…for Congressional election results, of course. I won’t have them until early morning my time here. At present, I don’t want to make comments or predictions of any kind. I remain cautiously hopeful.
As expected, I received a great many comments on the issue of moderate Muslims, including from readers who don’t believe they exist.
Just a few follow-up thoughts here:
I’ve previously alluded to taqiyya — lying and posturing sanctioned by Islam for the sake of promoting the faith — but didn’t do so explicitly yesterday. And so I’m glad one reader did. She is correct in her comment: that taquiyya makes identifying the genuine moderate more difficult.
And I certainly concur with another reader regarding the fact that our guard must not be let down. I hope no one thought I was implying otherwise. Nor was I implying that I expect the moderates to become the predominate Muslim influence in the States any time soon. We have a long, and very hard fight in front of us.
One other comment by a reader worthy of mention here. Interesting, because it crossed my mind to allude to this yesterday and then I let it pass. So, again, I’m glad she raised the subject: “…there is a major problem in the penal institutions with the imams who are allowed to “bring religion” to the inmates.” “…the Saudis,” she says, “export their most radical imams to the U.S. These imams radicalize otherwise or previously moderate Muslims.”
All important information to know. (Thanks, Stephanie W.)
No sooner had I written about moderate Muslims than I came across this Fox News video regarding a statement by the Ground Zero imam Feisel Abdul Rauf that 90% of Sharia law is absolutely compatible with US constitution law, with the differences only minor. Talk about taqiyya and posturing — pretending to be what you are not. Frank Gaffney President of the Center for Security Policy, responds. He calls what Rauf is doing a sort of “stealth jihad”:
And then I want to call your attention to Caroline Glick’s column of today — “The Age of Dissimulation.”
“…Today our leading minds devote their energies and cognitive powers to figuring out new ways to hide reality from themselves and the general public.
“Take US President Barack Obama’s senior counterterrorism advisor for example. On Sunday, John Brennan spoke on Fox News about the latest attempted Islamic terrorist attack on American soil.
“Since the Obama administration has barred US officials from referring to terrorists as terrorists and effectively barred US officials from acknowledging that Islamic terrorists are Muslims, Brennan simply referred to the Islamic terrorists in Yemen who tried to send bombs to synagogues in Chicago as ‘individuals.'”
Glick, when alluding to the UNESCO decision recognizing the Tomb of Rachel as a mosque, points out that “UNESCO’s executive committee, whose membership includes France, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Poland, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Italy, the US and India, accepted [a] wholly false rendition of the historical record. In so doing, they collaborated with an Islamic attempt to eradicate Jewish history.”
“Why would they do this? ” she asks. “They are not bishops who have to worry that their communities will be annihilated if they step out of line.
“No doubt, fear of Islamic terrorism fuels some of their behavior. But fear can’t be the full explanation. Most Westerners have no contact with Muslims. And Islamic terrorist attacks in the West are not a daily occurrence.
“The West’s newfound obsession with Islamophobia probably also has something to do with it. Western elites are terrified of being accused of racism. This is particularly true when – as is the case with Islamophobia – the charge is leveled on behalf of people who were oppressed in the past by Westerners.
“But while fear of the charge of Islamophobia does play a role in Western kowtowing to Islamic supremacists, the West’s aversion to the perception that it is oppressing those it once oppressed fails to provide an adequate explanation for its willingness to collaborate with Islamic supremacist attempts to blot out Jewish history. The West’s history of oppressing Jews is far bloodier and longer than its record of oppressing Muslims.
“In the end, there is only one credible explanation for the West’s willingness to lie about the nature and goals of Islamic supremacism. There is only one credible explanation for the West’s willingness to collaborate with Islamic supremacists as they purge the historical record of the Jewish roots of Western civilization. There is only one explanation for the West’s willingness to accept the Islamic supremacist assertion that Israel is to blame for Islamic aggression against Jews and Christians alike.
“But if I mention anti-Semitism, I will be attacked as a paranoid Jew.”
Lee Smith, writing in Tablet Magazine, touches on similar themes in an article — “Monsters Breeding” — that discusses the very recent foiled plot to bomb two Chicago synagogues:
“What we do know is that the bombs were addressed to American synagogues—not churches or mosques (or financial institutions)—and that our national security apparatus is visibly uncomfortable dealing with this established fact. Neither the president, nor his spokesman, nor the White House’s counterterrorism czar made much of the notion that this act of terror had specifically targeted the Jewish community. No one denounced the attempted murder of American citizens based on their faith. No one said that foreign maniacs who target Jews are part of a global sickness.
“It is unpleasant to have to make the comparison, but instructive nonetheless: Had a mosque been targeted, or had American Muslims been marked for death, we can be sure that the president, rightly, would have denounced not only the act but the idea that it had singled out a particular section of the American people.
“…The Arabs recognize that we’re very sensitive about racism and anti-Semitism..We are the ones who quiver at the accusation of racism—not them. We would not dream of calling the Arabs anti-Semitic or racist because we fear that we have subjected them to our Western colonial racism, and we feel guilty about it. Indeed, many in the West have even gone so far as to ignore the evidence of 1,300 years of Muslim anti-Jewish polemics to claim that anti-Semitism is a Western import. To call the Arabs anti-Semitic would be shaming a people we have already hurt too much.
“All of our noble sentiments toward the Muslim world would be fine, if it weren’t for the fact that our political correctness has created a context where it’s OK to dehumanize, terrorize, and murder Jews.” (emphasis added)
If the following hadn’t been sent out by Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive VP of the National Council of Young Israel, I probably would have discounted it, so difficult to believe is the information. But Rabbi Lerner says he checked it and it’s true:
Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School is known for its stance as a secular institution. That is absolutely fine, except that it is still a Yeshiva University school. As such, it should not be a forum for hosting the NLG’s anti-Semitic propaganda. The following upcoming “event” was sent to Cardozo students on Oct 29, 2010: The Law and the Israeli Occupation A panel discussion sponsored by the Cardozo National Lawyers’ Guild and Cardozo Students for Human Rights.
Wednesday, November 17, 6 – 8 pm Room 204
Please join us for an evening panel that will explore legal aspects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Occupied Territories. The speakers will discuss Israeli and international law related to the Israeli occupation. Speakers include:
– Neta Patrick, an Israeli attorney at Yesh Din, an Israeli legal and advocacy organization that works for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
– Uri Zaki, an Israeli attorney working for the American office of the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem
– Brooke Goldstein, a New York-based attorney, activist, author, award-winning filmmaker, director of Children’s Rights Institute, and Cardozo alumna
B’Tslem, which routinely politicizes human rights to attack Israel? Yesh Din? They are without shame.
If you have contacts at Yeshiva or Cardozo, use them now, please, in vigorously protesting this. And if you leave in the area, save the date and attend!