Traditionally, devout Moslems have ascribed ninety-nine beautiful names to Allah.
Recently, though, Satanic blasphemers such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas have been trying to give a hundredth name to Allah, "the Sadistic Ogre".
According to them, Allah rejoices in seeing men, women and children tortured, raped, dismembered and killed. Such actions are even portrayed as devout acts of praise, since they are accompanied by shouts of "Allah hu-Akbar". By the way they speak and act, they seem to believe that such cruelty has more spiritual value than the traditional hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Sadly, the silence of the vast majority of Moslems toward such blasphemy is scandalous. As the famous idiom expressed it, all that is needed for the triumph of evil is for "good people" to do nothing.
And the refusal of world governments, including the Vatican, to call this blasphemy what it really is, the perverse work of Satanic blasphemers, is also appalling. Instead,
we have allowed such blasphemers to win the war of words. For example, while we think that "terrorist" is a bad word, they use it as a rallying cry, "We are the ones who bring terror to the hearts of decadent infidels!". When we use the term, radical Moslems, they use that term to affirm that they are radically faithful to the demands in the Quran that all Moslems fight a holy war against all infidels. And when we allow them to be called jihadists, we concede that they are, indeed, a legitimate part of a venerable line of Islamic warriors.
After wasting trillions of dollars and thousands of lives in a way that legitimatized the claims of these Satanic blasphemers, it may be wise for us to finally challenge them in the war of words by stating clearly and consistently that they are indeed nothing more than perverted Satanic blasphemers, seeking to desecrate all that is truly holy.
A simple question to our Islamic neighbors may be a good way to start - "Do you believe that we should add the ninety-nine names of Allah a hundredth name, "Allah, the Sadistic Ogre?".
Spero columnist Rev. Fr. Thomas Collins is a Catholic priest in the service of the people of Virginia.