In PJ Media today I discuss why this was the wrong thing to do:
After seven years of pandering to and appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, Barack Obama will mark the crowning moment of his presidency: today he will — for the first time as president — visit a mosque in the United States.
A White House official says he intends to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation.” The Washington Post added that he was making the trip “to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.”
In other words, Obama is going to the mosque because of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and other Republican candidates whom the media has roasted for linking Islam with terrorism.
Of course, the mosque he has chosen to visit is … the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of Baltimore. Obama is more concerned with Republican rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism than with the increase in such rhetoric emanating from Muslims themselves, drawn directly from Islamic canon.
The latest Islamic State video is titled “Kill Them Wherever You Find Them”. This is a quotation from the Qur’an (2:191, 4:89, 9:5).
A few weeks ago, a convert to Islam named Edward Archer shot and seriously wounded Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett. He then engaged in rhetoric linking Islam to terrorism, saying:
I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state. That is why I did what I did.
Will Obama discuss these examples — and there are countless more — of Muslims linking Islam to terrorism when he visits the Islamic Society of Baltimore? Will he challenge this mosque and other U.S. mosques to institute honest, transparent, inspectable programs that teach against the understanding of Islam that gives rise to jihad violence?
Not likely. He is going there to celebrate the contributions Muslims have made to our nation. But he will never address the contributions which do not fit his narrative; he will never consider presenting Americans with an objective weighing of the negatives balanced against any positives.
We all know of the economic and quality-of-life negatives he thinks disappear if he chooses to ignore them, like the remodeling of the New York skyline. And the expensive transformation of government buildings in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere into veritable fortresses, each with lovely massive stone blocks outside to prevent jihadis from using truck bombs. Muslims alone provided the impetus for huge advances — and huge expenses — in the development of technology used to screen passengers in airports. Muslims are responsible for air travel being transformed from a glamorous, adventurous activity to a cramped, hectoring, inhospitable affair, with glum, shoeless hordes holding up their beltless trousers while jumping through intrusive and inefficient checkpoints.
We also owe Muslims for insisting upon the political correctness that requires everyone to be humiliated equally. Passengers are poked, prodded, threatened, herded like cattle, and treated as likely criminals while America is hamstrung from efficiently focusing on the true source of the problem.
We also must credit Muslims with increases in the U.S. government. It is now bigger, wealthier (on your tax money), and watching you more closely than it was on September 10, 2001. Muslims can take a bow for the creation of at least two government agencies — the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security — plus a massive expansion in the budgets of all manner of intelligence and law enforcement entities.
Those bloated budgets are one manifestation of what is actually the greatest contribution that Muslims have made to our nation: the slow destruction of the American economy. Osama bin Laden explained that he mounted the 9/11 jihad terror attacks in order to weaken the American economy; in October 2004 he rejoiced at how he had induced the Americans to spend, spend, spend to try to stymie him:
Al-Qaeda spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost — according to the lowest estimate — more than $500 billion, meaning that every dollar of al-Qaeda defeated a million dollars.
And that was in 2004. How many more billions have been spent since then, even aside from the billions wasted on the nation-building misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan? If Osama were alive today, he could look with satisfaction on an America that is poorer, uglier, meaner, more dangerous, less productive, and less efficient than it was on September 10, 2001.
These are undeniable contributions that Muslims have made to our nation, and they are, of course, nothing to celebrate. Obama is certain to allude to none of it at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Instead, he will — if he follows the pattern of similar remarks he has made previously — speak in airy generalities and indulge in a few wild exaggerations. Maybe he will mention Muhammad Ali or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He will then bask in the comfort of knowing that he, the ISB members, and the mainstream media covering the event are morally superior to Trump, Carson, and anyone else….
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