Probably the single most dangerous threat to America today is the presence and growth of radical Muslims, not only worldwide, but especially right here in the good old U.S. of A.
There have been many glaring examples of this phenomena, but I guess we've been pre-occupied to notice. Yes, we all remember 9/11 and what happened in New York City in 2001. And, we can remember the Muslim army major who killed 13 soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas. But aside from these, few newscasters are vocal in warning us about everyday situations that affect us. The liberal media won't acknowledge it and, in fact, suppress the information. You'll see examples of this later.
There's so much to review that it will take more than one column to cover it. So, this is the first one outlining the facts that endanger us... it won't be pretty.
It all started with Muhammad, who was born in Mecca in 570 A.D. Orphaned at an early age, he worked with a merchant uncle as a camel wrangler on their many caravans. In 610, at the age of 40, he claimed he was visited by an angel and was told to become a prophet. He wrote the Qur'an (Koran), the book of worship, beliefs and procedures and began his Islamic ministry to convert the world.
It was slow at first. He and his followers were not readily accepted and were persecuted. But, after many hard-fought physical battles, their religion prospered. By 634 A.D. they had taken over the entire Arabian peninsula. Within 100 years of this death, Islam had reached the Atlantic on one side and the Chinese border on the other.
Fast forward to modern times, there are over a billion, 200 million Muslims worldwide, including over 20 million in Europe and over six million in America. In 1922, the Islamic Association was formed in Detroit, Michigan and in 1934 the first Islamic building (Masjid) was constructed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The word Jihad in Arabic means "struggle". But for radical Muslims it means more, namely, a struggle for God. This gives it a religious significance which can provide martyrdom if a Muslim is killed while doing battle with infidels, i.e., anyone who isn't a Muslim. And, of course, the religious struggle or the ultimate goal of radical Muslims is world domination, ruled by Islamic law or Sharia Law.
Under Sharia Law, radical Muslims are able, even encouraged, to commit acts of violence to accomplish their goals. Occasionally we hear bits and pieces of Sharia Law.
We know it says that women are inferior to men; that a husband may beat a disobedient wife; that a man may marry up to four women and have sex with slave girls as well; that a man may marry a child bride; that a son's inheritance must be twice that of a daughter; that honor killings are permitted. There is no freedom of speech, religion or the press. But the worst is that beheadings, dismemberment and public stonings are allowed for certain crimes.
Although world domination is the ultimate goal, there are some intermediate objectives. As the Ayatollah Khomeini has said many times, "Death to America". They want to weaken us politically, socially and economically.
Well, heck, we're there now. Al-Quaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith said "We have the right to kill four million Americans - two million of them children - to fight them with chemical and biological weapons".
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible" and "We don't shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world". Remember that Iran is intent on building its own atomic bomb. Israel, obviously, is not their only target.
Europe is flooded with Muslims. Over 20 million reside there now. When their numbers were in the minority, they were reasonable residents but they kept their personal habits of dress and religious. They did not assimilate into European customs. But as their numbers grew, radical elements emerged and they became vocal, disruptive and demanding. They are and have been serious problems in London and Paris. They block traffic, assemble illegally and make threats on government. They carry large signs, some of which say "Behead those who insult Islam". Another said "Be prepared for the real holocaust".
New York City is feeling the onslaught as well. Within the past year, a large group of Muslims conducted a prayer service on Madison Avenue - a major thoroughfare in Manhattan. They disrupted traffic to see how much they could get away with. And they certainly did in that liberal city. As usual, the media ignored the incident. Recently, there was a Muslim parade in the Big Apple. After the marching, at the reception, a Muslim woman spoke up and rallied her sister Muslims to have more children because "we have future martyrs in our wombs".
To the best of my knowledge, only one country has had the strength to confront radical Muslims. The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, told them quite correctly to live within Aussie rules or get out. Way to go, Julia.