Vol: 129 Issue: 21 Thursday, June 21, 2012
The man that liberals call America’s biggest Islamophobe — Rep. Peter King (R-NY) — will be holding yet a fifth hearing into the radicalization of American Muslims and its potential leaks to home-grown terror.
Yesterday, he defended both the need and the appropriateness of conducting another hearing, since, as he explained (without offering supporting evidence) that the overwhelming majority of American Muslims are “outstanding” Americans but that the threat of radicalism is “a clear and present danger to national security.”
Let’s start with King’s explanation for the hearings, zooming in on the statement about the overwhelming majority of American Muslims being “outstanding” Americans. What does that mean?
We can all think of examples of “outstanding” Americans, but first, let’s examine the word, ‘outstanding’ which quite obviously means, ‘standing out’ from other, less outstanding Americans.
An outstanding American Muslim would therefore be one that stands out from other Americans, whether Muslim or not.
Quick, name three outstanding Muslim Americans! (Anwar al Awlaki, Major Nidal Hassan, and Adam (“Azzam the American”) Gadahn don’t count.)
Since I issued that challenge to you, I tried to see if I could meet it myself, since I am alleged to be an expert in such things.
Off the top of my head, without looking anybody up, I can name exactly one that I think would qualify. (How many did you come up with?)
I would nominate Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, since he is the ONLY American Muslim I’ve ever heard speak up in defense of America.
There are some former Muslims that speak up about the dangers posed by radical Islam (Bridgett Gabriel comes to mind) — but I am drawing a blank trying to identify another practicing Muslim (without looking it up) who one could point to and call “an outstanding American” — let alone make a blanket identification of the overwhelming majority of American Muslims being “outstanding”.
Representative King was able to find exactly THREE. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Asra Nomai, author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam,” and Qanta A.A. Ahmed, a physician and political and religious writer.
Asra Nomai testified that many non-Muslims were frustrated by the reluctance of Muslim-Americans to acknowledge the role that selective readings of the Koran can play in fostering terror.
Views of committee members were strictly divided along party lines, and Democrats insisted that, whatever their intention, the hearings unfairly singled out Muslims for scrutiny. They trotted out their own witness to argue that Islam is no threat because there aren’t really that many Muslims in America to begin with.
Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice argued that so-called radical Muslims do not automatically become terrorists and that Muslims account for only 1 percent of the U.S. population.
That is an interesting defense of Islam as a “peaceful” religion. They make up 1% of the population, but that 1% is scary enough to merit more legislative, military, political and social attention than Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Buddhism and Hinduism combined.
Can you name another religion that scares you as much as does radical Islam? No? Then you must NOT be a Democrat, like Democrat Al Green of Texas. Because Al Green can.
Green wants to hold hearings on the radicalization of American Christians as the real threat.
“People who see the hearings and never hear about the hearing on the radicalization of Christianity have to ask themselves, ‘Why is this missing?’” said Green. “Why don’t we go to the next step and ask, how is that a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, white female in the United States of America can become radicalized to the point of wanting to do harm to this country? We don’t have that type of hearing.”
We don’t have hearings on the radicalization of first grade students or the radicalization of people with a fondness for Cheerios, either. Why is that? What about hearings on the radicalization of the Boy Scouts? Or the radicalization of seniors?
“Why is this missing?”, Representative Green wants to know. Should I tell him? Because Christians, like first grade students, Cheerios aficionados, Boy Scouts and seniors are not a threat to national security!
Apparently, that never occurred to Representative Green, which then gives one pause to wonder if somebody that dense should have been elected to Congress in the first place.
On the other hand, what about the radicalization of American Muslims?
“When we look at the problem of radicalization, the excuses will never run out,” Dr. Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy said. “It seems to me that Americans are sitting around doing nothing to combat extremists.”
Jasser stressed the need to combat radicalism, saying the issue is a moral one that Muslims must take on and fix. He added that violence is the last step in radicalization and that American Muslims are failing to address, observe and report those they see taking steps toward radicalization in a productive, proactive way that provides solutions moving forward. Jasser compared radicalism in Islam to a cancer, and said if American Muslims are going to fix the problem, they have to be able to talk about it openly and attack it from all angles. When asked about his view on CAIR, Jasser said the organization promotes a victim mentality rather than a cooperative attitude within the American Muslim community.
“We have a problem internally,” Jasser said. “We must awaken the silent Muslim majority.”
The “silent” Muslim majority. Are those people the ones Representative King was referring to when he referenced the overwhelming majority of American Muslims as “outstanding”? The silent majority?
How does remaining silent about Islamic terrorism make one an “outstanding American?” At best, it makes one an apathetic American, at worst, it makes one a silent accessory.
Dr. Jasser is correct when he identifies the real threat to American security as political correctness. The fact is that the vast majority of American Muslims look the other way when they see other Muslims moving in the direction of radical Islam.
It is the height of suicidal folly to embrace the politically correct notion that one can be a member of the worldwide Muslim umma – or community without obeying the rules of the umma, which are the replacement of secular governments with an Islamic authority and that one’s first loyalty is not to one’s country, but to the umma and its goals.
That is why the one percent of the population that is Islamic is getting all the scrutiny. Because the overwhelming majority of American Muslims are NOT ‘outstanding Americans’ but are instead silent enablers of the radicals.
This is not a tirade about Islam or the evils of Islam or even the stupidity of Representative Green’s incredibly moronic suggestion that the Congress investigate the “radicalization of Christians”.
The truth is, the overwhelming majority of Christians are not “outstanding Americans”, either. Neither are the overwhelming majority of Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Catholics or Mormons. If they were, then the word “outstanding” would be meaningless.
It isn’t Islam that is the actual threat to America. It is the political correctness that is used to shield Americans from uncomfortable or unpopular truths that is the real threat to the homeland.
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” (Revelation 18:23)
Everywhere in the English Bible where the word “sorceries” appears, it is translated from the word meaning “magic arts” in the original languages — except in Revelation, the book dedicated exclusively the events of the last days.
In Revelation, (and ONLY in Revelation) the “sorceries” deceiving all nations is translated, not from the word meaning “magic arts” but from the Greek word, “pharmakea” meaning the “use or administration of drugs.”
There is a phrase used by mental health professionals to describe the psychological damage inflicted by the practice of holding two mutually exclusive opinions on the same subject, such as arguing that ideology is not predictor of behavior.
Or that NOT trying to kill your neighbor qualifies one as an “outstanding American.”
That phrase is “cognitive dissonance” and it helps to explain why more Americans are on tranquilizers and antidepressants than any other population on earth.
It also explains why Representative King feels the need to have FIFTH hearing to investigate the threat posed by what King himself described as a community of overwhelmingly “outstanding” Americans.
Wow! Look at the time! I have to go take my medication now. . .