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Obama’s fellow travelers- Bowing to whatever Islamists want?

Like Pig-Pen’s characteristic pall of dust, a stink of greed and fear hangs about America’s currently ascendant public elite.  This is nowhere more evident than in the reaction to the Ground Zero Mosque project.  As I showed in a previous post, it’s not hard to demonstrate the absurdity of the argument that disapproving the location of the proposed Islamic  “community center” somehow violates religious rights.  “Practitioners of a religious cult that sacrifices innocent people cannot cloak their practice of murder as the free exercise of religion.  Neither can practitioners of Islamic terrorism who assault innocent people as part of their implacable jihad against infidels.”

Reasonable opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque project therefore requires no blanket judgment against Islam as such.  Rather it involves examining and judging the factual evidence that suggests that the project is intended to contribute to the moral infrastructure of terror, serving (like the great mosque at Cordoba,  from which the Ground Zero Mosque ‘Cordoba House’ project takes its official name.) as a focus of inspiration, indoctrination and recruitment for the “righteous struggle” (jihad) aimed by all means at conquering the United States for Islam and sharia law.

People like Obama, or his latest ally Colin Powell, know full well that religious liberty does not involve blanket permission to violate the fundamental laws required to preserve the security of rights as well as the physical safety of individuals and the nation.  When General Petraeus warns that “ a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on September 11…”could cause significant problems” for American troops overseas.  “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan.”, he suggests that there may be cogent national security concerns that require limiting such a provocative public display of religious hostility.  So did Barack Obama, when he said
“This a a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda… You know, you could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan.  This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities.”

So If Islamic advocates like Imam Rauf want to build the Ground Zero Mosque, it should go ahead despite the inspiration it provides for the recruitment of terrorists.  If a Florida pastor wants to burn the Quran, he should stop because it will do so.   When it comes to religious liberty, these positions seem inconsistent.  What they have in common is their posture of submission to the authority of Islamic opinion.

I doubt that venal motives connected with oil money are the only motives for this submission.  One of the long recognized vulnerabilities of commercial republics is their tendency toward policies of appeasement and submission when faced with determined and violent adversaries.  Like the love of pleasure (with which it is often associated) the love of money softens the backbone.

Across the board, the currently preeminent elite proclaims its exclusively materialistic and money oriented priorities.  Thus  (with apologies to William Shakespeare) mammon doth make cowards of them all.

So apparently does misguided Christian conscience.  Many Christian leaders have come forward to condemn book burning as inherently un-Christian.  What are we then to make of this passage from the Scripture:

“And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.  Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” (Acts 19:18-19)

It would be unwise to infer from this some blanket Christian approval of book burning, but it counsels surely against the posture that true followers of Christ would never practice or countenance such actions.

I say unequivocally that both the Florida pastor’s Quran burning, and the Ground Zero mosque should be stopped, so long as there are reasonable grounds to conclude that they will contribute to a substantial threat to the actual safety and security of the nation and its defenders in uniform.  Unlike the consistent submission to Islamists characteristic of Obama and his ilk, taking reasonable action to prevent propaganda victories for the enemy is no more a sign of fear than making sure our staging areas are safe from enemy infiltration and attack.  Morale may be the most critical aspect of warfare.  Handing the enemy morale boosting victories makes no more sense than handing them the plans for more sophisticated weaponry.

This doesn’t mean that we must dance to the tune of outrage and violence in the Islamic world.  Insofar as the terrorist jihad against us is motivated by our adherence to the principles, rights and forms of decent liberty, we should rather risk all their wrath than surrender what is right.  This is why we must endure in the fight against them until it is won.  But our sense of right does not encompass actions that carelessly disregard the common good and safety in times of peril.  These we may discourage.  These we may disapprove.  These we may and sometimes must altogether prevent if and when the harm they will cause is real, provable and palpable.

That is the real question to be addressed in both the situations now before us- it is not a question of religious right, or of the right religion- it is a matter of simple prudence that would be clear to any leaders less corrupted by their own ambitions than the self-worshipping elites that today burden America with their so-called leadership.

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