zuhdi jasserNow here’s a fellow who has only made sense about his – and our – concerns regarding the “radicalization” of Islam in America. While he and I may differ on accepting as a “prophet of God” a man bragged about in Islamic literature to have personally killed hundreds, enslaved hundreds more, married a six-year-old girl and begun having sex with her at the age of nine, Dr. Zudhi Jasser appears at least to be interested in preserving our freedoms under the U.S. Constitution.

For the reason that he is taking a serious risk – as we know, the religion of peace likes to kill apostates and other people outspoken against its “radicalism” or, rather, devout aspect – in voicing an opinion that is unpopular among many Muslims but certainly popular with many non-Muslims, Dr. Jasser deserves my support. In essence, he is trying to talk his fellow Muslims into accepting that our Western democratic ways are superior to the barbarism of sharia law. For a declared Muslim, that type of dissent can get you killed.

“I was taught the value of liberty. I saw no conflict between the fact that I prayed five times a day and that I would be prepared to give my life to protect the freedom of every citizen of this country, whether they’re atheist, Christian, Jewish or otherwise….” 

Dr. Zudhi Jasser

Following is an interview by Dallas Morning News’s Rod Dreher, who has been covering the threat of “radical” Islam for several years in a solid and professional manner.  Thanks to Rod, too, for having the insight, integrity and courage to take on this subject through all these politically correct years.

Point Person: Our Q&A with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser

Phoenix physician Zuhdi Jasser was particularly stung by the Fort Hood massacre. Like him, Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan is a Muslim, a son of Middle Eastern immigrants, a doctor and a military man. But there’s a key difference: Hasan appears to have succumbed to the radical Islamist ideology that Jasser spends his time as Muslim activist fighting. Jasser is shunned by mainstream U.S. Muslim organizations, in part because he insists that they’re really cover organizations for the same kind of political Islam that poisoned Hasan’s mind. Jasser spoke by phone last week to Rod Dreher….

“The difference is that I was blessed to have parents who taught me that I’m an American who happens to be Muslim, that my faith identity is important for my relationship with God, but my community identity is primarily related to being an American and having a faith and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution and our system of government. Never in my home did we refer to Syria as home, or say that our government was inferior to  sharia law or the Islamic state. I joined the military because I felt a deep-seated obligation to give back to the country that gave me freedom that no other country gave…

“I was taught the value of liberty. I saw no conflict between the fact that I prayed five times a day and that I would be prepared to give my life to protect the freedom of every citizen of this country, whether they’re atheist, Christian, Jewish or otherwise….”