Written by DML
“They are teaching hate in the mosques across America. They are teaching not to assimilate with the Americans, they are your enemies.” Those are the words of Brigette Gabriel, Founder of Act of America.
That’s what Gabriel told me during an interview I held with her. (scroll down to see video)
That said, one of our DML reporters posted a story this morning about an attempted terror attack in Paris, France.
According to reports, the Eiffel Tower had to be evacuated ten minutes before it closed on Saturday night when a man carrying a knife was arrested as he tried to force his way inside, yelling “Allahu akbar,” and brandishing a knife.
Unfortunately, these sort of stories have become common place. Although ISIS appears to be on the decline in Syria and Iraq, the spread of radical Islam remains as strong as ever as the amount of people practicing the religion is skyrocketing worldwide.
The population of Muslims in America is growing rapidly, and before the turn of the century, it is expected to give Christianity a run for its money here in the U.S.
The above considered, do Americans have a legitimate concern over radical Islam growing like a weed like it has in Europe? Absolutely.
Although we do not currently experience the number of lone-wolf attacks they do in Europe, make no mistake, we do have our share and there should be a growing concern. As a person who lived 9/11 first hand, I know that one attack is all it takes to change a country forever.
President Trump continues to tout the growing economy and booming stock market. However, there is tremendous vulnerability to it all. If a major terror attack were to take place in the U.S., the stock market would collapse and businesses would hurt.
Fact is this: You don’t hear reports of lone-wolf Christians attacking people with knives screaming, “In the name of Jesus Christ.”
Until the Muslim community starts smoking out the leaders and preachers within the Muslim community who teach hatred towards America, the trust they desire as a community will never surface.
For example, CAIR is the biggest complainer about the “unfair” treatment of Muslims in America.
CAIR spends so much time pointing fingers at Washington DC and American conservatives, that they “forget” to look at themselves.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is an Islamic advocacy group. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) in Texas. Top members from the HLF were found guilty of funding the terror group Hamas.
In addition, a few years ago the United Arab Emirates released a list of terrorist groups including al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, al Shabab and Boko Haram. CAIR was also listed.
For some reason, CAIR is permitted to operate in the U.S. as if there’s never been any connection between them and terror groups. Meanwhile, CAIR has been crying “foul” for years.
Constantly, the group is pushing for the U.S. government to stop looking at the Muslim community as a place where terrorists hide, and where hate for America is spewed.
A recent study by the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC identified all 10 terrorist attacks in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001 were carried out by radicalized followers of Islam. Many of them were born in America. This means that the concern is real. Meaning, you are rightly justified to be concerned about what’s being taught in mosques here in the U.S. and by organizations like CAIR.
I invite you to read a portion of an op-ed by a member of CAIR who slams the U.S. government for wanting to monitor some Muslim communities. It was published this week.
Government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Approach Continues to Single Out Muslims
By CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Amineh Safi ([email protected])
Last week, the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a congressional hearing examining the government’s policy for countering violent extremism (CVE) domestically.
Disappointingly, like the federal government’s overall CVE program, the oversight committee singled out the American Muslim community as the sole focus of its countering violent extremism hearing.
DML: THE OP-ED STATES CVE PROGRAMS ARE NO GOOD…
Alternatively, the committee could have focused on why the Department of Homeland Security spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a program that has exclusively targeted American Muslims. Similarly, they could have discussed reports that the Trump administration is considering rebranding CVE to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” placing a disproportionate emphasis on acts carried out by Muslims in comparison to other perpetrators.
DML: CAIR THEN OFFERS THEIR SOLUTION
So how do we move forward?
The removal of monitoring and surveillance of the Muslim community would help rebuild trust between law enforcement and federal agencies and would re-empower the community to tackle internal issues openly and without fear.
Moreover, public dialogue addressing U.S. foreign policy choices must take place. Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations notes that while there are CVE discussions in policy-making circles, “there is rarely any consideration of which U.S. foreign policy activities might themselves be precursors to U.S. terrorism.”
The media should strive to present crimes in proportion to their occurrence, regardless of the perpetrators. The Georgetown Bridge Initiative has found that, “Western media coverage of Islam has been almost exclusively negative,” and Islam is “portrayed differently than other religions” with virtually no positive coverage.
Scholars at the University of Illinois note that in media reports about domestic terrorism, Muslims were mentioned in 81 percent of stories, when they only accounted for six percent of attacks. Such coverage results in a disproportionate sense of threat from the Muslim community.
While it is uncertain how President Trump will carry out CVE programing, we know that the problematic methods of information gathering, policing and monitoring of Muslim communities and their houses of worship will remain. George Selim’s recent resignation following the committee hearing is cause for alarm. It signals the Trump administration’s possible termination of outreach efforts to address the Muslim community’s concerns.
All those who value the First Amendment right to practice one’s faith freely and without persecution must oppose any policies that single out a particular religious group.
— TO READ FULL OP-ED click here —
My conclusion: when they ask for the removal of monitoring and surveillance of the Muslim community by saying it would help rebuild trust, I say “no way.” Had we been watching better on 9/10, 9/11 would never had happened. Had we been more diligent with those Americans who were feared were radical, Orlando and San Bernardino would have never happened.
That said, not every terrorist is Muslim, and not every Muslim is a terrorist. But until such time that long-wolf bad actors stop screaming “Allahu akbar”, I would like to see the monitoring to continue. I hope Trump agrees.
Watch the videos of me interviewing the founder of ACT OF AMERICA about the dangers within Muslim communities in America.
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