Monday, November 29, 2010
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
“Jihad In The Cause Of Allah”
When news broke of Friday’s arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud for plotting to detonate a bomb at the annual Christmas tree lighting in Portland, Oregon, Big Media tried their politically correct best to describe the jihadist wanna-be. He was referred to as a “teenager,” “college student” and “American.” What he wasn’t called, although it was obvious, was “Muslim terrorist.”
Mohamud was thwarted in his deadly plans when the FBI became aware of his efforts to contact jihadists in Pakistan. Several undercover agents then worked with him to determine how far he would go. The answer was very far indeed.
On Friday night, he tried to detonate what he believed was a massive truck bomb in the crowd of Christmas revelers. Agents swooped down on him as he yelled the now familiar jihadist battle cry “Allahu Akbar.” His goal, he told the FBI, was simple: “I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave dead or injured,” he said.
Don’t miss the symbolism of Mohamud trying to blow up Americans attending a Christmas tree lighting. While our leaders constantly tell us that we are not engaged in a religious war, the jihadists firmly believe they are. The irony is that “progressive” Portland long ago banned Christ from its downtown public square. The lefties who run Portland have no use for the icons of traditional Judeo-Christian civilization. But for the devout Muslim Mohamed Osman Mohamud, even a tree without the manger was a target worth destroying.
On Sunday there was a small fire, apparently arson, at the Salam Al-Farisi Islamic Center, where Mohamud attended. While there are no suspects, Portland Muslim leaders immediately held a press conference to express their fear and demand police protection. It seems to me that Portland’s residents have more to fear. They, after all, were the intended targets of the jihadist plot. But the “Muslim as victim” narrative is now well ingrained in American society.
Portland’s Muslims have little to worry about. In spite of the media’s hype, “hate crimes” against Muslims remain very low. In fact, figures released last week show that in the U.S. reported hate crimes against Jews are seven times more frequent than reported hate crimes against the followers of Islam. Instead of posting guards at mosques, the authorities should be guarding synagogues, churches and Christmas displays.
Leftists Attack America
The latest round of released documents from WikiLeaks is being described as an attack on America. Politico ran the story of the 250,000 leaked State Department cables with this headline: “WikiLeaks target: American power.”
The German paper Der Spiegel calls the leaks “a political meltdown for American foreign policy.” It continues: “Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information… Never before has the trust America’s partners have in the country been as badly shaken.”
An analysis in the liberal British paper The Guardian concluded, “The impression is of the world’s superpower roaming helpless in a world in which nobody behaves as bidden.”
While one British historian remarked that the leaks reveal “how serious the threats are,” it is worth noting that WikiLeaks is led by leftists who see America — not Iran, not China, not North Korea, not Hezbollah — as the greatest danger to world peace. Yet disclosures that make the “world’s superpower” appear “helpless” are likely to embolden the world’s thugs and lead to more conflicts.
They were helped in their anti-American crusade by Private Bradley Manning, a disturbed Army intelligence analyst whose ex-boyfriend, according to the New York Times, is a “self-described drag queen.”
Normally these folks would be thrilled to have someone like Barack Obama in the White House. But no matter how much it might embarrass Obama and his government, bringing down America is their greater cause.
The White House has condemned the leaks. But just imagine the reaction if WikiLeaks were run by conservatives! We’d be hearing over and over again how it was all part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to undermine the Obama presidency. The Justice Department would have already prosecuted those responsible.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who is expected to chair the House Homeland Security Committee next year, said these leaks are “worse than a military attack.” He is asking Secretary of State Clinton to designate WikiLeaks as a foreign terrorist organization. I’d be happy if the White House could at least admit that WikiLeaks is a bunch of leftists who are undermining America.
We Stand With FRC
Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) added the Family Research Council (FRC) to its list of “hate groups” for adamantly opposing the radical homosexual rights agenda. As you may know, I ran FRC from 1989 until I jumped into the 2000 Republican presidential primary.
While I was there, FRC opposed same-sex “marriage,” opposed Bill Clinton’s attempt to end the military’s ban on open homosexuality and we published papers warning about the promotion of the radical homosexual agenda in the public schools. Those issues were well worth public debate then and they are today.
Nothing has changed at FRC since Tony Perkins took over. It was not a “hate group” when I ran it and it is not a “hate group” today. What has changed in recent years is the aggressiveness of the “tyrants of tolerance.”
The Left has been on a cultural jihad to label traditional conservative values as “hate” and beyond the pale of public discourse. Those who demand tolerance for every imaginable “lifestyle” are incredibly intolerant of conservative views, and they seek to silence us all. They would shut down any defense of traditional marriage and the sanctity of life as “hate speech.”
And it’s not just “hot button” social issues that have enraged the Left. Look at how the political and media elites responded to the Tea Party movement. It was mocked and labeled “racist.”
This attempt to delegitimize normal conservative values — traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, limited government — is rooted in a disturbing authoritarian impulse that threatens our liberty. It must be resisted, and that is why we stand with FRC.
If the Family Research Council can be labeled a “hate group” today, Campaign for Working Families may be labeled as such tomorrow. If freedom of speech can be considered a “hate crime” today, then religious liberty will be at risk tomorrow.
Please, my friends, share this message with your pastor. If he believes that he can continue to preach the truth of Scripture in this country without fear of being labeled a “bigot” or accused of “hate crimes,” he is sorely mistaken.
The WikiLeaks scandal is a perfect example of liberals who want to engage the world not as it is but as they would like it to be. Such left-wing pretenders are the subjects of my weekly Human Events column, which you can read here.