Newt Gingrich has become the first major politician to acknowledge that the problem America faces today from Islamic jihadists is not simply one of terrorism, but of a larger attempt to insinuate elements of Islamic law (sharia) into American society, and to assert the principle that where sharia and American law conflict, it is American law that must give way.
The stated goal of Islamic jihadists around the world is consistent: to weaken non-sharia governments through terrorism as well as other means, so as ultimately to topple those governments and install Islamic law in their place. The non-violent means by which they work to achieve this goal were the focus of my 2008 book Stealth Jihad, in which I decried the universal tendency among both Republicans and Democrats to speak solely of the threat of "terrorism," and to ignore completely the stealthy ways in which the terrorists' agenda was advancing under our noses.
In a series of discrete initiatives generally advanced as "civil rights" or "religious freedom" issues, Muslim groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, an international organization whose stated goal is "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within," have pressed successfully in recent years for numerous special privileges for Muslims in American society. Footbaths for ablutions before Islamic prayers have been constructed in airports and universities; Muslim employees have been given special break times at factories, breaks that non-Muslims are not offered, so that they can pray at the prescribed times; and initiatives have been undertaken in the media and courts to stigmatize and marginalize anyone who speaks honestly about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat.