Yes, I am quite sure you are familiar with the title to this missive. They are the words of Minnesota’s Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. They are the disgusting and disrespectful words she uttered relating to her explanation of 9-11 as she stood before the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Well, the same people did something again. We all woke to Resurrection Day, Easter, to the sad news from Colombo Sri Lanka. I got a text from a very close friend who lost friends in the attacks.
My question: will there be the same outrage, rush to judgment on gun control, we have seen from the progressive socialist left, as in the recent mosque shootings in New Zealand. Just as with the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, the focus always drifts towards an ideological agenda . . . most notably blaming the incident on President Trump?
But, why is it when we have these attacks against innocent Christians, worldwide, we hear little from the progressive socialist left? As a matter of fact, it was Barack Obama who stymied efforts to bring in Christian refugees during the heydays of ISIS, which he enabled. Instead, his focus was on admitting more Muslims, talk about asylum, religious persecution is one of those defined criteria, not what we see happening on our border. But will we come together and stop dismissing what we see happening, what just happened in Colombo Sri Lanka? Another episode of targeted attacks against Christians, and foreign nationals.
And, this morning, Mr. Obama and the leftist elite did not even utter the word “Christians,” only “Easter worshippers.”
Whoa! This is more widespread than I thought😳
Dear Christian brothers and sisters, it seems the Democrats are in the process of renaming us to👉🏾 “Easter worshippers”.
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) April 22, 2019
As reported by The Guardian:
“Coordinated bomb attacks on worshippers attending Easter church services and multiple other targets across Sri Lanka were the work of terrorists or religious extremists, a government minister has suggested. But after the murderous wave of indiscriminate violence shocked and paralysed the country on Sunday, it seemed clear the authorities had been caught off-guard by an unknown enemy that struck without warning and without mercy. Attempting to calm the situation, Ruwan Wijewardene, the minister of defence, described the attacks as terrorist incidents and claimed the culprits had been identified.
“We have taken all the necessary precautions to keep this country safe and the people safe. All the culprits … have been identified, and they will be taken into custody as soon as possible,” he said.”
At the time of this writing, there were 207 identified as killed, two Americans. There can be no question that this was a well planned and targeted attack. There were seven total targets in this coordinated Easter assault. Six were in the capital of Sri Lanka, Columbo and two Churches were attacked in Negombo and Batticaloa — three hotels, one guest house, a Christian shrine, and two Churches. There are some who seek to attribute this to the venerable and once very deadly Tamil Tigers separatist group but that would be the dismissive excuse.
“Sri Lanka, which is mainly Buddhist, does not have a recent history of persecution of its Christian minority, which comprises about 6% of the population. But relations with other confessional groupings, which include Hindus and Muslims, have not always been easy. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, representing more than 200 churches, reported last year that it had verified 86 incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians. The alliance said 26 similar incidents had been recorded so far this year, including an attempt by Buddhist monks to disrupt a church service.
In its 2018 report on human rights in Sri Lanka, the US state department said some Christian leaders had complained they were under pressure from the authorities to end or curtail services, which were deemed to be “unlawful gatherings.”
Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, where Christians have been targeted in recent attacks, also expressed revulsion. North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya are reportedly among the most dangerous countries for Christians. There has also been an increase in violence towards Egypt’s Coptic minority. Christians and other non-Muslims were ruthlessly targeted by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria during the period of the now-destroyed Isis “caliphate,” and many were forced to flee.”
Perhaps Angela Merkel of Germany should have allowed persecuted Christians entry into her country? Maybe there would not be the incidents, situations, and ensuing problems we have seen in not just Germany, but all across Europe. Maybe if the leadership in the UK had focused on Christian persecution, they would not have the virulent strain of homegrown jihadism they are currently facing.
I am just wondering how long will this attack last in our fluent news cycle? This recent Islamic terrorist attack, yes, this is a religious based attack because it occurred on Easter Sunday, much like a major jihadist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt on an Easter Sunday.
See, there is a difference between the deranged and disgusting actions of one individual, Tree of Life and New Zealand, as opposed to a worldwide systemic crusade against Christians. We must ask the question, why this is not given the attention that it deserves? Raymond Ibrahim wrote a powerful book that I recommend y’all read, “Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians.”*
I find it absurd when progressive socialists seek to blame acts of violence on President Donald Trump. These are the same individuals who defend the disrespectful words of Rep. Ilhan Omar. This is not about some people doing some things. These are Islamic jihadists, terrorists, conducting terrorist attacks against anyone they deem as non-believers. And since there has not been any reformation of Islam, they are carrying out what a murderous warlord named Mohammed ordered them to do: convert, subjugate, or kill. Now, of course, my words, supported by history and current events will be condemned as inciting, perhaps even “incendiary.”
If that is the case, then how do you categorize Ilhan Omar’s description of 9-11? It is time to stop accepting dismissive excuses when it comes to the actions of Islamic jihadists given what they did on 9-11 or just yesterday in Sri Lanka.
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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.