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Islam Is Not a Religion

Burt Prelutsky · Nov. 13, 2017

It is high time that we in the West acknowledge that for the past 1400 years, Muslims have been at war with us. Sometimes, you’d hardly be aware of it. On other occasions, as when they invaded Europe during the Dark Ages or the Barbary pirates attacked our ships shortly after we’d won our freedom from England, they became something more than a blight on the world’s landscape.

If Islam is to be considered a religion, so is Nazism, Communism and so is my left shoe. What Islam really is is a plague that spreads cancer to every corner of the earth.

Since 1979, when Jimmy Carter pulled the Persian rug out from under the Shah and ushered in 38 years of constant upheaval in the Middle East, Muslims have proven to be a worse nuisance than Russia, China or North Korea, and far likelier to use nuclear bombs to make a point.

By posing as followers of a religion, the barbarians have staved off a great deal of the hatred and derision that would otherwise be aimed in their direction. And what a religion it is that we’re supposed to respect! Its holy book calls for the subjugation and mutilation of women, insists that non-Muslims should either be killed or converted, and decrees that depicting Allah in a cartoon is a capital offense.

We are told that most Muslims don’t follow the teachings of Muhammad all that closely. If that’s the case, why don’t they take up another religion that would free them of the obligation of claiming they shouldn’t be lumped in with those who blow up, burn, shoot, stab, hack and drive over infidels? Moreover, often as not, “infidels” are simply those who belong to a different faction of the death cult, be they Shia or Sunni.

On top of everything else, Muslims aren’t very bright. For instance, the lunkhead who was driving the rented van over the bicyclists in New York City allegedly spent weeks planning his attack.

Imagine taking more than 10 seconds to decide to drive a vehicle over a bunch of innocent kids. What exactly took him so long? It wasn’t exactly like planning the Normandy invasion. The fact that the plans included arming himself with two guns — one of which shot paint balls, the other pellets — would lead you to assume that Curly, Moe and Shep helped Sayfullo Saipov work out the logistics of the massacre.

It didn’t make anyone sleep any better when we got word that Mr. Saipov was in America for no better reason than that he had been a prize winner in the federal Diversity Visa Program (DVP) lottery.

Until now, I had been unaware of the program that not only hands out 50,000 visas to people who have no business being here in the first place but who are apparently allowed to bring along 23 of their nearest and dearest. Assuming my math skills haven’t totally deserted me, that means that the DVP is an open sesame for 1,200,000 (50,000 x 24) people we don’t know from Adam or from Allah, for that matter.


Perhaps I come across as a hypocrite, inasmuch as I have a beard, but if someone from a Muslim country shows up at our border with 18-inch whiskers, we should send him home until he shaves. And after he shaves, we should also keep him out, but at least he’d be clean-shaven. Neatness counts.

Of course, I realize that just because someone has a long shaggy beard doesn’t necessarily mean he has jihadism on his mind. He might very well be a professional baseball player. And although people always say you can’t have too much pitching, I think we already have plenty of them, and we certainly don’t need to import any more.


The other day, while driving my car, which is the only time I listen to talk radio, I heard Michael Medved say something that even for him was stupider than usual. He took Donald Trump to task for saying that justice should come swiftly for Sayfullo Saipov. Frankly, I suspect that Trump spoke for most of us, including even Democrats.

But Medved, who rarely approves of anything Trump says or does, used that totally legitimate statement as a pretext to suggest Trump had demeaned law enforcement. Only a Never-Trump dunderhead who had cast his vote a year ago for Evan McMullin would dare claim that Trump had lumped our legal system and the cops together.

You would have to be someone who has spent years insisting that Hillary Clinton is very bright and was a very nice person when he and she attended Yale at the same time to defend a legal system that currently resembles something concocted by the Marx Brothers.

It used to be that once sentence had been pronounced, the prisoner could only be granted an appeal if new evidence turned up or if the prosecuting attorney was found to have railroaded the defendant on fraudulent testimony. Today, you find serial killers growing old on Death Row while their lawyers lead blind Lady Justice up one dark alley and down another.


Penny Alfonso, possibly Chicago’s sole conservative, sent me a cartoon showing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama wearing Revolutionary War uniforms. She is saying: “I just gave the British 20% of all our gunpowder.” He replies: “Sounds great!”

I wrote back to say: “It’s hard to believe that 63 million Americans voted for her and that even more would have elected him to a third term.”

Mrs. Alfonso replied: “Maybe we owe a debt of gratitude to FDR for his ego. Thanks to his winning a third and fourth term, we got the 22nd Amendment. I think it’s a safe bet that without that amendment, Obama would absolutely be into his third term. Kool Aid poisoning is pretty permanent.”

I set her straight: “Without the 22nd, we would probably be into Bill Clinton’s seventh term.”

“With Hillary still waiting in the wings for her turn?” she asked.

“No way that Ms. Pantsuits would wait this long. Bill would already be dead; the cause of his mysterious death currently under investigation by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.”

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