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Wake Up! Islam Is About More Than Hate Crimes
Toogood Reports ^ | January 29, 2003 | Paul M. Weyrich

Posted on 01/29/2003 5:25:19 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen

When the FBI released its statistics on hate crimes for 2001 late last year, the news media focused on the rise of hate crimes against Muslims living in America.

Well, let's be clear about this. There is no excuse for vigilantism by any American citizen.

But there is no excuse for the reporting of so-called "hate crimes" separate and apart from a crime either.

In short, crime is crime. It is wrong regardless of whom the violence has been committed against. It should be punished under the existing laws that apply to each and every person.

But the use of added penalties for hate crimes takes away the meaning of "equal protection under the law," something guaranteed Americans by the Fourteenth Amendment. This time-honored principle of American jurisprudence is being turned on its head by the "hate crimes" movement. That is not right, and it is just downright un-American.

But what I find particularly galling is how the news editors at many newspapers and TV stations are quick to pounce upon "hate crimes" against Muslims living in the United States. At the same time, these news executives give short-shrift to just what are the very roots of Islam and why its most fervent believers who, reading the Qur'an quite literally, have targeted Christians, Jews and anyone else deemed a non-believer in Islam, as enemies to be subdued.

The news media and the political establishment that predominates in Washington are simply very resistant to acknowledging the truth about Islam. The fact is that while there are many Muslims who may lead peaceful lives -- for now -- a literal reading of the Qur'an and other key Islamic texts leaves no doubt that violence is to be inflicted upon those who do not believe.

There are many Muslims who take what the Qur'an says quite seriously and literally. They mean us harm. And as the results of September 11th showed and, many incidents before and certainly after have also demonstrated, these Muslims are absolutely intent on destroying the West, caring nothing about who gets killed or what gets destroyed.

During the months following September 11, the powerful, well-funded Islamic lobby in the United States has stepped up its own PR campaign. Its purpose is to present an image of Islam that is diametrically at odds with the reality of its origins, theology, and the views held by many of its present day followers, including many of the clerics who command the utmost respect in the Islamic world. That false view holds that Islam is a peaceful religion.

This lobby maintains that the very name "Islam" means peace even though its true meaning is submission, indicating "peace" after a struggle. There is a separate word for `peace' in Islam. Scholars of Islam can repeat troublesome Sura after Sura [scripture from the Qur'an] in which they make clear in startling terms that Islam is to be unmerciful to unbelievers, but peaceful and tolerant to those who believe.

Now, Islamic groups are attempting to stuff American libraries with books presenting an essentially false view of Islam, and some local libraries very willingly put on their shelves the books from the `CAIR packages' sent by the Council on American Islamic Relations. It is incumbent upon those Americans who want the truth about Islam to demand that their libraries have on hand the publications that tell the other side.

Islamists truly despise multiculturalists, but, perversely, find them to be a great Fifth Column in our country, helping to pave the way for acceptance of those who truly are our enemy. Just think of the recent reports about our weak immigration laws and some of the very, very suspicious people from foreign lands who have been able to enter our country.

It's time those of us who are Christian and Jews start to challenge head on groups like CAIR that present this false, sugarcoated view of Islam. It's time we try to shake up the implicit alliance between the Islamic lobby in America and the news media.

For instance, anytime a CAIR representative makes an appearance on a TV news program or is quoted by a newspaper, Americans who want the truth told about Islam should call the producer of that network or the editor of that newspaper to make clear just what CAIR is about.

More than hate crimes are being committed against Americans. September 11th was more than the biggest hate crime of the year. It was an act of war because Islam is at war with the West. The sooner that all Americans learn to accept that bitter, hard truth, then the better off we will be as a nation.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
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1 posted on 01/29/2003 5:25:19 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
So true!

Should have known that Paul Weyrich is willing to tell the truth!

2 posted on 01/29/2003 5:52:24 AM PST by Chapita
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To: Stand Watch Listen
They mean us harm.

And in their minds, it's not harm they mean us, they only intend to bring the world under Islam and we're resisting, they want us converted for our own good. Muslims will say they want peace on earth but there can only be world peace after everyone is living under the Koran.

3 posted on 01/29/2003 6:01:50 AM PST by FITZ
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Islamists truly despise multiculturalists, but, perversely, find them to be a great Fifth Column in our country, helping to pave the way for acceptance of those who truly are our enemy.

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4 posted on 01/29/2003 7:53:04 AM PST by visitor (...and I am a cradle Episcopalian :^( \\)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Weyrich's right.
5 posted on 01/29/2003 9:07:45 AM PST by Man of the Right
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6 posted on 01/29/2003 2:45:04 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe (God Armeth The Patriot)
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7 posted on 01/30/2003 1:06:44 AM PST by Michael2001
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