Waking Up to Radical Islam

Human Events

In spite of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s recent New York Times op-ed written to calm American concerns about the Ground Zero mosque, as the bright light of public scrutiny shines on this proposed mosque, Americans are discovering elements of radical Islam previously unknown to them.

The controversy has led countless Americans, puzzled and disturbed by the motivation and insensitivity of Imam Rauf and his backers, to begin evaluating the threat of radical Islam beyond the isolated context of terrorism.

Islam’s history has shown, for example, there is powerful symbolism in choosing where to construct mosques. Built on sites of military victories, mosques have traditionally symbolized the triumph and supremacy of Islam over all other religions and people: Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was built on top of Solomon’s Temple; the Umayyad mosque in Damascus is over the church of St. John the Baptist; more than 2,000 mosques are on the footprints of Hindu Temples in India.

While America does not have a religious center per se, in the eyes of radical Islam our “religion” is capitalism and the destruction of the World Trade Center was like the sack of Constantinople.
Does Ground Zero mosque Imam Rauf view his proposed mosque through this lens? Honestly, we can’t know for sure.

But even if he doesn’t, there is no doubt that many in the Muslim world will regard the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero as a tribute to Islamic victory over “infidel” America. Islamist leaders worldwide will employ the symbolism of a mosque at Ground Zero as a recruiting tool to jihad, swelling their ranks and escalating the threat against America.

This debate is forcing the American people to take a long- overdue look at the harsh reality of a political ideology which is in its very nature antithetical to the fundamental values of liberty and justice as practiced in America and Western societies.

People are asking the kinds of questions I had to confront decades ago: What exactly is “sharia law?” Why is there such an increase in homegrown jihadists today than ten or even five years ago? Who are the “moderate” Muslims, and why aren’t they speaking out more aggressively against the “radicals?”

Rauf and his supporters certainly did not anticipate the degree and intensity of the blowback they are getting. On the contrary, he quietly greased the skids for this project, meeting behind the scenes with various elected officials and opinion leaders to get their blessing.

Unfortunately, those he met with failed to do the due diligence that would have exposed his real agenda. They accepted at face value his soothing platitudes of tolerance and interfaith dialogue, platitudes for which he has shown contempt in writings and statements in the Arabic world.

Imam Rauf repeats these platitudes in his lengthy New York Times op-ed, clearly hoping that Americans will believe him. But thanks to probing investigations done by investigative reporters, bloggers and watchdog organizations, a robust debate has surrounded the proposed mosque.

More Americans now know that Rauf, as recently as March, said in Arabic that he opposes interfaith dialogue. They know he is a vocal supporter of sharia law, that he says governments which do not employ sharia law are “unjust” and that he has refused to label Hamas a terrorist organization. They know he has refused to sign the “Freedom Pledge,” issued by Former Muslims United, which pledges to oppose retaliation and punishment toward Muslims who leave Islam. The more Americans learn, the more concerned they become.

As a Lebanese immigrant I am as proud to be an American as at any time since I arrived in this great nation. Grassroots America is rising up in opposition to this symbol of Islamist victory, ignoring the hectoring and name-calling of our politically-correct “elites.”

Undoubtedly there are different reasons for why 70% of Americans oppose the building of the mosque. But whether the motivation is concern for the 9/11 victims or concern about the advance of sharia law that Imam Rauf advocates, the American people are saying “enough is enough.”

That is the only language Islamists understand.

Terrorists are only one manifestation of radical Islam. As Americans look even closer they will come to realize that the same ideology that produces a terrorist also produces a seemingly moderate Muslim who is dedicated to the advancement and imposition of sharia law. They will learn that the Islamist in a suit and tie, who wants to replace the Constitution with sharia law, differs from the terrorist only in the means to the end, not the end itself.


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  1. Is this The Future of America ?????


    will give you the chills….about Islam, Muslims, Europe & Israel

    This is a very brave man with huge insight and a very interesting biography and his speech IS chilling.

    This Will Give You Cold Chills!

    Geert Wilders is a Dutch Member of Parliament.

    In a generation or two, the US

    will ask itself: Who lost Europe ?’

    Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the

    Netherlands , at the

    Four Seasons, New York , introducing

    an Alliance of Patriots and announcing

    the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem


    Dear friends,

    Thank you very much for inviting me.

    I come to America

    with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There

    is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be

    optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization

    of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the

    future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer

    survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of

    Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

    First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe . Then, I will say a few things

    about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .

    The Europe you know is changing.

    You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these

    cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination,

    there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society

    created by Muslim mass-migration.

    All throughout Europe a new reality

    is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous

    people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might

    regret it. This goes for the police as well. It’s the

    world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents,

    with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or

    slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With

    mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I

    cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic

    activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious

    fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are

    mushrooming in every city across Europe

    . These are the building-blocks for territorial control of

    increasingly larger portions of Europe

    , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.

    There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe

    . With larger congregations than there are in churches.

    And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques

    that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal

    is: we rule.

    Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo

    in Sweden

    . In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is

    Muslim. Paris

    is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed

    is the most popular name among boys in many cities.

    In some elementary schools in Amsterdam

    the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning

    the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

    Many state schools in Belgium

    and Denmark

    only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays

    are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women

    routinely hear ‘whore, whore’. Satellite dishes are not pointed

    to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

    In France school

    teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims,

    including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin .

    The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of

    Muslim sensitivity.

    In England

    sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system.

    Many neighborhoods in France

    are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man

    almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking

    during the Ramadan.

    Jews are fleeing France

    in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism

    since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the

    streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya

    , Israel

    . I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories

    about Islamization.

    A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe

    . San Diego University recently calculated that a

    staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe

    will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has

    predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

    Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be

    threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to

    assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research

    Center reported that half of

    French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their

    loyalty to France

    . One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide

    attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that

    one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide

    caliphate. Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And

    this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state


    The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia

    in the Netherlands

    if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with

    passports from Morocco

    and Turkey


    Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty

    crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and

    bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the

    low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators

    ‘settlers’. Because that is what they are. They do not

    come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our

    society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.

    Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively

    against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their

    neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims

    are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

    The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the

    prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot

    be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us

    say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no

    problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a

    pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time.

    Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his

    enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.

    Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.

    If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it

    is bad.

    Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has

    a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence

    Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down

    detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam

    wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means

    ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and

    democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want

    to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or

    national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

    Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde

    force in the world’, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the

    Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian

    narrative, and sees Israel

    as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it

    dozens of times. I support Israel . First,

    because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile

    up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and

    third because Israel is our first line of defense.

    This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating

    Islam’s territorial advance. Israel

    is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand,

    Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia

    . Israel

    is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the

    Cold War.

    The war against Israel

    is not a war against Israel

    . It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel

    is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If

    there would have been no Israel , Islamic

    imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and

    its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send

    their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe

    and America

    can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

    Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel

    in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities.

    But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any

    solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all

    of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On

    the contrary, the end of Israel would give

    enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and

    rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the

    West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the

    end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It

    would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.

    If they can get Israel

    , they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to

    label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing

    extremists’ or ‘racists’. In my country, the Netherlands

    , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of

    Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.

    And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet

    there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America

    as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An

    Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an

    economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military

    might for America

    – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic

    bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage

    of Rome , Athens

    and Jerusalem


    Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My

    generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us

    on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives.

    All throughout Europe , American

    cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and

    whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this

    freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over

    this hard won liberty to Europe ‘s

    children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We

    cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations

    would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties.

    We simply do not have the right to do so.

    We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic

    stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.

    Please take the time to read and understand what is written

    here, Please send it to every free person that you know, it is so

    very important.

    In God We Trust!

    From the Desk of

    Frank Maraffino

    When the Power of Love Overcomes the Love of Power,,,, The World will know PEACE…

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