Influential leftist and Muslim groups in America want to make sure that you remain ignorant and complacent about the real extent and magnitude of the Islamic jihad threat. To make sure that you do, they brand any honest examination of how jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and Islamic supremacism as “bigoted and hateful.” The absurdities this leads to were made clear during the New York State Senate’s homeland security committee hearings last week on the Islamic terror threat facing New York, when the proceedings quickly devolved into yet another circus of political correctness and claims of victim status for Muslims—with little, if any, light shed on the terror threat facing New York and the country as a whole.
Reprising his own failed hearings about the jihad threat, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.) testified that “99%” of Muslims in this country are “outstanding Americans” who abhor terrorism. King, in other words, said nothing about the comprehensive Muslim Brotherhood initiatives that I wrote about in my 2008 book Stealth Jihad, which documents the multifaceted nonviolent campaign to assert the primacy of elements of Islamic law and custom over American law and custom. Yet so many Americans have now awakened to this campaign that at least 14 states are considering initiatives to ban Islamic law (sharia).
King did say that “the fact is, the enemy, or those being recruited by al-Qaeda, live within the Muslim community, and that’s the reality we have to face.” True, and necessary to be said. However, King stopped short of saying not only that al-Qaeda lives within the Muslim community, but makes recruits among peaceful Muslims by claiming for itself the mantle of true and pure Islam, quoting copiously from the Koran and invoking the example of Muhammad. The implications of that are apparently too hard even for someone as committed to protecting our nation from jihadis as King obviously is.
But maybe I am being too tough on King. After all, he is working in a difficult field. How difficult was epitomized by Adem Carroll of the New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, who complained about the New York State Senate’s hearings. Carroll explained: “None of us are condemning the hearings’ stated purpose. … But hate speech and defamation can and do perpetuate a cycle of violence.”
The hearings, in other words, were “hate speech and defamation”—apparently because they featured speakers such as the ex-Muslim human rights activist Nonie Darwish. Yet Carroll’s claim that he didn’t condemn the hearings’ stated purpose rang hollow. In reality, everyone who dares to speak the truth about the jihad against the U.S. is targeted as “biased against Islam” and too extreme for polite company. There is no terrorism hearing anywhere that would look at Islamic jihad in a realistic way and be acceptable to blinked multiculturalists like Adem Carroll.
The fireworks began in earnest when Darwish testified, speaking about the education in hate that Muslim children receive in the Middle East. “The education of Arab children is to make killing of certain groups of people not only good, it’s holy. It becomes holy in our culture.”
That was too much for Brooklyn Sen. Eric Adams, who presented a Koran and thundered that Darwish was “bringing hate and poison” into the proceedings. Adams, an extremely serviceable useful idiot, was using the familiar Islamic supremacist tactic of accusing those who report on the hate and poison of jihadists of spreading that hate and poison. He did not, and could not, refute what Darwish said about the education of Arab children, so he decided instead to shoot the messenger.
And as for a critic of Islam bringing hate and poison into the hearing, which Adams countered by waving around the Koran as a talisman, one wonders whether he’s ever bothered to open that book even once. Adams is worried about hate and poison? How about this for starters: The Koran tells Muslims not to take Jews and Christians as their friends (5:51), that Jews will be “strongest in enmity” to the Muslims (5:82), that Jews and Christians are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and that Muslims must wage war against them and subjugate them (9:29).
But in Adams’ world, the hate is all Nonie Darwish’s fault. It was just the latest indication of the willful blindness of the PC crowd, and the fix we’re in as a result.