24.1.11

Muslims in America etc.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/23/AR2011012304448.html
Although no member of the Islamic Center has ever been accused of terrorism, King has singled out the mosque as a hotbed of "radical Islam" and called its leaders extremists who should be put under surveillance. He maintains that most Muslim leaders in this country aren't cooperating with authorities, even as arrests of homegrown terrorists are rising greatly.

Now, as the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, King said he is finally in a position to do something about it.
"My first goal is just to have people even acknowledge this as a real issue," King said. "This politically correct nonsense has kept us from debating and discussing what is one of this country's most vital issues. We are under siege by Muslim terrorists."
The vast majority of muslims in America are just as horrified about extremism as anyone else. McCarthy-style hearings aren't really necessary to figure out that there are problems with people no matter their religion. At the same time, there are some specific issues with Islam that don't much occur in Judaism and Christianity or with secular people.

Women's rights. Cue the Saudi Arabia issues with women in their 40s working as doctors and whatnot - and having their paycheck go straight to their male relatives. Father refusing to allow his daughter to marry because then he'd lose her paycheck. A woman's testimony being worth half that of a man's in Iran. Bearded old men telling women what they can and can't do - or what they can or can't wear. **** your cultural defense of gender discrimination.

Hatred. Teaching hatred in text books. Conspiracy theories in Pakistan.

Keeping your subjects in the grip of autocratic dictatorships while you dole out patronage and oil money. Egypt. Saudi Arabia. Jordan. Syria.

Muslims - sure you have the right to be pissed off at being treated differently than other people in America. You also have the right to reform Islam and work to put your own house in order.

In the weeks after the twin towers crumbled and the Pentagon burned, local reporters swarmed Long Island's mosques looking for reaction.
On Oct. 18, Khankan and another Westbury mosque leader were quoted in the local paper, repeating conspiracy theories that it wasn't Muslims who had orchestrated the attacks.
Yeah - that ain't gonna help you. Idiots sticking their heads in the sand and crying "THE JEWS DID IT!" Newsflash - the Israeli settlers and the treatment of Palestinians do have an effect on US Foreign Policy and how many Americans die in Iraq and Afghanistan. But no - the Jews didn't do it. The people to blame for someone getting killed are the people doing the killing. It's not the people "who forced us to kill these defenseless innocent civilians."

Within King's district, Nassau County Lt. Kevin Smith said he couldn't recall the last time police received a tip from local mosques. But the detective said: "It's hard for us to judge what that means - whether that's because they're not reporting something or if there's just nothing to report. On the whole, though, I think we have a good relationship with the mosques in our county."

...Good thing there are intelligent people around as well.

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