Radical Islam isn’t radical, it’s mainstream and Representative Ilhan Omar (D) Minnesota, is just one example.
This article is one of a series that attempts to halt the leftist distortion of our language and push back on their attempts to act out Orwell’s 1984 here in America.
When Candidate Donald Trump opined that we should stop all Muslim immigration “until we can figure out what is going on,” he stumbled on something we have yet to recognize; Radical Islam, isn’t radical, it’s actually mainstream, for Muslims. We conservatives made some serious political hay (with good reason) about President Obama’s failure to use the words, “radical Islamic terrorism,” when describing the attack on 9-1-1, the horrific mass murder in Orlando and other terror attacks here in the U.S.
Maybe we were looking at this wrong. The problem isn’t radical Islam. The problem is Islam in its entirety. Before we begin the pearl clutching and strident cries of “Racist!” we might want to ask ourselves, “At what point does a radical politico-religious extreme, become a mainstream religious belief?”
When does it become “OK” for a sitting member of Congress (Rep Ilhan Omar) to issue anti-Semitic comments during a committee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives? Even given her history of outrageous commentary about Jews, her fellow Democrats couldn’t see fit to respond appropriately to her outrageous conduct. They couldn’t even find the fortitude to name her in their non-binding resolution. Instead, the House used the “Dreyfus Affair,” as their example…a pre-World War I incident where a French Officer was convicted of espionage, merely because he was a Jew. Basically, the leftists now in charge of the House of Representatives, treated us to a cacaphony of “sound and fury, signifying-—nothing,” which is the way the Leftists and the Islamists both want it.
There’s an interesting survey out there regarding Muslim attitudes by the Pew Research Center.
These findings are scary, especially considering that “radical,” supposedly means, at the far end of the spectrum and only 1 percent or less of the survey population.
Here are some of the findings:
—As of 2010, there were 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, or 23% percent of the population.
—Latest estimates put Muslims at just under 1% of the U.S population at 2.75 million, 63% percent of which are immigrants.
—Pew projects that by 2150, Muslims will outnumber the Jewish faith, becoming the second most populous religion at 2.1% of the U.S. Population, a little more than double today’s rate. Extrapolating forward, we are talking over 5.5 million Muslims in the U.S.
Taken by themselves, those numbers would cause little concern. However, Muslim attitudes both in the U.S. and worldwide, should give us all pause. A Washington Post Article regarding Muslim attitudes regarding homosexuality, titled: “Here are the ten countries where homosexuality may be punishable by death” notes that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan & Afghanistan, all U.S. allies, have death penalty statutes regarding the practice of homosexuality.
Homosexual Man Being Thrown Off Of A Building
Abhorrent to Americans as that may be, it’s difficult to paint that viewpoint as “extreme,” when it is the legal position of duly constituted governments, some of which are U.S. allies in the war on “radical Islamic terrorism.” It’s even more difficult, when we have a sitting member of Congress who espouses similar views.
Closer to home, the Pew study looked at the opinions of Muslims residing in the United States. One interesting finding:
More generally, Muslims mostly say that suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam are rarely or never justified, including 92% in Indonesia and 91% in Iraq. In the United States, a 2011 survey found that 86% of Muslims say that such tactics are rarely or never justified. An additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified and 1% say they are often justified in these circumstances.
Using these percentages, coupled with the current Muslim population, that’s 25,000 U.S. Muslims who likely believe violence in the form of suicide bombers is often justified in support of Islam. 25,000 people in the United States who currently believe it’s OK to blow people up to advance the day when The Caliphate is established and all Infidels have submitted to Islam.
In an attempt to deflect attention from Muslim atrocities, some apologists point to Christianity, with its Inquisition and Crusades, as “just as bad.” This trope ignores one important fact; Islam is the only one of the World’s major “religions” that has yet to undergo a reformation. Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Flynn, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (and target of the Mueller political prosecution) in his book, “The Field Of Fight” said,
“The world badly needs an Islamic Reformation, and we should not be surprised if violence is involved. It’s normal.”
Polls may show that a clear majority of Muslims abhor ISIS violence, but until they actively do something to reform the clear plurality of Muslims who support it, innocent men, women and children—yes children, will continue to be murdered by this theocratic terrorist element that although not a majority, is by no means looked at as “extreme” by a goodly part of the Muslim world.
Whatever happens, our Constitutional, Representative Republic, with it’s protections for individual liberty, especially religious liberty, will have to come to grips with this—sooner rather than later. Maybe Trump is right. Maybe we should halt all Muslim immigration until “we figure out what is going on,” and those so called, “moderate Muslims,” that’s YOU Rep Omar, nudge their politico-military-religious construct, towards meaningful reformation.
Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer with experience in counter terrorism in Central America, Southwest Asia and as an instructor at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft Bragg, NC.
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