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Outing Muslims

by David Badash on November 9, 2009

in Bigotry Watch

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Who Will Be Left To Fight For America And Our Values?

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

The Martin Niemöller poem above laments the “inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

Conservative have long wanted to kick gays out of the military. Now, after last week’s tragedy, they’re coming after Muslims too. In, “No More Muslims in the U.S. Military,” Bryan Fischer wrongly states, “It became evidently almost immediately that the mass murderer in yesterday’s killing spree at Fort Hood was a Muslim who was motivated by jihadist impulses.”

What evidence is there of this? That Hasan reportedly shouted, in his native language, “God is good, god is great?” What of it?

He goes on,

“It it is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels.”

Who will be next?

Kicking people out of the military for who they are is not the way to strengthen our armed forces, or our nation. Let’s not forget, as Nathaniel Frank, author of “Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America,” says,

“You know that on September 10th, 2001, the U.S. government intercepted a cable that said, ‘Tomorrow is zero-hour.’ It wasn’t translated until the 12th because we didn’t have enough Arabic linguists.”

(Image: U.S. CHAPLAINS CORPS approved Branch Insignia: “Muslim Faith: A silver color crescent, one-inch in height. The insignia was approved on 8 January 1993.”)

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