To admit or not to admit more Muslims

It’s no surprise that leftists make excuses for Muslims behaving badly.  But members of the GOP (with a handful of exceptions) are also pathetic apologists.  The amount of stupid stuff Republicans have uttered on the subject of Islam would fill volumes.  Most recently, Donald Trump’s position that we (at least temporarily) stop (most) Muslim immigration to the United States has come under fire.

Paul Ryan has stated that banning Muslims from entering the United States does not reflect our principles as a party or as a nation.  This is nearly identical to President Obama’s verbiage when he admonishes Americans on all manner of issues, including Trump’s proposal to halt Muslim immigration, by claiming “that’s not who we are.”

Whenever a politician says that putting the brakes on Muslim immigration is (some variation of) “not who we are,” I want to ask: who are we?  A nation of fools who prefer to embrace members of a demographic group whose holy book mandates our destruction?

Well, whoever we are, we will cease to be if we don’t get our act together on matters pertaining to national security.

And next up on that front is Marco I-will-just-be-a-citizen-oops-I-changed-my-mind-and-am-running-for-Senate Rubio, who recently elaborated on why a temporary halt to Muslim immigration is wrong and will not work.  Rubio’s narrative includes noting that many people who report suspicious activity in their communities are Muslims; that many of our troops are Muslim; and that overall, it’s bad policy to have a religious exclusion.

Taking each point in turn, while it’s always possible to find examples of Muslims not behaving badly, there are, unfortunately, far too many examples to the contrary.  And while it’s true that some Muslims have reported suspicious activity, such behavior is the exception and not the rule.  Former FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo has stated that after 9/11, the FBI “received nearly zero help from the Muslim Community.”

Then there’s the sticky detail of why suspicious activity is an issue in Muslim communities in the first place.  Who wants to import more members of a group who adhere to a religion/ideology where one must worry about such things as whether someone interprets their religion in a “moderate” way or not (moderate being a fabricated term, since Islam is Islam is Islam)?

As to Rubio’s waxing poetic about Muslims who serve in the military, the former presidential hopeful could use a brief history review.

In 2014, Army recruit Muhammad Hassan announced plans to commit jihad and kill U.S. soldiers.  Media reports at the time had conflicting information, with some saying there was a manhunt on while subsequent reports stated that Hassan was placed in an undisclosed mental institution after being discharged from the Army and that he was never a threat.  (Uh-huh.  “Never a threat.”  Got it.)

In 2011, Marine reservist Yonathan Melaku shot at the Pentagon and other military buildings in Virginia.  The FBI found bomb-making materials, a list of bomb components in his backpack and home, and allegiance to Allah and terror organizations in his writings and self-made videos.

In 2010, a Muslim soldier said he couldn’t deploy to Afghanistan, stating, “I can’t both deploy and be a Muslim,” noting that as a Muslim he is forbidden to kill other Muslims.

In 2009, Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan murdered thirteen soldiers and injured more than thirty more because he was, in fact, a soldier of Allah and not a man with any allegiance to the U.S. Army.  In 2014, he wrote a letter to the head of ISIS asking to be admitted as a citizen to the Islamic State, signing the letter “SoA” (Soldier of Allah).

In 2005, after being deployed to Iraq, Sgt. Asan Akbar threw grenades into a tactical operations center, killing two soldiers and wounding fifteen others.  His goal was to achieve “maximum carnage.”

In 2001, Naval signalman Abujihaad disclosed via an online forum the location and vulnerabilities of Navy ships and shared ideas about sniper attacks on military personnel, including military recruitment sites.

From 1993 to 2001, U.S. Army soldier and triple-agent Ali Mohamed worked for al-Qaeda, trained terrorists responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, “trained bin-Laden's bodyguard[,] and took surveillance photos that bin-Laden used to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.”

(To learn more about Muslims serving in the U.S. military, I recommend listening to Tennessee state representative Rick Womick thoughtfully address the issue here.)

As for Rubio’s notion that “it’s bad policy to have a religious exclusion,” I would simply say this: Islam has a religious exclusion.  And it’s far more severe than excluding others from entering one’s country.  It is a totalitarian vision that requires all non-believers to convert, live as second-class citizens, or die.  These are not just words on paper or theoretical ideas.  Devout Muslims have been acting on these dictates for hundreds and hundreds of years.  And we have been targeted over and over again, with mounting casualties.  Shouldn’t we do everything in our power to protect and defend ourselves against this evil?

Or course we should.

Yet the GOP refuses to grasp the gravity of the threat we are facing.  Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are just two examples among a litany of them that highlight the dangerous truth of our clueless and gutless party.

Hat tips: The Right Scoop, TheBlaze, Atlas Shrugs, Breitbart, Daniel Pipes, Militant Islam Monitor, Daily Mail, Religion News, Think Progress, CNN, Fox News

It’s no surprise that leftists make excuses for Muslims behaving badly.  But members of the GOP (with a handful of exceptions) are also pathetic apologists.  The amount of stupid stuff Republicans have uttered on the subject of Islam would fill volumes.  Most recently, Donald Trump’s position that we (at least temporarily) stop (most) Muslim immigration to the United States has come under fire.

Paul Ryan has stated that banning Muslims from entering the United States does not reflect our principles as a party or as a nation.  This is nearly identical to President Obama’s verbiage when he admonishes Americans on all manner of issues, including Trump’s proposal to halt Muslim immigration, by claiming “that’s not who we are.”

Whenever a politician says that putting the brakes on Muslim immigration is (some variation of) “not who we are,” I want to ask: who are we?  A nation of fools who prefer to embrace members of a demographic group whose holy book mandates our destruction?

Well, whoever we are, we will cease to be if we don’t get our act together on matters pertaining to national security.

And next up on that front is Marco I-will-just-be-a-citizen-oops-I-changed-my-mind-and-am-running-for-Senate Rubio, who recently elaborated on why a temporary halt to Muslim immigration is wrong and will not work.  Rubio’s narrative includes noting that many people who report suspicious activity in their communities are Muslims; that many of our troops are Muslim; and that overall, it’s bad policy to have a religious exclusion.

Taking each point in turn, while it’s always possible to find examples of Muslims not behaving badly, there are, unfortunately, far too many examples to the contrary.  And while it’s true that some Muslims have reported suspicious activity, such behavior is the exception and not the rule.  Former FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo has stated that after 9/11, the FBI “received nearly zero help from the Muslim Community.”

Then there’s the sticky detail of why suspicious activity is an issue in Muslim communities in the first place.  Who wants to import more members of a group who adhere to a religion/ideology where one must worry about such things as whether someone interprets their religion in a “moderate” way or not (moderate being a fabricated term, since Islam is Islam is Islam)?

As to Rubio’s waxing poetic about Muslims who serve in the military, the former presidential hopeful could use a brief history review.

In 2014, Army recruit Muhammad Hassan announced plans to commit jihad and kill U.S. soldiers.  Media reports at the time had conflicting information, with some saying there was a manhunt on while subsequent reports stated that Hassan was placed in an undisclosed mental institution after being discharged from the Army and that he was never a threat.  (Uh-huh.  “Never a threat.”  Got it.)

In 2011, Marine reservist Yonathan Melaku shot at the Pentagon and other military buildings in Virginia.  The FBI found bomb-making materials, a list of bomb components in his backpack and home, and allegiance to Allah and terror organizations in his writings and self-made videos.

In 2010, a Muslim soldier said he couldn’t deploy to Afghanistan, stating, “I can’t both deploy and be a Muslim,” noting that as a Muslim he is forbidden to kill other Muslims.

In 2009, Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan murdered thirteen soldiers and injured more than thirty more because he was, in fact, a soldier of Allah and not a man with any allegiance to the U.S. Army.  In 2014, he wrote a letter to the head of ISIS asking to be admitted as a citizen to the Islamic State, signing the letter “SoA” (Soldier of Allah).

In 2005, after being deployed to Iraq, Sgt. Asan Akbar threw grenades into a tactical operations center, killing two soldiers and wounding fifteen others.  His goal was to achieve “maximum carnage.”

In 2001, Naval signalman Abujihaad disclosed via an online forum the location and vulnerabilities of Navy ships and shared ideas about sniper attacks on military personnel, including military recruitment sites.

From 1993 to 2001, U.S. Army soldier and triple-agent Ali Mohamed worked for al-Qaeda, trained terrorists responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, “trained bin-Laden's bodyguard[,] and took surveillance photos that bin-Laden used to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.”

(To learn more about Muslims serving in the U.S. military, I recommend listening to Tennessee state representative Rick Womick thoughtfully address the issue here.)

As for Rubio’s notion that “it’s bad policy to have a religious exclusion,” I would simply say this: Islam has a religious exclusion.  And it’s far more severe than excluding others from entering one’s country.  It is a totalitarian vision that requires all non-believers to convert, live as second-class citizens, or die.  These are not just words on paper or theoretical ideas.  Devout Muslims have been acting on these dictates for hundreds and hundreds of years.  And we have been targeted over and over again, with mounting casualties.  Shouldn’t we do everything in our power to protect and defend ourselves against this evil?

Or course we should.

Yet the GOP refuses to grasp the gravity of the threat we are facing.  Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are just two examples among a litany of them that highlight the dangerous truth of our clueless and gutless party.

Hat tips: The Right Scoop, TheBlaze, Atlas Shrugs, Breitbart, Daniel Pipes, Militant Islam Monitor, Daily Mail, Religion News, Think Progress, CNN, Fox News