Islamic Radicalism Deserves Our Focus

Washington D.C. (March 10th, 2011) -- Andrea Lafferty, executive director of Traditional Values Coalition, regarding the initial hearing on Islam held by the House Homeland Security Committee:

"Islam is not just a religion. Islam is a geo-political military system wrapped in a cloak of religious belief that penalizes conversion with death.

"The Islamic community is indeed being radicalized, and the American people deserve and need to know more about not only this radicalization, but the infiltration of terrorists within the Islamic community.

"Several leading mainstream Islamic organizations America have been active in thwarting FBI investigations on terrorist activities in the United States. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is one of them, and remains an unindicted co-conspirator in Holy Land Foundation conspiracy. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), also one of these suspect organizations, which has compared even the slightest degree of questioning into the activities of Islamic organizations as "singling out one faith community."

"Yet the reformers or moderate voices of Islam have been either silent or silenced by organizations such as CAIR and the ISNA. If there are moderate Muslim voices, I challenge them to speak out.

"Today's hearings on the capacity of Islam for radicalization are long overdue. As this committee continues its investigation and confirms what thousands of concerned Americans already know, we look forward to further hearings that are unimpeded and allowed to freely ask and inquire without the threat of violence or coercion.

"Let the hearings be conducted free of fear. Let questions be raised, and let the American public hear the answers. And if investigations are required, allow them to proceed.

"Americans have no fear of truths. We expect those Muslims fully committed to being faithful Americans to be equally unafraid of the truths uncovered by the House Homeland Security Committee hearings