09/23/2014 Katie Pavlich: Shed political correctness in combatting ISIS

Source: The Hill

Three years ago, former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Pete King, a Republican congressman from New York, announced the first in a series of controversial hearings he planned to hold about combating homegrown terror and radicalization in Muslim-American communities. King’s decision didn’t come out of the blue, but after U.S. Army Pvt. William Long was murdered in revenge by Abdulhakim Muhammad outside of a recruitment center in Arkansas. Muhammad was known as Carlos Bledsoe before converting to Islam and being influenced by radicals.

Minutes after King’s announcement, emotional outrage and hysteria erupted, quickly turning a serious issue into a circus on Capitol Hill and in the media. This behavior continued each time a new hearing was held.

Leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s “largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization,” with close ties to the terrorist group Hamas, took to radio and television airwaves to express their disdain. They declared the hearings a forum for Islamaphobia sponsored by members of Congress and said King was engaged in a witch hunt based on religious bigotry.

When the day of the first hearing came, tensions were high. I remember walking into the committee room and immediately noticing extra security, a lot of it. Political correctness was credited throughout testimony, including by founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, for the expansion of radicalism America.

Years later, while groups like CAIR and their liberal friends in Congress and the White House have been beating society into submission over not discussing Islamic radicalization in our communities, terrorists have continued their plotting and recruiting. Today the United States still faces a serious homegrown Islamic terrorist threat — with a new level of brutality.

On June 25, 2014, a man named Ali Muhammad Brown murdered 19-year-old New Jersey teenager Brendan Tevlin. Tevlin was shot eight times after Brown singled him out while he was alone at an intersection. Just a few weeks before killing Tevlin, Brown murdered three other men across the country in Seattle. Two of them were gay.

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Event, September 23: Debate on “Understanding Islam: a Threat or a Faith?”

This coming Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m., Shane Krauser of www.freedomfires.com will be moderating a Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Dr. Jasser and Dr. Carl Goldberg, the Arizona chapter leader of ACT! For America.

Where: Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ.

When: Tuesday, September 23; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Admission is open to the public and is $2.00. Seating is first come, first serve. A large audience is expected, so do try to arrive early.

The event is sponsored by www.freedomfires.com, where we hope a video will be posted afterward.

A note on Constitution Day

CONSTITUTION DAY: On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine brave men signed the United States Constitution.

As the world continues to face an ever-increasing threat from Islamism – most recently in its especially brutal form, that of ISIS – it is more important than ever that we hold fast to the values upon which our nation was founded.

Ongoing threats to liberty the world over – from Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to the sexual violence and other brutality of ISIS – continue to remind us how precious our freedoms are, how brave our founding fathers were in their fight to secure them, and how bold and diligent we must be to protect them. As liberty and reform-minded Muslims, we firmly believe that without the explicit separation of mosque and state, true liberty cannot prosper. In states where there is no real equivalent of America’s First Amendment and Establishment Clause, the tyranny of theocracy is sure to find fertile soil. We remain steadfast in our opposition not just to ISIS, but to all so-called “Islamic States” – that is, any state claiming to be ruled by Islam. As Muslims, we find no conflict between our personal faith and secular governance. Rather, it is America’s commitment to freedom of conscience for people of all faiths and none which allows us to have a dynamic and sincere relationship with our faith.