There was a time, now disparaged by liberals, when it was considered un-American to advocate the overthrow of the United States. Indeed, even Congress thought so, and launched investigations to reveal by "outing" prominent people who harbored such thoughts and philosophies. Of course, in today's age of political correctness, and worse, those investigators are defiled and the guilty are revered. Many of those discovered to be un-American resided in Hollywood but others were in government and in classified research. Our arch enemy at the time, the Soviet Union, advanced their own research programs with the help of these "un-Americans."
We didn't know it at the time, but a far more sinister and dangerous threat than "the evil empire" would be in America's future. We also had no way of predicting this greater threat would be greeted with apathy and indifference rather than the vigilance shown in the 1950s by all but a few American people and by the government that leads us. In the years following World War II, the United States government was sensitive to the growing cancer, at that time, of communism and took bold action to resist communist world domination. The internal domestic threat was also recognized for the danger to our way of life that it was; that's why congressional investigations were conducted to expose the advocates and the threat they posed.
Having just fought a victorious but vicious war where many, many brave Americans lost their lives defending our freedoms, the country was sensitive to any potential threat to those freedoms, such as go hand-in-hand with communism. The threat was not an idle one; numerous examples could be seen wherever the Soviet Union dominated, such as in Eastern Europe.
Move ahead to present time and see the contrast. Today, although communism is not the treat it once was, it is resurging in other forms, even in Russia, what the Soviet Union has morphed into dictatorships finding support in the masses of populations not economically successful. Since there will always be more poorer people in any society, those who offer the prospect of "spreading the wealth" (sound familiar?) will always prevail over hard workers who succeed through their own efforts and are fewer in number. This is the Democracy many worship; rule by many have-nots over fewer haves.
As we look at the world today, we see that Islam has become the scourge of freedom replacing communism in both fanaticism and capability that some may think as unparalleled in human history, but it is not. Indeed, Islam reigned superior over much of the world following Mohammad's sojourn into the Arabian Desert and centuries of expansion, not through democracy but through the sword, reminiscent of the NAZI conquering of Europe thousands of years later, and with the same result.
What did America do when it found in its midst spokesmen and groups seeking to replace American freedom with something else; it rose up to the challenge and sought to rid us of this political cancer by all means lawful. There were no kangaroo courts, no "disappearances" of their advocates, no visits by authorities in the middle of the night, and all too few interments when it was found that conspiracies were accompanied by overt action. That was the America we had after "the greatest generation" saved the country for us. Some may view those of us proud of these times as wistful but to me they are examples of great patriotism and national pride not seen since the country was born.
Ignorance, apathy, and incrementalism are the greatest threat to societies. Like a cancer, ignorance of the problem, delay in seeking treatment, and incremental growth will doom the host. That's what we face today in the form of Islam; the cancer of our time.
In contrast to our treatment of advocates seeking to overthrow our form of government years ago, we now tolerate, virtually encourage, and at best ignore those here, and those who come here to spread their slime and encourage followers of their evil to replace our republic with a theocracy so vicious and unyielding that it is willing to sacrifice lives, theirs and others, to achieve its ends.
Although some Muslims do not condone the actions of Islamic jihadists and Sharia Law (Islamic law), there are many among the 1.2 or 1.5 billions of Muslims around the world who do. In the last several years we have witnessed an expansion in the number of so-called Islamic scholars and Imams preaching about the violent ideology everywhere including in the United States. The founder of the Islamic/Jihadist organization, Abul Mawdudi, (formerly Jammaat-E-Islami) is just one of many who enter our country with government overthrow in mind and who are allowed to preach their hatred. For example, Mawdudi distributes manuals to his flock in U.S. mosques on how to conduct terrorist activities against their enemies; explained in vivid detail. Many U.S. Islamic mosques have these manuals and distribute them to their worshippers.
Another example of what is taught in mosques by these manuals: "In the jihad in the way of Allah, active combat is not always the role on the battlefield, nor can everyone fight in the front line. Just for one single battle preparations have often to be made for decades on end and the plans deeply laid, and while only some thousands fight in the front line there are behind them millions engaged in various tasks which, though small themselves, contribute directly to the supreme effort." Mawdudi further states, "A time will come when communism will fear for its survival in Moscow, capitalistic democracy will tremble for its safety in Washington and New York."
It is of extreme importance for non-Muslims that they should recognize these un-American activities for what they are: a violent ideology of Islamic Jihadists. We should realize that this is the violent ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood (of whom Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are adherents). In the words of Mawdudi: "The objective of Islamic Jihad is to put an end to the dominance of the un-Islamic systems of government and replace them with Islamic rule; Islam intends to bring about this revolution not in one country or in a few countries but in the entire world."
If you think this is not happening here with effect you are mistaken. Take for example the case of the 45 "Peaceful Muslim Doctors" who planned terror attacks in the United States. Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong "cyber-terrorist" gang. One message read: "We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America.
"The first target which will be penetrated by nine brothers is the naval base which gives shelter to the ship Kennedy." This is a reference to the USS John F Kennedy, which is often at Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida. The message discussed targets at the base, adding: "These are clubs for naked women which are opposite the First and Third units." It also referred to using six Chevrolet GT vehicles and three fishing boats and blowing up petrol tanks with rocket propelled grenades.
These people, all of whom worshipped in mosques featuring militant imans, are now facing lengthy jail sentences after admitting using the Internet to spread al-Qaeda propaganda inciting Muslims to a violent holy war and to murder non-believers. They had close links with al-Qaeda in Iraq and believed they had to fight jihad against a global conspiracy by kefirs, or non-believers, to wipe out Islam. Al-Qaeda promised action; it looks like they are trying to stick to their word.
Does anyone still think it prudent to sponsor exchange student programs for the "gifted" Muslim?
Radical Islamists are using hate tactics here in the United States.
According to one FBI agent interviewed in Ronald Kessler's new book "The Terrorist Watch," about one in ten of the 2,000 mosques (some say 3,000) in the United States are believed to preach hatred.
But the problem extends beyond mosques. Islamic schools play a role, too. According to scholar Daniel Pipes, a Saudi textbook at the Islamic Saudi Academy of Alexandria, Virginia, teaches first graders that, "all religions, other than Islam, are false, including that of the Jews [and] Christians," while books used by New York City's Muslims schools include, "sweeping condemnations of Jews and Christians."
A new report issued by the New York Police Department indicates that radical Islam continues to have an appeal among Manhattan's Muslims, often through "informal groups or clusters of young men…usually associated with a particular venue--community center, non-governmental organization, university group, housing project, café or even a particular mosque." NYPD also noted the "growing trend of Salafi-based radicalization that has permeated some Muslim student associations (MSA's)."
This environment has undoubtedly impacted America's Muslims. According to a Pew Research Poll, roughly one-quarter of young Muslims (ages 18-29) in the United States believe that suicide bombing is justified under certain circumstances.
Racial and religious hate speech is criminal in much of the world, but it flourishes in the United States. Militant Islamic Wahhabism and other religious doctrines advocating violence are freely preached in the United States. It happens in mosques and churches, in schools and, especially, in prisons.
Marci A. Hamilton, a professor at Cardozo Law School and an expert in the law of religious liberty, said: "Prisons are rife with fringe and very violent religions . When you get that kind of fanaticism in the prison population without the leavening of rational thought, it's a breeding ground for terrorism."
Robert Spencer points out that it has been known for a long time that the Saudis control 80% of the mosques in the United States. As long ago as January 1999, the Naqshbandi Sufi leader Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani declared in a State Department Open Forum that Islamic supremacists controlled most mosques in America: "The most dangerous thing that is going on now in these mosques," he said, "that has been sent upon these mosques around the United States--like churches they were established by different organizations and that is OK--but the problem with our communities is the extremist ideology. Because they are very active they took over the mosques; and we can say that they took over more than 80% of the mosques that have been established in the U.S. And there are more than 3000 mosques in the U.S. So it means that the methodology or ideology of extremist has been spread to 80% of the Muslim population."
Terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky affirmed the same thing in 2005. She said that 80% of the mosques in this country "have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence." The Saudis would build large mosques for immigrant Muslim communities in the United States, and send a Saudi imam to staff the new facility. The Saudis, said Barsky, have spent as much as $80 billion on such efforts over the last thirty years.
Note also, as Daniel Pipes says, that hate propaganda of just this kind has been found in American mosques--which should not be surprising not only because of the Saudi connection but because much of this is mainstream Islamic teaching. The Center for Religious Freedom found in 2005 that hate propaganda against Jews and Christians fills Saudi textbooks used in Islamic schools in America, and in June 2008 federal investigators found that the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia, despite promises to stop teaching such material, was still using books that advocated that apostates from Islam be executed and that it was permissible for Muslims to kill and seize the property of "polytheists."
Incidentally, the 1999 valedictorian of the Islamic Saudi Academy was Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who is now serving thirty years in prison for joining an Al-Qaeda plot to kill Bush.
American tolerance for even the sort of dissent that calls for the violent overthrow of the government and for racial hate is unique. If Americans want to preserve independence and freedom, they better wake up and recognize Islam for what it is. It's not a "religion of peace."