In the wake of recent terror attacks across the West, there is much debate over whether Muslim communities in the U.S. warrant increased surveillance. The argument posed by the Left is that America's Muslim communities are peaceful, assimilated, and far from the radical hotbeds you'd find in say, Molenbeek, Belgium. Sure, there are peaceful, pro-Western Muslim communities throughout the U.S., but that does not negate the fact that there communities that are not.
An example that illustrates this point concerns the Islamic Society of Wichita and its decision to invite a Hamas supporter to address its 10,000 congregates.
The Islamic Society invited Hamas-linked Shiekh Monzer Taleb to speak at an upcoming fundraiser, but ultimately rescinded the invitation after Congressman Mike Pompeo pushed back. KWCH provides a brief overview:
"It was poor judgement, in my view, on the part of the Islamic Society of Wichita," said Rep. Mike Pompeo. "I'm glad that they have now changed their minds."
Congressman Pompeo, a member of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee says Sheikh Taleb pledged his allegiance to a terrorist organization. "Sheikh Taleb has been very clear personally in the things that he has said that he was a part of Hamas," said Pompeo. "That the destruction of Israel is something that he would like to see happen and he has made no bones about it."
We asked Hussam Madi, spokesman for the Islamic Society of Wichita, if he had any knowledge of Taleb being linked to Hamas. "We don't have any knowledge of any connections as of such," he said.
Madi canceled the event Friday afternoon. "We just took it in best consideration for the safety of our congregation and members," said Madi. "As well as our next door neighbors, which is the church."
Madi says they were worried about reports of planned protests outside the mosque by "heavily armed" individuals. "That's fine, anybody can protest and it's anybody's right to say what they want to say," said Madi. "But I think now we are infringed on to have our event and say what we want to say to our people and congregation on the same token."
So Madi was worried about the protests planned, not the fact that he invited a Hamas loyalist to address his congregation and indoctrinate them with more anti-West, anti-Israel, terror-sympathizing sentiment.
Pompeo astutely noted that the head of the Islamic Society of Wichita is acting like many Islamic leaders do.
"We often have Islamic leaders who will say they're against violence but their acts betray that... They play footsie with, they hang out with, they're affiliated with folks who are bad actors and that's what this was."
When GOP presidential contender Donald Trump infamously declared that thousands of New Jersey Muslims danced in jubilation at the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11, both the political Right and Left rushed to condemn him. But the truth is, law enforcement confirmed that pockets of Muslims did openly celebrate on 9/11 and that there were likely "more" celebrations going on quietly.
Trump may have overstated how many Muslims in New Jersey visibly celebrated the worst terror attack in American history, but he was not wrong in his premise. Even if a mere one percent of America's nearly three-million-strong Muslim population sympathizes with terrorism or otherwise harbors anti-liberal ideals, that is a dangerous number and not one that should be brushed off because, as liberals often like to declare "it's such a small minority."