- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 15, 2010

The tensions and demonstrations that are going on in New York City over plans to build new mosques are clearly understandable (“Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero,” Web, July 14). In particular, the mosque being planned near Ground Zero is an extremely emotional subject, especially to the families and friends of the victims killed in the devastating attack by radical Islamists on 9/11. But this planned mosque is also an insult and travesty to millions of Americans across the nation for obvious reasons.

The concerns of New Yorkers are shared by millions of Americans, as well as freedom-loving people across the globe. Everywhere Muslim populations grow, there are demands that local cultures change to accommodate rigid and intolerant fundamental Islamic doctrine. Fundamental Islam neither adapts to nor tolerates diversity. Radical Islam demands that those with differing beliefs conform, be silenced, or that the holders of these diverse values and beliefs (“infidels”) be eliminated. Also on the rise are demands by New York City Muslims for more school calendar holidays, a move opposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, although Mr. Bloomberg is seemingly tone deaf to protests over the building of all new mosques in the city.

There has been significant growth in the Islamic population in America, which is estimated at 7 million. The American way of life is under siege from within, both from the advance of Islamic institutions and from the Obama White House whose obsequious devotion to the Muslim world and ideas weakens the inner defenses against the increasing wave of demands from the nation’s Muslim population.

Radical Islamic jihad, an extremist-Muslim-based threat, has targeted the United States, Israel and Western European nations for devastating attacks. Currently, America is engaged militarily with radical Islamic jihad in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The threat to the United States from these radicalized Muslims comes from both outside and from within. Must America fall victim to its own civil liberties and legal institutions?

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.