By de Andréa
Given Lincoln’s perspective of a nation torn asunder by Civil War, his words are worth noting.
The violent terror of Islam, since 610 AD has been a serious global threat that we must defeat once and for all. There is however, another threat to the safety, security, and liberty of our own country that we must also defeat – the threat of invasive “Cultural Jihad” and how it is aided by the forces of “Political Correctness.” and “Multiculturalism”.
Those of you who follow this issue closely, know this is not new information. You know Cultural Jihad in Great Britain and France – aided by political correctness – is well advanced. You know it is on the march in Canada, and has taken root here in America as well.
The picture is taken in the streets of NYC. In Paris Parisian women are not allow to go in public without their heads covered, because it may offend Muslims. Sharia law takes precedence over the rights of citizens.
It bears repeating, over and over, that we must be vigilant against the threat that lies within – a threat of “Suicide by tolerance.” We must be vigilant to stand up and proudly defend the core values that produced the greatness of Western Civilization. For as another great American, Thomas Jefferson, wrote: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
Walt Kelly, the cartoonist and satirist once had his famous character Pogo say, "We have met the enemy and he is us." In the clash between the West and Islam, this is increasingly true. We are our own worst enemy.
Those of us who care about the survival of Western civilization occasionally rage about the way Muslim organizations feign outrage in the media at the tiniest slight. We grind our teeth when those organizations file human rights complaints against the writings of the likes of Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant. We warn against our governments permitting the implementation of Sharia law and against the insidious teachings of imams at mosques and Islamic community centers as well as in our own public schools.
But really, could our enemy Islam take over this country unless our liberal hate America elites let them, or didn’t help them?
True, the Alberta human rights complaint against Levant was brought by something called the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), and the one against Steyn was initiated by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), both of which make it look as if Muslims are behind these attacks on our free speech.
Read about legal Jihad on American writers by British Courts.
Yet would either grievance have gone anywhere in the absence of government-sponsored, tax-supported agencies that encourage vocal advocacy groups to lodge formal complaints against their foes, and then pay their way?
Imagine the fleeting lives of such complaints in the absence of laws -- passed by liberal Western politicians, not professional Muslim cause-pleaders --granting them legitimacy.
The Syed Soharwardys (ISCC head) and Mohammad Elmasrys (CIC boss) of the world might rail on to a sympathetic reporter or two about the indignations the Levants and Steyns are defaming their religion. However, without the backing of modern Western governments and the politically correct functionaries who pull their levers, open their money spigots and crack their whips, such complainants would be as trees falling in the forest with no one there to hear.
It wasn't the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIRCAN) that sent chief CIBC economist Jeff Rubin for Muslim sensitivity training three years ago after a bank financial report offended the particularly pugnacious, litigious Muslim organization. It was Rubin's fearful, PC bosses at CIBC.
Yes, CAIR-CAN, the CIC and the ISCC delight in taking full advantage of the official avenues open to them to criticize and intimidate their foes, but they didn't create those avenues and there is little they could do if our governments and politically correct corporations decided to close them tomorrow.
The best example of what I mean surfaced this week from the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency ( BECTA). Shoo Fly publishers of Newcastle has produced a very innovative, interactive software version of the Three Little Pigs -- a 3D book designed to encourage young children to develop critical thinking abilities. It has won several awards, but was not approved by BECTA because "the use of pigs raises cultural issues.” In particular, the company was told, "Judges would not recommend this product to the Muslim community," out of concern the pig images would be upsetting.British papers were instantly filled with headlines such as "PC gone mad! Muslims devour Little Red Riding Hood." The western government are promoting Islamic cultural jihad by taking the reins of the Muslim agenda themselves.
But, of course, Muslims had done no such thing. Indeed, the Muslim Council of Britain told the Daily Telegraph, "We are not offended by that at all," and called on British schools to welcome the books.
I am not saying Muslims pose no threat to our way of life. Of course if Muslims had their way we would all become converts, or at the very least servile dhimmah living at the whim and under the thumb of a worldwide Islamic twelfth Caliphate. Muslims who protested in the Western world two winters ago against the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, were enabled by our own PC elites to take to the streets carrying signs with slogans such as "Death to those who dishonor the Prophet." Moreoner they killed a few Catholic Nuns. Or the demand of death to the British teacher in Africa for naming the class teddy bear Muhammad.
Still, their infiltration of cultural jihad would go nowhere legally, culturally or politically without our governments, politicians, bureaucrats and experts bending over backwards and falling all over themselves to appear sensitive to the culture of our enemy.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Call it suicide by tolerance, call it what ever you want. But the Western world with its institutions of democracy and the rule of constitutional law, with its advances in science and medicine, its progress in individual liberty. Moreover, its historic devotion to reason and its developments in culture and the arts will soon disappear because its own elites could not be proud enough of its achievements to defend it from the enemy that is growing within.
If you had a malignant tumor, would you encourage it to grow? Think about it…