D. C. Watson collects some interesting quotations that portray Muslims in the West in a somewhat different light from what you might hear from, say, Allen Colmes:
What have the spokespersons for the Muslim community in Western nations been saying in public? That they only want to be a part of Western culture? That they only hope for mutual respect? That they are living out their dream of being residents of welcomed plurality in the most advanced nations in the world? Well, not exactly.
The nice thing about the United States and the West in general is the fact that we can make up our own minds. We can review information and arrive at our own conclusions. The following information is intended to give you another opportunity to do this.
Introducing those who have spoken publicly as representatives of Islam in the West:
United States: “We must not forget that Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands…” ~ Imam Muzammil H. Siddiqi, Islamic Society of North America
United States: “Ultimately we can never be full citizens of this country. . . because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country” ~ Ihsan Bagby.
Great Britain: “We don’t make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians…Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value.” ~ British career welfare recipient Sheikh Omar Bakri
United States: “To permit Islam to attain its rightful place requires that the ideology of Islam prevail over the mental horizon of the American people.” ~ Shamim A. Siddiqi
United States: “I have a vision in America, Muslims owning property all over, Muslim businesses, factories, halal meat, supermarkets, all these buildings owned by Muslims. Can you see the vision, can you see the Newark International Airport and a John Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia having Muslim fleets of planes, Muslim pilots. Can you see our trucks rolling down the highways, Muslim names.” ~ Imam Siraj Wahhaj
United States: TV Host Kathy Fountain to Ahmed Bedier: On the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Sami Al Arian’s involvement: Fountain asked, “If he was associating with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, doesn’t that seem immoral, in your opinion?”
Answer: “To a certain degree. Now, before 1995 there was nothing immoral about it.” ~Ahmed Bedier, the Communications Director of CAIR-Florida.
Britain: “The real weapons of mass destruction are the desire for martyrdom. Millions of you are ready to be shaheed. Half a million martyrdom shaheed is enough for Muslims to control the whole of earth forever. In the end of the day, Islam must control earth, whether we like it or not.”~ Abu Hamza al-Masri, Islamic Cleric
United States: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran…should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” ~ Omar Ahmad, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Australia: “I am telling you that my religion doesn’t tolerate other religion. It doesn’t tolerate. The only one law which needs to spread, it can be here or anywhere else, has to be Islam”~ Sheik Younus Kathrada
United States: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” ~ Ibrahim Hooper, (CAIR).
Canada: “Any Israeli over age 18 is a legitimate target for suicide bombers because adult Israelis were required to do military service.” They are part of the Israeli army, even if they have civilian clothes.” ~ Mohamed Elmasry, President, Canadian Islamic Congress.
Australia/New Zealand: “We are proud of the Islamic resistance in Palestine, Lebanon, Kashmir, and everywhere in the world that seeks to achieve its legitimate rights in accordance with the international resolutions, the human rights conventions, and the U.N. resolutions…”We are also proud of the Islamic resistance that liberated southern Lebanon, led by Hizbullah, the legitimate Lebanese national movement, that forced the Israeli occupation army to withdraw from southern Lebanon, dragging trails of disappointment and shame behind it.”
“We are also proud of what Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are both doing in the occupied territories. We support the resistance and support, with all our might, the martyrdom operations carried out by the Palestinian liberation movements, operations that are a legitimate act against the cruel occupation, according to all international norms and conventions.
“Also, whoever carries out a martyrdom [operation] is a pure Shahid and one of the men of Paradise. Moreover, he stands at the head of the Shahids.” ~ Taj Al-Din Hamed Abdallah Al-Hilali.
United States: “The first principle is that terrorism, and terrorism alone, is the path to liberation. . . . If what they mean by jihad is terrorism, then we are terrorists.” ~ Fawaz Damra, Convicted Imam, Ohio
United States: “Let us continue the protests. Let us damn America. Let us damn Israel. Let us damn their allies until death.” “Mohammad is leader. The Qu’ran is our constitution. Jihad is our path. Victory to Islam. Death to Israel. Revolution! Revolution! Until Victory! Rolling, rolling to Jerusalem.” ~ Sami Al Arian
United States: “The Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews. . . . The trees and stones will say, oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!” ~ Hatem Bazian, Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley.
United States: “Muslims cannot accept the legitimacy of the secular system in the United States, for it “is against the orders and ordainments of Allah . . . the orientation of the Qur’an pushes us in the exact opposite direction as the forces that are at work in the American political spectrum.”~ Zaid Shakir, former Muslim chaplain at Yale.