Dr.Paul L. Williams
June 3rd, 2009
OBAMA AFFIRMS USA NOW
“ONE OF THE LARGEST MUSLIM COUNTRIES”
On his way to Saudi Arabia with the intent of strengthening US relations with the Islamic world, President Barrack Obama said that the United States is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. The president made this assertion in the course of an interview with Laura Haim on Canal Plus, the French television station. Is America really one of the largest Muslim countries in the world?
The question begs an answer.
According to many estimates, America’s Muslim population climbed from 1.6 million in 1995 to 8 million in 2005, making Islam the second largest religious body in the country.1 The true number may be substantially lower or higher since the U. S. Census Bureau refuses to collect data on religious identification. In 2008, the Pew Research Center estimated that the Islamic population of America is 2.35 million. But Pew researchers admit that this figure is flawed since it does not take into account immigrant and poor black Muslims.2 The telephone survey was conducted strictly with landlines and failed to take into account the fact that nearly 50% of Americans and age 18-35 and nearly 100% of the illegal immigrants use cell phones exclusively.3
Muslim organizations affix the figure from 8 to 10 million in 2008 based on more accurate measures, including mosque attendance. Talal al-Haj, UN bureau chief of the Middle East Broadcasting Center, concurs with this estimate. In any case, the growth of Islam in America during the past decade has been both monumental and alarming.
Islam has permeated nearly every aspect of American life, and the full extent of the permeation remains an X factor. But this much has come to light. In 1990, less than 600 mosques existed in the home of the free and the land of the brave. By 2000, that number had climbed to 1,400. This figure failed to reflect the Muslim houses of worship that had sprouted up in low-rent storefronts, abandoned warehouses, Middle Eastern social clubs, private residences, college campuses, and second story business space. By 2007, a consensual estimate of the number of mosques in America exceeds 6,000.
This would be all well and good in the global age of diversity and multiculturalism, save for the fact that eighty percent of the mosques were established by sheikhs from Saudi Arabia, who shelled out more than ninety billion dollars in recent years to bring about the conversion of millions of Americans to Wahhabism, the most radical form of Islam.4 Many of these mosques called for support of the jihad, the establishment of a universal caliphate, and the destruction of western civilization. Several sheltered the operatives of 9/11.
Islamists had infiltrated not only the prison system, the military, the highest recesses of academia and college administration, but also every branch of American government, including the FBI and CIA. No less than their counterparts in Europe, the American Muslims were making demands and, no less than in Europe, the demands were being met. Muslim special agents in the FBI insisted upon separate potties from “infidel agents”; Muslim teachers in public schools, while denigrating Christianity, promoted Islam by having their students recite prayers and verses from the Quran on prayer rugs; Muslim activists brought about the shelving of a PBS documentary “Islam vs. Islamists” and the censorship of such popular programs as “Touched by an Angel”; and Muslim women called for the expulsion of all men, including male lifeguards, from public pools and parks at certain hours of the day so that they could swim and stroll without fear of any violation to their sense of modesty. (The latter demand was made and heeded at Harvard University, where the female Muslim students demanded the expulsion of men from the campus athletic center at certain hours during the week).5
What was occurring throughout the country was typified by a seemingly trivial even that occurred just before Christmas 2003. Muslim community leaders in California brought about the change in the name of a Catholic high school football team in San Juan Capistrano from the Crusaders to the Lions. Meanwhile, twenty miles up the road in Irvine, the newly created Muslim Football League announced the emergence of such tenderly named teams as the Intifada, the Mujahadeen, the Saracens, and the Sword of Allah.6
Other developments were infinitely more disturbing, including the perpetuation of Islamic attacks on American soil- - the killings by the Beltway snipers, the “honor killings” in Scottsdale and Louisville, the attack on the Jewish Federation Center in Seattle, the shooting rampage at a mall in Salt Lake City, and this week’s assassination of soldiers at an Army recruiting station by Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad — a 24-year-old Little Rock resident formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe The fact that such crimes were committed with cries of “Allahu Akhbar” gained scant mention in the press. Few impeccably coiffured national news personalities, let alone local law enforcement officials, wished to manifest the slightest symptom of the country’s newest and most dreaded sociopathic disorder: Islamophobia.
“The teachings of Islam are good and peaceful,” former President George W. Bush proclaimed theday after 9/11, “and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.” This mantra was recited by federal officials, including the employees of the newly created Department of Homeland Security, and egregious Christian clerics, including Rick Warren and Robert Schuller.
But Islam never was a religion of peace. Islamic history, from the birth of the prophet Mohammed to the rise of al Qaeda, represents a history of unredeemed violence and suppression. What’s more, at this writing, every bloody conflict within every region of the world, from Chechnya to Somalia, from Indonesia to Iraq, from Afghanistan to Argentina, from the Balkans to the Philippines, bears one common denominator: Islam.