Howling, whining, and other assorted agonies. It was not just union goons who lost in Wisconsin this past week. It was not even just the teachers union that lost in Idaho! No, some of the most passionate temper tantrums over the last few days were on Capitol Hill where Rep. Peter King convened his long-awaited hearings on radical Islam in the United States.
We had rude and angry outbursts! We had tears! (Which were later proven to be entirely manufactured, but what can you expect from someone who thinks the Constitution is a racist conspiracy.) And of course, we had remarkable displays of civility courtesy d-baggery.
Ah, the Left is so predictable.
The idea of the hearings is to shine a spotlight on the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community, and to consider how the government might prevent more terrorism against Americans.
Horrors! Why, oh why, would anyone think this “descents into McCarthyism” – this “singling out of a single religious faith” – could possibly be acceptable, here in America?
Well… here are five good reasons. Unleash them on your leftist friends when they engage in the ever-so-tired leftist lunacy of demanding to know why we’re not having hearings on radical Christians, or radical Buddhists, or whatever.
First up: It’s not for everyone. Oh, wait… yes it is.
5. Islam wants to impose Islam on everyone
What is it with leftist philosophies? Why do they all want to take over the world? Communism, Socialism, Environmentalism – none of these movements are content messing in their own backyard. No, they all have to try to pull the rest of us along with them. Someday, there is bound to be one heck of a conflagration when full-on secular totalitarianism meets full-on Islamic totalitarianism, which also seeks to impose its will on… well, on all of us.
Proof of this oppressive viewpoint is… well, everywhere. A particularly concise example? Comments from Sheik Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Omar on Al-Jazeera television a few years back (did you call your cable company to make sure you’ve got Al-Jazeera? Sam Donaldson says it’s the one to watch! And you’re sort of paying for it already!). Anyway, the good sheik said this:
“Whoever is familiar with the Sunna and the Hadith knows that a battle against the enemies of Allah awaits on the horizon, in which the Muslims will be victorious. This is confirmed by the reliable hadiths, as well as by reality… Islam is making steady progress in America… twenty-five thousand people have converted to Islam every year since 9-11, and an even larger figure was mentioned in the New York Times.”The sheik went on to detail how Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Author Gregory Davis spells it out clearly:
“Islam's message to the non-Muslim world is the same now as it was in the time of Muhammad and throughout history: submit or be conquered. Islam is less a personal faith than a political ideology that exists in a fundamental and permanent state of war with non-Islamic civilizations, cultures, and individuals. The Islamic holy texts outline a social, governmental, and economic system for all mankind. Those cultures and individuals who do not submit to Islamic governance exist in an ipso facto state of rebellion with Allah and must be forcibly brought into submission. The misbegotten term ‘Islamo-fascism’ is wholly redundant: Islam itself is a kind of fascism that achieves its full and proper form only when it assumes the powers of the state.”Why is this religion/political system, with its stringent Sharia requirements, attractive to anyone – especially people raised in the liberty-loving West? Davis opines:
“Islam combines the interior comfort provided by religious faith with the outward power of a world-transforming political ideology. Like the revolutionary violence of Communism, jihad offers an altruistic justification for waging death and destruction… The areas in which Islam is growing most rapidly, such as Western Europe, have been largely denuded of their religious and cultural heritage, which leaves Islam as the only vibrant ideology available to those in search of meaning.”Indeed. I think the founders had something to say about the interplay between liberty and a virtuous people, but that is a discussion for another day. For now, it is sufficient to point out that Islam is all about global dominance:
“One of the common elements to all Islamic schools of thought is jihad, understood as the obligation of the Ummah to conquer and subdue the world in the name of Allah and rule it under Sharia law.”In other words, they want to impose their religion on everyone. That is to say, the Hindu, the Taoist, the atheist, the Tom Cruise follower. E.v.e.r.y.o.n.e.
Now we often hear some poor soul, miseducated in our public schools and crippled in the critical thinking department (paging Rosie O’Donnell!), insist that we have just as much to fear from “radical Christians”; that Islam is no different from Christianity, because Christianity would like to see everyone become a follower of Jesus.
Ah, but Christianity cannot be forced (despite a few regrettable historic attempts) because by its very nature it involves individual free will to embrace or reject a relationship with God.
Dear deluded leftist clinging to this “Christians want to take over the world too” argument, I invite you aboard the reality train. Think: Where is there a Christian nation? A theocracy whose government IS the Christian faith? (You can’t count Vatican City!) America is perhaps closest to that possibility, due to our heritage and the sheer number of Christians. Yet, despite the strong cultural and historic ties to the Christian faith, we are a pluralistic, democratic republic with “separation of church and state.” The Christians, with ample opportunity to “take over” – did not. So again – where are the scary “radical Christians” who want to force everyone to believe the way they do?
In leftist imaginations, that’s where.
Where are the scary radical Muslims?
Right here, increasingly. And that’s why Peter King is not having hearings on radical Lutheranism, or radical Baptism, or radical Episcopalianism.
You see, when a belief system of any kind wants to take over the world – that’s something we SHOULD be talking about.
Next: Western civilization, the United States, and Israel… what do these have in common?
4. Islam wants to destroy Western civilization in general, America in particular, and don’t even get them started on Israel
Along with an indisputable goal to conquer the world, Islam holds a particular contempt for the West and the United States. Some of that is completely understandable.
But seriously. The hatred for America and its liberties has been obvious for a very long time. The Nation of Islam, as reported in the New York Post in 2002, has been virulently anti-American.
“Malcolm X dismissed his American passport as signifying ‘the exact opposite of what Islam stands for,’ and Louis Farrakhan announced that ‘God will destroy America at the hands of the Muslims.’”Author and speaker Daniel Pipes has compiled a somewhat chilling anthology of quotations that make this West-hatred pretty clear to anyone open-minded enough to actually absorb the meaning.
A few choice morsels:
“May Allah destroy America and Britain…”
“Allah has told us to make atom bombs. America is telling us not to. Who should we listen to O Muslims, Allah or America?”
“If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him… take my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”Ismail Al-Faruqi, who taught for many years at Temple University in Philadelphia, spoke longingly of conquering America for Islam:
“Nothing could be greater than this youthful, vigorous, and rich continent (of North America) turning away from its past evil and marching forward under the banner of Allahu Akbar (God is great).”Pipes also writes of Omar Ahmad, chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, of course, is irrefutably linked to Hamas terrorists, despite the willful blindness to that fact of certain top law enforcement officers in Los Angeles (*coughLeroyBacacough*). But I digress. Chairman Ahmad said this:
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran… should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”They keep telling us, but we don’t seem to want to listen. History tells us, too. Islamic armies attempted to conquer all of Europe many hundreds of years ago. And Islam didn’t become more peaceful. It simply got defeated. But hey, big points for persistence. Because centuries later, the Ayatollah Khomeini would state:
“Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers… we shall export our revolution, to the whole world. Until the cry ‘Allahu Akbar’ resounds over the whole world.”That cry resounded in a German airport just a few days ago.
They hate America, they hate the West, and holy cow (holy pig?)… do they EVER hate Israel. Oh, and Christians. From Hamas, an overtly terrorist group that many leftist Americans can’t quite bring themselves to denounce, comes this little tidbit:
“These Christians and Jews, these descendents of monkeys, now rule in all the nations of the world, but their day, too, will come. Allah! Kill them all, do not leave even one! It is the fate of the Jews and Christians to be slaughtered by our hands. We have taken upon ourselves to fulfill our obligation to society and to torture them because torture is the fate of the Jews and the Christians. No Jew and no Christian is innocent. All Jews and all Christians must be killed.”Are we getting a clearer picture of why Islam, of all religions, is being “singled out” for the spotlight treatment?
A quick tour of the world’s “great” religions turns up no other faith calling for the destruction of entire groups of individuals, as well as entire countries (nor is any other faith telling unbelievers to “convert or die”). The leftist weenies crying about this can boo-hoo all they want and scream “McCarthyism” – but the U.S. can’t fight the threat if they don’t have the cojones to admit it IS a threat.
Next: Putting women and children first… first to suffer, anyway...
3. Islam’s treatment of women and children is disgraceful
No “feminist” in their right mind (and personally, I don’t think most of them ARE in their right minds) could possibly in any way, shape or form support Islam. The Islamic fundamental disrespect for women morphs into a number of increasingly ugly manifestations, the evidence of which is again, all around us.
I’m all for modesty, a concept lost on much of the Western female population. It would be great if American women and girls did not dress in such a way as to distract men and boys from thoughts of anything other than sex.
However, the idea that the mere existence of a female form should prevent men from going about their daily business is just the first step in a series of justifications for demeaning women individually and as in general. The idea that nothing but the eyes should be visible in public (and even those eyes can be dangerous) is a necessary prelude to the idea that it is acceptable to taunt, grope, or even rape a woman who is not adhering to that most restrictive dress code. After all, she asked for it. This viewpoint also dehumanizes men, by the way. If you tell a boy he is an animal who cannot be responsible for his basest urges, that is what you will get.
This entire philosophy is rooted in the concept that women by their very nature are somehow lesser or evil, and that men must protect themselves against them. When that is the foundation upon which you are building male-female relations, things are going to go very, very wrong. How wrong?
Ritual genital mutilation of young girls is perfectly acceptable because you know how women are – if they can feel sexual pleasure, think what whores they will become. Wifebeating is also perfectly acceptable – and proof of such teaching (and practice) is not difficult to obtain. Finally, there is the ultimate misogyny: honor killing. When a women (or girl) has pissed off a male family member one too many times, she's butchered. That does happen in other cultures, too; it’s just not considered “honorable.”
Even if these perversions of human relationships were confined to Muslim nations, it would be cause to speak out. The fact that these crimes are now taking place – regularly – in the West, and that Muslims are calling for Sharia law so that these atrocities can be defended… well, that is another reason Peter King is having hearings. We have this evil among us now, and we must call it for what it is. One study of family violence in Britain, a nation more heavily infiltrated by Muslim thinking than America, found that women married to Muslim men were eight times more likely to be killed by their husbands than any other woman in Britain.
Imagine if a new faith or worldview emerged that insisted that “people of color” were dangerous, and really should be covered from head to toe, save their eyes, when out in public. This new faith had its own laws and court systems, and wanted the right to abuse people of color as part of its religious freedom in this country. Would we stand by and allow this faith’s legal system to become part and parcel of our American system of jurisprudence? Well, I certainly hope not. I would hope that some states might even pass laws to make certain that this new legal system could not gain a foothold in our system that so carefully attempts to protect individual rights and dignity. I would hope that states that pass such laws protecting our judicial system would not be mocked by leftists. Hmmm.
A quick word for the “all religions oppress women” crowd. Please, please put on your little thinking caps and move beyond the knee jerk rhetoric. A faith that proscribes certain roles for men and certain roles for women is not the same as a faith that denies the full humanity of one or the other. The Bible teaches that “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This was fairly revolutionary talk at the time the book of Galatians (3:28) was written, by the way. Human nature has often led to abuse of women, but not all faiths enshrine that in teaching. Not all faiths count the testimony of a woman to be significantly less valid than that of a man.
Ritual genital mutilation of young girls is not the only abuse of children inherent in Islam. But how can a faith cherish children when its Prophet, by example, participated in forced marriage and child rape? Such abuse of young children is unchecked in the Muslim world, justified by some of the philosophy to which I referred, above. By way of contrast, Jesus warned his followers (Matthew 18:6) that interfering with a child’s healthy development would lead to dire consequences. (Please file that one under: “Radical Christianity”: Why Hearings Are Not Needed.)
Quite possibly the most egregious child abuse in the Islamic world is the pervasive inculcation of hatred in very young minds. How do you get an otherwise healthy young man (or woman) with their whole life in front of them to strap on explosives and blow themselves up? This is how:
(Want your kids to experience this kind of cultural education? Well, that’s another argument for getting Al-Jazeera on your cable plan as quickly as possible!)
Of course there are the avowed relativists who insist that all religions produce young terrorists. Like Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s idiot boy columnist (he’s the one who finds the Constitution long and full of hard words). Klein produced another gem of moronic greatness last week, in discussing the upcoming hearings, when he drew a parallel between radical Muslim terrorists and American school shootings, perpetrated by young Christians.
Here’s a quick test to determine if “young Christians” are perpetrating your next shooting incident. If they cry out “Jesus is Lord” right before they start shooting, then we will have something to talk about. Until then, can someone please find Klein some anti-psychotic medication?
Next: Somewhere over the Islamic rainbow…
2. Hey, gays! THEY WANT TO KILL YOU.
Yeah, there are many Americans (and mostly Christians) who do not support your right to redefine marriage to allow for same-sex unions. Again, I implore you to grab that little thinking cap again. Here’s a quiz.
One of these things is not like the other:
1. People expressing distaste for your sexual practices
2. People opposing same sex marriage
3. People questioning whether children do better in traditional vs. gay families
4. People shooting you, hanging you, or hacking you up in little pieces
Were you able to spot the one that doesn’t belong?
I am not the first person to point out that gays who wish to define themselves primarily by their sexual orientation should be the first ones in the pro-Israel, anti-Islam line. You have to know who your allies are, and who your enemies are. The leftist gay community has this all messed up, and they will be among the very first to pay a terrible price should Sharia take hold in this country. That, again, is another reason that high-profile hearings on this topic are both relevant and instructional.
And for those “Christianity is just as bad” numbskulls: the fact is that Judaism and Christianity, both of which teach against homosexual behavior, nevertheless uphold the dignity and protection of every individual. That is abundantly evident in the countries most closely aligned with these faith traditions (the U.S. and Israel).
As author Peter Schweizer points out, while Judeo-Christian values are compatible with democracy…
“Why not Islam? The answer lies deep within the root of these faiths. Christianity is an individualistic faith which is based on the belief that the individual has a direct pipeline to God, and that each individual has value. After all, each individual was created in God’s image. Given that foundation it is easy to see how representative government developed. Islam does not have an individualistic view of faith, or the value of the individual.”Respect for the individual. Again, when one hops on the reality train, the picture of who is really threatening gays emerges clearly.
Next: There is a (good) reason that Muslims want to live here
1. Islamic nations are terrible places to live
Let’s stay on that reality train a little longer. Leftists who have been brave enough to come on this journey – stay calm. Breathe deeply. I am about to present a concept with absolutely no politically correct sugarcoating, and it might be difficult to swallow. Bear with us.
Muslim countries are barbaric and backward.
Whew. That was hard even for me to get out. But come ON. Certain faiths have made the world a better place. They have provided fertile soil for human advancement in art, science, literature and government. There is a reason Western civilization has been a dominant global force. There is a reason Western countries have led the world. These are places that invent technology, build skyscrapers, and have flush toilets. There is a reason that Islam, historically, has not been able to subdue the West.
I know, I know. The Muslim contributions to the world during the Islamic golden age. The problem is, that golden age occurred where there were significant populations of Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians, among others. This mixing of cultures meant that the Muslims who contributed to the golden age were “free thinkers” who were willing to build upon other great thinkers (of ancient Greece, for example). What’s more, many of those free thinkers were attacked and condemned by Islamic purists. Ex-Muslim Syed Kamran Mirza offers a comprehensive treatment of this topic. A comment on his site sums up neatly what happened as “pure” Islam took hold:
“Where there was no yearning for knowledge and striving for advancement, barbarism reigned, as for example in the burning of the contents of the great library at Alexandria by the invading Arabs. As the percentage of Muslims in the general population started to increase (through conversion due to conviction, intimidation… or desire not to pay the jizya tax) the belief that the Koran was the ‘only book’ worth reading and that it contained all knowledge increased, and subsequently the golden age vanished.”Mirza discusses the “greatest mind of the Islamic golden age,” a famous Persian physician, philosopher and scholar, Ar Razi. He was condemned for blasphemy and his philosophical works destroyed during a “revival force of back to Islamic darkness.”
Back to darkness.
Look around the world at this very moment – there are many countries that are ruled either in fact or in theory as Islamic nations. Is their way of life, their culture, their day to day experience, superior to that of the West? Is it equivalent, oh dear leftist who so wishes us all to be exactly the same? Would you want to live there?
Look, even Bill Maher recognizes this point. If Bill Maher and, say, Sarah Palin can agree on something, can we all just acknowledge that it’s fact?
But the factual existence of this “darkness” is what gives us, here in America, the motivation for holding the Peter King hearings. We do not wish to deny entry to immigrants from these majority Muslim nations, many of whom want nothing more than to escape that darkness. They are among America’s fiercest supporters and defenders. They are the Muslims who have been supportive of the hearings, because they, more than anyone else, understand what’s at stake. They came here to escape a system, to escape the violence, to escape the hatred – they don’t want it seeping into the fabric of American life.
However – not all Muslim immigrants come with that mindset, as has been clearly demonstrated. How do we make that distinction? How do we welcome people who wish to place a higher priority on liberty and democracy than on a religion, while protecting all of us from those who come with a more sinister agenda – those who wish to impose a faith-based totalitarianism that would annihilate the American way of life? I wish I had a good answer… but the question must be asked, and that is precisely the heart of the King hearings – despite the unfair, irrational, hostile, toxic and somewhat hysterical opposition to them.
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I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read Gregory Davis’ excellent outline of all things Islam at the Jihad Watch website. Mark Humphrys’ site is also interesting. Both will greatly enhance understanding of the issues at hand. As an aside… Davis explains that their scriptures, while generally teaching the value of truthfulness, specifically encourage deceit when it suits the “big picture”, i.e. the jihad mission. Obviously, this doctrine makes it impossible for open and honest dialogue between Islam and the rest of the world. How can you trust someone who believes it’s okay to lie to you? Kind of a sobering perspective on any “pro-Islam” testimony at the King hearings.