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Rep. Ellison and the authors of “Fear Inc.” are outraged that anyone would suggest that Islamic terrorists are motivated by an ideology with a theological basis. Osama Bin Laden’s own teachings confirm that he was ideologically-motivated. In “The Al-Qaeda Reader” by Raymond Ibrahim, Bin Laden says:
In fact, Muslims are obligated to raid the lands of the infidels, occupy them, and exchange their systems of governance for an Islamic system, barring any practice that contradicts the Sharia from being publicly voiced among the people, as was the case at the dawn of Islam…They say that our Sharia does not impose our particular beliefs upon others; this is a false assertion. For it is, in fact, part of our religion to impose our particular beliefs upon others.
The Muslim Brotherhood, likewise, says its “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
The September 13 event will accuse the “Islamophobes,” such as Rep. Allen West and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, of exaggerating the Islamist threat, and it will find itself contradicting even the Obama administration’s own admissions. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “You didn’t worry about this [homegrown terrorism] even two years ago—about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do.”
The inescapable fact is that the Islamists, violent and non-violent, are motivated by an ideology that requires them to fight for Sharia-based governance around the world. The price of speaking out about this fact is to be labeled a hate-monger by those who wish to downplay the threat from the ideology or even deny that it exists. If Rep. Ellison is so concerned about the image of his faith, he’d be better off confronting the Islamist ideology rather than trying to silence its critics.
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