The Elephant in the Debate Room is Shariah

Against the backdrop of actual and threatened terrorist attacks by Islamic supremacists, presidential candidates from both parties are suddenly talking about the “elephant” in the room: the connection between the practice of jihad and the ideology of authoritative Islam, known as shariah.

Unfortunately, so far this debate has generated more heat than light. Candidates from Hillary Clinton to most of the GOP field are, ironically, parroting a meme advanced by the Muslim Brotherhood’s operatives in this country: Jihad has nothing to do with Islam, and suggesting otherwise impugns all Muslims.

That is, of course, nonsense – and dangerously misleading, at that. The good news is that not all Muslims adhere to shariah. The bad news is that many millions do, and they are obliged to engage in, or support, jihad.

It isn’t religious tolerance to ignore this reality. It is national security malpractice.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.