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To Protest Is Their First Amendment Right

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Crisis Magazine had a great article today titled “On the Civilizational Struggle With Islam” by William Kirkpatrick. The author dwells on the topic of appeasement, an attitude growing in popularity in western countries today. (I would call it a metastasizing cancer) We saw how appeasement benefited Great Britain and her allies when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the 1938 Munich “peace” Pact with the Nazis.

According to Kirkpatrick, what is called for today in the struggle against militant Islamic jihadists is an “ideological counter-attack”. Worldwide violence including barbarous and cowardly  attacks on American soil are not carried out by other religious minorities, by Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, or Mormons against peaceful Moslems but by jihadists. Does anyone disagree?

Kirkpatrick continues his sharp observation that “[i]n a sane society, Islam and its representatives would be put on the defensive, not critics of Islam. Instead of exonerating Islam of responsibility for Islamic terror, non-Muslims should pressure Muslims to justify the tenets of Islam that call for violence.”

In San Antonio, we see the manifestations of aggressive Islamic activism during two occasions this past February and March when the Village Parkway Baptist Church was targeted as protesters led by the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called out media outlets and political allies to stand with them to publicly accuse the church of sponsoring hate and bigotry. Among the organizations sponsoring and promoting the protests were CAIR, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Indivisible 21, Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAR), Move-SA, Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), San Antonio Peace Center, Vets Against Islamophobia, In Common Defense PAC.

While CAIR is definitely an Islamic rights organization, the others, I suspect, are commonly called “useful idiot” propagandists. I’m sure a definition of this term is not warranted. CAIR describes itself as a  “grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide.”  But CAIR has many detractors. The former FBI chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz, explains that “CAIR, its leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups.” [Joseph Farah, “Between the Lines: The Real CAIR,” WorldNetDaily, Apr. 25, 2003; Steve Pomerantz, “Counterterrorism in a Free Society,” The Journal of Counterterrorism & Security International, Spring 1998.]

The strong ties between CAIR and the terrorist organization, HAMAS, is well documented. [CAIR, 20 Years of Terror] The United Arab Emirates designated CAIR a terrorist organization along with the Moslem Brotherhood in 2014.

I asked Pastor Steve Branson of Village Parkway Baptist Church whom I’ve come to know as a faithful disciple of Christ, a Godly man and always a principled and thoroughly mature Christian gentleman about those protests in front of his church on February 23rd and March 21st.

Why would these protesters target Col. Roy White who has held very informative, educational forums at the church with upstanding, well-balanced speakers on subjects important to all thinking, level-headed Texans?

In Pastor Branson’s words, “Col. White is one of the nicest men I’ve ever met, very well balanced in everything he does, very educational … Roy White’s brought  interesting speakers including Moslems to come in and speak to us at Village Parkway Baptist … all balanced speakers but the ‘Left’  never pays attention to what’s being  taught or being discussed. They just want us to stop talking. I am for an open discussion, always have, always will be, where you’re dealing with the issues and try to figure out what’s really going on. Put the facts on the table so we can all make up our minds.”

I told him I missed the two events but wondered what all the fuss was about.

“If the protesters came in the first time on February 23rd”, according to Pastor Branson, “they would have been in agreement with the speaker, constitutional lawyer Karen Lugo, who said you can’t shut down mosques. It’s their first amendment right. The other side don’t want to solve any issues. Some of the attendees went out to speak to the protesters but they just got shouted down.

“They need to come and find out what we’re doing to see for themselves that there’s no bigotry or hate involved.  If there was, I wouldn’t allow it. Radical Islam is bigotry and hate of the worst kind and us talking about it and making people aware of the extremes of Islam is not bigotry and hate and that’s part of the leftist agenda to intimidate and shut down discussion.”

In Kirkpatrick’s article today he was blunt in admonishing America that we need to man up and confront radical Islam and its surrogate “civil rights” agencies. “Right now, the West is worried about the danger of provoking Islam. But there is a greater danger. By refusing to confront and challenge Islam’s ideology, we allow an already confident Islam to grow more confident and stronger—two characteristics that make it all the more attractive to lukewarm Muslims and potential convents. The West’s walking-on-eggshells strategy is aimed at preventing a confrontation with Islam, but it may only serve to delay a confrontation to a point in time when the West is too weak to stand up to Islam.”

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