What a difference a year makes. One year ago, most Americans had never even heard of the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). Despite this ignorance and the Obama administration’s prohibition of criticism of Islam, denial is not an effective defense. So the jihad raged on this past year, culminating in the mass slaughter Wednesday of a magazine editor and his staff in Paris because they mocked Islam.
Islamic jihadists were more active than ever in the United States in 2014. Most of the jihad plots and attacks were under-reported or misreported: in every case, law enforcement and government authorities ignored, denied, or obfuscated the guiding motive of each plot and attack: the teachings of Islam.
The most egregious example of this came in late September, when a Muslim in Oklahoma beheaded a female coworker at a food-processing plant and started to behead another before being shot. He had tried to convert coworkers to Islam and had a photo of a beheading accompanied by a Qur’an verse on his Facebook page. Authorities, true to form, refused to call it jihad or even terrorism.
Jihad terror returned to New York City the following month, when a Muslim named Zale Thompson attacked four NYPD cops with an axe, striking one cop in the head. Authorities didn’t call this terrorism either, even though the Islamic State had called upon Muslims to attack police in Western countries. Soon afterward, a Muslim named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Muhammad, aka Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, murdered two NYPD police officers on a Brooklyn street. He had on his Facebook page a photo of the Qur’an open to the passage, “Strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah.”
This came after Muslim groups such as CAIR worked hard to co-opt racial tensions in Ferguson and elsewhere. In Seattle in December, a Muslim was arrested for threats to kill Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A Muslim in Colorado stabbed a police officer, and during the ensuing struggle, dropped a Quran he had in his pocket.
Jihad attacks in the U.S. in 2014 began long before the stoking of racial tensions. In January, a convert to Islam in Maryland, a veteran of the US military, got seven years for trying to join a jihad terror group. Not long thereafter, a Muslim cabbie in California got six years for providing aid to the Islamic jihad terror group al-Shabaab. In Atlanta, explosive materials were found in a Muslim student’s apartment after he was severely burned by an “incendiary device” – the student died not long thereafter.
Jihadis have been training for more as well. In February, more jihad terror training compounds were discovered in Texas. A New York City Muslim pleaded guilty to building homemade bombs to attack soldiers, police, and the George Washington Bridge. In Arizona, a Muslim murderer who set off a bomb in a Social Security office got five years in prison. A Muslim convert National Guardsman plotted to bomb the Los Angeles subway and was charged with attempting to aid al-Qaida.
In March, a Muslim from Michigan was arrested on his way to join the Islamic terror group Hizballah, and a convert to Islam in Florida was charged with aiding terrorists; he had made jihad recruitment videos and destroyed Christian statues in a cemetery. Two Muslims from North Carolina were arrested on terrorism charges; they had planned to travel to Syria and Yemen to fight for Islam. In October, three missing Colorado Muslim teen girls were found in Germany, bound for the Islamic State.
Some Muslims made it to the Islamic State. An American Muslim killed himself in a suicide bombing in Syria; he was Florida-born and raised in a middle-class family. Numerous Muslims from Minnesota also traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State. An American convert to Islam called for Obama and his family to be beheaded and boasted that the Islamic State would encompass the world. In June, a devout Muslim from Texas pleaded guilty to attempting to join the Islamic State.
Shortly after that in Denver, a teenage girl who had converted to Islam was arrested at the airport on terror charges; she was en route to join the Islamic State. In August, another American Muslim convert, Douglas McAuthur McCain, aka “Duale, ThaslaveofAllah,” was killed fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. A second Muslim from the U.S., Abdirahmaan Muhumed, was killed in Syria shortly thereafter; he had worked for Delta at the Minneapolis airport. The FBI was forced to probe jihad recruiting in Minneapolis after more American Muslims died fighting for the Islamic State. Yet in September, a 19-year-old Muslim girl left Minnesota to fight for the Islamic State. And in December, another Minnesota Muslim woman was charged with stealing a passport to travel to Syria.
In April, a Muslim was arrested for shooting at motorists on a Kansas City highway; he was charged with eighteen counts in twenty shootings. A Muslim in Texas was charged with terroristic threats in a Walmart Easter bomb scare. In Virginia in May, two Muslims were convicted of piracy; they were ready to launch a rocket-propelled grenade at a Navy ship.
Then in June, a Florida Muslim who threatened a “second 911” was found guilty of terror charges. In New York, a Muslim businessman named Mufeed Elfgeeh was charged with attempting to kill “officers of the United States and “recruiting for the Islamic State.” Two Texas Muslims were arrested on terrorism charges, including “committing violent jihad.” A devout Muslim from Seattle, Ali Muhammad Brown, was charged with executing two gay men; he was previously prosecuted federally after an FBI investigation into an Islamic group that was suspected of aiding jihadists outside the U.S. He said his killings were acts of jihad “vengeance” against the U.S.
Terror attacks and plots were both large-scale and small-scale. Jihadists planned a terror attack on the US Open; an al-Qaida magazine instructed Muslim terrorists about where to set off the bombs. The Islamic State called for devout Muslims in America to go to the homes of US soldiers and “slaughter them.” On the other end of the spectrum, in September, Florida Muslims attacked bar patrons and threatened to “kidnap an American and behead him.” In November, a Muslim in Oklahoma stabbed a Christian after they had a heated argument over beheading.
Islamic anti-Semitism showed its ugly face in America in 2014. During Israel’s defensive action in Gaza, violent Muslims beat Jews with sticks at a large pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles before a DHS officer had to fire his weapon to restore order. A Muslim couple threatened to blow up a Hamptons synagogue during Ramadan. Taher Herzallah, National Campus Coordinator for the group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), applauded the murder of Jewish soldiers as a “beautiful site [sic].” At a CAIR protest in Miami, demonstrators chanted, “We are Hamas!,” and repeated the Islamic genocidal chant, “Khybar, Khybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return!” At a Washington, D.C. pro-jihad demonstration, Muslims attacked a pro-Israel Marine. A Muslim threatened to murder Ohio schoolchildren due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
There was also Islamic honor violence in America in 2014. In Albany, a Muslim stabbed his wife in the neck over thirty times because he objected to “her behavior in their Muslim community.” And in Connecticut, a Muslim poured hot oil on his sleeping wife, explaining that he did so because she had left him and he suspected her of cheating on him. In New York, a Muslim was charged with beating his wife to death after she didn’t make him goat for dinner. A Texas Muslim was charged two years after an affluent thirty-year-old Iranian student activist and apostate from Islam was murdered in an honor killing. And in California, a Muslim husband got twenty-five years for the honor killing of his wife, in a case first blamed on “hate crime” and “Islamophobes.”
Then there is the stealth jihad. Since I wrote my book Stop the Islamization of America and established the Stop Islamization of America initiative of my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), we have seen continually increasing accommodation and submission to Islam in the United States. 2014 was yet another good year for the Islamist supremacists who are working furiously in this country to impose Sharia (Islamic law) — and in particular, the blasphemy laws under the Sharia.
North Carolina’s WITV reported in December about a “controversy over what is called an Islamic-themed vocabulary lesson at a Pitt County High School.” The vocabulary lesson was positive about Islam to the point of proselytizing.
This was no isolated incident. The Blaze reported in November that “a mother in Union County, North Carolina, told WJZY-TV that her son, a freshman at Porter Ridge High School, brought home a worksheet on Islam containing some questionable answers. She was upset enough over the assignment that she contacted the school and her local news station after reviewing the material. The sentence that bothered the mom the most stated, ‘Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.’”
This boy’s homework, and public school lessons all over the country, read like the rhetoric spewed by the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram. Our schools have been infiltrated by the enemy and no one — not teachers, principals, or superintendents — has the spine to fight back. Except my organization, AFDI, which is working with individual parents and small groups of parents to remove these dishonest lessons that are proselytizing for Islam to our children and intellectually disarming them about the gravest threat to our country and way of life: jihad.
Muslims also continued to push for special accommodation in the public square. A proposed mega-mosque in the pretty little town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was rejected by the town council last year, “citing an ordinance that limited houses of worship to major roads.” Reasonable enough. Municipal officials argued that the purpose of the ordinance was to “preserve the residential character of its various neighborhoods.”
But Islamist supremacists and organizations like CAIR called upon their lapdogs at the Department of Justice, who sued Bridgewater. What small town can go up against the U.S. government’s vast resources and endless taxpayer-funded muscle?
This New Jersey town was forced to pay Muslims $7.75 million to keep them from building a mega-mosque there. It was $7.75 million in Islamic blackmail. Jizya.
The lawsuit against Bridgewater was no isolated incident. Attorney General Eric Holder has decreed that citizens can’t use zoning laws to block mosques. The Justice Department is forcing a mega-mosque on Henrico County, Virginia – and elsewhere. Caving to CAIR’s demand, the DoJ sued a Minnesota town for rejecting a mega-mosque.
Meanwhile, Muslims are pushing for special accommodations in the workplace. In February, a New Jersey Muslima and CAIR filed a complaint with the EEOC because her boss told her to remove her hijab for safety reasons. Another Muslim sued Boston Children’s Hospital over a non-halal flu shot.
AFDI has proposed an 18-point platform to stop the Islamization of America. Send it to your Congressmen and Senators. Enough is enough.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.