Nonie Darwish discusses some implications of the ice cream jihad story in Lodi, California, in FrontPage:
There was yet another bust in Lodi, California, of two Muslim religious leaders, father and son Hamid and Umer Hayat. They are alleged to be part of an al-Qaida terrorist cell. Such radical clerics come to the US through “˜religious visas” that are much easier to obtain than regular visas. This is another story that does not look good for Muslim Americans.
Hundreds of mosques in the US are run by radicals and terrorist sympathizers who came from the most oppressive and radical regimes in the Muslim world. They still harbor affection for terror training camps in the caves of Pakistan and Afghanistan. They bring with them to America the same hate speech and incitement towards non-Muslims, thus creating a subversive sub-culture that is contrary to American values of tolerance and respect of other religions and races.
Not all Muslims or Muslim countries are the same. Most moderate Muslims choose to blend with American society and do not want to be associated with radical clerics or mosques. They regard radical clerics imported from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, as a joke imposed on American mosques by a wealthy Saudi government. When I moved to America in 1978, I thought I would be treated to new kind of mosques befitting America’s democracy and freedoms. But to my surprise, I saw mosques more akin to the dark ages. Many were even more radical than those in moderate Arab countries. Moderate Muslims who escaped radicalism in the old country had to face the same hate speech and anti-Semitism by angry close-minded and uneducated preachers. They are a laughing stock among the Arab educated classes. The same preachers who brainwashed our children in the Arab world are attempting to do the same to our American children. Many moderates solved the problem by stopping going to mosques all together. A prominent, well respected American Islamic studies teacher advised me that he stopped going to mosques in the US because “they are breeding grounds for hate and intolerance.”
The likes of Hamid Hayat in America, have intimidated moderate Muslim by their ability to call for fatwas or death threats, to those who are out of line. Fear of revenge has also intimidated the Christian Arab community who has suffered for centuries in the hands of the deputies of radical Islam. No wonder Arabs, both Muslim and Christian, were silent after 9/11….
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