child and forced marriages, honor killings are practices openly. Despite the West’s patience, committed Muslims still hate it and wish to destroy its democracy utterly. Why is this so? You would expect that much tolerance will lead to much respect and appreciation, but the result is quite the opposite.

The contemporary western tolerance is not a biblical tolerance to handle the problem of Islam approapriately. It is taken away from its root, the absolute Truth of the Bible, and given to relativism which serves contradiction, dualism and uncertainty. Good and bad are tolerated similarly. For this reason, what was once called wrong is now called right. You will be attacked by the very advocates of tolerance if you claim that Jesus is the source of all truth. As a result, committed Muslims are also able to establish themselves in the shadow of this tolerance, ultimately at the cost of all other beliefs.

By knowing this, you can now anticipate the outcome of the united action of the Human Rights First, the Interfaith Alliance and their partner churches. It results in compromising the truth and tolerating violent Muslims and mosques.

The hostility of Islam towards non-Muslims, in particular the West, is not a matter to be settled by tolerance. It is a violent doctrine sanctioned by Allah against non-Muslims (Quran: chapter 9, verses 29,123 and chapter 58, verses 20-21). The sincere followers of Allah must follow the will of Allah through every possible channel, including deception, until Islam overcomes. For this reason, they are twisting the word “tolerance” in order to deceive non-Muslims until the task is fulfilled. The solution to such extreme measures is a personal understanding of Islam. Westerners need to understand the seriousness of the Islamic threat and take initiatives to open the eyes of Muslims through dialogue, making them aware that the true God values freedom of choice and never imposes Himself on others. Some will understand the truthfulness of this teaching and will stop threatening our nations. However, those who ignore and still teach violence must be dealt with by the law.

It is clear that American (and western) freedom is not compatible with the authoritarianism of Islam. Therefore, establishing a church’s pulpit for an Imam to lift the name of Allah is not only against God and His Bible, but also against the very nature of freedom that is rejected by Allah and his prophet, Muhammad (Quran: chapter 21, verse 23 and chapter 33, verse 36). An Imam never steps foot in a church except to leave Allah’s authoritarianism and follow Christ, or to destroy the church. There is no middle ground.

Church pastors can test Imams to determine whether their approaches to tolerance are genuine. These Imams will use church pulpits to praise Allah, but will they ever open their pulpits to the pastors of these churches to praise Jesus as their God and Savior? It is hard to imagine them allowing the teaching of the Gospel of Christ to become a part of their so called ‘shared-faith’ movement. Islam does not permit Muslims to befriend non-Muslims unless as a last resort to achieving a hidden agenda to dominate (Q.3:28).

We know that friendship and tolerance should be reciprocal. A one-way tolerance results in the destruction of those who tolerate. This is what 1400 years of Islamic history has proven. The majority of the Copts of Egypt, Maronites of Lebanon, Assyrians of Iraq, Catholics of Syria, Zoroastrians of Iran, Hindus and Buddhists of Indonesia became the victims of the Islamic one-way tolerance, and are now persecuted for the sake of their beliefs.

It is a shame that some of our contemporary church leaders, including evangelicals, are blinded to the doctrine and political philosophy of Islam, deceived by those children of Islam who follow the model of Allah as the best of deceivers (Quran: chapter 8, verse 30). Imams and committed Muslims see deception as an inseparable part of their belief and must deal with infidels accordingly.

We are called by Jesus to love all humanity, including Muslims and Imams. But this love does not mean that we allow them to occupy our church pulpits and mislead our people with the teachings of Allah, an enemy of freedom. The true and heavenly love can only be expressed in doing away with compromise and standing courageously for the Truth. Tolerance that compromises the Truth is a passive and destructive tolerance.

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