More voters than ever feel the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally, even as President Obama continues to push his plan to make up to five million illegal immigrants safe from deportation.
Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. government is too aggressive in deporting those who are in the country illegally. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% believe the government is not aggressive enough in deporting these illegal immigrants, up from 52% a year ago and 56% in November.
Fifteen percent (15%) feel the current number of deportations is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Thirty-two percent (32%) believe illegal immigrants who have American-born children should be exempt from deportation, an element of Obama’s plan, but 51% now disagree. In November, voters were much more closely divided: 38% said they should be exempt from deportation, and only 42% disagreed. Seventeen percent (17%) remain undecided.
But then most voters (54%) continue to feel that a child born to an illegal immigrant mother in the United States should not automatically become a U.S. citizen, as is now the case. Thirty-eight percent (38%) favor the current policy of automatic citizenship for these children. Opposition has ranged from 51% to 65% in surveys since April 2006. Support has been in the 28% to 41% range in that same period.
An overwhelming 83% of voters think someone should be required to prove they are legally allowed in the United States before receiving local, state or federal government services. Just 12% disagree. These findings have changed little over the past four years. Continue reading this article
It’s hard to be positive about the future of California. The state is run entirely by Democrats who have made very bad decisions about resources in the past and continue to now. The have pursued diverse growth at any cost despite claiming concern about the environment. The Dems have ignored the Medieval mega-droughts that occurred in California from 900 to 1400 AD, pretending that water would be available forever when recent climate history shows otherwise.
A San Francisco TV station reported on the situation of Porterville in the central valley, where wells have been dry for two years and water is trucked in weekly. At the end, it remarks, “this could be the stark future for California’s 38 million residents.” But how will that work if water has to come by truck for hundreds of miles for millions of residents? Is that Plan B if the drought continues for years or decades?
SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most — farmers.
As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown’s order this week requires towns and cities statewide to draw down water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels. While past reductions were voluntary, Brown said he is using his emergency powers to make the cuts mandatory.
Martha Raddatz, host of ABC’s “This Week” public affairs program, asked Brown why the order doesn’t extend to California farmers, who consume 80 percent of the state’s water supply but make up less than 2 percent of the state’s economy. Brown said farmers aren’t using water frivolously on their lawns or taking long showers.
Progress never sleeps these days, and the expansion of machine intelligence is growing faster than most of us civilians can follow. However, one simple metric is the development of the self-driving car, since Google co-founder Sergey Brin forecast in 2012 that self-driving cars would be available for consumers in five years.
But it was lesser-known Delphi that scored the impressive cross-country drive, which took nine days from San Francisco to New York.
Below, the Delphi car looked pretty normal from the outside as it approached NYC.
Some aspects of self-driving are available now, like self-parking. An NBC online story about the Delphi trip includes a video of a Mercedes that can park itself when the driver pushes the park-assist button. So the smarter car is coming in pieces.
Proponents of the self-driving car like Brin emphasize that it will create safer roadway travel once all the tech issues are ironed out.
The chart below from Bloomberg estimated that 89 percent of taxi driver and chauffeur jobs are at risk from computerization.
In the very near future, America won’t need to import immigrant labor, because the machines will be doing much of the work. Therefore the correct number of immigrants now is Zero because the current systemic unemployment is partially due to businesses’ use of automation, computers and robots.
The latest chapter in the evolution of the self-driving, driverless automobile has been completed and proved successful with neither an accident or roadway incident during a cross-country trek that involved 15 states and traversed 3,400 miles.
And no, it wasn’t Tesla or Google or Mercedes or GM or Ford or even Apple (which is the latest tech company rumored to be building such a vehicle, as Tech Times has reported).
It was auto supplier Delphi Automotive, which apparently has been very quietly advancing driverless technology.
In just nine days Delphi’s blue 2014 Audi SQ5 traveled from San Francisco to New York City, only giving the wheel over to a human driver on city streets. The car, built within the past year, passed its big test with flying colors, according to Delphi.
“It was time to put it on the road and see how it performed,” says Delphi CTO Jeff Owens. “It was just tremendous.” The company noted that the vehicle did 99 percent of the trek in automated mode. Continue reading this article
From Mexifornia comes news that hispanic children get an early start on a dropout future based on their parents’ disinterest in speaking and reading to their toddlers. According to researchers, it is an attitude of latino culture that says the home is not a place for education.
Meanwhile, the administration is organizing free flights from Central America for illegal alien kiddies who will grow up to be grateful Democrats, it believes.
Images of unaccompanied children flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border defined the immigration crisis last summer.
Now, the federal government is intervening so these children won’t have to make that trek -– they’ll get to fly into the U.S. instead. For free.
A new State Department and Department of Homeland Security program seeks to stop the surge of immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador at the southern border by giving their U.S.-based parents the option to apply to have their kids picked up and put on a plane, without paying a penny. [. . .]
Unfortunately, hispanics are the fastest-growing minority and are failing to assimilate to American standards of education. A 2014 Pew report titled More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees found that in 2012, Hispanics accounted for just 9 percent of young adults (ages 25 to 29) with bachelor’s degrees compared with whites being 69 percent of the total.
As the Pew graph at right shows, very few hispanics self-identify as American so it’s not surprising they don’t value American standards of educational excellence.
Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday.
The UC Berkeley study found that four-fifths of the nation’s Mexican American toddlers lagged three to five months behind whites in preliteracy skills, oral language and familiarity with print materials.
Although earlier studies have shown that Latino children are raised with emotional warmth and develop social skills on par with others when they enter kindergarten, the new research found they are not receiving sufficient language and literacy skills at home, said Bruce Fuller, a UC Berkeley professor of education and public policy and co-author of the study.
“For many Latinos, the home is a nurturing and supportive environment, but it’s not necessarily infused with rich language and cognitive challenges,” Fuller said. “Being warm and fuzzy may lead to well-behaved youngsters but it doesn’t necessarily advance a young child’s cognitive agility.”
Mothers of toddlers who fell behind were more likely to be foreign-born, low-income and less educated. They were also less likely to read to their children daily or give them as much praise and encouragement as those whose children kept pace with white peers. Continue reading this article
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s warning is well taken, but her solution is idiotic. As an immigrant, she has “no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life” but that naivete won’t work when Muslim newbies come packed with a poisonous ideology of death. Their holy book is a murder manual that includes more than one hundred verses urging believers to slay the infidels. Of course not all Muslims are active headchoppers, but the dormant commandments of violence may surface in persons who appear assimilated but then revert to type. One example was Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from a Minneapolis high school and later returned to Somalia to blow up 30 people and himself in Mogadishu.
Finally, Muslims have a 1400-year history of conquest against infidels. They make no secret of their plans for a global caliphate under Islamic law. The author notes that the “Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030″ — how can that possibly be advantageous for America? It is a profound danger, given Muslims’ history and beliefs. The idea that some program of effective assimilation could be designed that can protect us from a self-inflicted catastrophe is pure fantasy.
Since the massacre at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, the U.S. media has understandably devoted attention to the problem of radical Islam in Europe. The fact has been widely reported that thousands of European Union citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State. Almost as much coverage has been given to stories of French Jews emigrating to Israel. And there have been numerous articles about Michel Houellebecq’s diabolically timed novel Soumission, which imagines France in 2022 with a Muslim president introducing sharia law and being fawned over by the Parisian establishment.
The implication of many of these articles is: “How utterly terrifying. Thank heavens it couldn’t happen here.”
True, there are no American equivalents of the alarmist books about Europe with titles like Eurabia or Londonistan. Apparently it is not quite time to warn about the “United States of Sharia” or “Michiganistan.” But are we underestimating the speed with which this country could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists? A growing, if still small number of cases like that of Abdi Nur — the 20-year-old student who left south Minneapolis to join IS last year — suggests we may be.
Mainly as a result of postwar migrations, there are now more than 20 million Muslims living in the European Union. In France – where accurate census data on religious affiliation are not collected – the Muslim share of the population is now estimated at between 7 and 8 percent. That is an order of magnitude larger than the current Muslim share of the U.S. population.
Yet, as the European experience shows, demographic change can happen rapidly, as a consequence of migration patterns, differentials in birth rates and – in the case of religious affiliation – rates of conversion and apostasy. In 1990 Europe (the whole continent minus Russia) had a Muslim population of 16 million. It had nearly doubled by 2010. It will be 40 million by 2030.
According to estimates by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030, mainly as a result of immigration, as well as above-average birth rates. Although in relative terms this will still represent less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population (1.7 percent, to be precise, compared with around 0.8 percent today), in absolute terms that will be a larger population than in any West European country except France. Between now and 2030, the Muslim population of the United States will be growing faster than that of any EU member state (with two exceptions where the absolute numbers are tiny: Ireland and Finland). The annual growth rate will be more than double that of France.
As an immigrant of Somali origin, I have no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life for themselves and their families. My concern is with the attitudes many of these new Muslim Americans will bring with them – and with our capacity for changing those attitudes. Continue reading this article
One of the little-noticed areas of immigrants being imported to work cheap is baseball. If you have seen your local team gradually become diverse, it is by design so owners can reduce their payrolls. Now there are so many Spanish-speaking players that the league may be about to mandate an on-site translator for every team.
You didn’t expect the foreigners to learn English, I hope. That would be discriminatory and anti-diverse. And racist.
[. . .] The evolution from black to Caribbean players isn’t as casual as owners would have fans believe, that it’s an extension of improved global scouting or a greater skill level among players from warm-weather climates who play baseball year around.
Instead, black players, and to a lesser degree white players, have been systematically displaced because of the little-known P-1 visa. Here’s how it works.
In 2006, Congress passed the COMPETE Act which lifted the cap on the P visa for professional baseball players. George W. Bush, then-president, had owned the Texas Rangers. Before the COMPETE Act, most players came to the U.S. on H-2B visas for seasonal employees that are capped at about 66,000 annually. Players also had to vie with other seasonal employees like agricultural workers or summer resort staff for the hard-to-get visas.
After the COMPETE Act became law, MLB owners could sign an unlimited number of foreign-born players with every confidence that they could bring them to the U.S. at any time. That overseas players could be signed for much less money than American prospects was even more appealing to owners. [. . .]
This is the process by which whole fields of endeavor become less friendly to American participation so business can save money. Globalist hacks blubber that “(fill in the blank) is a job American just don’t want to do” and now that mythical category includes professional baseball that can pay millions of dollars yearly to top players.
Naturally the New York Times coverage emphasizes the wonderfulness of diverse foreigners speaking a language other than English: it colorfully quotes entire sentences in Spanish. The piece also assumes that American sports fans will be thrilled to hear the thoughts of foreign players — doubtful.
TAMPA, Fla. — When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier while crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a sizable gathering.
So a Spanish-speaking reporter stepped in to translate a few questions and answers. Then a clubhouse attendant who speaks Spanish arrived and the interview continued.
“Were you scared?” Pirela was asked.
“Sí, un poquito,” Pirela said. “Pero traté de relajarme un poco y de mantenerme positivo de que las cosas iban a salir.”
“Yes, a little,” the clubhouse attendant said. “He tried to relax and stay positive that everything was going to be all right.”
Such an arrangement is not all that unusual for some major league baseball players from Spanish-speaking countries, who accounted for 22 percent of the opening day rosters last season.
While almost all Asian players have their own interpreters — the Yankees’ three Japanese players last year each had their own — players who speak Spanish typically must rely on teammates, coaches, clubhouse attendants, media relations officials or sometimes members of the news media to express themselves if they feel uncomfortable doing so in English. (Few reporters covering major league teams are bilingual.)
This has meant that even as baseball’s demographics continue to shift toward foreign-born players, highlighted by the wave of Cubans, including current stars like Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes, their voices do not always weigh as heavily in the season-long narratives of their teams as their bats might suggest.
This may be about to change. Major League Baseball has been working with the players’ union on an initiative this season to encourage every team to have a Spanish-speaking interpreter to help players communicate with the largely English-speaking news media in their native language. Continue reading this article
But prisons offer a captive audience of angry young men who may be open to hearing an excuse for violent behavior. Some inmates are receptive to the belief that rape, assult and murder are acceptable when done by Muslims against infidels for the glory of Allah: just follow your violent actions with an Allahu Ackbar and it’s all cool. Islam is therefore the ideal religion for criminals.
Ayaan points out that some of the imams doing prison ministries are dangerous and dedicated to jihad, yet are paid by the government to teach Islam behind bars to persons already inclined toward violence.
A radical imam threatened me with death—and was later hired to preach in U.S. prisons. I was surprised, but I shouldn’t have been.
Less than a year after I moved to the United States in 2006, I was asked to speak at the University of Pittsburgh. Among those who objected to my appearance was a local imam, Fouad El Bayly, of the Johnstown Islamic Center. Mr. Bayly was born in Egypt but has lived in the U.S. since 1976. In his own words, I had “been identified as one who has defamed the faith.” As he explained at the time: “If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.”
After a local newspaper reported Mr. Bayly’s comments, he was forced to resign from the Islamic Center. That was the last I would hear of him—or so I thought.
Imagine my surprise when I learned recently that the man who threatened me with death for apostasy is being paid by the U.S. Justice Department to teach Islam in American jails.
According to records on the federal site USASpending.gov and first reported by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, the Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded Mr. Bayly a $10,500 contract in February 2014 to provide “religious services, leadership and guidance” to inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. Ten months later he received another federal contract, worth $2,400, to provide “Muslim classes for inmates” at the same prison. Continue reading this article
Across the pond, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been pounding British mainstream parties with their failure to stop the excessive immigration that has been plaguing the island with hostile Muslims and job-grabbing Eastern Europeans.
On Tuesday, Farage held an outdoor presser near the iconic cliffs of Dover to unveil a new billboard design for the upcoming election, shown below:
The BBC was there to film the event:
FARAGE: This subject of immigration goes right to the heart of the public’s disillusion with politicians. It is all about trust. Now five years ago David Cameron said, in his contract with Britain in his manifesto, that he would reduce immigration into Britain to 1990s levels, i.e. back to tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands a year. . . When Cameron made that promise, he was being willfully dishonest, because he knew the truth, now the British public five years on know the truth, that you actually cannot have an immigration policy, you can’t set targets of any kind at all, you can’t attempt to control who comes into Britain all the while you’re members of the European Union.
Who but Nigel Farage would say without apology that immigration has fundamentally changed the social fabric and culture of the nation, and not for the better?
What a shame we don’t have a political leader like that in America.
Ukip leader unveils first general election poster and makes immigration centre of the party’s campaign
Nigel Farage declared immigration has left towns and cities in Britain almost unrecognisable for many people over the last decade, as he unveiled the UK Independence party’s (Ukip) first general election poster, an image of the white cliffs of Dover with three escalators running up them.
The Ukip leader said he was making immigration the central plank of his campaign and wants the the chance to grill David Cameron on the issue at the leaders’ television debates later this week.
Standing in front of his new billboard in a pub car park in St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, Farage moved beyond making a case that immigration puts pressure on wages, schools and hospitals to a more emotional argument that it is changing the culture of the UK.
He said immigration was the number one issue for the electorate in “all the opinion polls”, although some surveys put the NHS first among the concerns of voters.
The poster is a modification of a previous advert showing a single escalator leading up the white cliffs. It bears the slogan: “Immigration is three times higher than the Tories promised.”
Farage said immigration was having an impact on A&E services, GP appointments and primary school places. But he went on to say it was also causing a “change in our communities that has left many people in our towns and cities frankly finding it difficult to recognise the place being the same as it was 10 to 15 years ago.” Continue reading this article
It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that a Morgan Hill CA school was right to disallow American students wearing of patriotic clothing on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. School authorities feared the Mexican students would riot if the offending American clothing items were not removed and the patriotic students were forced to change.
On the day after the shirt altercation, the Mexicans staged a walkout from the school.
[. . .]The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus.
To many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.
“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”
It’s called winning through intimidation, and the case must be counted as a loss for the freedom to express American patriotism.
White high school students sued after an assistant principal asked them to turn their American flag shirts inside-out to prevent fights on Cinco de Mayo.
(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from white high school students who sued after an assistant principal asked them to turn their American flag T-shirts inside-out to prevent fights from breaking out on Cinco de Mayo.
The justices left intact a lower court ruling that said officials at Live Oak High School in northern California had justifiable safety concerns and didn’t violate the students’ free speech rights.
The case tested what has proven to be a tricky balance between school security and the First Amendment. Live Oak officials said they had reason to worry about ethnic and gang violence at the school-sanctioned Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010. The suing students said they shouldn’t pay the price for the possibility that others would react negatively toward their clothing.
A year earlier Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexican culture, was marred at the school by an altercation between white and Hispanic students over the display of an American flag. The school’s assistant principal, Miguel Rodriguez, acted in 2010 after hearing from students that more trouble was brewing. Continue reading this article
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a top quisling in the Gang of Eight amnesty scheme, thinks appealing to his tribe the Cubans will be a plus for obtaining the American Presidency in 2016. It’s an odd strategy, but one which will likely find favor with the media elites.
Hey, Rubio, most Americans don’t care squat about Florida Cubans, some of whom were criminals deported by Castro in 1980 to stupid-generous America. But Rubio seems to want to play the hispanic card rather than expertise or accomplishment. Maybe he is really pitching to be the Vice President on a Republican ticket that would then include the all-important Diversity! Anyway, Rubio is young at 43 and may be strategizing for a more serious run at a later date.
Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13, which appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida’s junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.
A Rubio adviser stressed nothing has been nailed down for any kind of announcement, but the timing makes sense: Likely presidential candidate Rand Paul is expected to make things official April 7, followed by a five-day, five-state announcement tour, so Rubio presumably would not want to share the spotlight during that period.
All-but-announced candidate Jeb Bush appears to be in no rush to shift more formally into campaign mode, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made his announcement this week, and Democrat Hillary Clinton is expected to make her campaign announcement in April as well, though nothing has been set.
Rubio, 43, has been preparing for a potential presidential run for at least a year. While behind in most early polls, he has generated considerable buzz as a top-tier contender who offers the party a fresh face, foreign policy experience, charisma and substance.
The Freedom Tower is apparently one of several venues under consideration by Rubio, but it could be an ideal postcard setting to kick off a presidential campaign promoting the promise and greatness of America by the son of Cuban immigrants. Continue reading this article
Many liberal media outlets push the propaganda that diversity is the highest good, but few do it with the ham-handed clumsiness of the Los Angeles Times. The paper has promoted topics like backward hispanic culture, unconstitutional executive amnesty and lawbreaking street vendors as if the readership should embrace behaviors that harm American law, sovereignty and culture.
The Sunday front page above the fold contained quite a zinger, touting diversity while admitting that it hasn’t had the desired effect in police-community relations, bringing only “some relief” while “distrust lingers”:
Note to la Times: diversity may be the trendy ideology du jour among liberals, but science has affirmed the hard-wired tribal nature of humans. We all prefer people who dress, speak and believe like us. When left-wingers don’t like social generalizations, they call it racism; but in the universities the study is known as sociology.
Yep, the PD is diverse and probably has plenty of non-English speakers, so complaints about alleged police misconduct can be heard multi-lingually. Progress!
Note that according to the graph below, the city of Los Angeles is only 28 percent white.
Details in the story reveal that the perfect diverse utopia has not yet been achieved in Los Angeles. Oh well!
The sweeps came on Friday nights in South Los Angeles, often before big events like Raiders games. Police would round up young men they thought were gang members and hold them over the weekend to keep violence down, a campaign launched by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates to control “the rotten little cowards.”
Francisco McClure recalled being arrested several times, only to be released the following Monday mornings without being charged. For the young black man, the fact that most of the officers were white made the experience even more bitter.
The martial arts instructor, 50, these days sees more Latino and black faces patrolling his community of Jefferson Park, and he says the officers don’t hassle residents as much. He commends them for holding neighborhood forums and using more dashboard cameras.
But, he said, “they just cleaned up their act a little. Before it was white against blacks. Now it’s just blue against blacks.”
The Los Angeles Police Department often is cited as an example of how recruiting nonwhite officers can improve community relations. The LAPD, once a predominantly white institution, now closely mirrors the city’s demographics and is majority nonwhite — from the glass offices at headquarters to patrol cars working the beat.
There is wide agreement that the transformation has helped, turning even some longtime LAPD critics into supporters.
“The department has moved away from being an occupying force in South L.A. and East L.A. to one that interacts and is more representative of those communities,” said John Mack, a veteran civil rights leader who recently served as a police commissioner.
LAPD and community in a wary detente But Mack and others also acknowledge that a more diverse police force has not extinguished distrust in the community it serves. Continue reading this article
JON STEWART: I think people single out Islam as though there is something inherently wrong with it that wasn’t wrong with other religions, so I guess my point is if Christianity went through almost the exact same process, people who thought they were purer and that created violence, so I get they sense that you think Islam is different than other religions.
AYAAN HIRSI ALI: I’m saying that Christianity went through that process of reformation and enlightenment and came to a place where the mass of Christians at least in the western world have accepted tolerance in the secular state, the separation of church and state, respect for women, respect for gays.
But Stewart is stuck on making chopper Muslims just another religious group, insisting that African Christians are beheaders too. If so, I missed it, although African Christians have been fighting back against the brutal warfare of Boko Haram jihadists, who have killed more than 1000 civilians so far this year.
However, as a former Muslim and self-defined atheist, her opinion about improving Islam counts as a big fat zero among allah’s believers. In fact, she requires 24/7 security against jihad enthusiasts for being critical of Islam.
The Wall Street Journal published an essay from the author that outlines the new book. It’s nice that she says Islam needs a “reformation” but America really should think in terms of keeping historic enemies out rather than putting energy into the pipe dream of remodeling an Evil Empire of 1400 years duration. Islam needs to be quarantined within its own rather extensive lands.
To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war.
“Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.” Nearly 20 years later, Huntington looks more right than ever before. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at least 70% of all the fatalities in armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving Muslims. In 2013, there were nearly 12,000 terrorist attacks world-wide. The lion’s share were in Muslim-majority countries, and many of the others were carried out by Muslims. By far the most numerous victims of Muslim violence—including executions and lynchings not captured in these statistics—are Muslims themselves.
Not all of this violence is explicitly motivated by religion, but a great deal of it is. I believe that it is foolish to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself. For more than a decade, my message has been simple: Islam is not a religion of peace.
When I assert this, I do not mean that Islamic belief makes all Muslims violent. This is manifestly not the case: There are many millions of peaceful Muslims in the world. What I do say is that the call to violence and the justification for it are explicitly stated in the sacred texts of Islam. Moreover, this theologically sanctioned violence is there to be activated by any number of offenses, including but not limited to apostasy, adultery, blasphemy and even something as vague as threats to family honor or to the honor of Islam itself. Continue reading this article
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