Donald Trump is a bold and forthright man who speaks much truth in defiance of the establishment’s wrath. Witness the recent outpouring of pundit attacks upon him for daring to say that we as a nation should ban Muslim immigration into America.
In times of crisis, bold and forthright people face up to the fact that the world is a dangerous place because many human beings are animals who will kill and destroy in pursuit of their goals. And that when irrational religious doctrines are integrated into the mix, this problem of human nature is compounded enormously.
Unfortunately our establishment pundits today are not bold and forthright. They are not willing to face up to the realities of terrorism and its fundamental religious roots. This is because of the ideology they have been poisoned with in their formative years – liberal egalitarianism and its spawn of multiculturalism.
Is Trump correct to call for a ban on all Muslim immigration? Let me answer that by asking another question. Were the Austrians in 1683 correct to fight back against the Muslim invaders of the Ottoman empire who were attacking them in the Battle of Vienna, which resulted in a war that lasted for 15 years and was a turning point in history?
We confront today the same severity of crisis that the Austrians and Europeans of the 17th century faced in confronting the Ottoman Turks. Religious primitives are invading us. True, our crisis is not the open militaristic invasion faced by Europe at that time. But it is still an invasion that we confront. It is still death and destruction at the hands of Muslims that we face if we do not rise up to rationally defend ourselves. So Trump is quite correct to ban all Muslim immigrants.
Frosty Wooldridge writes in The Most Violent Religion on Earth:
“From the 1972 Olympic killings to 9/11, Muslims spread their power by terror, fear and bombs. Example: The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim, The Beltway Snipers were Muslims, The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim, The underwear Bomber was a Muslim, The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims, The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims, The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims, The London Subway Bombers were Muslims, The Moscow Theater Attackers were Muslims, The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims, The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims, The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims, The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims, The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims, The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims, The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims, The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims,The Kenyan US, Embassy Bombers were Muslims, The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims, The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims, The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims, The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims, The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims, The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims, The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims.”
Rationally Confronting Islam
Many Americans would like to shut down all mosques and ban the teaching of Sharia as minimum policies of defense against the Islamic threat to our Constitution and to our lives. Some Americans would like to simply round up all Muslims in our country and send them packing back to the Mideast.
These are understandable sentiments, but they are not the way we as Americans must fight the battle against Islam. The first rule of dictatorship is the outlawing of ideas with which its rulers disagree. Government mandates what we are allowed to think, write, and teach. Thus if we are to outlaw Sharia we are adopting the very tyranny we are opposing. If the teaching and implementation of Sharia can be legislated against, what’s next? The teaching and implementation of conservatism? The teaching and implementation of free-enterprise? One of the bastions of America is that we do not legislate against doctrines unless those doctrines advocate the violent overthrow of America.
Thus we cannot outlaw the teaching of Sharia anymore than we can outlaw the teaching of socialism, liberalism, etc. But there are ways to defeat Islamic primitivism in America and stay loyal to our fundamental principles of freedom.
Some statistics first. There are about 3 million Muslims in America today. Let’s divide them up hypothetically into three groups: jihadists (300,000), moderates (2.4 million), and apostates (300,000). The jihadists preach and use violence to spread Sharia. The moderates are willing to use only persuasion and proselytization to spread Sharia. The apostates are those who have been Westernized and don’t care all that much about religious dictates. They want only a better material life. In the back of their minds the Koranic commands are still present, but are not taken seriously. These kind of Muslims represent no threat to America.
But the other 2.7 million Muslims must be confronted and opposed. However we must do it within the constraints of the Constitution and the fundamental principle that undergirds America – equal rights under the law. This means that Muslims have the same right to teach ideas as Christians, Jews, conservatives, liberals, libertarians, etc. But Muslims do not have the right to teach the violent overthrow of America.
Suggestions for A Donald Trump Administration
There are approximately 2,100 mosques in America with at least 83 of them teaching radical Islamism as reported by the Clarion Project. We should put these 83 mosques under surveillance by undercover agents posing as Muslims to infiltrate them, authorized by court warrants. Record their teachings to validate the advocacy of seditious force and violence, then close them down, imprison the leaders for the 20-year maximum sentence under law, and deport all other members of the mosque. This will send a clear message to the Muslim community that we will not tolerate “Islamism” in America. If you teach in any way the radical Islamist overthrow of America, you will be imprisoned and deported.
This campaign should be publicized widely. All mosques and Muslim groups would then know that there is always a possibility that they might also be investigated and deported. This will greatly stifle efforts to expand the jihadist brand of Islam.
As for the 2.4 million who wish to teach Sharia non-violently, we must mount a campaign to teach the counter to it just as conservatives did against communism back in the 1950s and 1960s. Once the true nature of Sharia is widely publicized for what it is, it has no chance to ever be adopted here in America. Our Judeo-Christian traditions are far too cemented for it to ever be taken seriously.
As for the 300,000 Muslim apostates who don’t seriously practice Islam and simply want to enjoy American citizenship for the benefits of freedom, they are no problem. They have basically assimilated.
What are we to conclude? It is extremely important that we do not succumb to fascism in order to get rid of fascism, which is what Islamic Sharia is. In America we do not legislate against doctrines. Thus as long as Sharia remains doctrinal we must fight it with doctrinal means. It is such a pathetic and regimented way of life it has no chance to grow in America if we simply do three things:
- Ban all Muslim immigration into America
- Deport all jihadists who are presently here
- Mount a rational education campaign to inform all Americans as to what “peaceful Sharia” means for a free country
Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas and the Director of Americans for a Free Republic www.afr.org. A graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, his articles have appeared in such publications as The American Conservative, Insight, Liberty, The Freeman, The Social Critic, The Dallas Morning News, and the San Antonio Express-News, as well as on numerous Internet sites.
He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values
Email: NelsonHultberg (at) afr.org