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February 11, 2013

Freedom under siege since 9/11


In response to Afghan troops murdering U.S. soldiers, the Pentagon ordered Islamic sensitivity training. Among the rules: soldiers must not show the bottom of their boots when sitting across from a Muslim, blow their nose, or offer or accept anything with their left hand, as if violating any of those codes deserves death. Remind me why we are over there again?

Meanwhile, Americans across the country are treated to ads by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an influential Muslim advocacy group, declaring jihad as American as apple pie.

The ads, launched in Chicago in December and soon to be seen on buses and trains across the country, mainly feature young women. They include, "My jihad is to not judge people by their cover," "My jihad is to build friendships across the aisle," and "My jihad is to always pursue new ideas and conquer new challenges."

Personally, I think the ads would have a lot more credibility if they instead said, "My jihad is ensuring that no one is jailed in Iran for being a Christian" or "My jihad is lobbying the Saudi Arabian government so that women can drive" or "My jihad is preventing honor killings in Afghanistan."

But as evidenced by the millions of Muslims who live peacefully in the United States, the ads above ring true. That does not mean, however, Americans should be labeled racists for talking about the darker side of jihad practiced by Al Qaeda and others who wish to annihilate Americans.

CAIR can call Geller's ads "hate speech" and say what it wants. The First Amendment protects its speech. But Geller should also have the right to speak her mind without having to sue to gain access to public billboards or for them to be defaced constantly as has been the case. It is in everybody's best interest.

America does not need any more mosques burned as in Joplin, Mo., Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Toledo, Ohio, or more Americans killed overseas.

Silence - through political correctness or fear - only gives those who commit terror at home and abroad a stronger voice.

- Marta H. Mossburg is an independent columnist. Contact her at marta@martamossburg.com.

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