Within moments after the second plane hit the World Trade Centers on that fateful day nine years ago, the nation knew that the world would never be the same. No one knew what the world would look like today, but everyone knew it would never be the same.
How soon we forget: when we could arrive at the airport, buy our ticket, check our bags and board our plane without ever seeing a security guard; when we had never heard of an IED; when Islam was a religion for foreigners. It is a new, more dangerous world than it was on Sept. 10, 2001.
Within hours after the attack, pictures and responses began pouring in. Pundits, politicians and ordinary people speculated on the meaning of the attack. Who would do such a thing, and why?
Muslims knew who did it, and they celebrated.
If we have learned nothing else in the nine years since the attack, we must recognize that radical Islamists take seriously that portion of the Quran that orders Muslims to kill the infidels.
- Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam (9:29)
- Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable (3:85)
- Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam. (5:33)
- Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; kill the infidels wherever you catch them (9:5)
- Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them (47:4)
- Behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Quran (8:12)
If you have not seen "Fitna," the short video produced by Geert Wilder, you must view it now. It provides a convincing look at the enthusiasm with which radical Islamists seek to kill infidels, especially Americans.
No amount of tolerance, political correctness or wishing will change these radical Islamists from their deadly course of destroying infidels, especially Americans. Not all Muslims, however, are radical Islamists. The question is, how do you tell the difference? Where do you draw the line?
Muslims want to build a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. Why there? They already have more than 100 mosques in New York City and can build anywhere they can get a permit. Why do they insist on this proximity to Ground Zero? Because, they want to erect a monument to their victory, at the site of their victory over the United States.
New York Mayor Bloomberg and Muslim apologists insist that the Muslims have a "right" to build on this site because they own it. Really. Ocie Mills owned the property where he wanted to build a house for his son, but the federal government said he could not build a house because construction would alter a wetland that might harm the rest of society. The harm Ocie may have done to the rest of society by dumping 19 loads of building sand on property he owned can't be compared to the harm that will be done to the victims of 9/11 – and all Americans – if a monument to radical Islam rises above and despoils Ground Zero forever.
Muslims are quick to say that the monument is meant to be an outreach to demonstrate diversity, to show that all religions are represented and respected here. Hogwash! These guys who want to build their mosque near Ground Zero should be ashamed of that element in Islam that commands death to non-believers. They should be so embarrassed by the crimes of their brethren in the name of Islam – their own religion – that they would not dare even speak the name of Islam in the vicinity of Ground Zero.
Any so-called religion that commands death to non-believers is not worthy of being recognized as a religion. Any person who believes his religion gives him the right to kill another person who chooses a different religion is either sick or mentally deficient, and should be the object of pity.
Sadly, there are Muslims in America who believe they have the right to kill infidels. There are Muslims in America who believe they have the right – no, the duty – to kill Americans just because they are Americans. Until the Muslim community assumes the responsibility of sorting out and eliminating radicals from the regulars, American will be suspicious of Muslims.
Muslims who have become American citizens have the responsibility and legal obligation to become Americans, honoring, respecting and obeying American law, regardless of what the Quran may command. Muslims who cannot denounce and reject and disavow the Quran's commands to kill infidels should leave the United States.
Muslims are welcome if they recognize that by exercising their right to choose their own religion, they must be willing to grant that same right to every other person, even if the person chooses a different religion or no religion at all. Muslims who accept this first responsibility of freedom are certainly welcome; these are not the people who piloted airplanes into the World Trade Center nine years ago.
Muslims who want to celebrate the 9/11 victory of radical Islamists are not welcome in the United States. When they are identified, simple deportation is much too kind. Americans should not see all Muslims as radical Islamists, but it is up to the Muslim community to separate the wheat from the chaff by showing the rest of us which Muslims subscribe to America's principle of religious freedom – and which Muslims are radical Islamists.