Andy McCarthy is no conspiracy theorist, but that doesn't keep him from recognizing and warning us about the common goals of the Islamists and the hard left, both of whom pose a serious, active threat to America's freedom.
In his book "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America," McCarthy, the prosecutor of the Blind Sheik and a tough-minded realist, exposes the connection between the two groups and the danger they represent to most everything we hold sacred.
This is not another book on the dangers of Islamic terrorism, but a wake-up call to Americans who might be missing the overarching goal behind that "tactic," a goal shared by the hard left in this country: the destruction of "the freedom culture" on which America was built.
Among McCarthy's major concerns is that America, indeed the entire West, is largely blind to the goal of Islamists, the destruction of America's founding institutions to make way for an Islamic-controlled nation under Shariah law.
Moreover, Islamists are not some fringe group of Muslims who have hijacked the religion. They are "very mainstream," and their theocratic goals are clearly based on Islamic scripture. At least sometimes, they've been very open about their goals, such as when the Muslim Brotherhood revealed in a 1991 internal memorandum that "their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
McCarthy expressly refuses, however, to condemn all of Islam and maintains we must encourage and laud moderate Muslims who reject terrorism and the notion that the entire world should be forcibly subjected to Shariah.
But unlike certain apologists, McCarthy believes we ought to hold those moderates to a reasonable standard of accountability, demanding from them not just empty platitudes about their love for America but also their outspoken rejection of ideas frequently attributed to Muslim theology, including an Islam-based theocracy, discrimination against non-Muslims and women, and denials of freedom of conscience.