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Tahoe Pine Nuts: Calling an Islamic Francis in 2016

McAvoy Layne
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Winter is everybody's favorite time of year in the Sierra. You can catch up on your reading and ski between books.

A couple winters ago I tackled the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Qur'an back to back to back. It was the most depressing and uplifting winter I have ever encountered, and by the end of that winter I was one mixed-up Cigiliano.

I made notes, 418 pages of notes, that I'm perusing in light of an ISIS jihad presently terrorizing the civilized world.

We can't bomb ISIS out of existence, but we can diffuse ISIS if we can determine where ISIS is coming from. I went probing through the Qur'an notes I made two winters ago and found these revealing passages…

[2.6]: "Surely those who disbelieve, it being alike to them whether you warn them, or do not warn them, will not believe."

[2.7]: "Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them."

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Some Islamic believers consider the Qur'an to be a book filled with personal letters, letters so personal that for an outsider like me to even comment on them constitutes a blasphemy.

My intent is not to cast a skeptical eye upon a noble book, but to shed light upon passages that focus on differences of view, for in the 21st century none of the world's 19 major religions, or any of our 4,000 minor religions, should be sanctioning violence against alleged "apostates."

God's foreign policy is consistent in addressing one overarching veracity, "God hath made of one blood all nations of men," as expressed in Acts 17:26, and, "All people are a single nation," as expressed in Sura 2.213.

Today, sadly, there is a faction of Islam that has forsaken spirituality for politics. Highly enriched Islam, that is to say Hezbollah, Hizb ut-Tahrir, ISIS and Al Qaeda, must be moderated by Imams, or one charismatic Imam, from within.

I offer this encouraging verse from the Qur'an…

[2.148]: "And every one has a direction to which he should turn, therefore race to do good works; wherever you are…"

Race to do good works! All religions of the world should embrace this challenge. Please, Islam, safeguard your world-revered religion from ISIS, and nurture Islam peacefully into our 2016 global society.

One compelling leader could do that. Look what Pope Francis has done to bring Catholicism into the 21st century.

The world is waiting patiently for that Islamic leader to stand up and speak out for Islam's "race to do good works," and condemn violence in the name of a great religion.

There is hope, it wasn't all that long ago that we were burning witches in Salem in the name of religion.

We came to realize there were no witches, and were able to tame our religious zeal. It can happen. With education, and resolve, miracles can appear in 2016.

Learn more about McAvoy Layne at http://www.ghostoftwain.com.