One News NowPeter Heck - Guest Columnist - 6/14/2010 8:30:00 AM
In Federalist #2, Founder John Jay addressed the dangers of foreign force and influence. In the course of the essay, he celebrated, "With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people â€” a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs." Jay understood that perhaps America's greatest protection against the threat of foreign manipulation was our overriding sense of unity as a people.
That's why Jay and the other Founders insisted that immigrants be willing to embrace and adopt our values and principles. George Washington wrote, "By an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendents, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people."
Unfortunately, in the name of political correctness, we are trampling this very notion of unity in deference to the sacred cow of "diversity." No clearer can this tragic reality be witnessed than in our developing societal embrace of Islam.
Unlike other religions, Islam is simultaneously a religious and a political order. It seeks a state-imposed caliphate...a theocratic regime that orders allegiance to Islamic law. Those are the expectations of anyone who follows the Koran.
When Dr. Daniel Shayesteh (the former co-founder of the Islamic terror group Hezbollah) appeared on my radio program, I asked him whether true adherents to Islam could peacefully assimilate into American culture and embrace constitutional law and order. He responded, "It is impossible for a person who follows Mohammed and says, 'I am a Muslim' and follows the instruction of the Koran to align himself with other laws and cultural values. That's impossible, because everything other than Islamic culture and principle is evil."
That chilling admission should set off warning bells. Yet, despite this plainly stated position, Americans continue to suffer the foolishness of political correctness that tells us we should celebrate the growth of Islam here in America. Let me ask a hypothetical question: would you vote for someone who ran on the platform of obliterating U.S. sovereignty, discarding the U.S. Constitution, subjugating women, and executing homosexuals and all non-adherents to an established national religion?
Of course not. Then why do we consider it a feather in our cap as a people, and hail our virtuous diversity when practicing Muslims are elected to office? Because either professing Muslims like Andre Carson (D-IN) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) â€“ both of whom serve in Congress â€“ believe in those aforementioned principles, or they are not true adherents to Islam.
Don't believe me? Omar Ahmed, chairman of the supposedly moderate Council on American-Islamic Relations, reportedly told a group of California Muslims in 1998, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran...should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
I know that addressing all this makes many people so uncomfortable that they choose not to pay attention. Perhaps that stems from our fear of violence if we do (see Comedy Central's recent capitulation to "Revolution Muslim"). But more likely it comes from our mounting cultural indoctrination in political correctness â€“ the same garbage that infected Europe decades ago. What have been its fruits there? Entire regions of many modern European countries are now completely under the authority of local Muslim leaders who ignore national laws and impose their own Sharia law instead.
And here? The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently taken the side of Muslims who seek to uphold their cultural practice of female genital mutilation. Islam holds that women should not receive the same sexual pleasure that men do, and therefore many Muslims in the United States send their young daughters overseas to have those sensitive areas removed. Rather than stand against this barbaric act, the AAP has begun advocating for the U.S. to change its laws to allow this practice to occur here legally. We must be open-minded, you know.
And though the construction of Islamic mosques have historically been to signify dominance over conquered foes, the New York community board and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg are okaying plans to construct not one, but two mosques at the site of the World Trade Center attacks. Another triumph for diversity! (See related story)
This is a matter of self-preservation. The more we loosen our grip on our Founders' insistence on assimilation and unity for those who make America their home, the quicker we hasten our march towards cultural oblivion...or the jihadists' paradise.
Peter Heck (firstname.lastname@example.org) hosts a two-hour, daily call-in radio program on WIOU (1350 AM) in Kokomo, Indiana. "The Peter Heck Show" comments on social and political issues -- and doesn't shy away from recognizing how faith influences politics. This column is printed with permission.
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