Frank Gaffney

Last week, a tectonic shift took place in the firmament of the War of Ideas. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich directly and forcefully took on Shariah, the totalitarian theo-political-military program of authoritative Islam that its adherents seek to impose on the entire world. As he noted, the United States is squarely in the cross-hairs of Shariah's devotees.

In response, the usual suspects - the multiculturally sensitive elite that reflexively excuses the Islamists joined by proponents of the latters' stealth jihad, notably elements of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) - have reflexively responded by accusing the Speaker of "bashing" Muslims. It is, of course, far easier to engage in ad hominem attacks than contend with Newt's characteristically thoughtful and informed critique. It is also expedient to try to portray a focused challenge to the beliefs and practices of a subset of the Islamic faith as an assault on all Muslims.

In fact, it is not "bashing" all Muslims if one points out that the comprehensive doctrine to which some of them adhere is a threat to our liberties, our government and our way of life. Objectively, that is the case; a global theocracy - the end-state commanded by Shariah - administering a severely repressive, even barbaric criminal code aimed at enforcing submission by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.

As it happens, one man who has expressly said he seeks to "bring Shariah to America" is Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam currently promoting construction of a 13-story, $100 million mosque once dubbed "Cordoba House" in proximity to Ground Zero. Speaker Gingrich has properly and powerfully opposed that idea: In an op.ed. in Human Events last week, he wrote: "It is simply grotesque to erect a mosque at the site of the most visible and powerful symbol of the horrible consequences of radical Islamist ideology.... For radical Islamists, the mosque would become an icon of triumph, encouraging them in their challenge to our civilization."

Unfortunately, the problem is not merely the location of the mosque. Rather, it lies with those like Imam Rauf who are advancing the Muslim Brotherhood agenda that Mr. Gingrich calls "creeping Shariah" and the MB itself says is "to destroy Western civilization from within."

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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