Peter King’s Hearings on Radicalization of Islam in America

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is holding hearings on the radicalization of Islam in America. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) broke down in tears describing all the wonderful things Muslims have done for America.

Now for my commentary.

If there were a radical sect of Mormonism that interpreted the Bible and Book of Mormon as justifying or even demanding the blood of all non-Mormons, how would I, a Mormon who believes such a thing is of the devil, react?

First, I would loudly and unconditionally denounce their interpretation of the scriptures and modern revelations. Even if you could justify violence in the name of our religion (you really can’t, outside of state-sanctioned violence such as war or defense of personal liberty), I would still feel it my duty, as an elder in the church, to point out to those who misinterpret the scriptures and innocent bystanders the error of their interpretation.

Second, I would cooperate, whole-heartedly, with police and other government investigations, to eliminate the threat, and expose any hidden elements among my congregation.

Third, I would take whatever opportunity I could to point out that my style of Mormonism doesn’t resemble anything like what their style of so-called Mormonism is, and that they are heretic and not entitled to even be called “Mormon” or “LDS”.

We already have this issue in the LDS faith (using this in the broadest sense possible to include all branches from Joseph Smith’s original church.) There are sects which embrace polygamy and call themselves “fundamentalist” LDS. We, as a church, and individually, loudly condemn their misintrepetation of scripture and revelation. We, as a church, cooperate with the police in finding the polygamists and bringing them to justice. (I do remember times past, in the 70’s, when polygamists would sneak into wards, get exposed, and end up in jail.) We, as a church, take whatever opportunity we have to point out how they are not LDS and they are not fundamental, and they share almost nothing in common with our beliefs and religion, and shouldn’t even be called LDS or Mormon in print.

Why is it that Islam has such a difficult time doing this? I know that there are a lot of Muslims who are doing all of the above whenever they have an opportunity to do so. But it seems to me, the group as a whole is somewhat lukewarm to denouncing the radical terrorists among them, and even, in some cases, choosing to support the radicals over the law.

Unfortunately, the self-appointed spokespeople for Muslims in America is CAIR, and unindicted co-conspirator to several terrorist organizations. Why this group still exists, and why Muslims at the national level, like Rep. Keith Ellison, have not denounced and thoroughly humiliated CAIR is beyond my understanding. CAIR makes it its business to blur the lines between radical Islam and American, peaceful Islam. They elevate people with ties to radical Islam, and coordinate with groups at home and abroad who work with radical Islam.

I am left to believe that there is a problem in the Muslim community, and that there needs to be some sort of systematic reform to correct the situation. Perhaps it is because Islam is not a religion as we know the Christian religions to be—corporations and organizations with strong, central leadership. Perhaps it is because of the heavy influence from foreign leaders who have no loyalty to America or her ideals. Regardless, something is amiss and it is up to Muslims to stand up and face the challenge of exonerating Islam while condemning radical terrorism.

A reading of LDS history will show that such a time occurred around 1890-1920 in the US. President Wilford Woodruff, the prophet, seer and revelator for the entire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the manifesto ending the practice of polygamy among the Latter-day Saints. However, the practice, unofficially, was still present. It took many years of cooperation with the law, hearings, and testimony to completely abolish the practice in the hearts and minds of the church, and to impress upon the minds of their fellow Americans that the practice was completely extinguished. Having stood so adamantly against political persecution and in defense of the practice, this was not an easy task to reverse course. Yet it had to be done, and it was.

During the period of change, rumors abounded that the practice was still alive, and the First Presidency and other officers of the church had to spend considerable effort to validate the rumors and remove those involved. I believe a few members of the Quorum of the Twelve, the governing body second only to the First Presidency, were excommunicated. There were many more excommunications throughout the church as well.

Today is not an easy time to be Muslim, and I can’t say it’s only because of the bigots who hate everything different from themselves. The reason why it’s not easy to be Muslim is because those who should be defending you outside of your faith cannot do so, because there are elements among you that deserve condemnation. Once those elements are thoroughly purged, and you have shown them to be purged, then those elements of our society who will naturally defend you (count myself among them) will be confident in standing up to the bigots on your behalf.

Keep in mind what such a purging will look like. Your brethren who support terrorism must be expelled from your mosques, and must be publicly humiliated. CAIR must be dethroned and a different, non-terrorist affiliated group must replace it. Those people among you who have, in the past, supported terrorism but no longer do, must never be allowed to stand in any position of leadership or be allowed to represent you in any way. Foreign Muslims who do not share your love of liberty and peace cannot be allowed to preach to you or influence you in any way. Your youth who find browsing online sites encouraging terrorism must be disciplined or otherwise shamed. Your mosques must be filled with the messages of love, liberty, and prosperity for all, and peaceful, co-equal co-existence with your brothers of all faiths, or no faith at all. These kinds of reforms take years, and are painful, and not fun. But they must be done.

Rep. King’s hearings are a good opportunity to do some self-inspection, and cooperation with the hearings will show the world that you want nothing more than to be part of America. If you do as Rep. Ellison is doing, and use the hearings as a time to score political points or misrepresent the hearings as a witch-hunt against Muslims, do you think Muslim-American relations will improve?

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12 Responses to “Peter King’s Hearings on Radicalization of Islam in America”

  1. sam locke Says:

    You’re a bigot to be calling CAIR a “terrorist organization”. Maybe you should get your facts straight before trying to prove a point. It’s people like you who are destroying the foundation our country was built on, equality!

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      So CAIR has condemned terrorist organizations, and is actively working with the US government to find and destroy said terrorist organizations?

      Last I heard, they were unindicted co-conspirators, launderers, and a front group.

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      By the way, “equality” doesn’t mean we allow people to actively persecute those of other faiths. Those Muslims who believe they should kill the infidels belong six feet under.

  2. jim gotler Says:

    what terrorist organizations? and what Muslims are you talking about?

  3. jim gotler Says:

    You shouldn’t believe everything you read. They have issued multiple condemnations of Islamic terrorist organizations, maybe wikipedia is leaving that out and you should research it yourself.

  4. jim gotler Says:

    btw if you ever try to “loudly and unconditionally denounce their interpretation of the scriptures and modern revelations.” I hope people listen to you because they sure don’t listen to the Muslims when they do!

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      It’s time we promoted the Muslims who denounce violence as representatives of the Muslim community, and denounced organizations like CAIR that are unindicted co-conspirators.

  5. jim gotler Says:

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