Islam: the religion of intolerance and hostility

Americans seriously interested in the threat we face from Islamic terrorists would be wise to learn what is behind it rather than accept the propaganda from federal government officials and their press supporters. The facts and evidence are clear, and scary. Worse, because we have been essentially told, “Nothing to see here,” our citizens are vulnerable to danger from a pervasive, worldwide, deceptive evil.

A few courageous investigative journalists, national security officials, police, legislators and prosecutors, have discovered the truth about Islam but the general public has been deliberately kept in the dark on this problem by government officials and the press.

Andrew C. McCarthy a former U. S. Attorney from New York led the prosecution team against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”) and his terrorist cell of eleven others in 1993 for their plots to bomb the World Trade Center and New York City tunnels, the U. N. complex and FBI headquarters.

Mr. McCarthy has authored several books including: Willful blindness: A memoir of the Jihad and Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotages America. In a recent speech at Hillsdale College’s (hillsdale.edu) Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D. C. he discussed his discoveries about Islam.

McCarthy found the government positions: “that we should read nothing into the fact that all the men in this cell were Muslims; that their actions were not representative of any religion or belief system; and that to the extent they were explaining their atrocities by citing Islamic scripture, they were twisting and perverting one of the world’s great religions, a religion that encourages peace”—to be false.

The government spin about the Blind Sheikh was that he was a “lunatic” killer who was lying about Islam by preaching that it summoned Muslims to jihad. McCarthy discovered that the man was “a globally renowned scholar—a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence who graduated from al-Azhar University in Cairo, the seat of Sunni Islamic learning.” He was an expert in Islamic sharia law.

To be prepared for possible testimony from the Sheikh, McCarthy and his prosecutors studied his writings. They were alarmed to find that he “quoted the Koran or other sources of Islamic scripture…accurately.”

“Abdel Rahman was not lying about Islam.” Islamic scriptures “command that Muslims strike terror into the hearts of Islam’s enemies.” Allah “enjoined all Muslims to wage jihad until Islamic law was established throughout the world.” Islam directs Muslims “not to take Jews and Christians as their friends.”

Despite current contentions by deniers of these Islamic teachings that they should be interpreted in context of times and places in the seventh century, McCarthy says, “multiple ways of construing Islam hardly makes the Blind Sheikh’s literal construction wrong.” The Sheikh’s “summons to jihad was rooted in a coherent interpretation of Islamic doctrine.”

“Verses such as ‘Fight those who believe not in Allah,’ and ‘Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war,’ are not peaceful injunctions, no matter how one contextualizes.”

McCarthy describes another “disturbing aspect” of the trial against the jihadists—the character witnesses who testified for the defense. They were described as “moderate, peaceful Muslim Americans,” but when they were asked to explain the meanings of jihad and Sharia they said they weren’t “competent” to talk about it. Islamic scholars were referred to as the authorities on these subjects.

Although the Sheikh was clearly a terrorist–“he bragged about it”—it did not discredit his status in the minds of other Muslims.

Mr. McCarthy cites the writings of a former Supreme Court justice and chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg war crimes trials. He wrote a book titled Law in the Middle East. Robert Jackson observed that Islamic law offers “a study in dramatic contrasts” and concludes that “the law of the Middle East is the antithesis of Western law.”

McCarthy follows that truth with specific comparisons between Islamic laws and our Western laws. “Sharia rejects freedom of speech as much as freedom of religion. It rejects the idea of equal rights between men and women as much as between Muslim and non-Muslim. It brooks no separation between spiritual life and civil society. It is a comprehensive framework for human life, dictating matters of government, economy, and combat, along with personal behavior….Sharia aims to rule both believers and non-believers, and it affirmatively sanctions jihad in order to do so.”

McCarthy notes that government officials at the highest levels while “stubbornly unwilling to deal with the reality of Islam, (have) constructed an Islam of their own.”

This delusion—all Muslims must be assumed to be peaceful—is dangerous to our safety. From evidence and experience we know that all modern day terrorists are Muslims.

As common sense would tell us Mr. McCarthy concludes: “In the real world, we must deal with the facts of Islamic (supremacy), because its jihadist legions have every intention of dealing with us.”

We cannot defeat the Islamists if we fail to recognize and understand their ideological scriptures that teach intolerance and hostility toward all other people.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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