The United States government refuses to acknowledge the Islamic threat confronting the nation and U.S. leaders and citizens turn a blind eye to the danger to their own peril because what is often termed as radical Islam is actually the religion’s purest form.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis is the author of the forthcoming book, “Never Submit: Will the Extermination of Christians Get Worse Before It Gets Better?” The book is due to be released in late August and is endorsed by the likes of evangelist Franklin Graham.

On Thursday, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked two different military locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He killed four U.S. Marines and seriously wounded a member of the U.S. Navy before being killed himself.

President Obama responded to the deaths of the Marines by calling it a “heartbreaking circumstance” and cautioning Americans not to jump to conclusions.

For Maginnis, this is par for the course for Obama.

“When it’s politically expedient, he jumps to conclusions on other cases,” he said. “When it comes to Islamic terrorism, he’ll drag his feet and won’t even declare we have a problem with Islamic terrorists.”

The investigation is still in the early stages, but federal officials are classifying the case as terrorism and the early reports of extended trips to the Middle East jihad-related blog writings add fuel to the likelihood that Abdulazeez is the latest in a series of murderers acting in the name of Islam.

“It’s quite possible and probably likely that he was motivated by his faith of Islam and he was motivated by his belief in jihad and that he took out that hostility that is pent up in many of these people against targets of the U.S. government,” Maginnis told WND and Radio America. “Of course, the most visible (targets) in many communities are the recruiters who wear military uniforms.”

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Obama takes pains to distinguish between what he considers the peaceful religion of Islam and violent extremists who be believes pervert the faith.

“ISIL is not ‘Islamic,’ said Obama to the nation in September 2014. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”

Maginnis said Obama and his defenders have that all wrong.

“They obviously don’t know Islam,” he said. “They need to study the Quran, the Hadith, the Sunnah. When you do, you find out that what ISIS is doing is exactly in compliance with what the prophet Mohammad taught and what the Quran says. ISIS is more Islamic than the vast majority of the people who calls themselves Muslims in today’s world.”

And the worldview of Abdulazeez may be far more common among American Muslims than many realize. Maginnis cites a Polling Company survey conducted in June for the Center for Security Policy.

“Sixteen percent believe that jihad justifies violent holy war here in the United States,” he said. “Forty-one percent believe that jihad is an obligation that they have from Islam.”

Other results show 51 percent of American Muslims believe they should have the option of living under Shariah law as opposed to U.S. law. While a majority of Muslims believe Shariah and the U.S. Constitution are compatible, 43 percent believe if they conflict, the Constitution should be considered supreme. Thirty-three percent say Shariah should take precedent.

“What you have is a sizable part of a Muslim population that believes in violent jihad and the imposition of Shariah Islamic law,” said Maginnis, who noted America is also faced with the simultaneous problems of unfettered Muslim immigration at the expense of Christians and a government awash in political correctness.

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Maginnis added that while Obama and other officials may be confused with the Islamic end game, others see it very clearly.

“In the book, I chronicle a number of people that have come out of the Islamic faith and say, ‘They are deadly serious about what they’re saying.’ Unfortunately, in the West we tend to forgive that as being naive. They’re not naive. They know exactly what they want, and they’re going to get it at our expense,” said Maginnis, who is quick to add that the general public is oblivious to the creeping Shariah threat as well.

“It’s total ignorance,” Maginnis said. “It’s [fear] of the political correctness that permeates from the top all the way down to our local communities. This is especially threatening to Christians because just like we saw Christian genocide taking place in the Middle East, they have no tolerance for anyone that will not believe in their god, in their way of life, in their laws.”

He added, “We’ve been the great melting pot for many, many years. This particular segment of the population doesn’t want to be part. They want to take over our country and make it into something tantamount to what you’re seeing today in the Middle East.”

Maginnis admits rolling back this momentum will be challenging, but he said before America can win, it needs to admit we have a problem.

“If we don’t wake up as a nation … then we’re going to pay a very heavy price,” he warned. “And that price could be our own freedom.”

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