Inoculating With Liberty to Oppose Radical Islam
This week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-NY, held a high profile hearing examining the extent of American Muslim radicalization in the wake of four dozen homegrown terror plots since 9/11.
Witnesses included relatives of young people who have been indoctrinated into terrorism and who are pledging their allegiance to the Koran instead of to the U.S. Constitution. The witnesses’ testimony supported concerns that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has urged people not to cooperate with the police and FBI in regard to terrorist activity. The hearing also revealed that radical indoctrination efforts are increasingly adept at using internet and social media and are aggressively targeting America’s youth.
Congressman Michael McCaul, R-TX, contended that, “the preamble talks about providing for a common defense,” and that we need to confront the fact that, “a threat to America lies in our own Country.” The congressman asserted that it is irresponsible “to ignore the threat of radical Islam extremism in the name of political correctness,” adding that, “we have to know our enemy, and it’s radical Islam in my opinion.” The hearing was the first in a series which is likely to continue with the next hearing focusing on radicalization in the U.S. prison system.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) warned about the radicalization of young Muslims that is taking place in his Northern Virginia district. Rep. Wolf recounted six examples, including:
- Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the 1999 valedictorian of the Islamic Saudi Academy, now serving a life sentence for plotting the assassination of President George W. Bush.
- The arrest in Pakistan of five Muslim American teenagers from Fairfax County, Virginia, who attempted to join jihadist groups.
- Zachary Chesser, a graduate of Oakton High School, who was arrested last year for trying to join a Somali-based jihadi group.
A witness, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, asserted that the liberty message is the only proper counter to the jihad narrative and contended that it is, in fact, appropriate to discuss the issue publicly since, “if we’re going to fix the cancer we’ve got to be able to talk about it as cancer,” and that we need to “inoculate Muslims with the idea of liberty.” He also asserted that allowing this systematic radicalization is surrendering the Constitution to the jihadists.
We must realize that Islam is much more than a religion, it is a total way of life which is governed by Sharia Law. Sharia Law is almost totally incompatible with the letter and principles of the U.S. Constitution. For more information, read Islamic Sharia Law vs US Constitution and Sharia Law in the U.S.
America was founded on the principles of equality and freedom, and we have invested our resources and blood over and over again to defend those principles. Free-market capitalism has enabled America to become a leader in technological innovation. These ideas are rejected in Sharia Law. America must not allow Sharia Law to come into force here as it has in Europe.
President Teddy Roosevelt said, “The one absolutely certain way to bringing this nation ruin, or preventing all possibility of it continuing as a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a nation of squabbling nationalities.”
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Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
On the floor of the U.S. House, the congressman attempted to make the case for a Constitutional amendment to secure a right to “iPods, laptops and the Internet.” It was during Jackson’s confusing reference to President Roosevelt’s concern for the rights of the unemployed:
“If the First Amendment can guarantee us 51 percent of all jobs and from it can come iPods and laptops and the Internet and unprecedented economic growth, he [Roosevelt] says we need to add to the Constitution the right to a family to have a decent home. What would that do for home construction in this nation? What would that do for millions of unemployed people?He [Roosevelt] says, we need to add to the Constitution the right to medical care. How many doctors would such a right create?He [Roosevelt] says, we need to add to the Constitution of the United States the right to a decent education for every American. How many schools would such a right build from Maine to California? How many people would be put to work building roofs and designing classrooms and providing every student with an iPod and a laptop?”