Wednesday, February 27, 2008

U.S. Mosques Preaching Anti-Western Ideals

I think many Americans are lulled into thinking radical Islam is limited to other countries and that once Muslims here taste what the West has to offer, they embrace it. It's easier to think that way. Easier to believe these are a few rogue ideologues who want us dead. Easier to believe that the Muslims here despise that way of thinking as much as we do. it's not in out makeup to be suspect of an entire religion. We don't want to be biased.

I got over that a few years ago. Unlike Europe (where they are now doing away with piggy banks lest Muslims be offended), I will not err on the side of political correctness... I am okay with the fact that I will no longer take my kids to the Philadelphia Zoo because it's morphed into a burqa-fest. I am capable of judging each individual I meet on their merits, but as a group...I'm suspect and will remain that way until given a concrete reason to think differently.

"An undercover survey of more than 100 mosques and Islamic schools in America has exposed widespread radicalism, including the alarming finding that 3 in 4 Islamic centers are hotbeds of anti-Western extremism.

The Mapping Sharia in America Project, sponsored by the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, has trained former counterintelligence and counterterrorism agents from the FBI, CIA and U.S. military, who are skilled in Arabic and Urdu, to conduct undercover reconnaissance at some 2,300 mosques and Islamic centers and schools across the country.

"So far of 100 mapped, 75 should be on a watchlist," an official familiar with the project said.

Many of the Islamic centers are operating under the auspices of the Saudi Arabian government and U.S. front groups for the radical Muslim Brotherhood based in Egypt.

Frank Gaffney, a former Pentagon official who runs the Center for Security Policy, says the results of the survey have not yet been published. But he confirmed that "the vast majority" are inciting insurrection and jihad through sermons by Saudi-trained imams and anti-Western literature, videos and textbooks." (source)

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