Naming the Enemy

On Tuesday evening, May 11th, the crossroads of the world, better known as Times Square in Manhattan was the scene of a passionate display of fortitude as members of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam gathered for a rally to expose the existential perils that radical Islam represents to the Western world. Standing just a few blocks from the place where 30 year old Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani born and Taliban trained American citizen attempted to detonate his vehicle filled with deadly explosives, the leaders of this rainbow coalition of activists sounded a clarion call as onlookers watched and listened.

Comprised of Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and ex-Muslims, the HRCARI is a nascent organization that champions the rights of those who have been victimized and slaughtered by Muslim extremists. Having staged its very first rally in Times Square in May of 2009, their ranks have swelled over the last year with those who are deeply concerned about the cultural indifference to the burgeoning growth of Islamic radicalism.

Charles Jacobs, a board member of the HRCARI and a writer for The Jewish Advocate in Boston said, “Our purpose here today is two-fold. We are here to send a clear message to the press and politicians who have intentionally obfuscated the nature of this most recent terrorist attempt by not labeling the enemy as radical Islam and acquiescing to political correctness. We are also here to educate the public about the pernicious agenda of those radical Islamists who would love nothing more than to obliterate our cherished values of democracy, freedom and liberty.”

“The Western world is mired in self-doubt and self-guilt that has been imposed upon us by those post-modern forces on the left and in the sphere of academia who believe we are deserving of the animus of our enemies,” he ruefully observed.

Holding aloft signs and banners saying, “Elected Officials and Mass Media – Unveil The Truth: Radical Islam Attacks Humanity,” “Stop Billions of Saudi Oil Money that are Funding Worldwide Radical Islamic Intolerance and Terror,” “Reform Radical Islmamic Madrassas: Stop Teaching Hate” and displaying placards of those Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, women and gays who have been summarily murdered by brutal Islamic regimes, the rally attendees graphically described the horrific consequences of being an “infidel” in the Muslim world.  Martin Rosenthal, a rally attendee from Queens held a homemade sign that said, “Queers Against Radical Islam” and spoke of the heinous atrocities committed against both gay men and women in such countries as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Narain Kataria, the founder of the Indian American Intellectuals Forum said, “Since 9/11/2001, the followers of the so called “religion of peace” have carried out 15,101 deadly terrorist attacks and killed more than 75,000 people. It does not requite a rocket scientist to tell us that the aim of the Jihadist is to dominate the entire world, force all of us to surrender and to plant the Islamic flag in Washington, London, Jerusalem and New Delhi, not to mention New York City.” He also spoke of the mass slaughter of Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan. “Pakistan is the nursery of terrorism. Pakistan is the epicenter of Jihad. Pakistan is the most untrustworthy ally in the war on terror. Pakistan is fooling us. They use sophistry and subterfuge to hoodwink us,” he declared.

“What we need here in America and throughout the free world is intellectual clarity,” said Madeline Brooks, the Manhattan chapter head of Act For America, a national human rights organization that stridently opposes radical Islam and serves as a bulwark against the mendacity of multicultural relativists in the progressive camp. “We here in New York are faced with mortal danger each day. We are the prime terror target on this planet. We are in daner of being nuked and the government’s denial of this threat only leaves us in a much weaker state and undermines the confidence of the people who reside here. That is the reality of radical Islam and we do ourselves a grave injustice by not confronting it head on with the gravitas that it demands” she continued.

John Kenneth Press, a PhD in history and the author of  “Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future” (2007 – Social Books) said, “Culturism is a political philosophy, art and science based upon the understanding that cultural diversity is real and important. Western culture believes in free speech, feminism, and the separation of church and state. Islam, for example, does not. Western culture is based on individuals applying their intelligence towards progressive and productive ends. For 1400 years there has been a worldwide Jihad fueled by radical Islam whose objective is death and destruction of all infidels and the sooner that we give voice to this, the sooner that we demand that our government consider this threat as a moral and physical exigency, the sooner we can increase our chances of not falling prey to an Islamic caliphate.”

“21st century Nazism is now tantamount to radical Islam” said Andrew Upton, a board member of HRCARI. “There is someone here today holding a sign saying, “Queers Against Radical Islam.” We applaud this person for spotlighting the fact that gays and lesbians are considered worthy of death in Islamic countries as are women who are consistently victims of honor murders by male family members for attempting to divorce their husbands, for being raped, for not allowing themselves to be party to forced marriages and for purported violations of Sharia law,” he said.

At the conclusion of the rally, the participants took their signs and banners and staged a march throughout the Times Square area calling on all concerned citizens to lobby their elected officials and the press to “jettison the fraud of multicultural relativism and political correctness in the name of our survival.”

  • Kanwi

    A long due appearance of another rational response to the Islamization of not only America but Canada and most western countries. May this movement prove seminal in it's growth and inspiration to others.

    • catherine t.

      Kudos to organization and attendees. Do wish they could 'meet' in same place; every week. Think the numbers would grow and grow. . .as would the media attention.

  • Frank(ly) M'Dear

    EDITORIAL NOTE: Nothing is "comprised of". "Comprise" means "made up of". Hence, "Comprised of Jews, Christians, Hindus…" is saying "Made up of of Jews, Christians, Hindus…"

    I could go on a LOT about the horrible writing of this piece, but I will be merciful.

    WORD OF ADVICE: Buy a dictionary. Use it. Also, a better grasp of English grammar would really help things along…

    • Carlos

      Wow….just cuz you may be an English major don't mean a thing when you can't understand someone if they don't speak in your correct language…most people may not be able to speak fluently in accuracies of the english language so you bash that?…instead of trying to understand the point? I'm sure you will punish me for my grammar…but our emotion and fortitude in what is really wrong (besides the use of proper english) is what really matters. I would love to bash you and call you all sorts of things but that kind of thing is beneath me. Learn to read between the lines professor.

      • badaboo

        Carlos , it's just his sensitive over-inflated ego speaking , and in that he can not even be honest .

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aspacia aspacia

    Comprising or Comprised the would be correct.

    Including would probably be the best word choice.

  • Ken

    Until more people like these of all faiths and backgrounds come to realize the true threat, it will be a long and nasty fight to expose the truth for what it is. I applaud these brave people who speak out on a difficuly subject and are often branded "racist", "Islamophobes", or worse. And, it does not help that our own government will not acknowledge that there is even a danger at all!!

  • kafir4life

    Don't worry about the "islamohobe" label……..The terrorist supporters at cair consider it islamophobic to have heard the word of the terror guide the koran and it's pedophilic inventor, mad mo, and reject it. In the future, they would like to see it a prosecutable offense. With Barry Hussein's help, it will be.

  • Urja

    So none of the the so called "moderate" Muslims showed up for the rally against "radical" Islam followers aka jihadists!!! Just goes to prove there are no "moderate" Muslims – they are all the same radical jihadists!!! We and our "honorable" administration are fooling ourselves into thinking that there exists a species called "moderate" Muslim.

    These pretenders(moderate Muslims) always mouth off that the terrorists are not Muslims and are giving Islam a bad name. If that were true Muslims would have jumped at this opportunity to demonstrate against the terrorists. But they can't do that since the jihadi terrorists are their brothers- part of the ummah and they(jihadis) are only carrying out allah's orders which the"moderate" Muslims always support!!!

    • Frank(ly) M'Dear

      There's no such thing as a "moderate Muslim". When I hear "moderate Muslim", I replace it with "silent supporter of violent, murderous Islamic terrorism and jihad". Then it "makes sense". Try it. It works every time!

  • MullahAssassin

    Its about time this group of people convened publically! Political Correctness and Cultural Relativism do more harm to our societies than does Islam because these Leftist ideals have become the very "sticky" fabric that facilitates Islamists in their unabashed quest for re-domination. Its positive tthat more and more people are questioning PC.

    As far as im concerned, PC is a dead idea now. We have let in the intolerant within our borders, – how much can we tolerate those who do not tolerate us? There must be a limit.

  • WildJew

    No offense intended to the reader and in particular the Muslim reader. My intention is not to offend the reader's or the author's sensitivities. But why the adjective "radical?" Why is radical Islam the enemy and not (as Geert Wilders suggests) Islam itself?

    • Frank(ly) M'Dear

      You're absolutely right. All Muslims who practice the faith are either terrorists or supporters of terrorists/terrorism. It genuinely is NOT rocket science although it does seem to evade those of the African-American and Democrat persuasion.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/WildJew WildJew

        The Qur'an (my translations) certainly do. I find no mercy extended in the Qur'an by Allah to the "unbeliever" or to the non-Muslim. Niether in this world or in the world to come.

      • guest

        My guess is that there are Muslims who "practice" their faith, just as there are Christians and Jews who "practice" their faith. They go through the motions, but have no idea what the faith actually teaches. As examples I offer Joe Biden, John Kerry, the late Teddy Kennedy and, not to forget Nancy Pelosi who has made the study of Catholocism a life-time quest. All are "practicing" Catholics and yet all are rabid supporters of abortion, euthanasia and every other Leftist ideal which is in direct opposition to the faith. Some people just don't have a clue what it is they support or practice. It's not an excuse, it's just a fact. It's best not to condemn wholesale a people; better to look at individuals.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/WildJew WildJew

          It's not so much the people (though people do embrace bad, even wicked ideas) but the faith. If a faith or a god teaches its practitioners to kill others – no matter how decent or righteous they man be – only because they do not embrace your god or gods and his prophet, that is evil in my view. You are right, many Muslims go through the motions, having no idea what their faith actually enjoins them to do, just as many Christians and Jews do. What you cannot argue however, is that Muslims like Osama bin Laden, Hassan Nasrallah, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Khaled Mashal, etc. are not devout Muslims or good Muslims.

          • guest

            I agree. I was not defending Islam, and I do not argue that bin Laden, Nasrallah, ect. are not devout Muslims. Clearly, they are. I'm simply saying that to say that every Muslim who practices their faith is either a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer is too broad a statement to make. I'm just not prepared to hate the Muslim I meet in the grocery store because of the actions of so many other Muslims. It's difficult to tell who exactly the terrorist is, isn't it? Especially in America where they so easily fit in. I don't have any answer except to say that hatred of the individual is not it.

          • WildJew

            You make some valid points. This is the problem as I see it. Before 9/11, I knew nothing about Islam or its teachings, so I looked for scholars and authors whom I believed were not apologists for Islam, of which there are many – apologists that is. One of the authors I found to be honest and fairly objective was Robert Spencer, amongst other fine authors. In Spencer's book, "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith," he wrote the following:

            "Granted people find it wearying to live in a state of constant conflict, and so they settle down to lead ordinary lives. But in Islam, ordinary life can always be disrupted by the call of religion. Radical Muslims have at times treated nonradicals as one large sleeper cell that can be activated by a summons to the full practice of their religion….."

            He provides one example by illustrating a story from the Ottoman Empire in the late nineteenth century, whereby the padisha had sent word that (according to the wife in the home) "we were to kill all the Christians in our village…" She protested to her husband but to no avail. (page 36-37)

          • guest

            That is a problem. Also, I'm not suggesting we walk around with blinders on and naively ask "can't we all just get along?" As I said, I do not know what the answer is, only what it is not. Hatred is a cancer that eventually turns on itself.

        • guestspeaker

          Exactly. The Almighty, the God of Creation, El Shaddai said

          "My people are ruined for lack of knowledge" and

          "All have turned to their own way!"
          Even professing Christians, who carry their Bibles to Church buildings each Sunday, listen to men-rather than God.
          This is the real danger. Even they don't know who is real and who 'is not'.

      • badaboo

        yea it also seemed to evade Bush and his Republican Administration .[ who are probably still looking for those "moderate muslims " ] BTW , your remark is basiaclly RACIST , [and I'm not talking about your slur on Democrats ]add to that ,your crass and condescending "grammar ' lesson , makes you quite a piece of work .
        Amazingly you are not embarrassed .

        • badaboo

          pardon , that reply was to "Mr.Fran(ly)M'Dear

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/faithiej faithiej

    this is the way I can stomach the expression "radical Islam." Radical is from the Latin "roots" so, we are saying that the root, the foundation, of Islam is jihad, shariah, submission, violence, etc.

  • Linda

    I thought this article was extremely well written, very professional, cogent and informative. I think Frank(ly) M'Dear's criticisms were highly unwarranted and I'd like to see more articles from this writer.