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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New York Times Editorial, "The Horror in San Bernardino": Ignoring Radical Islam

In an editorial entitled "The Horror in San Bernardino," The New York Times concludes:

"Congress has allowed the domestic gun industry to use assorted loopholes to sell arsenals that are used against innocent Americans who cannot hide. Without firm action, violent criminals will keep terrorizing communities and the nation, inflicting mass death and damage across the land."

"Violent criminals"? The "domestic gun industry"? What about "radical Islam," or are we forbidden to make use of these politically incorrect words? After all, Hillary Clinton cannot bring herself to say them, and not surprisingly, there is also no mention of "radical Islam" in yesterday's Times op-ed entitled "On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying" by Nicholas Kristof, who also penned for us that gem "In Iran, They Want Fun, Fun, Fun" in the not so distant past.

As reported by the Pew Research Center in an August 30, 2011 article entitled "Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism," eight percent of US Muslims believe that suicide bombing can "often/sometimes" be justified. Now that's a relief! If you randomly place 100 American adult Muslims in a room, only eight of them think that it's "often/sometimes" justified to blow you to bits.

And in a June 2015 poll of 600 Muslim-Americans, The Polling Company determined:

  • 29 percent strongly or somewhat agreed that "violence against those that insult the prophet Mohammad, the Qur'an, or Islamic faith is sometimes acceptable."
  • 25 percent strongly or somewhat agreed that "Violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad."
  • 19 percent believed that "the use of violence in the United States is justified in order to make shariah the law of the land in this country."

Given these numbers, why should anyone be surprised by the Fort Hood shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Chattanooga shooting, and yesterday's atrocity? I would further observe that Muslims comprise less than one percent of America's population.

Yes, the US has a problem with radical Islam, and there can be no answer to the problem until America's political leadership and "progressive" media acknowledge its existence.

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