• COMMENTARY: Islamic Immigration – A Package Deal

    Once again, I hear the old chorus of apologists for Islam as they talk down to us, preaching that compassion justifies mass Muslim immigration into the US. Actress Angelina Jolie justifies it by calling Islam a “beautiful religion.” President Obama called it the “religion of peace.” What the hell is wrong with these people? Nothing is beautiful or peaceful about a religion that demands death for apostates, nonbelievers, and homosexuals; intolerance of other faiths; and the medieval subjugation of women and children. Sorry, Angelina. Murder, intolerance, and misogyny are not the hallmarks of a beautiful religion.

    Yet the apologists argue that accepting immigrants is the American way. That we are a nation of immigrants. That the president’s ban on immigration from dysfunctional Middle Eastern countries is contrary to America’s noblest traditions. That by closing the door to Muslims, we are violating freedom of religion. While it is true that we are a country of immigrants, the current situation is very different from anything we have faced in the past.

    Historically, immigrants did not arrive on our shores with the stated intention of destroying our values and our civilization. On the contrary, they wanted to become Americanized. They wanted to speak English and to “fit in.” They wanted their children to be American. None of this applies to Muslim immigration. Instead of assimilating and adopting American values as past immigrants did, Muslim immigrants want to impose their values on us. They want us to assimilate. All we have to do is look at what is happening right now in Western Europe as their societies are under attack from millions of Muslim immigrants who refuse to integrate or accept Western values.

    The freedom of religion argument is refuted by a single question: Is Islam a religion or an ideology? My view is that Islam is a totalitarian political ideology cloaked in the disguise of a religion, which allows it to get away with murder—literally. “We have to stop pretending that Islam is a religion,” says Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders. “A free society should not grant freedom to those who want to destroy it.” When the power centers of the Islamic world cite the Quran to advocate and in fact demand the brutal murder of anyone whose behavior is deemed offensive—a code word for anyone who denies the core beliefs of Islam—then we are no longer dealing with a religion. Now what we have is a murder cult, and there is nothing in the Bill of Rights that supports this. “Let’s not be politically correct about it,” says former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali, “Islam is a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder.”

    When opponents of a mega-mosque in Tennessee claimed that Islam is not a religion, the Muslim-appeasing Obama administration intervened to insist that Islam is entitled to First Amendment protections. This kind of partisan support from our politicians has come in spite of numerous radical imams who openly advocate the violent overthrow of the US government. So let me adjust my argument ever so slightly. Assuming—purely for argument’s sake—that Islam is a religion, we must recognize that it differs from other world religions in its dual roles as both religion and aggressive political force. Only in Islam is the line blurred between religious dogma and statism.

    The Founding Fathers knew from personal experience and European history that merging politics and religion would lead to the destruction of the basic freedoms embodied in the First Amendment. Separating the two was a novel concept that made America unique. Islam is incompatible with American values for many reasons, not the least of which is that there is no separation of church and state in Islam. Author Shahi Hamid explains that the difference between Christianity and Islam regarding the state has to do with each religion’s central figure:

    “Unlike Jesus, Muhammad was both prophet and politician. And more than just any politician, he was a state-builder as well as a head of state. Not only were the religious and political functions intertwined in the person of Muhammad, they were meant to be intertwined.”

    Islam’s objective is a combination of political power and religious glory to be realized under a worldwide Muslim caliphate. This crucial distinction marks Islam as a special case. The obedient Muslim is ordered by his holy book to conquer and subdue people of other religions until they are in a full state of submission. The Quran is clear that Muslims will never be satisfied until all people submit to the tenets of Islam and the laws of sharia. If we accept the religion of Islam into our country, we are also accepting its totalitarian political ideology as manifested by murder, intolerance, and misogyny. We don’t get to choose. Like it or not, one comes with the other. It’s a package deal.

    Disturbed European politicians like Angela Merkel have lied to their constituencies by pretending that the religion will come without the political ramifications. The result of their policies is the destruction of Europe as we know it. Germany, France, Holland, the UK, Sweden, and Belgium are being torn apart by violence and sexual assault on a massive scale. “Our society is now measurably less safe and less civilized and the rights of women are effectively negotiable,” said British political commentator Pat Condell. “We need to stop the Muslim invasion,” he advised, “and if you think that sounds harsh the alternative is a million times worse.”

    Whether we admit it or not, Islam has been waging a war against our civilization for 1,400 years. “How hard is it to understand that radical Islamic jihadis have declared war on the West?” asks Raheel Raza, founding member of the Muslim Reform Movement. It is naïve to think that the US is exempt. “Muslims are working in the United States now to make sure that Islam dominates by destroying our Constitutional freedoms,” says author Pamela Geller. “How do I know that? Because they’ve told us.”

    Americans have been indoctrinated by the Left to ignore this clear and present danger. We are so intellectually weak that, rather than speak the truth, we let them get away with labeling us “Islamophobic.” We vehemently deny the accusation and support the Left’s position, certain that we have the moral high ground. How can we fall for such simplistic nonsense? Is the American public so gullible? As in Europe, the public refuses to believe that Islamophobia is the only justifiable response to Islamic aggression. We have become our own worst enemy.

    The European tragedy is one step away from happening here. Our elected representatives have been trying to push this vile deceit on you and me. The only politician who recognizes and acknowledges the threat is the president. For this reason alone, Donald Trump may go down in history as the man who saved America.

    Ed Brodow

    Ed Brodow (USMC Retired), author of the brand new book, Tyranny of the Minority: How The Left is Destroying America and a contributor to DailyCaller.com and DailySurge.com. Brodow is one of the world’s leading negotiation experts and a staunch advocate of critical thinking. SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt dubbed him “The King of Negotiators.” Forbes Magazine agreed, ranking Ed as one of the nation’s top dealmakers. He is the author of six books, including the business classic, Negotiation Boot Camp: How to Resolve Conflict, Satisfy Customers, and Make Better Deals. For two decades, Ed’s acclaimed Negotiation Boot Camp® seminars have set the standard for “how to make a deal” in Corporate America. A nationally recognized television personality, Ed has appeared as negotiation guru on PBS, ABC National News, Fox News, Fortune Business Report, and Inside Edition. He is negotiation consultant to some of the world’s most prominent organizations, including Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Learjet, Ritz-Carlton, Starbucks, McKinsey, Philips, Zurich Insurance, the IRS, the GSA, and the Pentagon. As a keynote speaker, Ed has enthralled more than 1,000 audiences in Paris, Milan, Athens, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Sao Paulo, Bogota, and New York with his charismatic stage presence, infectious humor, and practical ideas. In previous lives, Ed was a U.S. Marine Corps officer, corporate sales executive, and Hollywood movie actor.

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