Sharia-intent extremists convene in Chicago

Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 7/23/2009 7:40:00 AM A national defense analyst and former Reagan Defense Department official says Americans need to be deeply concerned that a radical Islamic organization calling for the overthrow of Democratic America was recently able to hold a meeting just outside Chicago.

The conference called "Fall of Capitalism and Rise of Islam," which took place at a Hilton Hotel in the Windy City, was sponsored by a group known as Hizb Ut-Tahrir. The group openly declared that it seeks to bring about an Islamic America.

Frank Gaffney served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security during the Reagan administration and now serves as president of the Center for Security Policy. "They're talking explicitly about replacing the Constitution of the United States with a theocratic form of government under this barbaric, totalitarian program they call Sharia," he says. According to Gaffney, "sharia" requires its adherents to engage in jihad -- of either the violent kind or the "stealthy" kind, as he told Fox News recently.

It does not matter, he points out, that the Islamic group claims it wants to bring about this change by peaceful means.

"While I think that the truth of the matter is that Hizb Ut-Tahrir is quite happy, in fact quite prepared, to require violent means to achieve this end-state, it really doesn't matter, at least to me -- and I don't think it should to most Americans," he contends. "What they're trying to do is to destroy America."

Gaffney says that is absolutely unacceptable and "antithetical" to American principles.

"They are using our freedoms against us," he stated on Fox News. "It's mindless on our part to let them have the use of our freedoms for the purpose of destroying our freedoms."