Gary Bauer / December 2, 2015

The Debate Continues

The debate over whether Muslims in America celebrated during the 9/11 attacks continues. The Trump campaign [Tuesday] produced a New York Post column written by Professor Fred Siegel three days after the 9/11 attacks. (How is it that none of the fact checkers and media mavens could find it?)

The debate over whether Muslims in America celebrated during the 9/11 attacks continues. The Trump campaign [Tuesday] produced a New York Post column written by Professor Fred Siegel three days after the 9/11 attacks. (How is it that none of the fact checkers and media mavens could find it?)

In the column, Dr. Siegel writes the following:

“Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attack in New York and Washington. But Mayor Giuliani … rightly warned New Yorkers that is would be wrong to take their anger out on the city’s Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.”

Of course, it is true that our anger should not have been aimed at all Arabs and Muslims. But we had every right to be angry at anyone who took pleasure in Americans being slaughtered!

What Dr. Siegel wrote is similar to what I reported last week regarding American Muslims celebrating on 9/11. Numerous readers of this daily report responded with their own experiences and recollections of such events. On CNN [Tuesday], former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, “People were celebrating, [Trump’s] right about that.”

Why is this such a sensitive issue and why weren’t there more reports about it? Could it be that even back then the media establishment and the political class felt that the most important objective post-9/11 was to suppress the outrage of Middle America — as if our alleged bigotry was the problem?

(For the record, the U.S. has taken in more than two million individuals from predominantly Muslims nations and the number of mosques in America has nearly doubled since 9/11.)

It isn’t only the left that feels an impulse to worry about Muslim sensitivities. I still shake my head in amazement that George W. Bush, on the advice of top aides, visited a major Washington, D.C., mosque less than a week after the 9/11 attacks to reassure the congregation that America was not at war with Islam.

Militant Islamists had just carried out the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. That was a time for Muslim leaders around the world and in America to ask to come to the White House and for them to publicly state that Islam was not at war with the West.

Why It Matters

Ultimately, this debate about the extent of 9/11 celebrations within the American Muslim community has tremendous implications for our national security. Yet it is being fought so hard by political and media elites because of its implications for immigration reform.

I have said it repeatedly and I will say it again: It is not enough to merely check whether a Muslim immigrant or refugee has blown something up or is a card-carrying member of Hezbollah or the Muslim Brotherhood. (There is evidence we aren’t even asking those basic questions.)

We should also be asking to what extent our policies are allowing people to enter the country who hate Jews, Christians and Americans and whose desire is to someday trump the Constitution with Sharia law. Not doing so is the worst type of incompetence and misfeasance.

But just for the sake of argument, let’s remove 9/11 from the equation. Let’s just think about today. Does anyone really want to argue that there isn’t a meaningful number of Muslims in the country who cheer our enemies?

The FBI tells us that there are ISIS sympathizers in every state of the union. A new report says that Islamic radicalism in the U.S. is at “unprecedented levels.”

Jihadists have carried out a series of attacks in America in recent years, which the media and political establishment have downplayed. Scores of Islamist plots have been thwarted.

This is one reason there is such simmering grassroots discontent in the country. At no time did either political party ask the American people, “We think it is a good idea to bring in large numbers of Muslims from nations which have major political problems. Is everyone on board with this?”

I guarantee that if the political class had presented that question to the public, the response would have been a resounding, “NO!”

But we don’t have to speculate. Obama’s Syrian refugee policy is a good substitute. In recent days, three polls (here, here and here) have found overwhelming opposition to it.

Good News

Here’s some good news for religious liberty: A federal court has upheld a memorial in Prince George’s County, Maryland, honoring World War I veterans.

If you are wondering why a memorial to our heroes ever ended up in court in the first place, you can thank the American Humanist Association (AHA) for that. The radical group sued, hoping to have the 40-foot “Peace Cross” torn down on the grounds that it was an unconstitutional establishment of religion. How about an establishment of reality?

Kudos to our friends at the Liberty Institute and the American Legion for defending the memorial.

A representative for the AHA expressed her disappointment with the ruling. She said the group was considering its options, including appeals to higher courts. Should the case make its way to the Supreme Court, there is no way to know what might happen given that the current majority was unable to uphold the commonsense definition of marriage.

Obama Breaks The Rules

Barack Obama has gotten so used to breaking rules here in America, he just can’t help himself. Not even when he is in other nations.

As you know, the president is attending the Paris summit on climate change. There are so many world leaders attending and speaking that each one was limited to just three minutes for their remarks. China’s president kept to his three-minute limit. Even Vladimir Putin kept his remarks to three minutes.

But not Barack Obama. He droned on and on for 14 minutes.

A courageous timekeeper tried repeatedly, but in vain, to keep the president on track. Over and over again, Obama ignored the signal telling him to stop talking.

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