Editor's Note: Army Private Andy Long was gunned down by homegrown jihadist Carlos Bledsoe (who had taken the name Abdulhakim Muhammad after training with Al Qaeda in Yemen) at a Little Rock recruiting station on June 2, 2009. After federal prosecutors declined to bring charges, the killer was convicted in Arkansas state court and is now serving 12 consecutive life terms. The two men's fathers, Daris Long and Melvin Bledsoe, spoke at Centennial Institute on Dec. 10, 2012, to promote the new documentary film about their experience, "Losing Our Sons ." Daris Long's remarks were as follows:
Our son Andy would call us on weekends while he was in boot camp. One Sunday he called while I was in the middle of something I thought was important so I made my excuses in order to get back to it. That night I could not sleep so I got up and wrote him a letter. I apologized and told him that I would never do that again; I would always be there for him.
People have commented on how they don’t think they could persevere against a seemingly insurmountable bureaucracy. I would ask, If not I, then who? [Esther 4:14b] states, “Who knows, perhaps [we] have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” It isn’t easy, but I do this because of that promise I made to my son in that letter. I do this because as a former Marine I will not allow his government to leave him behind. I do this as an American because my fellow Americans need to hear the truth.
The night before he was killed, his last words to me before he went to bed I will never forget, “That’s cool, Dad.” The next day, Andy’s mother drove him to the Recruiting Center and was sitting in the car studying her Bible when she saw Andy in the rear view mirror as he came out of the Recruiting Center Office. She told me that she thought about getting out and going to him, but decided against it when she saw another soldier come out with him and did not want to interfere. I believe that action saved her life, because, a few seconds later she heard bursts of gunfire. The next time I saw my son was with my family in the ER.
That was the beginning of a nightmare. Not just the nightmare of losing our son, but the nightmare of the denial. The denial of calling this what it was; the denial that there is an enemy; the denial that that enemy is definable; the denial that this enemy wishes to destroy our way of life; the denial that my wife firmly believes led directly from Little Rock thru Fort Hood to the Middle East Embassy.
We kept our silence for two years, except for three interviews I did, in order to not harm the Prosecution’s Case and because after meeting with the US Attorney and other federal officials, we fully expected federal indictments to be handed out.
We remained silent for two years, but we were not idle. As we listened to this administration’s response, the main stream media’s coverage or lack of, the DOA, DOD, DOJ and their continuing actions to date, my view of justice and trust in government has changed.
In researching, it was amazing the amount of information regarding Abdulhakim Muhammad’s activities we were able to find from open sources that should have sealed the case on federal terrorism charges. When we were told that the Army did not have enough information to warrant the awarding of the Purple Heart, we sent them our research. The responses from our Congressional representatives were positive. The responses we received from the DOA and DOJ were nothing short of insulting.
Melvin Bledsoe, the killer’s father, at the same time was on his nightmare journey and his quest for information in order to understand what had happened to his son and how a son of his could do such a terrible thing. I have to tell you that I have grown to respect and admire Melvin for his courage and desire to ensure that other parents do not have to deal with what his family and ours have had to. I count him as a friend. What Melvin Bledsoe and I have been able to do together in our efforts is because of the grace of God.
Our individual journeys were brought together when we were approached by the group American’s for Peace and Tolerance out of Massachusetts led by Dr. Charles Jacobs. Charles wanted to do a documentary about Melvin and myself losing our sons.
It took two years for the film to be released. It is appropriately titled “Losing Our Sons” as it reveals what is happening in our country today, something the mainstream media will not report.
I have a history with the Muslim people. I have spent almost twenty percent of my life having lived in or deployed to Muslim countries. My nieces’ father is the grandson of a former King of Afghanistan and the nephew of another. It is easier for me to name the Muslim countries I have not been in, than to name the ones I have.
My wife and I cope with this tragedy because we gave it all to God the day we lost Andy. Turning it over to Him is a continuing task. We are determined to not allow Andy’s death to be wasted.
I have tried to avoid the politics of the situation, but it is near impossible when politics are what has clouded the truth. This is not and should not be a partisan issue.
The statutory oath I swore as a Marine “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” is something I still feel obligated to even though I am no longer on active duty.
While in the Corps, we did our duty according to “ground truth.” Ground truth is based on facts as they are, not facts that are viewed through the distortion of a political prism.
As of Tuesday, December 11, 2012, there have been a reported fifty-five thwarted terrorist plots since 9/11 which have resulted in federal indictments and convictions. The attacks in Little Rock, Fort Hood and Benghazi, Libya are not included in this number. On Friday, November 30, 2012 an improvised explosive device was detonated at the Social Security Administration Office in Casa Grande, Arizona. The perpetrator who was arrested is an Iraqi refugee. His house was searched and bomb making materials and instructions were found. A Federal Law enforcement official, on the grounds of anonymity, stated that it could be considered domestic terrorism but the bomber has not been charged under Title 18 Chapter 113b Terrorism due to the “political sensitivity” of the case. If we are to believe these reported incidents were attempted terrorist plots which justified these indictments, then it must follow that Abdulhakim’s attack at the Little Rock Recruiter Center and Major Nidal Hasan’s attack on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood were in fact successful terrorist attacks. The absurdity is that although charges have been levied for “thwarted”, “failed”, “planned” or “attempted” acts of terrorism, Federal Officials have yet to pursue the Little Rock and Fort Hood attacks as acts of terrorism. Abdulhakim Muhammad and Nidal Hasan succeeded in their jihad against America and the powers that be have refused to acknowledge this.
This administration is quick to “take credit” for thwarting plots but is completely silent, even resorting to obfuscation when the facts oppose their official narrative. They would have us believe that radical Islam has nothing to do with the motivations of individuals like Muhammad and Hasan or groups like Al Qaeda, Al Shabab or the Taliban. To deny the direct connections of either Abdulhakim Muhammad or Nidal Hasan to recognized international terrorists in Yemen requires one to suspend belief in the face of overwhelming facts.
Since 2009, we have tried to get a sane answer as to why the attack in Little Rock remains identified as just a criminal act, not an act of terrorism. After meeting with the FBI and US Attorney’s Office in September 2009, we fully expected federal terrorism indictments to be handed down at the conclusion of the state’s trial.
The Department of the Army’s position is that because the Little Rock attack was treated as a criminal act in an Arkansas court, it isn’t terrorism.
The Department of Justice stated that the attack against American soldiers is the Army’s responsibility in determining the shooting as an act of terrorism.
The Department of Homeland Security and White House both made statements to the effect that it was a Department of Defense issue and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Affairs refused in Congressional testimony, to state that radical Islamic extremism might even be a motivating factor of Al Qaeda doctrine.
Abdulhakim Muhammad was not timid when he called his act a jihad justified by Islamic law. Muhammad has since been identified by the FBI in counterterrorism briefs as an Al Qaeda adherent. Nidal Hasan was able to praise Muhammad’s attack in front of fellow Army Officers without repercussion. He did not whisper Allah-u Akbar when he jumped on a table in a crowded office at Fort Hood and then began killing fellow soldiers on his own jihad. His refusal to shave an unauthorized beard is not based on a secular fashion sense, but goes to the core of his motivation. The Army’s inability to enforce longstanding uniform regulations in the face of claims of religious discrimination of Islam speaks volumes about its abdication to political correctness under this administration.
We believe that the attacks on Little Rock and Fort Hood qualify the victims for the Purple Heart as casualties of international terrorist attack. The Congress has adopted language in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that states a successful terrorist attack does not only happen on someone else’s soil. This legislation has bipartisan and bicameral support within our Congress.
The White House threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. The stated objection, in the Arkansas case, was that it was handled under the state’s criminal code and not as terrorism and that this provision “could” create appellate issues. This administration will not admit the fact that a successful attack occurred on their watch. The statement of objection blames Arkansas for the administration’s own denial, and inaction in not pursuing charges under Title 18 US Code Chapter 113b, Terrorism. The state charges could not address what is reserved for the federal statutes. This position of the government fails to address the still unanswered issues regarding Muhammad’s travel to Yemen to the same Madrassa in Dammaj known as the training site of the American Taliban, John Walker Lynde, which is clearly material support for terrorism, or his attempted attacks on two Jewish Rabbis – one in Little Rock with a rifle and the other in Nashville with a Molotov Cocktail, which is defined as a weapon of mass destruction.
Although jihad is not in the government’s list of approved words, it is front and center in the motives and doctrine of radical Islam. Denying the use and study of the very words used by the terrorists from their point of view and understanding removes an important tool which provides insight into the motives and methods of an enemy. Our government has succumbed to advisors such as the Council for American Islamic Relations, a known Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terrorist funding trial. CAIR advice is that these words are offensive and should be forbidden. This cedes the initiative to those who would do us harm.
Radical Islam is a political ideology that is grounded on a religion. That radical ideology has defenders who would have us believe that the United States Constitution’s First Amendment’s religious freedom clause prohibits truthful discussion of political Islam. These same defenders promote the expansion of the scope of religion for an explicit few, while at the same time imposing their own limited redefined scope of what can be considered religious belief for all other faiths.
This absurd double standard is not isolated to what happened in Little Rock and Fort Hood. A young girl was suspended from school for failing to stop wearing a “religious cross” on a necklace. The school district relented only after a law suit was initiated in defense of her basic rights. A coach lost his job for openly saying grace over a lunch meal, off campus and not acting in an official capacity.
Conversely, CAIR and its associates are openly invited by a school district into public school classrooms to espouse the glory of Islam. Has the curriculum been vetted, or has it been left up to good graces of the unbiased actors supported by CAIR to honestly present facts? Where are the guardians of “separation of church and state” in this case? They are conspicuously silent.
On September 11, 2012, the heralded promise of the so called “Arab Spring” turned into an Arab nightmare. The demonstrations and attacks on American Embassies in over two dozen countries, resulting in the deaths of a US Ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, the Stars and Stripes being torn down and replaced by a black Islamist Banner over sovereign US territory.
The American Ambassador to the United Nations stated that the attack on the Benghazi Consulate was a spontaneous act and was not pre-mediated. Bringing heavy weapons and RPG’s to a demonstration would tell anyone that this was something other than a spontaneous act. The coordination and use of direct and indirect fire, coupled with supporting arms, tells me that the Ambassador obviously has no understanding of military tactics or methods that require a level of premeditation in order to coordinate these fires successfully. Additionally, it is reported that a “secret” safe house off site also came under sustained coordinated fire.
The Administration’s statement that there was no actionable intelligence indicating that possible violence against American interests seems lame and crafted. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a heightened sense of vigilance requirement is simply common sense. Every domestic law enforcement agency in this country routinely focuses on possible violent extremist threats because of the historic pattern of terrorist activity surrounding dates which are considered relevant to Islamic victories over infidels. Instead we are treated to an apology over a film which is blamed for starting it all. We then see this statement retracted and then reintroduced and repeated by none other than the Secretary of State.
It is amazing that a single twelve minute film trailer, which was on the internet from mid-June, can be identified by a superpower, with a straight face, as the reason for turning American foreign policy in the Middle East policy into ashes.
Witnessing the President’s Press Secretary’s comments about how this twelve minute film was responsible for starting demonstrations across the globe, reminded me of the statements made by Saddam Hussein’s Information Minister, Baghdad Bob, over how they were in full control of the situation even when the US Third Infantry Division was overrunning Baghdad Airport just a couple of miles away. My wife and I personally experience on a daily basis the denial of our government over what happened in Little Rock, now we are seeing denial of the truth on a national basis, telling us that there is no significance of the 9/11 anniversary demonstrations and violence from the UK to Australia.
The issue is about the truth, about America’s sons, daughters, and future. Melvin Bledsoe lost his son to radical Islam in a Tennessee University setting. I lost my son because of radical Islam on a sidewalk in Arkansas. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.”
PV2 William Andrew Long was a victim of a terrorist attack on June 1, 2009. PVT Quinton Ezeagwula was also a victim of a terrorist attack on June 1, 2009. Andy, Quinton and their families continue to be victims of a government that has stuck its head in the sand and has steadfastly promoted the premise that there is no correlation between radical Islam and those who continue to do us harm.
Editor's Note: Researcher and analyst Bill Coates, writing from western Colorado, responded to the recent Geert Wilders essay in Centennial Review, "Marked for Death Because I Dared to Criticize Islam" (November 2012), with the following commentary keyed to Wilders' warning, "My American friends, make no mistake. Islam is also coming for America."
First - the President was raised by dedicated Marxists. The first article of faith for Marxists is, ‘There is no God‘. People exist to be manipulated by other people, the purpose in life is to be the manipulator. The Marxist seeks to use any and all institutions of society to subject the society to his will, and eventually to eliminate all competitors for human allegiance - especially God. Dinesh D’Souza is also right about the anti-colonialist rage. Obama wants to lower our lifestyle to second-world levels at best.
Second, the Marxists who have been guiding Progressivism for the last century have a competitor in Islam. So, two forces are at work, and each seeks to use the other in achieving its own goal. Obama thinks he can pay off Islam by buying their oil at inflated prices as the ’jizyah’ unbeliever tax. For this purpose, he halts as much domestic energy production as possible, driving up prices for OPEC and simultaneously weakening the economy for his anti-colonialist bias. The environmentalists’ global-warming paradigm is his tool here, even though now discredited; warming stopped 16 years ago according to latest info. But it is now in the popular psyche, thanks to Al Gore’s video and Bush’s acceptance of the green movement in accepting Arab oil rather than pushing our own drilling in ANWR. He may have been thinking ‘jizyah’ too.
Islam might accept that temporarily, but ultimately demands surrender. Obama seeks to mollify them, his first official phone call being to Turkey, followed by the Cairo speech. But ’The Project’ is in progress, using immigration and pushing Sharia law as per the European model. Government infiltration is far along, with Houma Abedin to influence Hillary and the State Department. Her mother leads the female wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, and apparently gave her special dispensation to marry Anthony Weiner, a progressive non-practicing Jew. Hillary has been working closely with the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) in the U.N., which proposes a treaty on ‘Non-defamation of Religion’ to inhibit speech worldwide that speaks truth about Islam. She is also working on a worldwide gun control effort, so that only governments can use or trade in weapons. So much for our first and second amendments.
The OIC is working toward global dominance through the U.N., and would be happy to impose Agenda 21 on the way to sharia law, but more radical Islamist elements in the Muslim Brotherhood are in more of a hurry. We are entering a dangerous period with our financial situation. A currency collapse, possibly worldwide, could be triggered by China, which may be weighing the relative asset value of our debt vs. the power to be gained by crashing our currency and shutting down our military capabilities. Obama doesn’t like our military strength anyway, and has been trying to discredit our military and intel agencies. Financial strength is expendable to him, too.
This leads to unpleasant prospects for our future. The Rapture probably fits in here somewhere. The time frame is in God's hands, but the pieces can come together somewhat like this:
Increasing violence in Israel, and the impending fall of Assad and the king of Jordan to Muslim Brotherhood groups, are a prelude to a pan-Islamic attack on Israel as described in Ezekiel 38-39. Much of that text makes more sense in the context of current chemical warfare than Old Testament warfare. Such an attack would probably be accompanied by a terrorist strike in America to prevent our interference. Europe would be hit too, and it would soon read like Revelation 6.
It was admitted several years ago that about 8,000 Middle Eastern infiltrators had crossed our southern border. That was even before Hugo Chavez started teaching them Spanish in Venezuela. Terrorist attacks would provide the crisis (‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’ - Rahm Emanuel) in which Executive Order 13603 would be implemented, effectively establishing a dictatorship. But the attack is likely to be far larger than our government expects, taking out the electrical grid and communication network. Without the internet, we’re back to the 1860’s, the government would be unable to do command-and-control with its new powers, and the citizens would be forced to put away the video games and government ’money’ and go back to self-protection, self-government, and a barter system. Gardening and home canning will suddenly be very important. \
There would be a lot of casualties, but that may be God’s way of restoring human freedom and responsibility. Government will clean itself up starting at the local level, then states, and eventually one much closer to the size and duties of George Washington’s - without the current self-important ruling class and bureaucracies. Have you read ‘The Harbinger’ yet?
This article will look at four questions: Why are the names Allah and Jehovah beginning to be used interchangeably by some Christians in this country? Why are those two deities not the same God at all? Why does it matter? What can be done? Footnotes are provided at the end to document the argument and conclusions on this vital distinction.
Many Arab Christians in America are now referring to Jehovah, the God of the Bible, as "Allah." Using the same name for different gods serves the objectives of the interfaith movement which is focused on political correctness and the unity of a one world religion. This lapse in linguistic rigor has helped contribute to the fact that 40% of evangelical Christians now believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. (1)
A partial Arabic translation of the Bible, for liturgical purposes, is often traced back to the 8th century A.D.(2) (after Mohammed established the regional presence of Islam) but no definite evidence exists on the date of those liturgical verse translations. The entire Bible was not translated into Arabic until the 19th century by British missionaries to complete the few verses that had been translated into Arabic for liturgical purposes earlier. (3)
We know that post-Islamic missionaries (from Great Britain, etc.) came to the Middle East after Arabic Bible translations were completed but they were reluctant to evangelize under the name of Jehovah because they feared Islamic reprisal due to Mohammed's history of violence and conquest. (4) British missionaries came to the Middle East when Muslims ruled the land. They had to appease the political rulers and used the name "Allah" in an attempt to avoid violence. The Christian Arabs typically used "al-Rub" not "Allah" before that time. (5)
It's important to understand that the name of Allah originated in polytheism and long before Islam ever arose. Mohammed was born in 570 and began preaching about his new religion of Islam (with Allah as its god) around 610. He gained 150 converts in his first 13 years of evangelism in Mecca and then went to Medina where he pursued physical, or combat, jihad while acquiring 100,000 converts up until his death in 632 A.D. using the name of Allah. (6) However, the god name Allah had existed several centuries before Mohammed co-opted it as the god of Islam. Allah was a truncated form of Al-Ilah, one of the 360 pagan deities worshipped by the nomadic pagan and polytheistic Arabs at the Kaaba in Mecca before, during, and after the time of Christ. (7) Mohammed's father was also named Abdullah (meaning "slave of Allah".) A tribe of Jews was called Abdullah bin Salam in the Bukhari Hadith. (8)
The Christian church exploded in growth in the first century A.D. Christian missionaries came through the Middle East/Africa regions in the late 2nd century and, in an effort to evangelize the polytheistic Arabs, sought a way to get these Arabs to understand the one true God of Jehovah. The missionaries may have used the name "Al-Ilah" (understood by the polytheistic Arabs as the one god higher than the other 359) in an effort to evangelize the Arabs at that time. Although we do not have archaeological, manuscript, inscription, mural, sermon, theological writings, or similar evidence of Christian missionaries using Al-Ilah as a reference to Jehovah in pre-Islamic history, many speculate that Arab Christians in pre-Islamic history used Allah as a reference to Jehovah. (9) If true, Christian missionaries, through lack of discernment, might have used Al-Ilah, a god that the polytheistic Arabs were familiar with as being the supreme god of the 360 gods worshipped by polytheistic Arabs at Mecca and throughout the region as an evangelical tool.
As Arabs converted to Christianity, some may have referred to Jehovah as Allah while the pagan Arabs referred to Allah as one of the 360 gods worshipped by the polytheistic Arab community. This concession to naming expediency on the part of Christian missionaries to reach polytheistic Arabs may have started the problem that we find today with two groups (Arab Christians and Muslims) using the same name of Allah to refer to two different gods. Al-Ilah was shortened to Allah. The problem is that the missionaries may have conflated two gods into one name in their zeal for evangelism. Some of these early Arab converts, e.g., Ghassanids, Lakhmids, Banu Judham, and Hamadan, etc. may have begun calling Jehovah "Allah" post 300 A.D., and 300 years before Mohammed created the Islamic "Allah." Mohammed used "Allah" as the means to bring Arabs out of polytheism and into Islam. The Jews and Christians of that time rejected his teaching as false (they were also familiar with the Al-Ilah becoming Allah) and Mohammed ultimately became a physical jihadist to compel conversion. Forced conversions to Islam (and Allah) continue to this very day. Unlike Islam, Christianity (as taught from the Bible) does not condone forced conversions. These are two very different religions with two very different gods. It makes no logical or theological sense to have these two different gods share the same name.
Here's why this matters so much: The contemporary problem is that some places (Mauritania) still use Allah as a reference to Jehovah while others (Mali) culturally reject that notion. (10) Riots erupted in Malaysia when some Christians used the name Allah to refer to Jehovah. (11) This is now becoming a problem in the United States as Arab Christians, among others, come to America and call Jehovah "Allah." Our culture, unfamiliar with this history, is ill equipped to reconcile this naming aberration. Consequently, we are seeing Christians say that they worship the same God as Islam. Sadly, this may have started with over-zealous Christian missionaries in the 2nd and 3rd centuries who chose a naming expediency in their efforts to lead polytheists into monotheism.
There is ambiguity among Muslims with respect to the Allah naming convention because Allah is the name of their God, and it, through colloquial use, is becoming a generic name for God. However, this contradiction confounds the Muslim when encountering other religions such as Hinduism, a polytheistic religion of 900 million adherents. (12) "When asked, does Hinduism have thousands of Allahs, Muslims say no, because there is just one Allah. The Muslim response is that Hindus worship idols." (13)
The lack of discernment in pre-Islamic evangelism and the lack of courage in post-Islamic evangelism on the part of Christian missionaries has corrupted the use of Allah as a name for Jehovah. Further, there is an interfaith effort (of questionable theological origins) called Chrislam that seeks to bring these two disparate faiths together. This constitutes heresy as Islam rejects Jesus as God and Savior while Christianity rejects the Allah of Islam as a means to salvation outside of Jesus Christ.
The Allah of Islam has 99 names, only one of which includes love, the primary character attribute of Jehovah, God of the Bible. (14) An extreme example illustrates the point of having one name for two different persons. Imagine naming a child Adolf Hitler in a remote tribal region yet when he grows up to be an international businessman, he finds social outrage when conducting business in the West. Those familiar with the German tyrant would see this as a horrendous offense to society while those who were ignorant of who Hitler was would be indifferent to such a naming convention. This, in an overly dramatic way, resembles the challenge to Christians who neither understand the origins of the name Allah in polytheistic Arab culture nor the co-option of the name Allah by Mohammed in promoting Islam.
What then can be done? The failure of discernment on the part of pre-Islamic Christian missionaries in the Middle East and the lack of courage (or fidelity to truth) on the part of post-Islamic Christian missionaries in the Middle East has contributed to the current problem of one name (Allah) being used to represent two different gods. American Christians today should be understanding of the global cultural confusion regarding the use of Allah for Jehovah but discourage the use of Allah for Jehovah by Arab Christians, and others, in the United States.
These two monotheistic faiths make separate and conflicting truth claims regarding salvation for eternity. Those that use the same name for the different gods of these two faiths serve the interests of ignorance, deception, or error. Discerning Christians and Muslims already acknowledge the differences in faith, the differences in the gods they serve, and the differences in the names of those gods. It is now the task for followers of each respective faith to preserve those differences in the public arena without succumbing to the political correctness of the interfaith movement while retaining a civil discourse and respecting the sincerity of each others faith.
Accepting the same name for two different gods as part of "political correctness" accelerates the onset of Chrislam efforts, increases the likelihood of apostasy, ignores the historical truth, and denies the reality of the two largest religions asserting competing truth claims. It appears that Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation, was prophetic when he said "It is better to be divided by truth than united in error."
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3. Correspondence with Robert Morey, Ph.D. May 11. 2012
5. Correspondence with Robert Morey, Ph.D. May 11. 2012
6. Correspondence with Bill Warner May 21, 2011
7. Winning the War with Radical Islam. Robert Morey Ph.D. Christian Scholar Press 2002 p.14.
8. Bukari Hadith vol.5 book 59 ch.13 no.362 p.241
9. Correspondence with Craig Blomberg, Ph.D. May 8, 2012
13. Correspondence with Messianic Rabbi R. Drebenshedt May 11. 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:47 by John Work
We are witnessing the greatest surrender, abject acts of submission to sharia, and the most embarrassing episodes of dhimmitude yet seen in America. I thought things were bad in the United Kingdom and Spain.
If you follow Diana West’s work, you’ve already seen this video, in which General John Allen, the supreme commander of the ISAF forces in Afghanistan, made a statement apologizing to the “noble people of Afghanistan” for the destruction of Islamic religious paraphernalia confiscated from prisoners of war.
The result of Allen’s prostration before the World of Islam is another deadly violent Muslim uprising and attack on a NATO base. At least six are known dead and the U.S. Embassy is in lockdown. Here’s a link to the Reuters story:
As a free civilization, we are walking on ever more fragile eggshells, trying to appease and mollify the World of Islam, whose founder declared eternal merciless war, and scorched earth destruction, against the Dar al Harb (house of war) about thirteen centuries ago. We non-Muslims happen to occupy that Dar al Harb, by the way.
You can’t blame George Bush, or George Washington for that matter, for this war. It began in 622 A.D. And it will go on forever. Our only hope to survive as a Constitutional Republic will be determined next November. Another term in office for the current Commander In Chief, with his pro-sharia sentiments and the dhimmitude of his administration, is going to be catastrophic.
We are tipping at the brink of the cliff. The sharia abyss is below us. Our military leadrship is failing. The FBI has already surrendered to the Muslim Brotherhood (ISNA) by agreeing to destroy anti-terrorism training manuals and records that ISNA says are offensive to Islam. The Department of State and the Pentagon are thoroughly infiltrated with pro-Muslim bureaucrats, who are betraying us.
The only military man with the knowledge and backbone to confront the legal doctrines of Islam head-on, former U.S. Army Reserve Major Stephen Coughlin, was long ago run out of the Pentagon by a Muslim protester, Hasham Islam.
The American people will save themselves only by their votes in November – if there is an election.
Are many Muslims devoted to a doctrine called jihad, which commands violence against infidels, and another doctrine called sharia, which forbids obedience to the U.S. constitution or any other civil government?
Do many Muslims interpret the Koran to require brutal abuse of women, gays, Jews, and Christians?
Have a number of Muslim charities and mosques in this country been unmasked as fronts for radicalism?
Did a Muslim man from Aurora, Colorado, named Najibullah Zazi, plead guilty in 2010 to a terror bombing plot against the New York subway system?
The answer to all four questions is Yes. But you would never know it from reading the three-part Denver Post series on Muslims in Colorado since 9/11, Aug. 19-21.
Relevant as these matters might seem to be for a serious exploration of his subject, reporter Eric Gorski confronts none of them. Instead, throughout his lengthy front-page articles, Gorski repeatedly implies that even asking such questions betrays ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, and xenophobia. As a result, the series reads more like puffery than journalism.
It would be interesting to know what "assistance" the Denver Post received on this project from CAIR, the Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood propaganda group that was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial in federal court.
Regardless, no matter if the series was CAIR-orchestrated or merely a self-deluded exercise in political correctness, it ill serves the public interest. Coloradans concerned about homeland security, the rule of law, social cohesion, and the trustworthiness of their neighbors deserve "the rest of the story" on the Muslims among us.
(Centennial Fellow) Nearly flawlessly executing the operation in Pakistan to raid the compound where Osama bin Laden was living – among the military and police leadership of Pakistan by the way – the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six along with elements of other U.S. government assets killed America’s most wanted man. This is a victory for all of us – no doubt. A tremendous Bravo Zulu to the men and women who made it possible and gave the operation the best chance of success. Bin Laden is dead. What I am hearing from the media, the government, and our President, however, is making me queezy.
In announcing the killing of bin Laden, President Obama said we are at war with Al Qaeda. We killed the head of Al Qaeda – our enemy. Today, many in the media and elsewhere are making statements that can only be considered irrational, naive, and simply wrong with regards to the war in which we are engaged. I fear America will refocus its energy on Al Qaeda, while the enemy’s main focus of effort, the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in the United States, will continue to move forward at light speed unimpeded by anyone in the U.S. National Security apparatus.
Let's review the Muslim Brotherhood’s objectives and doctrine:
- “The Muslim Brotherhood is an International Muslim Body, which seeks to establish Allah’s law in the land.” MB By-Laws
- MB Goals: “Insist to liberate the Islamic nation from the yoke of foreign rule…the need to work on establishing the Islamic State…the sincere support for a global cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the Islamic Shariah.” MB By-laws
- “…Jihad is our way and martyrdom in the way of allah is our highest aspiration.” MB Creed
- “Against them MAKE READY your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies…” MB Logo – 2 crossed swords under a Quran with the phrase “Make Ready” under it. MB has openly said/written it refers to the above quote (Quran 8:60)
- “Jihad is an obligation from Allah Almighty on every Muslim and cannot be ignored.” Founder of MB Hassan al Banna from “Book of Jihad”
- “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims.” Islamic Law, Umdat al Salik, certified by key MB entities IIIT and Fiqh Council of North America as MB doctrine
- “The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing the Islamic state.” MB By-laws
- “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” MB Founder Hassan al Banna (quoted in the Hamas Covenant (1988)
- “The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.”Hamas Covenant (1988)
- “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind the stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslim, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Hamas Covenant. Remember, Hamas IS the Muslim Brotherhood.
- “The Process of Settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikwan (MB) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” An Explanatory Memorandum. MB strategic document for North America.
- From the “Underground Movement Plan” – the MB’s 5 Phase plan“Phase One: Phase of discreet and secret establishment of elite leadership.Phase Two: Phase of gradual appearance on the public scene…establishing a shadow government.Phase Three: Escalation phase, prior to conflict and confrontation with the rulers.Phase Four: Open public confrontation with the Government through exercising the political pressure approach.. Training on the use of weapons domestically and overseas in anticipation of zero hour. It has noticeable activities in this regard.Phase Five: Seizing power to establish their Islamic Nation.”
- “Lying is permissible if the goal is permissible…and obligatory is the goal is obligatory.” Islamic Law, Umdat al Salik, certified by key MB entities IIIT and Fiqh Council of North America as MB doctrine
From the overwhelming evidence entered at the US v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development trial (HLF) it was revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in the United States has significant infrastructure here and that the most prominent Islamic Organizations in the U.S. are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood to include the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Fiqh Council of North America, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Hamas entity.
We know from the MB itself and from a large amount of evidence, to include the US v Sabri Benkhala case, that the Muslim American Society (MAS) is a significant MB organization founded by three key MB leaders.
Because they are ALL Muslim Brotherhood entities, the aforementioned doctrine is what these organizations hold as their objectives and doctrine. So why are they (1) allowed to operate in the United States and (2) why would any government entity at the state or federal level meet or work with them? Why would leadership of our National Security apparatus seek guidance from them, speak at their conferences, or in any way give them credibility – since they seek our destruction.
As a reminder, the Muslim Chaplain program was founded by an Al Qaeda operative (Alamoudi) and the current certifying agency for Muslim Chaplains in the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Prisons (ISNA) was revealed to be a Hamas support entity, which is why they are an un-indicted co-conspirator at the largest successfully prosecuted Hamas trial in U.S. history – US v HLF.
Why do we have Muslim Brothers representing the above groups sitting on advisory committees for DHS? Why are Directors of ISNA meeting with and advising the Secretary of State? Why is the MAS primarily meeting with and advising the DHS Secretary? Why is the FBI giving senior Muslim Brothers awards at FBIHQ?
Osama bin Laden is dead, but this stuff is making me quite ill.
Here are my notes from a briefing by Dr. Bruce W. Assaf on “Understanding Radical Islam,” presented by the Centennial Institute on the campus of Colorado Christian University, March 9, 2011. An audience of about 100 students and community members attended.
1. Islamic Jihadists exist within Islam. Islam is not purely a religion but also a political program for world dominance. Jihadist leaders and their followers are sworn enemies of Western civilization. They seek to destroy the US especially because we represent the supreme achievement of Western/Judeo-Christian civilization, expressed in freedom and capitalism. They also seek our destruction because we are Israel’s principal supporters. The 9-11 attack was the Jihadists’ de facto declaration of war.
2. Islamic Jihadists want to impose Shariah law worldwide (“Triumphalism”).- Sharia law encompasses Mohammed’s views on God and government, not separable.- Unlike our religious tolerance, Islamic Fundamentalists do not tolerate any other religious practitioners, not even other Muslim sects.- All non-Muslims are infidels, to be eradicated.- Even moderate Muslims must be corrected.
3. Mohammed introduced Islam to unify and motivate Arabs,- Before Mohammed, Arabs were tribal and pagan, those tribes engaged in constant internecine battles and worshipping numerous local deities.- He recognized that a single compelling religion, defining all others as enemies, would unify them.- In those times, people expected/needed strong, unquestionable leadership, which continues to be Muslim cultural tradition.
4. Jihadist Muslims detest Jews and Christians.- Jews and Christians are Islam’s religious competition.- Jewish and Christian traditions promulgate individual freedom and democratic governments.- Jews and Christians share the same historic roots but gleaned a different outcome.- Jews and Christians share the same scriptural tradition but derived a different world-view.- Americans, Europeans and Israelis experience freedom and prosperity.- Islam
5. History documents Islam’s Anti-Western jihad.
a. After Mohammed, Islam overran the non-European lands from West Africa to north-central India, plus much of Spain.
b. The Islamic takeover of Europe was halted in northern Spain and in the Balkans.
c. Recently Jihadists have resumed their assault.- Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, encouraged Hitler’s “final solution.”- Yasser Arafat, a protégé of al-Husseini, instructed Arabs to vacate Israel upon its establishment, thus creating the persistent refugee problem which he then used (through his PLO) for leverage in the UN.- In 1991 GHW Bush tried for peace by pressing for recognition of Palestinian territory, but the PLO and its supporters want dominance, not peace.- Clinton and GW Bush have also tried, even compelling Israel to leave Gaza.- Now Obama (pro-Muslim whether intentionally or through naivete) openly proclaims his preference for the Muslim perspective and demands that Israel capitulate.- Because European nations host huge Islamic populations (see below), these nations’ policy-makers have become pro-Muslim, and thus UN decisions favor Muslim demands. - Appeasement a la Chamberlain only encourages bullies.- Jihadists use our tolerance and our freedom of speech to undermine us.- d. Current Mideast turmoil repeats the pattern of Iran in 1979.- Muslim Brotherhood and related Jihadist groups promulgate revolt, inviting media coverage (always hungry for “crises”).- Then they intensify the turmoil by haranguing protesters about their grievances and promising them freedom and prosperity if they follow these “leaders.”- Once the established government collapses, the fundamentalists (e.g., Khomeini, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood) take control to restore order but do so through totalitarian oppression.- The objective is dominance of the oil and gas fields and the Suez Canal, crucial for commercial shipping and naval maneuverability, thereby crippling Western economies.
e. Additionally, Muslim leaders encourage large families.- In impoverished regions, the resultant hunger fuels resentment.- Overpopulation motivates migration - “Fatwa” = immigration/infiltration as a technique for surreptitious conquest.
6. Quote from Omar Ahmad, Chairman of Council on American-Islamic Relations: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant.” – San Ramon Valley Herald, July 4, 1998.
7. Quote from then-Senator Barack Obama, “America is no longer a Christian nation.” – email to CBN News Senior National Correspondent David Brody, July 2007.
Born in Canada of Lebanese Christian parents, Bruce Assaf now lives in Atlanta. For more on his work, and to order his book, Behind the Veil of Radical Islam: The Coming War, go to www.blowthetrumpetintl.com.
Saturday, 12 February 2011 12:08 by Admin
Centennial Review, the monthly speech digest from Centennial Institute, welcomes comments and concerns from our readers. The current issue on "Sharia Law or the Constitution? America Must Choose," by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, US Army (Ret.), drew adverse reactions from James Moore of Lakewood, Colorado, on a side issue in the discussion (polygamy) and from Karen Stein of Dakota Dunes, SD, on the General's main argument about limits to religious freedom.
Col. Moore's letter regarding who is a Mormon and what Mormons believe or permit, is posted here. Moore Disputes Boykin Feb2011
Ms. Stein's remarks were as follows:
Just as Islamic extremists pervert Islam, Boykin perverts both US Constitutional Law and the commands of Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves. His calls to prosecute Islamic leaders and imams for advocating Sharia law and to investigate Mosques and "find" violations of law, because of their rhetoric, are shocking travesties of fundamental rights of free speech and free exercise of religion that should make all freedom loving Americans gag in revulsion.
If we turn his comments around and say that churches should be investigated and closed (or at least have their tax exempt status forfeited!) for advocating, say a ban on gay marriage based on moral law, his anti-American, anti-US Constitution bent becomes clear. We don't prosecute people in this country for advocacy. We don't investigate organizations for rhetoric. We don't go searching for "violations of law" in order to find reasons to close meeting places.
The solution to wrongful advocacy is advocacy for moral truth and reason. The solution to hateful rhetoric is preaching the love and truth of Jesus. The solution to violations of law is even-handed law enforcement. If we no longer can rely on those truths, then the cliche really will apply: the terrorists have won. (Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Andrews, director of Centennial Institute and editor of Centennial Review, commented: "I thank Col. James Moore, who happens to be a personal friend as well as a former member of the Colorado General Assembly, for his civil and military service to our country and his clear statement of official LDS policy. In Gen. Boykin's defense, it should be noted that "Mormon" is indeed a nickname or informal description for a varied spectrum of Joseph Smith's followers, including not only the main church body of Latter Day Saints whose stand against polygamy is clear, but also some splinter groups and fundamentalist sects that do in fact advocate and undertake plural marriage, legal or not."
Andrews continued: "I also thank Karen Stein for her heartfelt and closely reasoned objection to the Boykin recommendations on legal sanctions against Sharia. Her hypothetical example involving (once again, interestingly) marriage -- specifically, legal sanctions against religious objection to same-sex marriage -- should indeed give us pause. Centennial Institute's Kevin Miller similarly warns against the two-edged sword of "virtue politics" in his new book, Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally - or Socialism. In my view, however, Boykin is not advocating the sort of virtue cram-down against which Stein and Miller have written. Rather he is challenging us to think hard about the manifest incompatibility between a Koran-mandated legal-political-governmental-judicial system of Sharia and our U.S. Constitution. As I put it in the sidebar article alongside Boykin's essay, the central and unavoidable (though painful) question is whether a good Muslim can be a good American. Ms. Stein seems to think the answer is yes. I remain unconvinced."
In light of recent events in Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, and elsewhere, it is important to understand that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is at the root of these events, and is simply following their strategic plan. The Global Islamic Movement (led by the MB) is now seizing power in these countries according to their World Underground Movement Plan (see below). What we are witnessing in Egypt is simple to understand when done so in light of the Brotherhood’s stated objectives, documents, and the writings/speeches of their key leaders.
These are the facts surrounding the events in Egypt that may be helpful in understanding what is actually happening there:
The Muslim Brotherhood was created in Egypt in 1928 as a global revolutionary Sunni Islamic Movement to re-establish the Global Islamic State (Caliphate) under which Shariah (Islamic Law) is the law of the land
All authoritative Islamic Law mandates Muslims to wage “Jihad” - only defined in Islamic Law as “warfare against non-Muslims” - until the world is claimed for Islam
The MB’s Creed is: “Allah is our goal; the Messenger is our guide; the Koran is our law; Jihad is our means; and martyrdom in the way of Allah is our inspiration.”
The Muslim Brotherhood has published strategic documents detailing how they infiltrate societies and replace the governmental systems (non-adherent Islamic systems and non-Muslim governments) with Shariah (Islamic Law)
The MB’s document, “Phases of the World Underground Movement Plan” defines five (5) phases of the MB’s infiltration into a society:
o I. Discreet / Secret establishment of elite leadership
o II. Gradual appearance on the public scene & utilizing various public activities
o III. Escalation phase, prior to conflict/confrontation with rulers, utilizing mass media
o IV. Open public confrontation with the government through political pressure approach
o V. Seizing power to establish the Islamic Nation
In October 2010, the international leader (Supreme Guide) of the MB, Mohammed Badie, accused Arab & Muslim regimes of not following Islamic Law, and called for Jihad against Israel & the U.S.
On January 8, 2011, Dr. Imad Mustafa (Al Azhar) issued a fatwa calling for “offensive jihad”
January 15, 2011: Tunisia in turmoil as the President flees
January 24, 2011: Protests break out in Egypt
February 2, 2011: Jordan’s King fires his Cabinet following public protests
February 2, 2011: Yemen’s President Saleh says he will step down in 2013
The “unrest” in Egypt is being orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt is in Phase 5 of the MB’s Plan
The Muslim Brotherhood’s overt/violent operation in Egypt seeks to replace the current government with one which will fulfill the MB’s objective – to ensure the full implementation of Shariah (Islamic Law) in Egypt
In 1980, the Egyptian Constitution was amended to make Shariah (Islamic Law) the primary source of legislation in Egypt, therefore, Egypt is already an Islamic State
The greatest friction point between the MB and the Mubarak regime has been the regime’s failure to support the full implementation of Islamic Law in Egypt per the Constitution Senior U.S. leadership has stated Egyptians “want what we want.” Western media portrays the demonstrators in Egypt as people who want “democracy” and “freedom.” The Egyptians themselves, however, overwhelmingly support Shariah, and many support terrorist organizations (see below)
A 2010 Pew Research Poll revealed the following about Egyptians views:
o 95% believe Islam should play a “large role in politics”o 49% believe Islam only plays a “small role” in Egypt todayo 84% believe apostates from Islam should face the death penaltyo 82% believe adulterers should be stonedo 77% believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut offo 54% believe men and women should be segregated in the work placeo 49% have a favorable opinion of Hamaso 30% have a favorable opinion of Hizbollaho 20% have a favorable opinion of Al Qaeda
The aforementioned poll indicates a vast majority of Egyptians do not, in fact, believe in Western principles of individual liberties, human rights, or governance.
Egypt is a member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest international body in the world - the UN is the largest. The OIC member states include all 57 Islamic States in the world, including Egypt
The OIC officially served the “Cairo Declaration” to the UN in 1993 which specifically defines “Human Rights” as those rights defined by “Shariah”
Critical Linkage: It can be demonstrated that many Muslim advisors to the U.S. government are Muslim Brothers or sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood cause. The most prominent Islamic organizations in the United States, with which the U.S. government outreaches, are all controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. These include hundreds of groups, but specifically all of the Islamic organizations working with the U.S. government including, but not limited to:
o Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)o Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)o Muslim Student Association (MSA)o Muslim American Society (MAS)o Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)o Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)o North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)o International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)o Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
This document is meant to put the current events around the world in a new light for those who read it. What we are witnessing may be the overt revolutionary overthrow of governments around the world by the International Muslim Brotherhood and their collaborators. This is the same Muslim Brotherhood advising the U.S. National Leadership and our National Security apparatus on how to respond to the events in Egypt and elsewhere.
John Guandolo is vice president of the Strategic Engagement Group in Washington DC (www.StrategicEngagement.com), a former counter-terrorism expert for the FBI, and a Centennial Institute Fellow
Eric Metaxas gave a talk on his book "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" on Tuesday night at the John Paul II Center here in Denver. An overflow crowd of over 300 people showed, including Bill Armstrong, the President of CCU, John Andrews, the head of the Centennial Institute, Charles Chaput, the Bishop of the Arch Diocese of Denver, as well as a representation of Orthodox Priests and others.
Metaxas was funny, profound, and made many points that hit home! It is clear to me that the relation of Bonhoeffer to the German church in the 1930s, which accommodated the growing evil of Hitler with rationalizations and willful blindness, is the SAME relationship WE have to our secular society!
Our secular government treats the growing evil of the vicious totalitarian Salafist Islam with the same politically correct rationalizations and willful blindness! Many churches indulge in the same moral relativist reluctance to name and stand up to evil, glossing over everything with the bland "loving forgiving God" that requires nothing of us: what Bonhoeffer called "cheap grace"!
It's clear to me that we in the Counter Jihad are called to follow in Bonhoeffer's footsteps in his uncompromising stand against the growing evil and to work to defeat it. Bonhoeffer's prominent family had many Jewish friends. He was aware of the (then secret) "Final Solution" in progress, and helped Jewish friends and their families escape, as well as participating in the plot to kill Hitler. He was hanged by the Gestapo three weeks before the end of the war.
Interesting: one man stood up and demanded to know how Bonhoeffer, as a Christian, could countenance the killing of Hitler? The answer was superb: "was it right for David to kill Goliath?" The question was a perfect example of the formalist church rationalizing its inaction in the face of evil.
Two books highly recommended: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" by Eric Metaxas. "The Cost of Discipleship" by Bonhoeffer himself