Exactly. That is the truth that must not be spoken (except we do anyway): Muslims who undertake violent jihad to advance the cause of Islam do so following the example of its founder. On so many issues, from jihadist warfare to antisemitism to child marriage, the heart of the resistance to reform is the example of Muhammad himself.
Denial is not reform.
No matter what measures are taken to repackage Muhammad for Western consumption and Islamic dawah, these issues remain after the sugar coating melts off, leaving a bitter center that is too unpalatable for the politically correct to stomach.
"Congressman Allen West says 9/11 lessons unlearned, sees threat from radical Islam," by Anthony Man for the Sun-Sentinel, September 8:
Congressman Allen West said Wednesday the nation hasn't learned the lessons from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks largely because political correctness is hobbling political leaders from confronting the threat he sees from Islamic extremists.
West, a Republican who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, made his comments at a Washington, D.C., event at which he hosted the screening of a conservative Christian group's film "Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega Mosque."
"My fear is that maybe we could end up forgetting what happened on 9/11 because of certain things like political correctness or this desire to be a multicultural America. But in being a multicultural America, we must never forget the fundamental principles and values that made us great," West said.
Also under assault is the very notion that America was ever great or even a force for good.
"Have we really learned a lesson from 9/11? I don't think we have. I think we are so anxious with this fast food type of mentality that we can quickly move beyond something that were not willing to sit back and really assess what is really happening in and around us," he said.
West said the political correctness intimidates people from saying what he believes is true about Islam.
"If we continue down this road, as I call it multiculturalism on steroids, then we're going to present a gap by which we can get exploited time and time again. So I think that we have to start kind of like in baseball the umpire calls a ball a ball and a strike as strike and it's time that we start calling some strikes out there."
"I am not sitting up here and condemning people who call themselves Muslims," West said. "Now is the time we have to challenge this ideology. If we are to peacefully coexist they have to come into the 21st Century and push aside a lot of these 7th Century ideas they still hold."
West said he thinks that makes Islam a particular threat.
"We have to understand that the major religions of the world, Judaism and Christianity did go through reformations. Now when you look at this next major religion, I call it a theocratic political construct ideology, they need to go through a reform of the process as well.
"Ever since Muhammad left Mecca and took his Hijrah to Medina there was a violent turn to this faith that is called Islam. And we must confront that and we must understand that….
As daunting as the prospects for a substantive, meaningful, fundamental, pervasive, and permanent reformation are, reform needs a problem to motivate it. As long as Islamic groups see themselves as gaining by acting as they do, there will be scant need for thoughts of reform, whether on the individual, group, or institutional level, let alone the global one.
"We have to continue to challenge them. Because once again if we continue to give and give and cede and cede and give ground we're not going to be respected."
He said potentially dangerous elements are using America's freedoms in a way that ultimately will undermine the country and those freedoms. "There is something that is the anathema of what we believe in that is using our constitutional rights and freedoms, that is using the First Amendment to try to get within this country and try to establish a foothold and take this country down."
West said the nation is "very blessed that we have not had a catastrophic event," since Sept. 11. He said that isn't for lack of trying by those who would pose a threat, such as the bombing in Times Square and the Christmas Day shoe bombing....