Moral Relativism Alert: Ellison says “radicalization” seen “across our society”

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Hate to say Toldjah So, but …. (via CBS News):

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told CBS News today in a one-on-one interview that the “Muslim radicalization” hearing planned for this Thursday unfairly targets Muslim Americans living in this country. The first Muslim member of the United States Congress argued that violent radicalization is a “phenomena we see across our society” and across religions.

“Look at people who bomb abortion clinics- are these not people who are radicalized?” Ellison asked. “Are they not using violence? Are they not motivated by religious devotion?”

Ellison said that to “target one religious community, one religious group is a bad idea.”

While Ellison insists that he is not personally offended by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-NY) calling the hearing, he does believe that to “use the gavel to do something like that is a misuse of the gavel.”

“I do think that Congressman King is a man who wants to see our country safer. I think he’s going about it the wrong way” Ellison said. “To say we’re talking about radicalization of the Muslim community widely is the very essence of scapegoating.”

Um, no. Would someone pass Congressman Ellison a dictionary, please? Definition of scapegoating:

a person, group, or thing upon whom the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others is thrust

“Scapegoating” is what your party did to mine, Rep. Ellison, shortly after President Obama was elected and the ObamaCare debate raged on and on at town hall meetings and the like. Tea Partiers and other conservatives were blamed for the actions of radical fringe liberals who brought Hitler/Obama signs to some of the town halls.   Tea Party types saying or bringing similar signs to protests and meetings were few and far between – truly a tiny amount when compared to how often such comparisons were made by left wingers regarding President Bush and Vice President Cheney for the 8 years prior to Obama’s election.  But those rare instances were used by the mainstream media and other shamelessly opportunistic liberals to paint all of us who stood strongly opposed to health care “reform” as “racists” and “wannabe assassins”, etc.  In fact, that happens pretty much anytime a conservative opposes President Obama.  They’re automatically branded as “haters” and “racists” simply due to the fact that they dare to take a stand against the Socialization of America.  Who cares about the facts when there’s a narrative to foster?

Where has Rep. Ellison been while this vicious broad brush assault  has been taking place across the country? It doesn’t matter to him, I guess – because it’s happening to a group of people he and his party relish demonizing and demagoguing:  their political opposition, and facts be damned.

On the other hand, what Rep. King is doing is talking about a very real – very widespread issue in the Islamic community:  Its radicalization.    Detroitistan demonstrates that all too well.  There are many more examples where that came from. And people who don’t take a “see,  hear, speak no evil” approach (read: liberals) to the issue of Islamofascism will tell you just how bad it’s going to be if we don’t continue pushing back against it with the truth.

As far as Ellison’s dig at Christians with his comment about abortion clinic bombings, here’s a flashback to something I wrote about this very issue back in July 2009 – just as relevant today as it was then:

You read reprehensible stories like this, and you scream out in outrage – yet at the first sound you make about how this is just one more example of the type of “acceptable” behavior that is prevelant amongst Islamists, someone on the left will jump in angrily and demand that you “acknowledge” that morally repulsive behavior like this is not characteristic of Islam on the whole – that acts like these are committed “only by a militant few.” Which is a lie. Yet, you have a few isolated incidents of extremist “Christian/right wing” (or whatever they’re calling it today) violence here in the US this year, and all of a sudden it’s a “widespread problem,” and one that “proves” what “they’ve” been saying all along about us crazy right-wingers, and as a result, we must be “watched a little closer” by DHS.

That the left can’t see the differences between a few acts of radical extremist fringe violence here in the US committed by lone, depraved sociopaths, and the worldwide, almost weekly incidents of Islamofascism committed against innocent civilians – some that are terrorist acts against the west, while others “acceptable” acts of “punishment” for Muslim men and women who allegedly have “broken” Islamic “law” – says a hell of a lot more about the left in this country than it does the right in terms of perspective and the ability to distinguish between good and evil and isolated versus epidemic.

From an October 2010 post – same issue:

There is no issue that brings out the blatant hypocrisy, illogic, stupidity, and duplicitous nature of activist liberals more than when it comes to Christianity and the left’s outrageous attempts at equating rare and isolated incidents of extremism committed because of the mistaken belief by a tiny few wackos that the Bible promotes violence against non-believers, to the routine, worldwide Islamofascistic terrorism that is both promoted and mandated by the Koran itself.

Don’t think that Ellison, a noted apologist and supporter of radical Islamists, isn’t well aware of that fact.  Remember this on Thursday when Ellison testifies at the hearing, because you sure as hell won’t hear it from his fellow apologists in Congress, nor the mainstream media.

Update: My co-blogger quipped earlier on Twitter:

Yeah, you really have to watch out for those radical Presbyterians and suicide Baptists.

Got that right! You never know what you’ll find at those Sunday after-church potluck lunches …

NEA: Reading, Writing, and Orgasms??

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**Posted by Phineas

As Barbara Hollingsworth points out in the Washington Examiner, education funding in the United States has doubled since the Seventies, yet many students are still not reaching basic levels of reading and math.

Not to worry, however, because the National Education Association is concentrating on what’s really important: making sure girls know how to have an orgasm:

A representative of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union, recently told attendees at a United Nations conference on the status of women that “oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education” worldwide. […]

Diane Schneider, the NEA reprepsentative, didn’t explain what such graphic sex education for middle-schoolers has to do with helping women and girls gain access to “education, training, science and technology” – the theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women.

I think Barbara is being a bit harsh here. Surely this meets the science goal — at least in biology.

I wonder what’s on the curriculum for PE at these schools: lap dances and pole dancing?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

In defense of Rep. Pete King’s hearings on Islamic radicalization

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Author and Georgetown journalism professor Asra Nomani has a powerful piece today at the Washington Post’s On Faith blog in which she talks about how she welcomes Rep. Pete King’s (R-NY) hearings on Islamic radicalization:

When I heard that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was going to hold hearings on the issue of radicalization inside our American Muslim community, I thought: It’s about time.

As those hearings begin on Thursday, all of us need to grab a front row seat. This is a discussion we desperately need to have as a nation because for far too long we have lived in a culture of denial, fueled in part by Muslim community leadership that–like just about any community tends to do until prodded–denies our problems rather than admits them.

I arrived in this country in 1969 as a four year old from India and, after 42 years as an American-Muslim, I can say without a doubt: an ideology of extremism has crossed across our borders, and radicalization is a real threat inside our communities in the U.S., often times unchallenged because members of our Muslim community are intimidated to speak out against it. We have brave leaders and activists who do, but usually at great cost to their social standing in the community.

To me, the hearings are not a “witch hunt.” Rep. Peter King is not a 21st century Joe McCarthy, the senator who led hearings on communism in the 1950s. I believe he is an American, like so many, frustrated and annoyed by the largely recalcitrant posture of our community to admitting our problems. In Congress, we have had honest debate about everyone’s dirty laundry–from BP to the Big Three automakers. There has been discussion in the halls of Congress about “Jewish extremists,” “white supremacists,” the Ku Klux Klan and clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Muslims should not be exempt from critical examination, just because its lobby takes a defensive posture–just like all special-interest groups tend to do.

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Like most Muslims, I’ve seen rigid, puritanical interpretations creep into the American Muslim community, starting in the 1970s with the exportation of the dogmatic Wahhabi ideology from Saudi Arabia, fueled by the oil money that gave the Saudis a largess from which to pump its ideas into the world. In my hometown community of Morgantown, W.V., I saw the Saudi ideology express itself with mandates that women and men sit strictly segregated from each other at our community potluck dinners, rather than the family style arrangements we’d been enjoying. I felt a crisis of faith and didn’t think there wasn’t a place for me as I came of age as a fierce, strong-willed girl.

Read the whole thing to find out both she and her family have been ostracized by “leaders” in the Islamic community for speaking the truth about radical Islam. 

They’re fortunate that that is all that’s happened to them.

I personally believe that Islam is, by its very nature, radical but there are some well-meaning Islamists like Nomani who don’t view it that way.  While I disagree with her on this point, I encourage her voice in this debate.  The more vocal outspoken Muslims like Nomani are, the more open-minded skeptics will see and understand that this is not a “racial” issue but instead a moral issue directly related to the survival or downfall of western civilization and values as we know it/them.  In the name of “political correctness,” do we bury our heads in the sand and ignore the real threat that radical Islam poses to law and order and basic human rights and dignity, or do we challenge them head-on out in the open  – exposing their oppressive, brutal nature for all the world to see?

We know where most conservatives stand on this issue.  But liberals?  With a few exceptions, their silence and stonewalling on this issue is both deafening and dangerous.  We, and bold Islamists like Asra Nomani,  must continue to speak out because if it were up to liberals and their destructive moral relativism alone, we could only witness in horror as the United States of American morphed into the Islamic States of America in a few decades.   

Not on my watch.

If Christian extremists had committed even 1/1000th of the terrorist attacks that the so-called “religion of peace” has on hundreds of thousands of innocents, the rallying cries from the left and the calls for hearings, committees, new government “investigative departments” and the decrying of Christianity would be never-ending.  But because it’s not the religion hard-line left wingers love to hate, we must “show tolerance” for “other faiths.”

My answer to that? Not in this lifetime.  No way, no how.