For Immediate Release
March 15, 2017
Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102
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PHILADELPHIA—Like many Americans, leaders from the American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net) were surprised at the findings of a recent CBS poll, which discovered that just a third of respondents believe that Islam encourages violence any more than other religions.
The survey saw a “sharp partisan split in the responses … as 63 percent of Republicans argued that Islam is more violent—while only 14 percent of Democrats agreed,” reported The Christian Post. “The majority, or 66 percent of Democrats, said that Islam encourages violence ‘the same amount’ as other faiths.”
“This should be one of the most concerning issues to pastors today,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, who was featured in both The Christian Post and Breitbart.com on this issue. “Sharia Law is infiltrating America, and that is one of the greatest threats to freedom.”
Rohrer added that the survey results show a “purposeful denial of facts” and the number of Americans who are ignoring the truth about the dangers of Islam is alarming. He also told The Christian Post that such views are down to the “secular humanist mentality that is occupying the West generally, in thinking that all people worship the same God, or there is no God, or all gods are equal,” warning that if someone does not find a difference between the God of Islam and the God of Christianity, for instance, then they will “interpret facts and reality totally different from the way it really is.”
Also in his interview with The Christian Post, Rohrer acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East especially, most victims of Islamic terror are other Muslims, but pushed back against those who believe that only a very small number of Muslims actually engage in jihad.
“The view for a long time has been that jihadists, wherever they are, are not at all reflective of Islam, and these are only a small number, who don’t speak for Islam,” Rohrer said. “The unfortunate thing about that is that those involved in jihad are the only ones who are really practicing what the Quran says. It’s violent all the way around, the total opposite of Christianity, the opposite of what the Bible speaks about. Yet, because there are many who either don’t want to know, or don’t do their own homework, (they believe that) everybody is equal, when the reality is these various systems of belief are totally different.”
Rohrer’s insight on this pressing topic was also featured in Breitbart.com, where he noted that public opinion on Islam is tied to a religious relativism that assumes that “all people worship the same God, or there is no God, or all gods are equal” and that it is a “great mistake” to believe that Islam is first and foremost a religion, like Christianity or Judaism.
“That is totally wrong, because Islam is primarily a political, legal system. It has religious tenets, but it is a political system accompanied by Sharia law,” Rohrer said in Breitbart, adding that “by its very commandments” Sharia prohibits Islam from peacefully coexisting with others.
According to Breitbart, even the Islamic State terror group itself has publicly rejected claims that its war on the Judeo-Christian West is not religiously motivated.
Headlines like these are discussed daily on the one-hour news and commentary radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” which airs on 425 stations nationwide. APN also offers “Stand in the Gap Minute” and “Stand in the Gap Weekend.”
Rohrer is also a part of Faith Leaders for America, a new organization made up of a dedicated group of clergy from various faith communities who share a common commitment to freedom—freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the other liberties guaranteed by our Constitution—along with a firm commitment to address the imminent threats to those freedoms.
To interview a representative from the American Pastors Network, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.