According to thereligionofpeace.com, thus far in 2016 there have been “1,274 Islamic attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,774 people were killed and 14,303 injured.”
The recent terror attacks across the world are sickening, gruesome, and alarming. The days of passivity and willful ignorance by American leaders must end. America must act to protect itself while there is still time.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said over the past year that he will ban immigration from countries with terrorist ties. According to Article 1 Section 9 of the Constitution, the U.S. Federal government has the sole authority to regulate immigration. That may mean opening up our doors to more immigrants or restricting some immigrants. Mr. Trump recently said “When I’m elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.” This would ban most of the Middle East except Israel. If Americans want to live, work, and sleep without having to worry about the looming threat of Islamic terrorism then we must seriously consider this immigration policy.
It is not smart to import immigrants from countries that host terrorist groups and individuals. Rather than importing those who pose a threat to our national security, we should be importing immigrants that are friendly to American values. Values outlined in our founding documents: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Mosques in America are essentially a safe-haven for Muslims to be radicalized. As we know, most of the Muslim terrorists in America have had direct ties to local mosques. The San Bernardino killer and the Orlando killer -- Islamic jihadists -- both attended mosque on a regular basis.
The monitoring of mosques has been successfully carried out by the New York Police Department and have been done within the Constitution. Defending this common sense approach, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani defends his decision to monitor local mosques for potential terrorist threats and/or attacks. It is a fact, that at least two terrorist attacks were foiled because of this program.
In 2014 a federal judge in New Jersey upheld NYPD’s monitoring of local mosques. He explained his ruling by stating: “The police could not have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the Muslim community itself. The motive for the program was not solely to discriminate against Muslims, but to find Muslim terrorists hiding among the ordinary law-abiding Muslims.” The judge later went on to say that the plaintiffs (Muslims who complained) failed to prove that they suffered harm at the time of monitoring.
Ted Cruz explained the monitoring of mosques like this, “The federal government can go and apprehend us in the church and they can monitor us if we are carrying out criminal conduct,” he said. “And the way the Fourth Amendment works, the Bill of Rights work, is you have particularized evidence of criminal conduct and you target the terrorist and not the law-abiding citizens.”
If Islamic terror attacks continue at such a frequent rate, the need to monitor mosques for potential terrorist activity may soon become reality. This is the world we live in. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all the terrorists are Muslims. That’s just a fact.
Every year hundreds of thousands of immigrants cross our borders illegally. Under President Bush and Obama the federal government has failed to enforce our federal immigration laws. Laws on deportation and apprehension have simply been ignored to a large extent. Thus we, in essence, have an open border with thousands and thousands of people annually flowing over (and we have no idea who they are) which puts our country more at risk. If Trump wins and we change our policy to spend the time and energy suspending immigration from countries we deem a significant risk, then we must be willing to monitor mosques. And if suddenly Christians began committing suicide bombings on daily basis (somewhere in the world) then we might want to consider monitoring churches. But the difference is most churches would welcome this.
We have to act soon or things like the recent terror attacks in Europe (and America) are going to become the norm.