LETTERS: All Americans should seek answers behind radical Islam's actions

Nothing better illustrates the contrasting views of the conservative/liberal debate as the two columns printed Thursday in the Daily Post. They are: “Singling out just Muslims not good for prevention” by Eugene Robinson and “On the hunt for terrorists, not witches” by Cal Thomas.

On the one hand, Robinson labels anyone investigating Islamic activities in America as “Islamaphobic” — a convenient term forged by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the International Institute for Islamic Thought, which is based in northern Virginia. I say this term was created to silence critics of Islamic teachings and history. Rep. Peter King, according to Robinson, cannot be holding hearings to probe the possible connection of violent jihad activity — Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihadist; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas underwear jihadist; Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square jihadist — with teachings going on in American mosques. No, it must be bigotry on the part of King and skeptics of Islam that motivates this. And notice that Robinson doesn’t even consider that the charge of “Islamaphobia” could be a tactic created by Muslims to evade responsibility for violent actions and to shame and discredit those who would dare stand up to jihad.

Secondly, Robinson roles out the tired, worn out example of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber and “right-wing” terrorist as Robinson calls him, to try to bolster an assumption that violent attacks spring forth from all kinds of ideological/religious groups. Let’s see, Eugene, some groups estimate the number of deadly attacks initiated by jihadists since 9/11 as around 16,900 (from religionofpeace.com) but we all know there are Jews, Christians, Buddhists, etc., committing these acts on a daily basis, right?

On the other hand, Thomas comes closer to the mark when he asserts that westerners have a right to be skeptical of Islamic protests to the King hearings. I believe it is a well-founded skepticism based on observing Islamic practices over the centuries. Could the violent behaviors and deceptions be linked to the teachings and example of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, perhaps?

The question all Americans, both Muslim and non-Muslim, should be asking is not only what do we do about radical Islam, but also, is there something radical about Islam that transforms otherwise peaceful people into potential killers?

— John Hightower