Riots over the Qur'an Burning2 Thessalonians 2:7-10 (NASB) 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

It is stories like the current one that make moderate Muslims cringe. How do you explain Islam as a religion of peace when one of its learned ones, Dr. Abdullah Badr, professor of Islamic exegesis, proclaimed that

… there will be absolutely no more toleration for anyone who speaks against Islam…

Dr. Badr is a graduate of Al Anzar University, founded in 970 AD in Cairo, Egypt, and considered the “chief centre of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world, and the oldest degree-granting university in Egypt.  Dr Badr is “currently on trial for libel and defamation of female Egyptian artist Elham Shahin—whom, among many other derogatory statements, he called a “whore.”” Dr Badr is also a Salafi Islamist, a strict sect of Sunni Islam that happens to control the Egyptian parliament along with the majority party, the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the referenced article (read more), Dr Raymond Ibrahim provides the translated quote of Dr. Badr on Egyptian TV:

I have sworn to Allah, that any dog—for that is how Allah described them, for they are like dogs that are constantly panting—that any dog who mocks the Sharia, or mocks Islam, or blames it, we will cut his tongue out, I’m saying it here: We will cut his tongue out! That’s it. The time of transgressing against Islam, and speaking insolence, has passed—it’s over. Today, the People of Lies [code for secular people] defend their falsehoods with great zeal; so shall we will defend Islam with all our might—no matter what it costs, no matter what it costs! I’m saying it here and now: Let the whole world burn, but Islam not be mocked.

It seems that modern technologies are able to bring us example after example of Islam’s real root — violence, not peace. Whether the issue is the burning of the Qur’an, the mocking of Muhammad, or the “mocking of the Sharia, Islam” or even if one, dare say it, “blames” Islam, he or she is worthy of either death or having their tongue cut out.

Why should this concern us since Egypt is on the other side of the world? Because the Bible prophesies that a false religion will one day have dominion over the entire world. Revelation 13:7-8 (NASB). This writer (and many others) interprets that false religion to be Islam.