Thorner/O’Neil: Dangers in denying radical Islamist Terrorism’s potential effects
December 13, 2015
By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil –
Over a year ago, Kenneth Palinkas, head of the union that represents officials from both Homeland Security and Immigration Services and an immigration official himself, warned that President Obama’s lax immigration policies are potentially dangerous to Americans. He specified known problems, such as being denied urgent professional resources, enforcement tools, and mission support to secure our borders. He went on to state that the Obama Administration has widened loopholes that give an advantage to terrorists entering the United States.
There are approximately 5 million immigrants in the United States with expired visas – many of whom are from high-risk regions. Until and unless President Obama can assure the American people that the above problems have been resolved, it is ludicrous to continue allowing unprecedented numbers of foreigners into our Country. \
We know that Palinkas’ warnings were largely ignored, including his prediction that ISIS terrorists were already in the USA and targeted for radicalization. The families of loved ones who were recently slaughtered by terrorists at a Christmas Party in San Bernadino, CA, should be outraged that our government ignored expert advice and failed to provide the needed assets to protect citizens.
The victims and their loved ones paid a terrible price for that mistake in judgement. Will the recent act of terror by radicalized Muslims be a wake-up call to this administration? Will they put forth the effort and finances that can create a better system to secure our borders? It is not likely because to date the President has done very little to correct known problems, even in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack since 2001.
Obama’s statements below may be reasons for his seemingly lack of aggressive actions. They might also explain why the media, our schools, and his administration are hesitant to demand action and/or warn of the clear and present dangers of Muslim extremists. His statements are not only strange coming from the President of the United States; they are inaccurate.
- “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam;”
- “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer;”
- “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country;”
- “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam;”
- “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance;”
- “Islam has always been part of America;”
Muslims Unwilling to Assimilate and Respect our Culture and Laws
There is another emerging problem with the growing number of Muslims allowed to enter America. Since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the United States – 236 Sunni Muslims, and one Christian (0.4 percent).
Were they properly vetted? Were they allowed here because they respect America and want to embrace our values and customs? These are important questions because many Muslims who have come to America seemingly have no intention of assimilating. Instead of being grateful for being allowed entry into our country, many demand we make changes to our existing laws or concessions within our culture to accommodate their religious beliefs. Their demands often encompass changes within our schools, stores, or government, but it is never enough; they are never satisfied and we continually cave in to their demands. Because of this action, Muslims are emboldened to make even more demands upon us.
Consider also this Danish statistical study published in 2014 which finds that second generation Muslims are 218 percent more criminal than their parents. Even in America, where Muslims are much better assimilated than in Europe, young Muslims are turning to “radicalism.” This finding disputes the belief that, unlike their European counterparts, second generation Muslims are socially and economically well-integrated into American Society.
What every American should know is that our brilliant forefathers knew there was a need for strong immigration laws for this very purpose. The laws are for our protection; to keep our nation as the one our forefathers built and bequeathed to us. Vigilance is necessary to secure and maintain our country’s Christian/Judeo ethics. This requires a strong vigilance to maintain. Yes, we are open to having immigrants, but when they ignore our laws and demand we make changes to accommodate them, those requests must be firmly met with denials. Immigration laws were designed for the protection of our citizens and our families’ future. These laws have not been followed. Now that we see the obvious problems, we must demand our immigration laws be strictly enforced.
President Obama’s remarks thanking Muslims for “building the very fabric of our nation” and claiming they were in part responsible for “the core of our democracy” is baffling and represents revisionist history. Instead of incorporating Islam into America’s early tapestry, the writings of our Founding Fathers reveal they were at war with the creed and its adherents. The Navy was sent by President Jefferson in 1801 to the Barbary Coast to stop Islamic pirates’ reign of terror on U.S. merchant ships. Jefferson even read the Quran to understand what was motivating the pirates, learning that the Muslim holy book commanded the faithful to “plunder and enslave” non-Muslims. John Adam’s son and future president, John Quincy Adams, went even further arguing that the essence of Islam is “violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.” He suggested the Quran’s commands to fight and conquer other lands “in the cause of Allah” were at odds with democracy, peace, and the Judeo-Christian ethic on which America was founded. Do our elected officials think these quotes no longer apply to Muslims today, or are they more concerned with the new political correctness permeating our nation?
We have had a number of opportunities, i.e., the Paris massacre, to examine the consequences brought about when other countries allowed lax immigration procedures and/or open borders. We observe how those policies created serious problems and utter chaos. In England, blockbuster revelations surfaced of an Islamic takeover of UK public schools in April of 2013. So outrageous were the allegations that the usually subdued and sharia-compliant British authorities initiated an investigation into the charges that devout Muslims covertly sought to “Islamize” their public schools through an operation purportedly named “Trojan Horse.”
Impact of Islam at our Schools
What is less well known is how Islamic indoctrination is being taught in our own public schools. Our education system has been infiltrated by the same political correctness we witness in other areas of our Country. There is an attempt to be so welcoming to the communities of new Muslims to America, that we give them special rights and continually acquiesce to their requests which sometimes border on demands. Thus, the next generation of Americans are being brainwashed with a white-washed version of Islam. For instance, while Christian prayers, Christian traditions, the Bible, and any professions of that faith are banned from classrooms, an increasing number of schools are spending an inordinate amount of time teaching about the Quran, Muslim beliefs, practices, and their prayers to Allah.
How could this be allowed when Islamic terrorists are willing to fight to their deaths to destroy Western values and civilization? That startling part of their religion is not mentioned, nor is explaining what the word “Islam” means — “submission” — and that all Mohammedans are commanded to wage war against the unbelievers until and unless they submit to Islam. Their goal is for the entire World to submit to Islam, and they are required and willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.
The Netherlands is an example of why the Obama administration needs to reconsider their willingness to accept large amounts of Muslims into their country. They are reconsidering their very liberal immigration policies because Muslim immigrants have taken advantage of their generosity. According to Machiel de Graaf, a member of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom, Muslims in the country are not integrating into Dutch society and refuse to be assimilated. He warned they also threaten Dutch identity and culture by having far more children than the Dutch. Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam confirmed Graaf’s statements and also disagreed with the Obama administration’s suggestion that a growth in job opportunities may reduce Islamic radicalization. It appears Jihad can take the guise of many forms; some are just less obvious than others.
Today’s American schools, especially through the new Common Core curriculum, want to be all inclusive and thus downplay the greatness of America. They omit the radical history of Islam, continually make positive statements to describe it, and often allow extensive studies on Islam to eat up their class time. Thus, they claim time restraints cause them to keep the study of Christianity to a minimum amount of time and even then cherry pick negatives pertaining to Christianity.
Common Core curriculum has also been accused of having a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our Union’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects. One of the worst practices within some schools, has been to use time and money to invite Muslim speakers and their religion into the schools, with the excuse it is in the interest of establishing multicultural “tolerance” and “awareness.” Possibly, our schools should concentrate instead on teaching about our immigration laws that mandate immigrants assimilate into our culture and highlight the differences so all students are aware of what changes need to be made.
Undoubtedly, there are those in the education system who think that a broader understanding of Islam will make it easier to rationalize barbaric acts of mass murder, such as the travesty we witnessed on September 11, 2001 and more recently the massacre in San Bernardino, Ca.
There is, however, another likely goal: that of making all religions morally equivalent so that no specific religion is considered superior to any other. But, that does not prove true, because there is not the same amount of attention allowed to explain other religious studies. Some schools completely ignore religious studies, and most public schools view them as unwelcome, except, as it appears, in the case of Islam. How did this happen? Why has it been allowed? What can be done to make needed changes?