Greetings, everyone, from Colorado Springs where I am attending the 74th reunion of the 101st Airborne Division. Yes, the famed “Screaming Eagles.” We all know of the 101st Airborne Division from such acclaimed movies such as “Band of Brothers,” “Hamburger Hill,” “The Longest Day,” and the Academy Award-winning “Saving Private Ryan.”
The motto of the 101st is the renowned “Rendezvous with Destiny.” How great it is to be here sharing with these impeccable men and women in the year of the 50th anniversary on the Vietnam War. What a great honor to say with utter pride to these men and women, “Welcome Home.”
As soon as I entered into our host hotel here in beautiful El Paso County, Colorado Springs, beneath the magnificent Pikes Peak, I was met by the current President of the 101st Airborne Division Association. Let me add, I am a Life Member, having served in an artillery battalion that was part of the 101st Airborne Division at Normandy, 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment (FAR). At Normandy, the 377th FAR was a glider artillery regiment, a proud and honored tradition.
In meeting with the Association President, he immediately greeted me and quickly asked me a simple question, “what the heck (not exactly what he said) is going on with our country?” In my very first night, last evening, that was the recurring theme from so many here, men and women. At dinner, that was the preeminent topic, what is happening in our country. Needless to say, this is a question being asked all over our land.
Here is but one example as to why this question is being asked.
As reported by the Thomas More Law Center (full disclosure, I serve on their advisory board):
“The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has uncovered evidence of a well-orchestrated Islamic propaganda campaign aimed at teachers in school systems throughout Michigan and several other states. Concerned about a two-day mandatory teacher-training seminar on Islam conducted by a Muslim consultant hired by Michigan’s Novi Community Schools District, TMLC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the workshop.
Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center, commented on the results of their investigation, “We found that the teachers were subjected to two days of Islamic propaganda, where Islam was glorified, Christianity disparaged, and America bashed—all funded by Novi taxpayers.” Moreover, during the past five years, the school district has presented no teacher-training seminars focusing on Christianity, Judaism or any other religion – only Islam.
The hired Muslim consultant was Huda Essa, a resident of the Dearborn area and of Arab descent. She appeared before the Novi teachers in a hijab, the Muslim headscarf, billing herself as an expert in “cultural competency” and “culturally responsive teaching.” Most disappointing was the fact that of the more than 400 teachers attending the workshop, not one teacher challenged Essa’s denigration of Christianity or attacks on America. TMLC inspected dozens of internal school documents, including audio recordings of Essa’s presentation. The information on Islam she provided to Novi teachers was riddled with falsehoods and errors of omission that were clearly meant to deceive.
Essa provided no truthful information on Sharia law and jihad, two of the most important aspects of Islam. All references to terrorism were dismissed as having nothing to do with Islam. White Christian males, she suggested, are more dangerous than Islamic radicals. Essa is the face behind Culture Links LLC, a Michigan-based consultancy. She describes herself on the Culture Links website as an advocate of social justice who encourages children to “take pride in their many identities.”
When the 101st Airborne Division was surrounded by the Germans in December 1944 at a place called Bastogne, during the German’s Ardennes Offensive, they were asked to surrender. BG McAuliffe, the commander of the Screaming Eagles, replied to the surrender demand with a one-word response: “Nuts.”
This is probably the best way to describe the progressive socialist ideological agenda here in our America: “Nuts!” As well, the fact that the left — the Democrat (socialist) Party — has fully embraced domestic radical Islamic jihadism and Islamo-fascism is also “Nuts!” Yes, the left of America has fully embraced collusion with Islamo-fascists, and even terrorists, as we articulated with the associations of one progressive socialist member of Congress, Rashida Tlaib. Oh yeah, Tlaib represents this very same area that has produced Huda Essa . . . coincidence? I think not.
Situations such as these are behind my assertion that the most important elected position in our nation is a seat on the local school board. What school board would sign off on this absurdity and label it as a “mandatory” teacher training seminar. Yes, “Nuts!”
If you think this is just happening in Michigan, you are wrong.
“Essa’s client list reveals she has been spreading her “trash America first” philosophy to colleges, universities, schools and professional educator associations throughout Michigan, California, Georgia, Texas, Florida and beyond. In Michigan alone her website lists nine school districts as clients – Oakland County Schools, Ann Arbor Schools, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Roseville Community Schools, Farmington Public Schools, Dearborn Public Schools, Birmingham Public Schools and Melvindale Public Schools”.
Under the banner of promoting diversity, inclusion and a multicultural approach to education, Essa sets about comparing Islam to Christianity, calling them “mostly similar.” The one big difference, she claims, is that Islam is the world’s “only purely monotheistic religion.” Islam’s holy book, the Koran, came straight from Allah to the prophet Muhammad and, unlike the Jewish and Christian scriptures, has never been altered or changed, she told the Novi teachers. Significantly, the Koran commands Muslims to “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” (Koran 9:5)
Her message was clear: The Koran is superior to the Bible. But she did not address the fact that it calls for the extermination of Christian and Jews. While quick to indict America as guilty of “cultural genocide,” Essa was silent on the 1400 years of actual genocides, also known as jihads, in which Muslims wiped out Jewish tribes on the Arabian Peninsula, and slaughtered millions of Christians throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the European Continent. Referring to Islam, Winston Churchill wrote, “No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
Let me remind you, this was all taxpayer-funded! I think y’all need to ascertain whether or not Huda Essa has been to your local school district. We need to add her name to the troubling list that includes Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Linda Sarsour . . . all radical Islamo-fascists and Islamic jihadist enablers.
Okey dokey, stand by, wait for it, hold on . . . here it comes: West is an islamophobe. I give no attention to these useful idiots and Islamapologists. As stated previously, truth to the progressive socialist left is like sunlight upon a vampire, and I will keep shining that light. But, what will it take to finally inspire y’all to make a stand like the men of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, earning them the moniker “The Battling Bastards of Bastogne?”
When I was in office as a Congressman, the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a letter to me making a demand. I sent them back a one-word response: “Nuts!”
It is time to take a stand, or else “when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.”
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.