Tell the Ghosts

CastleGateby Deana Chadwell4/17/16
Remember playing cops and robbers, reading about Nancy Drew and the thieves she was trying to catch, hearing stories about St. George and the Dragon? Good vs. evil – always the same theme. Now our heroes are dysfunctional and confused, angst and self-flagellation the norm; we have preferences now, not norms.

No culture can long stand on such a floppy foundation. We know, deep in our hearts that some things are eternally wrong, forever evil to the core, but the multicultural mantra is to pass judgment on no behavior. Flinch not when children are nailed to crosses. Don’t bat an eye when wives are beaten. Turn the other cheek – in a misreading of Matthew – when your neighbors are blown up on their way to work. If your sense of good and evil is still functioning, you spend a lot of time cringing, both at the atrocities that are being perpetrated, and at the lack of concern most display at the news of them. Oh well.[pullquote]We know, deep in our hearts that some things are eternally wrong, forever evil to the core, but the multicultural mantra is to pass judgment on no behavior.[/pullquote]

Let’s look at this a little closer — rummage in the basement a bit. Maybe we’ll discover some answers deep in the dusty bottom of an old chest. …


Allah’s devotees just blew up the Gate of the Gods in the ancient city of Nineveh. Nineveh – where Jonah was supposed to be going before he dug in his heels and the whale swallowed him — Nineveh, the biggest city of the ancient world, the capital of Assyria, whose armies didn’t lose a single battle for 200 years, but whose leader Sennecharib, in 701 B.C. tried, with 185,000 soldiers, to take Jerusalem, and instead met the Angel of Death (Isaiah 33). Nineveh, whose history goes back at least to 1,800 B.C. and yet a bunch of renegade, inbred barbarians just had the audacity to attempt to erase its memory. How dare they? History is hard to come by, and always precarious, so destroying any part of it, distorting any shard, is anathema. The future is iffy enough, let’s at least keep a hold on antiquity. But no. Not only are these people driven to kill the present; they must kill the past. Not only do they want to kill love and justice, but truth as well.

ISIS, with the help of uncounted other militant Islamic groups, has destroyed not only artifacts and ancient ruins, but living societies as well. Like a swarm of ants the refugees from this destruction are surging throughout Europe – but I use the words “refugee” loosely for these people are mostly young men – men who feel entitled to rape European women and young girls, feel inclined to defecate on the streets, and demand to be fed and provided for in whatever manner that they desire. Then, of course, they blow things up – Paris, Brussels.

When Muslim radicals (Radical only because they take seriously their holy book.) aren’t busy screwing up Europe, they are terrorizing the people of their own countries. Christians who are lucky are allowed to leave – over 500 Christians were recently murdered in Palmyra — crucified, beheaded, burned alive, or drowned in cages. Women and girls were sold as sex slaves. ISIS has even crucified Christian children.

OK. We know all this. So what’s my point? For several decades now we’ve been able to indulge the idea that evil is behind us, that the destruction of Hitler, the collapse of the Berlin wall, the demise of moral strictness have leveled awfulness forever. We’ve been so indoctrinated with evolutionary thinking that we just assume that the history of man will continue on an ever-upward trajectory – we are now tolerant (As if it were merely intolerance that killed six million Jews.), we no longer think in terms of good vs. evil, so there will be no more war, no more judging, no more hurt feelings. The Age of Aquarius is at hand.

And then the Twin Towers came tumbling down and we didn’t know how to react. Let me make a suggestion, one that has grown rusty with neglect, but one that needs a good oiling. We need to look squarely at evil and quit trying to pretty it up. It’s bad enough that we won’t call terrorism Islamic. It’s even worse that we won’t admit what Islam is.

When was the last time you took the idea of Satan seriously? The devil has become nothing more than a man in red tights and those are a dime a dozen these days. Big deal. Well, he is a big deal. He is the ruler of this world and his other name is Allah.

Don’t roll your multicultural eyes at me. I know the devil when I see him. He is the father of all lies and it is Allah who urges his followers to deceive in order to spread Islam by stealth. It is the devil who introduced death to this world – read Genesis 3 – and Allah demands death – the death of anyone who doesn’t see him as god. See Isaiah 14: Satan sees himself as a viable competitor of God Almighty and he has no patience with those who merely see him as an errant angel. The arrogance of Satan is legendary; the arrogance of Allah as well. Allah wants humans to see him as the creator, but you’ll notice that he didn’t show up until the middle of the seventh century A.D. – 4,700 years into documented human history. Jesus Christ, as the Messiah, as the second person of the Godhead, was here from before the beginning.

I suspect that Satan thought he might be winning until he began to see the amazing changes Christianity was making in the world. It was evident that he was losing control. So, Islam to the rescue! Within a hundred years the followers of Mohammed, prophet of Allah, had slaughtered their way through most of what had once been the Roman Empire. If it hadn’t been for Charles Martel (732 A.D.) and the Battle of Tours, Europe would have been totally Islamic — and therefore backward and hopelessly poor — for the last fourteen hundred years. Satan almost had his way.

Most human beings at most places in most time periods have seen murder as wrong, torture and cruelty as horrible and evil, lying and deception as anti-God. These things are written on our hearts. Cain knew right away that his murder of Abel would get him in trouble. We recognize injustice from a very early age – picture a two-year-old pouting her way through a that’s-not-fair temper tantrum. No one has to teach her about fairness – she knows in her heart what that is.

And yet we have close to two billion people on this planet who have been taught the opposite:

  1. That it’s good to beat the victim instead of the perpetrator.
  2. That killing people – as torturously as possible – for preferring God over Allah is a noble thing to do.
  3. That raping little girls – forcing marriage with these babies is just fine.
  4. That teaching your young men to blow themselves up, to promise them sex for so doing – that this is heroic behavior.
  5. That lying is a good thing.
  6. That brutality and disrespect is desirable demeanor.

Islam is the reverse of Judeo-Christian beliefs. And, whereas Satan is only an errant creature and not the opposite of God, his methodology is the opposite of God’s, and, coincidentally identical to Allah’s. Let’s dust off that old idea of a fallen angel rebelling against the God who made him, and let’s compare him head-to-head with the god of the Muslim religion and when we’re all done with that, tell me that Islam is a good religion.  Tell me, and the ghosts of the 270,000,000 people Allah has killed. Tell the nine-year-old girl who’s being raped by her fifty-year-old husband that Islam is all about peace. Tell her. I dare you.

Deana Chadwell blogs at and is a writing and speech professor at Pacific Bible College in Southern Oregon.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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18 Responses to Tell the Ghosts

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I’ve noted the satanic nature of Islam for some time. If we shall “know them” by their results (their fruits), then Islam clearly is evil. Of course, modern Islamism owes a great deal to leftism as well as Islam. The concept of eliminating inconvenient history, for example, was a major aspect of 1984/ Clearly, Muslims are as willing as liberals to use Orwell’s warning as a guidebook (one of the many affinities between them).

  2. Rosalys says:

    Spot on Deana! Satan and Allah are one!

    The only statement where I might take issue is this one:
    “When Muslim radicals (Radical only because they take seriously their holy book…”
    Actually, taking their “holy” book seriously makes them fundamentalist.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      The biggest lie about Islam is that it is a part of a triad of Abrahamic religions and that some how gives it a place at the table of world religions. Islam is now, and always has been pagan to its core. In school we were taught that Islam was Abrahamic because the Imams said it was. Most of us in the 50s shrugged our shoulders and just went on with our business. In my 68 years that has changed. It seems that again western civilization must deal with the same pustule of evil again. In the past we recognized the evil I wonder if we have the moral courage today ?

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    What al Ghafiqi could not do at Tours, what the Ottoman Turks could not do at the walls of Vienna in 1683, is being done today by Angela Merkel and the lying European Union promoters/apologists.

    This is just another example of the treachery being visited upon Europeans of all nationalities.

    • David Ray says:

      I’m still taken aback at Merkel’s jaw-dropping stupidity. I wonder what her reaction to the resulting rapes & gropes was? (We both know we’d have been jailed . . . not excused.)

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        A German friend believes it is not only a matter of stupidity. He maintains that growing up in the DDR, i.e. an authoritarian state, left its imprint on Merkel’s thinking. She takes little advice and brooks no opposition. Furthermore, she cannot admit to having made a mistake.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          That last problem is a very common one, unfortunately, and especially among “strong” leaders. That’s how they show how strong they are — never admitting error. This may be one reason why Lord Acton observed that great leaders were never good people.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            This may be one reason why Lord Acton observed that great leaders were never good people.

            Except George Washington!!!

            • Timothy Lane says:

              In his Old Army days, Robert E. Lee once had a discussion on the subject, noting that one never seemed to find leaders who were great military as well as civil leaders. Someone pointed out that Frederick the Great and Napoleon qualified, and he noted that they were also great tyrants. Then someone brought up Washington, and Lee noted that Washington was unique.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                Lee noted that Washington was unique.

                Which is why I think he was the greatest man who ever lived. Certainly, the greatest leader who ever lived.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    If it hadn’t been for Charles Martel (732 A.D.) and the Battle of Tours, Europe would have been totally Islamic — and therefore backward and hopelessly poor — for the last fourteen hundred years. Satan almost had his way.

    It should not be forgotten that Hitler lamented the fact that Christianity had taken root in European Culture rather than Islam.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Don’t forget that he kept the Mufti of Jerusalem in Berlin to learn Nazi methods so that any remaining Jews in the ME could be exterminated when Germany won the war. And, after that war there were lots of nazis who took shelter in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Trans Jordan, Iraq and Syria. Some of them took part in the 1948 war and there were even some still around in 67 and 73. I recall seeing one Mossad report of capturing one working with the Syrians in 73.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Of course I agree with Deana 100%, or nearly so.

    One of the cleanest and most effective ways to wipe out evil (Easy as Magic!) is to attend university. There you will be taught that Islam is a religion of peace, that they saved Western Civilization by keeping ancient texts alive while Christians were busy with the Inquisition. They even had time to invent algebra — and probably would have done far more good if not for needing to fend off the blood-thirsty Crusaders.

    You’ll be taught that Islam had a great “golden age” wherein the built amazing mosques and other buildings and were Western Civilization centuries before us barbarians ever gave enlightenment much of a thought.

    The reality is the reverse. Islam has been a plague on mankind from day one, a Nazi-like ideology of superiority and conquest. They have slaughtered (as Deana noted) in the tens or hundreds of millions. And whatever “golden age” they had was bought by conquests of cultures who had the skill, money, and technical know-how to build all the great mosques, etc., that they could not. This shows today in the dearth of books coming out of Islamic countries. They are backward and always have been backward and always will be backward.

    Islam is the modern incarnation of evil. It is all of man’s worst and slipperiest impulses anointed by the word “God.” Western intellectuals are right to be cautious of religion. But they refuse not only to distinguish between good and bad religion but have learned to elevated the bad to good. Leftism has thus perverted and corrupted Western man’s ability to distinguish right and wrong. The guilt for being white and Western has been laid on so thick, the one escape allowed for the white Western (and/or Christian) man is to heap praise on the barbarians in order to show how “tolerant” and “diverse”-minded you are.

    Plus, as you here all well know, adopting these views also marks one as one of the Smart People who have learned to see beyond the myths and fables taught to us by our fathers and grandfathers.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There was a great deal of scientific and cultural progress under medieval Islam, though I’ve also read claims that many of the best creators in that period were in fact Levantine Christians. But a top imam centuries proclaimed that all suitable (i.e., compatible with Islam) knowledge had been acquired. The result, since then, has been cultural stagnation. And the embarrassment of being overtaken by those inferior Europeans has only increased their violent vengefulness. The reality is that Islam was always a cult designed for Arab desert raiders, and it has never transcended that origin and design.

  6. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The link below is to an interesting article about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and how China may be stepping into help.

    Could the decline of the West and rise of the East be tied to Christianity?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      it is interesting that the growth of Christianity has largely been away from the West. I wouldn’t have thought China was part of it. I wonder if Japan (where Elizabeth’s brother is a preacher) is also significant.

    • Historically speaking the persecution of Christians has increased their numbers significantly. Interesting paradox.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Similarly, making it an official state religion tends to lead to lower religiosity. This is part of what happens in most of Europe. Freedom of religion (as in America) works much better.

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