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The Threat of Islamic Extremism & Shariah Law in America

The probability of an Islamic movement obtaining critical mass in the United States, and with it introducing Shariah Law, is not at all remote.

US lawmakers have already demonstrated that they desire to place the Quran in a superior position to the Bible. President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and even General Petraeus are all on video record referring to the Quran as the “Holy Quran”; have you ever heard any of them refer to the Bible as the “Holy Bible”? Special instructions have been issued by the US Department of Defense related to the handling of the Quran at Guantanamo Bay, directing US forces to handle it with the right hand, and to treat it “as though it was a fragile piece of art.”

Although President Obama, President George W. Bush, and others have described Islam as a peaceful and tolerant religion, US forces are specifically prohibited from proselytizing or trying to introduce Christianity in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, US forces have actually burned Bibles that were translated into Pashtu and Dari and sent to a US serviceman serving in Afghanistan. The burning of a Quran in Florida set off widespread acts of violence in Afghanistan, yet no violent outbreak occurred when the US Government burned the stacks of Bibles. We certainly don’t see Christian suicide bombers walking into mosques in the United States.

Islam is also growing faster than any other religion in the world, and faster than any other religion in the United States.

“Christian and Muslim sources assert that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 2000 gives the figure of 3,950,000 Muslims in America today. Islamic Horizons states that there are eight to ten million Muslims in North America. The most common figure cited (the statistic the United States government regularly uses) is about six million. The largest concentrations of Muslims are in California, New York, and Illinois — with an estimated 400,000 in the Chicago area. While specific figures may be debated, what cannot be debated is the phenomenal growth of Islam.

According to United Nations statistics, the Muslim population in the United States grew by 25 percent between 1989 and 1998. In 1990 there were only about 50 Islamic schools in America. Today the number is over 200. Since about 1990 the number of ‘registered Islamic centers and mosques’ has tripled to ‘more than 2,500.’ Just how is the Muslim population growing? The growth rate of Islam in Western nations (including the US and Canada) primarily comes through: a high Muslim birth rate and immigration (e.g., Muslims moving to the United States), not from converts (non-Muslims becoming Muslims).”

Does the growth of Islam in America necessarily translate into an increased likelihood of Shariah Law, or violence? According to a recent article in Investor’s Business Daily:

“A survey of 100 randomly selected mosques in America finds 81% of them feature Islamic literature — not including the Quran and Sunnah – that advocates violence. And 85% of the imams running the mosques actively recommend these tracts. Only 19% of the mosques do not disseminate Islamic materials sanctioning jihadi violence, according to the peer-reviewed data collected by two scholars sponsored by the Washington-based Center for Security Policy.

If accurate, this turns everything we’ve been told by Washington on its head. Despite pleasant platitudes to the contrary, the majority of mosques are not preaching interfaith tolerance and assimilation. While some do, they are the exception – the fringe. It’s the mainstream mosques that are actually radical. Fully four of every five, in fact, may be potential hotbeds for terrorist activity. And the overwhelming majority adhere, at least in their worship rituals, to Shariah law — the strict Islamic legal code practiced in Saudi Arabia. The survey found, for example, that most American Muslim women are forced to pray separately from men and cover themselves with scarves and veils.”

Another quote from the article:

“A popular tract distributed in U.S. mosques is “Milestones” by Sayyid Qutb, the man who inspired Osama bin Laden. If anyone restricts others from accepting Islam, Qutb exhorts Muslims, “then it is the duty of Islam to fight him until either he is killed or until he declares his submission. What’s stunning is that this tract is categorized by the authors – whose study is published in the latest issue of “The Middle East Quarterly” – among the featured Islamic literature advocating “moderate” violence. And that grouping is in the minority. More than half the mosque tracts surveyed exhort Muslims to commit “severe” acts of violence.”

Would this kind of violence represent a substantive threat to US national security? Widespread rioting in France in 2005 seems to indicate that it would. BBC News reported the following in October 2005:

“As the country celebrates the centenary of the separation of Church and State, Islam is seen as the biggest challenge to the country’s secular model in the past 100 years. The worldwide rise of Islamic militancy strikes fear in the heart of a country that is home to Western Europe’s biggest Muslim community. French police know that there is no shortage of potential jihadis in the country. The assertiveness of French Islam is seen as a threat not just to the values of the republic, but to its very security.”

This news article goes on to say: “All observers agree that jihadism does pose a direct threat to the country. The fact that – in France as elsewhere – the militants speak for a tiny minority of Muslims does not make the threat less severe.”

Several factors would heighten the likelihood that the threat of Islamic violence impacting he strength and perhaps even the existence of our current form of government in the United States would move from a potential threat to a kinetic one, including:

  1. The population of Muslims in America reaching critical mass. (In France, about 8% of the population was comprised of Muslims when the rioting began. Most recent estimates indicate that about 2.5% of the US population is currently Muslim.) Based on current growth rates, I would estimate that within 10 years the United States will have a Muslim population at or exceeding 8%.
  2. Violent anti-Christian and anti-Jew propaganda continues to be instilled in Muslim youth in mosques across America, and among young Muslims who will eventually immigrate to America. (Quoting the Investors Business Daily article: “Despite overwhelming evidence that many mosques operate as hubs for terrorism, none has been shut down. And more are being built without any investigation into their sources of funding or leadership.”)
  3. A large number of Muslims – through voluntary or involuntary actions – occupy enclaves that are basically entire communities of Muslims, essentially segregated from the rest of America, and resulting in isolation and alienation among the Muslim communities. (While there are Muslim dominated urban areas located in areas like Dearborn, Michigan, in the United States today 45 percent of immigrant Muslims report annual household income levels of $50,000 or higher. This compares to the national average of 44 percent. Immigrant Muslims are well represented among higher-income earners, with 19 percent claiming annual household incomes of $100,000 or higher (compared to 16 percent for the Muslim population as a whole and 17 percent for the U.S. average).
  4. Dissatisfaction and jealousy among the Islamic population rises among the Muslims residing in poor communities as it did in France between 2005 and 2005, and/or wealthier Muslims coalesce around a very Islam-centric agenda, and successfully implement changes that are unacceptable to the rest of the American citizenry. (For example, Islam is adopted as the official religion of the United States of America, essentially destroying the first amendment to the US Constitution.)
  5. A trigger event occurs, galvanizing dissatisfied Muslims into a relatively cohesive group that rallies around a common enemy – the non-Muslim population of the United States – and sparks the first outbreak of violence. (In France this trigger event involved the death of two Muslim youths while they were fleeing from the Police.) Alternatively, the example related to establishing Islam as the official religion of the United States, as described in point #4 above would be a likely “lighting of the fuse.”

My overall assessment: The threat to US national security from a growing population of Muslims in America with a large percentage of Muslim youth indoctrinated in violent anti-Christian and anti-Jew teachings is high. The threat is mitigated somewhat by the fact that a large percentage of Muslim immigrants are educated and relatively high earners. However, that same comparatively high earnings rate enables funding to continue to be devoted to the mosques and instructors who are doing the indoctrination. This represents a significant risk.

What do you think?

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