Years ago in Bible school I learned that a biblical text without a context was a pretext.
A pretext is defined as a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason or more to the point, something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; an ostensible reason; excuse: as in the leaders used the insults as a pretext to declare war.
For anyone with eyes to see this exactly what is going on in Libya, Egypt and now Tunisia and Yemen as Muslim mobs threaten violence to more American diplomats and shout “death to America.”
The pretext for the course of action is some movie, made in America, put out by Terry Jones, an American pastor. The movie is critical of the Prophet Muhammad (not hard to do if you know a smidgen of genuine history) and that of course enrages Muslims. Think murdered Dutch guy Van Gogh and Danish cartoons that also criticized the Prophet.
The pretext is protecting the name of the Prophet, the context is death to America, death to the western democracies, death to free speech and individual liberty. Anyone who does not realize this has their head in a very dark place. There is ample evidence there was nothing spontaneous about the protests and were instead carefully orchestrated by the radical jihadists.
The point is not the relative merits or demerits of the movie. In fact, for anyone with half a brain the movie does not matter at all. What matters is Jihad, what matters is creeping Sharia Law, what matters is that radical Islam projects a greater threat to the west at any time since the Siege of Vienna in 1683.
This is the greater context: Islamization [Islamisation]: The erasure of the customs, norms and laws of any country or region in order to purely reflect Islamic sentiment. This can be done through political pressure – as in the West – where full-out Jihad is not possible, such as in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the ultimate goal of Islamization has been achieved by violent Jihad and finally through political pressure for peace – which in Islam can only come under Shari’a rule.
I’m watching the news this morning with my usual element of disgust as the movie gets discussed as liberals seek to put the blame on the pretext rather than where it belongs, on the context. When the mob shouts death to America understand Americans, they mean it.
Check out Michelle Malkin on Hannity. She tells it like it is and her speech toward the end is one righteous rant.