Teach Your Children Well
Last summer I was watching a news story about six and seven year-old Muslim boys in combat training. It chilled me to see such young children dressed in army fatigues and carrying weapons that I had never seen before. And as I watched, I couldn't help notice the stark contrast between the young boys on TV and my own son, who at that very moment was outside, dressed in his team uniform with a baseball bat in his hand, in Little League training.
How, I wondered, could my son ever be a formidable match for the child in the news story? I was suddenly and painfully aware of my son's innocence and vulnerability. Two boys -- worlds apart -- one training to be a good baseball player, the other training to kill him.
The closest my son has come to conflict is the bully on the bus that who takes pleasure in pushing him into a seat every morning. This is at times overwhelming to him. Imagine how overwhelmed he'd feel if he knew what the terrorists-in-training had planned for him. And they do have a plan for him -- for all of our children.
World Net Daily has recently posted a story about a new Internet magazine that serves as a training manual for Muslim youth to be holy warriors right in their own homes.
The publication is called the A!Battar Training Camp - A Magazine Published by the Military Committee of the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula . According to an editorial in the publication, the magazine "is given as a gift to the youth of Islam whose hearts burn in support of the religion by means of jihad for the sake of Allah".
A statement of purpose in the introduction reads as follows:
"Because many of Islam's young people do not yet know how to bear arms, not to mention use them, and because the agents of the Cross (Western nations) are hobbling the Muslims and preventing them from planning (jihad) for the sake of Allah -- your brothers the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula have decided to publish this booklet to serve the Mujahid brother in his place of isolation, and he will do the exercises and act according to the military knowledge included within it..."
So, as the young Islamic boy heads towards his computer to learn to plan Jihad for the sake of his Allah, my little guy heads to his computer for a Game of Backyard Baseball, for the sake of the game. And while the boys are busy at work on their passions, I can't help wonder which passion will shape the future of our world.
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." -- Deuteronomy, chapter 30 verse: 19.