Saturday, July 18, 2015

We Need to Pay Attention to What is Happening in Tennessee

Hat tip Creeping Sharia

We should not be shocked that a terrorist "homegrown" attack has happened in Tennessee. The warning signs have been there for years. Creeping Sharia has re-posted a 2008 summary of events in the Volunteer State.

In addition, Bill Warner, an expert on Islam who runs the site Political Islam, is based in Tennessee. He has long maintained that Tennessee is a battleground state for Islamist encroachment. The reasoning goes that if a Bible Belt state like Tennessee can be conquered, any other state would be easy. The recent controversy over the Murfreesboro mosque is an example.

Tennessee has also been used as a settlement locale for Muslim refugees brought into the US.

Then there was the well-publicized town hall meeting two years ago in Manchester, Tennessee. It was on this occasion that Bill Killian, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, spoke and warned the citizens that they might be prosecuted for speaking out against Islam. He was accompanied by the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Knoxville office. Killian is giving press conferences in Chattanooga as I write this piece.

As I often state, I in no way want to incite resentment against innocent Muslims-in Tennessee or anywhere else in America. They must be left in peace. However, we must carefully and accurately assess the threat that exists.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I don't believe there are any "battleground states." The presence of mosques likely reflects that there are Muslims living in the area. Since Tennessee has been touting its economic development, it should be no surprise that people seeking opportunity move there. (Not all Muslims are refugees, and those who are would rather work than be on the dole).

Massive wahabi subsidy for super-mosques exceeding what the local congregation can support is a legitimate subject for inquiry. At one time, most states had provisions in their constitution limiting the value of property a church could own. The idea, dating back to the first half of the 19th century, was that churches were freed of state supervision, and should not acquire massive quantities of worldly wealth that would make them a secular power, they should own about what was needed to hold services.

Those laws and related ones were struck down, on First Amendment grounds, by the Supreme Court, at the initiative of Baptist minister from Tennessee and empire-builder Jerry Falwell. We may have cause to regret those cases.