Tragedy should be wake-up call

Another Muslim atrocity committed in the United States, the latest one occurring at a gay nightclub in Orlando, should serve as yet one more wake-up call that political correctness is hazardous for the health and well-being of the United States and its citizens.

Americans may disagree on many things, but there are few of us who would take the lives of individuals whose lifestyles are not in agreement with their own. Not so with Islam, a political movement masquerading as a religion which, through Koranic law, treats homosexuality as a capital offense.

Once again, we will be regaled by politically correct apologists who will remind us that Islam is a “religion of peace.” However, nothing could be more incorrect and further from the truth.

As I learned more and more Arabic during my six years of residence in Saudi Arabia, I gradually began to understand the incendiary words spewing forth from the loudspeakers attached to local mosques. Repeatedly, there were exhortations to violence against Christians, Jews and others deemed abhorrent by the teachings of Islam.

It is little wonder, then, that we have witnessed such abominations as have occurred on 9/11 and at such venues as Boston, Ft. Hood, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, and, now, Orlando.

In a diverse society priding itself on toleration, it makes little sense to continue to welcome individuals whose mindsets are infected by a triumphalist ideology more akin to the thinking of the 15th century.

And, for our nation’s leaders to continue to frame the ideology in terms of peace and love is foolishness and the height of naïveté.

I can only say that it was astounding to view television interviews given by the Orlando perpetrator’s father, who was obviously a supporter of the Taliban. It is totally absurd that, while we send our young people to battle the Taliban, we continue to welcome its supporters to our shores.

It has been suggested that a temporary moratorium should be in effect for Muslim immigration. And, of course, the political correctors have screamed that such action would be a violation of freedom of religion.

However, it should be pointed out that those who are neither citizens nor documented aliens have no claim on the guarantees of the 1st Amendment.

It is clear that a more realistic evaluation of Islam is called for by the leadership of this country, given the many acts of violence committed by its adherents.

And, may God save us all from political correctness!

John Barham Brownsville