The people in any country are only able to protect themselves and assure their freedom if they are aware of what is going on that affects them. Knowledge of current events was difficult to obtain two hundred years ago when the United States was created but nonetheless early Americans realized the importance of keeping everyone informed so they built into the Constitution a safeguard for freedom of expression which is acknowledged in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. So important was this idea that the founders made it the first basic right to be preserved.
The First Amendment contemplates that a free press will do the necessary job of informing the public. This is a grand idea and generally worked for as long as there was diversity of thought reflected in a multitude of information outlets. However over time information outlets sought less to inform and more to persuade with the result that information disseminated is colored and selected to advance whatever ideology the news media wants the public to know and believe, the truth notwithstanding.
The unfortunate consequence of filtered and selected news reporting is that the public is not told all the facts and is generally deprived of information that would waken them to imminent threats to liberty. The media directs them to elect people they choose by the shear preponderance of the overwhelming propaganda which is virtually unopposed except by communication mechanisms out of their control. Today such opposition and truth seems only available on the internet by those who believe in a constitutional government; not constitution revision and what they call "social justice."
With this in mind I call attention to what is the biggest threat to America that is largely unreported to Americans or merely glossed over or explained in a politically correct manner. That threat is ISLAM. Unless the Islamic threat to our liberty is made clear in no uncertain terms, the public will not insist on taking action to avert a disaster.
The most outspoken person calling attention to the threat of Islam is Robert Spencer. His books on the subject should be read by every American. As Herb Denenberg said of one of Spencer's books, “Radical Islam is subverting America without guns or bombs. That’s the subtitle of a frightening and important new book by Robert Spencer, one of the leading authorities on radical Islam."
"We may have been spared the guns and bombs of the Islamofascist terrorists since 9/11, but we haven’t been spared their attempt to substitute the laws of Islam for the U.S. Constitution and to make America more like Iran, Saudi Arabia, or the Sudan, where the Muslim laws are in full force.”
Robert Spencer stands almost alone in calling attention to the Stealth Jihad by Islam. But where is the news media in all this; not one word can be heard or read to alert Americans to what may happen to our freedom if Islam is successful. Out of pure ignorance, lazy journalism or some unfortunate politically correct agenda, Americans are not provided information so they can understand for themselves the true enemy of freedom that it is knocking on our door. Muslims will knock first but will follow up with a battering ram as our constitutional protections are trashed.
If you think this is a sudden new threat to freedom the news media somehow missed, you have been fooled. Islamic usurpation has been going on for many years, and Europe, for example, has been ignoring it for 30 years. Mr. Spencer writes, “Europe is now reaping what it has long sown.”
In her book, Eurabia, Bar Ye’or, [Subjugation of non-Muslims], she chronicles how this has come to pass. Europe, she explains, began 30 years ago to travel down a path of appeasement, accommodation, and cultural abdication in pursuit of shortsighted political and economic benefits. She observes that today, “Europe has evolved from a Judeo-Christian civilization, with important post-Enlightenment/secular elements, to a civilization of dhimmitude, i.e., Eurabia: a secular-Muslim transitional society with its traditional Judeo-Christian mores rapidly disappearing.”
The United States is embarking on the same road and no one in the traditional news media is warning Americans. Writers Mark Steyn and Robert Spencer fully document that America is not as far gone toward Islamization as Europe, but it has started down the same path to civilizational oblivion.
In his book, Stealth Jihad, Mr. Spencer meticulously documents how the Muslims slowly take over a civilization. This is part of a carefully planned strategy. Mr. Spencer writes, “But in the short-term, the absence of violence, combined with a bit of political savvy - allows the stealth jihadists to do their work more effectively. This is one of the lessons that some jihadists learned from September 11: attack America, and it tends to strike back; but quietly undermine America from within, and there’s a lot less resistance. In fact, people tend not even to notice.”
As Herb Denenberg also says in his review of “Stealth Jihad”, “Mr. Spencer gives some compelling examples of how the Muslims push their agenda in small steps and big steps. For example, sometimes the steps seem small and of minor importance. In one cemetery in the United Kingdom, to please the Muslims and not offend them, all graves of Muslims and non-Muslims alike face Mecca."
"However, sometimes the accommodation is both significant and dangerous. The U.S. government relies on the voice of groups such as INSA for the “Islamic perspective” on U.S. policies. Mr. Spencer cautions, “Of course, the fact that these groups and the enemy we are fighting share the same goal - the Islamization of the Western world - casts some doubt on the utility of the advice we receive from them.”
Even the Bush administration fails to fully appreciate the Islamic threat despite starting to distance themselves from them. The Pentagon declined to renew the contract of Major Stephen Coughlin, its lone specialist on Islamic law. He was dropped because he refused to soften his views on the elements jihadists use to justify violence. Major Coughlin believes to fight the enemy you have to understand the enemy and be able to define and name it.
The U.S. government and its major agencies such as the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security renounced the views of Major Coughlin and put out new guidelines forbidding personnel to use the words “jihad” or “jihadist” in reference to Islamic terrorism and its perpetrators.
A Homeland Security report, titled “Terminology to Define the Terrorist Recommendations from American Muslims,” actually said that the words “jihad” and “jihadists” were dropped because they might offend moderate Muslims.
Why can’t these terms be used? Homeland Security in rejecting these words explains: “Because it glamorizes terrorism, imbues terrorists with religious authority they do not have and damages relations with Muslims around the world.” The report cautioned U.S. officials “should not concede the terrorists’ claim that they are legitimate adherents of Islam.”
Robert Spencer and others document how violent jihadism is not just a small fringe movement: “The sanction of violent jihad to spread Islam is not some fringe view, as the Bush administration insists, but rather is the interpretation put forward by many of the most prominent scholars of Islamic law throughout history - including today.”
Where in the elite news media do you see any reporting of information provided by Robert Spencer, Mark Steyn and Steve Emerson (another expert on Islamic terrorism)? Why is that; the answer is simple! Muslims silence their critics. In some foreign countries they use “death threats, murders, act of mass terrorism and beheadings broadcast over the Internet.” In the United States they use the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to do their dirty work through propaganda and law suits.
We have come to the point that the news media and the Pentagon not only refuse to name and define our enemies, but even let them name and define the problem for us. That is nothing less than idiocy, but it is the policy of the U.S. government. And there is every reason to believe that a bad situation will only get worse with the next administration. President-elect Obama has written in his books that he would stand by Muslims in any conflict with its enemies.
Stealth Jihad is used in America with more subtle techniques. Critics of Islam are labeled by CAIR and echoed in the news media as “bigots,” “hatemongers” and “Islamophobes.” Such more subtle techniques may be more effective in America than death threats because death threats would prompt reactions and investigations. But Islamicists skillfully play the racism and bigotry card without generating any forceful response.
If nothing is done to thwart the Islamic stealth jihad, we will lose the stealth war because stealth jihadists groups are controlling public opinion through the media who is not doing the job our country's founders expected them to do. Without an effective news media reporting the threat to Americans truthfully, not only will Americans fail to understand or focus on the threat but we will allow Islamists to control government policy.
Representative Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) has made some specific proposals for dealing with the Islam threat; if only the news media would publicize these proposals and why they are made:
“ Examine the non-profit status of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in view of its objectives.
- Make it an act of sedition or solicitation of treason to preach or publish materials that call for the death of Americans.
- Cancel scholarship student visa programs with Saudi Arabia until they reform their textbooks. Saudi texts, sent for use in America, promote hatred of non-Muslims.
- Restrict religious visas for imams who come from countries that don’t allow reciprocal visits by non-Muslim clergy.
- Cancel contracts to train Saudi police and security in U.S. counterterrorism tactics, and block the sale of sensitive military munitions to Saudi Arabia. That’s because Saudi Arabia now finances the international jihad."
In case you need some more incentives to get involved, here is what the imposition of Sharia (Muslim) law would mean. This is according to one authoritative voice, a Sheikh that the BBC called “the highest spiritual authority for nearly a billion Sunni Muslims.”
* “When a person has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes [i.e. converts] from Islam, he deserves to be killed.”
* “Circumcision is obligatory.” There is some dispute among Muslim authorities on the need for female circumcision. Some say it is obligatory and some say it is just an accepted but not an obligatory practice.
* “The husband may forbid the wife to leave the home.”
* “Musical instruments of all types are unlawful.”
* “The caliph … makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians … until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.”
If you want America to remain free of Islamic domination, get behind the Myrick proposals and see that your representatives and senators do as well; we can’t rely on the press to do that. More importantly, become informed by reading books like those written by Robert Spencer, and keep up with information and blogs on the internet.