Are we becoming a nation at the mercy of the squeaky wheel gets oiled idiom? Conspiracy theorists can fall into this category if they also cry victimhood. One conspiracy organization that has joined the montage of 9/11 Truthers is the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC). Adopting the language of the Left, they are crying “victimhood” and therefore the need for “social justice”. Feigning placement among the moderate Muslims, MD Rabbi Alam (also a Senate candidate from Missouri) tried to switch the mission statement of the Muslim March on Hannity’s program, but both Hannity and Brigitte Gabriel pulled “Truthers” on him. “We’re standing this day to show America that we Muslim, we denounce terrorism,” MD Rabbi Alam stated. Hannity quickly interrupted Alam by paraphrasing the release originally issued by the group, claiming that Muslims continue to be “victimized by being made the villains”. Anti-Islamist Bridget Gabriel then called Alam out for claiming bigotry,
“He’s talking about bigotry. What bigotry? Our president went out of his way to even change the words out of our counterterrorism training manuals to take out every reference to Islamic radicalism, Islamic Jihadism, because we do not want to offend the Muslims. We are the victims here, the Americans. And we are offended that people like them have not yet stood up and condemned radicalism.”
Alam’s organization is accusing our government of not protecting the Muslim community’s persona, causing them to be victims. He’s demanding social justice, ignoring the extreme effort, as Hannity and Gabriel point out, that America has made clear distinctions between radical and moderate Muslims.
Yet, more concerning than the cry of the victimhood claim is AMPAC’s Chief of Operations Isa Hodge’s statement. In the Washington Times article, AMPAC plans ‘Million Muslim March’ for D.C. on 9/11 Hodge says that Muslims were so traumatized by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that the (implied) bigotry is making it impossible for Muslims to do “true Dawah”, referring to Islamic proselytizing and preaching.
Yet when interviewed by French TV Channel Canal, President Obama said, “One of the points I want to make is if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Truth be told, we’re not even in the top 10, However it is being reported that Christians are decreasing, and Muslims are increasing. According to an article on the American Religious Identification Survey site:
“Members of Generation X – the 35 million Americans born between 1965 and 1972 – have become less Christian and less Republican over the course of their adult lives, a new study by Trinity College shows. Striking declines in the number of Catholics and Baptists combined with sharp increases in the number of non-denominational Christians and those claiming no religious affiliation (Nones) show increased religious polarization in this generation, even as its political re-orientation towards the Democratic Party has been accompanied by modest growth in the number of political independents.”
A chart showing the update with the break down says on BobMcCartney.com, “. . . of the percentage of Christians in America, which declined in the 1990s from 86.2 percent to 76.7 percent, has now edged down to 76 percent. Conversely, the Muslim proportion of the population continues to grow, from .3 percent in 1990 to .5 percent in 2001 to .6 percent in 2008.”
Another perspective however is that while “religious denominations” are in decline, the Left and non-Christians do not understand that Christianity is a faith, not just structured denominations. The majority of Americans have not abandoned their belief in Jesus Christ.
Rasmussen alone discovered in 2009 that 80% of Americans believe in a historical Jesus who lived and walked the earth; 8% do not. O’Leary lists the attacks against Judeo-Christians heritage and faith:
- Attacks on Christian traditions such as the Christmas tree is now called “holiday tree”
- Christmas carols lyrics changed and are now called “winter” and “holiday” songs
- The government’s attempts to stop homeschooling
- Courts assaults against Christianity and freedom of speech include the removal of displays of the Ten Commandments from public property and crosses from war memorial displays.
- Now possible to be charged with a misdemeanor for praying in the name of Jesus.
- Catholics labeled “hateful” and “callous” for opposing gay marriage.
It seems to me, that the very accusation being made by Alam’s AMPAC might be more authentically made by the Christian community. One might ask—where is the Christian leadership? Where is the million Christians March?