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My Turn: Christie’s history proves he is weak on Islam

Last modified: 1/1/2016 11:30:26 PM
At the turn of the 20th century, Winston Churchill wrote: “Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science . . . the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

Almost half a century later, General George S. Patton made the observation, “To me it seems certain that the fatalistic teachings of Muhammad and the utter degradation of women is the outstanding cause for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have kept on developing.”

Fast forward to 2011 in New Jersey when Gov. Chris Christie nominated Sohail Mohammed to a state judgeship. The nomination created a firestorm of opposition and outrage and when confronted with this, Christie responded, “Ignorance is behind the criticism of Sohail Mohammed.”

The criticism of Mohammed did not stop however – fears that included what type of judge would Mohammed be on the bench and whether he would try to infuse Sharia law – and Christie, ever the type-A Jersey boy, fed up with all of it, declared: “This Sharia law business is just crap. It’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.”

A few inconvenient truths about Mohammed that Christie ignored were that Mohammed represented a radical cleric linked to Hamas that the Department of Homeland Security wanted to deport.

Additionally, while defending Muslims accused of plotting a terrorist attack against Fort Dix, Mohammed objected to the use of the term “militant Islam” in the government’s case and equating actions to religion. Christie was the U.S. attorney at that time leading the government’s prosecution.

So it should be no surprise that Christie was honored by the Council on American Islamic Relations for fighting back against perceived “Islamophobia” by nominating Mohammed to the bench. CAIR is the same organization the FBI believes has ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and, after the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, held a press conference in support of the dead terrorists.

Christie’s warmth for Islam seems to have no bounds: “We cannot paint all of Islam with that brush. We can’t paint all of Islam with the Mohamed Atta brush. We have to bring people together.”

Surely Christie is aware that Muslims do not assimilate into their communities as other immigrants have done throughout the history of the United States. They do not do it here and they have not done it in Europe, either. Ask the French about their Muslim problem.

It is not clear if it is malfeasance and ignorance or there is a more nefarious motivation by Christie to stake out the position he has on Islam as a religion and individual Muslims such as Sohail Mohammed. But what is clear is that his decision-making is wrong and imprudent for a potential president.

One would assume the governor, as a former federal prosecutor of terrorists, is familiar with the Quran. Specifically 48:28 and 29, in which it states, “It is He (Allah) who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion” and, “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves.”

From one Jersey boy to another, talk is cheap. Christie has mastered the art of being a big blowhard bully, but underneath all the bravado and tough talk is someone who doesn’t get it when it comes to Islam.

The governor would do well to take heed of General Patton’s maxim, “In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it.”

Chris Christie is weak on Islam. He is wrong for New Hampshire and wrong for America.

(Paul Nagy lives in New Hampshire and has been involved in conservative political issues for more than 25 years as Northeast campaign director for Pat Buchanan for President 1992, Northeast regional director for the National Christian Coalition, and founder and chairman of Americans for Secure Borders, as well as campaign management for national and statewide conservative candidates.)


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