I was going to title this article “Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny is an Idiot,” but after the news conference he conducted on Friday claiming the attack of Police Officer Jesse Hartnett had “nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith” that was all too obvious.
At that news conference Mayor Kenny showed just how ignorant he is of Islam, and how it is practiced by millions of Muslims around the globe, when he said of the attack on Officer Hartnett, “It is abhorrent. It is terrible and it does not represent the religion [Islam] or any of its teachings.”
About two minutes after Mayor Kenny made that idiotic statement Police Commissioner Richard Ross set the record straight, “According to him [suspect Edward Archer], police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.”
According to police sources Archer also said, "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State. That is why I did what I did."
So, Archer’s attack on Officer Hartnett had “nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith,” right Mayor Kenny?
But given Mayor Kenny’s complete ignorance of the subject upon which he was speaking, in his defense one could claim he was merely “pre-channeling” the entirely predictable news conference conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which they made much the same claim about Archer’s motivation – despite the evidence of Archer’s own statements to police.
And one might add, despite the evidence of the plain language of the Quran and 1,400 years of Muslim teaching.
So, just for the record, and to educate Mayor Kenny, the Quran states in Sura 4:89, "Those who reject Islam must be killed. If they turn back (from Islam), take hold of them and kill them wherever you find them."
And also in 2.216, "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."
And just to make it clear to even someone as dense as Mayor Kenny, Mohammad says in Sura 4:76, "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…"
In summary, the Quran directs observant Muslims to fight and kill non-believers something like 500 times, and by way of contrast, the New Testament directs Christians to the same path how many times?
But hey, Mayor Kenny says the attack on Officer Hartnett had “nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith,” so we can just all relax.
Except that there’s another aspect to Mayor Kenny’s ignorance that has real life-and-death consequences for Philadelphians and every other American.
In a December 20, 2015 article “The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster” Washington Post reporters Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet detail how “The Islamic State is constructing an army of loyalists from Europe that includes an increasing number of street toughs and ex-cons as the nature of radicalization evolves in the era of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Rather than leave behind lives of crime, some adherents are using their illicit talents to finance recruiting rings and travel costs for foreign fighters even as their backgrounds give them potentially easier access to cash and weapons, posing a new kind of challenge to European authorities.”
Faiola and Mekhennet also reported that European jails have been breeding grounds of Islamist radicals for years, particularly in Belgium and France. But recently, criminality and extremism have become even more interwoven, with recruits’ illegal behavior continuing even after they are shown ‘the light’ of Islam.
“Many of them live lives as hoodlums, had an epiphany, and turned religious, but these connections to criminality are not meant to disappear,” said Peter Neumann, a radicalization expert at King’s College London. “I see this as an operational aspect of the Islamic State.”
And, as Carl Brown documented in “Prisons are breeding grounds for jihadists” for The American Thinker, this same model is already far along in American prisons as well.
“Prisons have become recruitment and training centers for future jihadists. It is an escalating crisis that is taking a toll, as Americans are murdered by those who convert to Islam in prison,” wrote Brown.
How is it possible that imams preaching jihad have infiltrated the prison system asked Carol Brown?
Brown answered that question in part by quoting Patrick Dunleavy, former Deputy Inspector with the New York Department of Correctional Services and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection, who provides insight into the tangled web of Islamist infiltrators entering our prisons:
… For years, the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Ashburn, Virginia provided funding, training and literature to correctional institution imams, under the direction of Dr. Taha Jabir Alalwani.
He was also at times the head of the Fiqh Council of North America. Before coming to the United States, Alalwani was a professor at a state-run Wahhabi university in Saudi Arabia. He worked closely with Warith Deen Umar to see that literature, clergy and visiting speakers adhered to a strict Wahhabi/Salafist form of Islam.
Umar was a former New York State inmate who went on to become the head of Islamic Affairs for the New York State Prison’s Department of Ministerial Services. He was also the founder and head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains, the chief certifying body of Islamic clergy in the prison system. He was later caught justifying the 9/11 attacks and terrorism to prison inmates. (emphasis ours)
As Brown noted above, Saudi Arabia and Muslim Brotherhood front groups facilitate the advancement of Islam within our prison system. The Investigative Project on Terrorism shares another example:
… the Muslim American Society, have dedicated prison projects in which they specifically collect money to send religious dogma to prisoners and underwrite volunteer chaplains. This effort is aimed not only at existing Muslims convicts but to convert non-Muslim inmates.
Brown says Stephen Schwartz, author of The Two Faces of Islam, summed up this national and neighborhood security threat this way:
Radical Muslim chaplains, trained in a foreign ideology, certified in foreign-financed schools and acting in coordination to impose an extremist agenda have gained a monopoly over Islamic religious activities in American state, federal, and city prisons and jails.
So FYI Mayor Kenny, this is the likely path career criminal Edward Archer took in his conversion to Islam and his subsequent attack on Officer Hartnett; conversion in prison, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, use of his criminal connections to obtain a stolen weapon and then justifying the attack on Officer Hartnett by following the plain Quranic directives to kill those who reject Islam.
In closing I offer this advice to the good people of Philadelphia; the fact that your Mayor is completely ignorant of the effects Islam is having on the security of your city makes Jim Kenny not just an idiot, but an idiot who could get you killed. Killed by one of the thousands of former and current prisoners who were, like Edward Archer, put on the path to jihad in an American prison and who are now only too happy to have you believe that the shooting of Police Officer Jesse Hartnett had “nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.”
George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com. A veteran of over 300 political campaigns, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle and as spokesman for now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry. He has served as a staffmember or consultant to some of America’s most recognized conservative political figures. He is a member of American MENSA and studied international relations at Worcester College, Oxford. Rasley has studied Islamic culture for 40 years, lived and worked in a Muslim majority country, and traveled extensively in the Islamic world.