Newt Takes on Shariah and Ground Zero Mosque by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. 28 Jul 2010 post a comment Share This: Three cheers for Newt Gingrich! For the first time, a major national American political figure has directly and accurately taken on the wellspring of the single most dangerous threat we confront today: the comprehensive, totalitarian and barbaric program the authorities and traditions of Islam call “Shariah.” In an op-ed published by Mr. Gingrich in Human Events today, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives serves notice that the United States is under assault by not only those who use violence in their jihad aimed at imposing Shariah on the United States and the rest of the world. We must contend as well with those who seek to achieve this same goal through non-violent means. Among the latter means is the use of mosques as symbols to demonstrate the jihadists’ triumph over the rest of us. In that connection, Mr. Gingrich warned last week against the construction of a 13-story megamosque at a site adjacent to and overlooking Ground Zero in Manhattan. As noted here, this initiative is a calculated attempt to create a permanent proof of our submission to Shariah and to advance its insinuation inside the United States. The Human Events op-ed sounds themes the former Speaker and expected 2012 Republican presidential candidate will address at greater length tomorrow in a major national security address at the American Enterprise Institute. Big Peace will be covering his remarks and analyzing the implications – strategic, political and constitutional – of this salutary framing of the existential challenge of our time. It can only be hoped that the Speaker’s thoughtful and direct challenge to those who are advancing what he calls the “creeping Shariah” and its apologists will inspire concerted efforts in this vein by others. In particular, U.S. Senators should be encouraged to join Newt Gingrich and the growing ranks of Americans opposed to the establishment of a beachhead for Shariah at Ground Zero and to confront one of the most aggressive non-Muslim enablers of Shariah in America: Elena Kagan before a vote is taken on her life-time appointment to the Supreme Court.