By Lauri B. Regan
On a recent family trip to Santa Monica, an evening walk on the Third Avenue Promenade felt as if we had been dropped into a Middle Eastern country. 90% of the people strolling down the bustling walkways and lounging at the cafes were Muslim. Women were dressed in either burqas, niqabs, or hijabs and the few younger women who were not, were speaking Arabic.
This experience followed a trip to Maine where we found ourselves encountering an unusually large number of Muslims on the streets of several cities and learned of the mini-Dearborn into which the Lewiston/Auburn area had been transformed.
Portland almost resembled midtown Manhattan where the Muslim population has been growing exponentially over the past several years.
The left commands us to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. And yet, despite the fact that we have welcomed these vast Muslim communities into our country with open arms, the reality is something quite different. After I left Santa Monica I recalled that a Pakistani hotel owner there was sued for throwing all of the Jews out of her hotel. She told her staff to “Get the [expletive deleted] Jews out of my pool” and that “no one who was identifiable as Jewish was so much as ‘allowed to dip their feet in the water.’”
Dennis Prager’s recent column discussed a Muslim woman in Winooski, Vermont whose complaint over the “offensive” use of the word bacon in an advertisement led to the restaurant taking down the ad. Pointing out that religious Jews who do not eat pork have never even considered advertising bacon as offensive, Prager wrote:
The woman who wrote this totalitarian drivel is the worst combination of fake victimhood, political correctness (which itself is a PC euphemism for “that which offends the left”), and Muslims who seek to impose sharia law on non-Muslims….
Would that the intolerance end there, perhaps I would feel safe with all of the hijabs that are appearing across America. But this summer we were treated to ugly pro-Hamas protests across the country. From San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, Muslims screamed “Death to Israel,” called for a third intifada, chanted “Jews go back to the ovens,” and compared Israel to Nazis. And two weeks ago on NYC’s Upper East Side, people in cars flying Palestinian flags yelling anti-Jewish statements attacked a Jewish couple.
Perhaps the upcoming Muslim Day Parade will afford an opportunity for the PC leftists to open their eyes. At the 2012 parade a flyer was distributed proclaiming that “Islam is the future of America, and depicting the White House with the black flag flying over it.”
[A] Brooklyn-based imam called for global laws against “insulting” Islam. Speakers urged sharia for the United States. The imam called out “Takbir!”, which means “expand”; in other words, expand the “house of Islam” (Dar al-Islam) against the “house of war” (Dar al-Harb). At one point, the crowd shouted “Allahu akbar!” while people raised their right hands in fascist-style salutes.
In 2013, the black flag of jihad and white flags signaling the caliphate adorned the entire parade. Perhaps ISIS members will be permitted to march this year….
…The DOJ is not the only Obama department to abet the PC police in concealing the dangers of Islam in its current 21st century machination. The FBI has scrubbed training materials of references to radical Islam, Obama ordered that the term “War on Terror” be changed to “Overseas Contingency Operation,” and at no time during his almost six year reign has Obama uttered the words “Islamic fundamentalism” or acknowledged that we are in fact at war with radical Islam.
If we are going to defeat the terrorists, we must become Islamophobes, (aka, non-Muslims who know more than they are supposed to know about Islam). I am happy to take my shoes and sweater off to board an airplane, but every hijab-wearing woman should be required to take her headscarf off as well. As David Cameron has required in the UK, the passports of every radicalized American who joins ISIS should be revoked so that they cannot return to commit terror on American soil. And yet, in the face of hundreds of Americans fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the State Department announced that, “being a member of a terrorist group [is] not enough to get your passport automatically revoked.”
Our borders must be secured so that Koran-carrying, prayer rug-toting Islamic terrorists can no longer sneak in. The FBI, CIA, HHS, NSA, and TSA should work to prevent future terrorist attacks, and not worry about offending a group of people who are the only ones committing acts of terror across the world today. Not all Muslims are terrorists but substantially all terrorists are Muslims and until people are permitted to say that without the hypocrisy and irony of being labeled dangerous themselves, we will not be safe.