Germany is giving us a template on how we handle Muslims: just like we handle neo-Nazis.
According to Bloomberg, German police carried out 30 predawn raids against the nation’s largest neo-Nazi group two days ago.
Why? Because German authorities are determined to “stamp out” this movement because it is “potentially violent.” According to Interior Ministry spokesman Markus Beyer, the group includes within it a “violent subculture” of extremists.
Authorities are also alarmed that the movement thrives behind prison walls, where “imprisoned comrades” are urged to “fight on against the system.”
Bloomberg describes the neo-Nazis as a “virulent political force” which is “more extreme” than other anti-Semitic groups in German because of “their implicit support for an authoritarian ‘Fuehrer state’” modeled after the Third Reich.
The German government banned one neo-Nazi organization in 2009 because it “sought to attract youths to an anti-Semitic...ideology.” Police discovered “extremist lyircs” during a raid on one of its camping sites on the Baltic Sea.
Let’s see. What other organization operating in the West is “potentially violent,” has a “violent subculture” of extremists inside it, thrives inside prisons, is a “virulent political force,” tries to “attract youths to an anti-Semitic...ideology,” supports an “authoritarian...state” and includes “extremist lyrics” (such as “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them”) in its repertoire?
I’ll give you a hint. It’s not the Southern Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, or the United Methodists.
Islam obviously, as 9/11 and 32 subsequent foiled terrorist attacks on U.S. soil attest, has great potential for violence. It includes radical jihadists (a “violent subculture”) within its ranks, does some of its best recruiting in prison (one imam in Britain actually directs terrorist cells from inside the prison where he resides as an inmate), cultivates a jihadist and anti-semitic mentality in youths (the valedictorian of a Saudi-funded high school in Virginia is now in prison for trying to assassinate the president of the United States, and Muslim youth are taught that Jews should be wiped off the planet), and aims to impose sharia law on all Americans at the point of a sword if necessary (can’t get any more “authoritarian” than that).
I see no reason why our policies toward Islam in the West in general and America in particular should not be a mirror image of our policies toward the neo-Nazi movement.
Whatever steps we take in public education and law enforcement to reduce the threat of Aryan supremacists are the same steps we should take in reducing the threat Koranic Islam poses to the West.
Bottom line: whatever the FBI does to keep white supremacists in line is the same thing it ought to be doing to keep Islam in check.
For instance, according to Athan G. Theoharis in his book The FBI: A comprehensive reference guide (p. 32), FBI agents were ordered in 1964 to “frustrate any effort” by the KKK and other supremacist organizations “to recruit new or youthful adherents,” and to miss no “opportunity” to expose the “devious maneuvers and duplicity” of white supremacist groups.
In other words, the goal was to make it unthinkable for America’s youth to join a white supremacist group. A noble goal for today, I suggest. Our aim should be to make it as unthinkable for a resident of America to embrace Islam as we have made it to embrace Aryan Nations ideology. And for the same reasons.
That sounds eminently fair to me - let’s choke off violent, anti-semitic ideology and actions wherever we find them, whether in the meetings of skinheads or in the mosques of America. Anybody have a problem with that?
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