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So Much For “The Religion Of Peace”

Muslim Violence

In the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush used the phrase “religion of peace” to describe Islam and attempted to sell the idea that the terrorists who perpetrated that crime were perverting the religious beliefs of the great majority of Muslims.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As the authors of “Catholic Answers” explain, “The usual meaning of Islam in Arabic is not ‘peace’ but ‘submission.’ And if the terrorists were so far outside the mainstream, why did Muslims all over the world burst into joyful, spontaneous celebrations when the hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Why are Islamic governments afraid to show ‘too much’ public support for the war against terrorism?” 

Indeed why did our alleged ally Pakistan harbor bin Laden for years and why does it continue to harbor other Muslim terrorists?

The fact of the matter is that the great Armenian Genocide of the early 20th century, the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran in 1979, the fatwa condemning author Salman Rushdie to death for blasphemy, the attack on the USS Cole, the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, 9/11, Major Nidal Hassan’s terror attack at Ft. Hood, Texas, the reign of terror unleashed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the atrocities committed in Africa by Boko Haram and the murder of the journalists of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are all very much within the mainstream of Muslim thought.

Americans are uniquely unqualified to be engaged in a religious war.  The very idea of a religious war goes against our history as a sanctuary for the religiously oppressed – the Pilgrims coming to New England and Catholics coming to Maryland to find religious freedom – and it goes against the Constitution that enshrined that history in the very law that governs our government.

Yet, the very religious tolerance that is enshrined in the Constitution is exactly what radical Islamists use to inflame passion in their followers and recruit new jihadis.

What’s more, this opposition to religious freedom and freedom of speech is becoming a worldwide movement among Muslims – it is not just limited to a few Islamist radicals out on the fringes of society.

As the Associated Press reported, “At the al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, which is considered to be the primary seat of Sunni Muslim learning and a traditional voice of ‘moderation’, Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb is calling for an international law that ensures respect for religions and criminalizes blasphemy.”

As AP writers Hamza Hendawi and Lara Jakes noted, “…even the voices of moderation on the issue [of freedom of speech] are in agreement with the militants that… the latest French cartoons demeaning Muhammad and the Danish caricatures before them cannot be tolerated as freedom of speech.”

So, it is time to ask the question, can the curbing of free speech and free expression through violence or threats of violence happen here in America?

The answer is it is already happening -- even in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France, major news outlets in America, including FOX, refused to publish the cartoons that allegedly "blaspheme the Profit." (Kudos to The Washington Post for not engaging in that kind of self-censorship.)

In France entire towns and neighborhoods in France are de-facto Islamic mini-states practicing Sharia Law. They are also no-go zones for non-Muslims. The same is true in Holland, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Belgium and Germany.

It is naive to believe that could not (and is not) happening in America.

Muslims using food stamps in Minnesota are demanding that the welfare program be required to meet the stringent requirement of the Islamic diet, which does not allow pork products to be eaten. Proto-no-go zones already exist in New York, Michigan, California, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota and Virginia. The Islamic radicals are mostly biding their time, waiting to achieve critical mass.

Islam, as it is today practiced by millions of Muslims across the globe, is inimical to the separation of church and state and government based on constitutional liberty. We are in a war of ideas, not just with radical Islamists, but with concepts deeply embedded in Muslim culture.  And as long as mass legal (and illegal) immigration from Muslim countries continues unabated we are losing that war. 

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