THE THREAT AMONG US
by Cal Thomas
Government officials warn that America remains in danger
from Al Qaeda and otherterrorist operatives who wish to destroy us. This is not
a one-front war, because we also face dangers from within our democratic
our enemies have invaded the United States through immigration for the express
purpose of organizing themselves politically? Suppose they present themselves as
benign and seek to register voters, becoming politically active in order to
elect their people to office and change U.S. policy in the Middle East? What if
their intentions are the eventual destruction of this nation through its
democratic processes and the imposition of a theocratic state? Would that be
enough to get our attention?
at least 16 states, Muslim groups, by their own admission, are organizing
voter-registration drives and political consciousness-raising events for this
of the advantages the United States has had over its enemies is that that they
openly state their goals. One of the advantages our enemies have over the United
States is that too many Americans don?t take them seriously. We prefer the
short-term comfort that denial brings. We fear being labeled ?bigots? more
than we fear the intentions of those who hate us, and so we are reluctant to
speak ill of another person?s faith, unless it is the majority faith.
Saturday (May 17), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) opened its
newest office in Columbia, S.C., a Southern city with strong Christian roots.
The stated purpose of organizers was to discuss ?the obligation of Muslims to
participate in public affairs, CAIR?s achievements and future goals of the
those ?future goals,? according to a CAIR press release, is the elimination
of references to ?Judeo-Christian? when describing the heritage of the
United States. Instead, CAIR and other Muslim groups prefer
?Judeo-Christian-Islamic? or ?Abrahamic.? CAIR wants this new phrase
used ?in all venues where we normally talk about Judeo-Christian values,
starting with the media, academia, statements by politicians and comments made
in churches, synagogues and other places.? Notice the absence of the word
?mosques ? in this statement. Muslim groups want Jews and Christians to
tolerate them, but there is not a similar call for mosques to include Jewish and
do not have to believe in conspiracies or be a bigot to realize something
important is happening with this statement and in these political meetings. As
Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, wrote last month in the New
York Post: ?(CAIR is) on the wrong side in the war on terrorism,?
consistently defending militant Islamic groups and dictators, while
?denouncing? terrorist acts. Pipes refers to a story reported in the San
Ramon Valley (Calif.) Herald about CAIR Chairman Omar M. Ahmad, who told a crowd
of California Muslims in July, 1998, ?Islam isn?t in America to be equal to
any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran ? should be the highest
authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.?
Canada, census figures released last week show that for the first time Muslims
now outnumber Jews. The Canadian Muslim population increased 128.9 percent in
the decade beginning in 1991, making Islam the fastest-growing faith in Canada.
Muslims now make up 2 percent of the Canadian population, while Jews have
declined from 1.2 to 1.1 percent, according to census data.
don?t have to be paranoid to fear where this can lead in Canada and in the
United States ? where immigration and births are dramatically increasing the
Muslim population. Vote-hungry politicians might easily bow to the political
objectives of Muslim voters, many of whom have agendas outside this country and,
in fact, outside this world. When Muslims gain political power, the historical
and contemporary record is not encouraging for people who hold democratic values
and are of the ?Judeo-Christian? persuasion.
politicians succumb to pressure from Muslim activist groups and equate Islam
with the religious and political heritage of this country, we will know that an
important beachhead has been attained by our enemies. From their behavior in
other parts of the world, one can safely predict they will use this beachhead to
advance their cause.
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