A Practicing Muslim Soldier Cannot Swear Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution

By: Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
Right Side News

The Islamic jihadi murders of their military brothers in arms by U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood and U.S. Army Sergeant Hasan Akbar in Kuwait raise an uncomfortable question: Is it possible for a practicing Muslim soldier to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution? The common circumstance prior to each of these jihadi murders is that both Hasan and Akbar were noted to have expressed “radical emotion” — that is, angry opposition — regarding the U.S. invasion of dar al-Islam (land under Muslim control), specifically Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Islamic angry opposition is in complete accord with Islam’s legal system of authoritative jurisprudence, the Sharia, which specifically instructs Muslims that occupation of Islamic lands by non-Muslims — i.e., infidels — requires followers of Islam to take up arms, oppose, and expel said infidels. To quote the Sharia, as contained in Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri:

O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.

o9.3 – Jihad is also personally obligatory for everyone able to perform it, male or female, old or young, when the enemy has surrounded the Muslims on every side, having entered our territory, … for non-Muslim forces entering Muslim lands is a weighty matter that cannot be ignored, but met with effort and struggle to repel them by every possible means.

It must be understood that compliance with the Sharia in general, and this injunction in particular, is obligatory according to the following article of faith in the Sharia.

v1.9 – The obligation of men and jinn (genie or supernatural being) to perform acts of obedience is established by His [Allah’s] having informed them of it upon the tongues of the prophets (upon whom be peace) and not by unaided human reason [that is, instead aided by Allah]. He [Allah] sent the prophets and manifested the truth of their messages by unmistakable, inimitable miracles. They [the prophets] have communicated His [Allah’s] commands prohibitions, promises, and warnings, and it is obligatory for mankind and jinn to believe in what they have conveyed.

It is indisputably clear from these two Sharia passages that it is incumbent on every practicing Muslim, which indicates Sharia-compliance, to pledge his or her total allegiance to Islam. Furthermore, it is mandatory for anyone claiming to be Muslim to actively oppose by force of arms U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It should be apparent to anyone aware of these Sharia requirements that enlisting Muslims in the U.S. military automatically poses the most extreme existential dilemma for any practicing Muslim: Who am I, a Muslim or an American?

The solemn oath for an individual joining the U.S. military is:

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

The U.S. oath of enlistment conflicts directly with this incontrovertible injunction in the Sharia:

v2.1- Allah Most High sent Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), the Qurayshite [of Muhammad’s Meccan Quraysh tribe] unlettered prophet, to deliver His inspired message to the entire world, Arabs and non-Arabs, jinn [supernatural genies] and mankind, superseding and abrogating all previous religious systems with the Prophet’s Sacred Law [Sharia] ….He [Allah] has obligated men and jinn to believe everything the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) has informed us concerning this world and the next….

Any intellectually honest person can only conclude that an American Muslim who is practicing his religion — that is, who is Sharia-compliant — axiomatically is going to be torn between fealty to his religion and to his country, given the Sharia loyalty injunction. However, the Quran and Sharia contain just the solution for a Muslim in this situation: a mainstream Islamic doctrine known as “taqiyya.” For Muslims confronted with a choice between professing Islam and deceptively disavowing Islam to advance the cause of Islam, as well as to avoid religious persecution, taqiyya as set out in Sharia permits a Muslim to lie about his loyalty and to feign apostasy (recanting Islam), if required, to secretly conduct jihad against non-Muslims.

The Quranic source for the Sharia-endorsed practice of taqiyya to deceive non-Muslims is found in Quranic sura 3:28:

Let believers [Muslims] not take infidels [non-Muslims] for friends and allies instead of believers. Whoever does this shall have no relationship left with God-unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions.

According to Imam Tafsir al-Tabari, who has written the standard authoritative Quranic reference work for the Muslim world, The Commentary on the Quran, sura 3:28 should be interpreted thus:

If you [Muslims] are under their [infidels’] authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them, with your tongue, while harboring inner animosity for them.

And once again the Sharia, as set out in the Sunni authoritative code, Reliance of the Traveller, sanctifies the concept of taqiyya in war under “Permissible Lying”:

r8.2 – This much is related by both Bukhari and Muslim, with Muslim’s version recording that Umm Kulthum added, “I did not hear him [Muhammad] permit untruth in anything people say, except for three things: war, settling disagreements and a man talking with his wife or she with him.

In other words, an oath to any non-Islamic authority is meaningless to a Muslim embarked upon jihad, that is, war to establish the Islamic religion which is required of every able-bodied Muslim.

In contrast, the only oath that is personally controlling for a Sunni Muslim is the Shahadah, the Islamic creed as prescribed in Reliance of the Traveller (Sharia) u1.0, which states: [I profess that] “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet.” Recitation of the Shahadah is the most important of “Five Pillars of Islam,” the five duties incumbent on Sunni Muslims. For Shia Muslims, the controlling personal oath is the “Tawhid,” which is also the same basic statement of faith as in the Shahadah — that is, “There is no god but god.” The Tawhid is the foremost article of the Muslim profession of faith and is the first article of five Shia principle beliefs.

To conclude, in order to carry out jihad, a Muslim is permitted and encouraged by the taqiyya doctrine to deceive and hide his Islamic loyalty from the non-Muslim U.S. authorities.

The U.S. president, our national security leadership, and Congress must acknowledge the existential conflict for an American Muslim serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and address it in an honest, factual national dialogue. They should not continue pretending that the conflict issue does not exist, as they currently are. Jihadi multiple murders of U.S. service personnel in Fort Hood and Kuwait should make this imperative crystal clear.

Since a U.S. soldier must swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution to be a U.S. soldier, while a professed Muslim must swear Shahadah/Tawhid allegiance to Islam to be a practicing Muslim, thereby negating all other fealty pledges, enlisting professed Muslims in the U.S. Armed Forces is the height of folly. Do we have to be stuck on stupid for a third time?

Col. Thomas Snodgrass, USAF (retired) served over a year in Peshawar, Pakistan, working with Pakistani military intelligence. During his year in Vietnam he daily scheduled 130 U.S. Army and Air Force intelligence collection aircraft. In his final overseas tour he was the U.S. Air Attaché behind the Iron Curtain in Warsaw, Poland. In total, Col Snodgrass was variously an Intelligence Officer or an International Politico-Military Affairs Officer serving duty tours in seven foreign countries, as well as teaching military history and strategy at the Air War College, US Air Force Academy, and USAF Special Operations School during a thirty-year military career.


Casual Evil in Oklahoma

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tips: BB, Judy W.

Harper and Lane had just returned from Australia three days before his death.

In a little town named Duncan in my state of Oklahoma, the unimaginable happened this week. Evil came knocking and three teenagers answered with enthusiasm.

Oklahoma is a wonderful state. Possibly the most conservative state in America. The people are for the most part kind, polite and giving. The majority are God-fearing Christians. That this would happen here, infuriates me. The blame, I believe, should be laid directly at Obama’s feet. He and his race hustlers have knowingly and purposely set the stage in America for racial hatred, violence and chaos. With unemployment at an incredible level, people in despair and Marxism run amok… Obama righteously pontificates while innocent lives are ruined and people die in America and abroad. And he doesn’t give a crap — none of the elite do.

I have friends in Australia and I understand their pain and anger over this. I share it with them and want justice done. But it breaks my heart to hear some Aussies blaming this on the NRA and guns. Nothing could be further from the truth. The blame lies squarely on our President’s shoulders and the gang culture in the United States that he nurtures and promotes.

Chris Lane. Picture: Essendon Baseball Club Source: AP

A memorial to Chris Lane near where he was shot. Source: AP

Chris Lane was a 22 year-old, handsome young man, with a wonderfully bright future ahead of him. I am sure his parents thought he was living in one of the safest places in the US. There is no such place any more in our Progressive regime.

Chris was here on a baseball scholarship — it’s the all-American thing to do and Lane was here training in the sport he loved. He was a student at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend of four years, Sarah Harper.

Last Friday, while Chris was out jogging, 3 teenagers, 2 black and 1 of undetermined race, murdered Chris in cold blood. Depending on who you listen to, they either did it because they were bored and wanted a ‘thrill kill,’ or it was a gang initiation. The ages of the killers are 15, 16 and 17. Any one of them could be Obama’s son. According to Maggie Thornton of Maggie’s Notebook: The 17 year-old is charged as “an accessory to the killing.” The 15 and 16 year-olds have been charged with first-degree murder. James Edwards (15) – charged with First Degree Murder and Chancey Luna (16) – charged with First Degree Murder (suspected of firing the “fatal shot”) – no bail will be allowed for those two. Michael Jones, the 17 year-old, has bail set at $1 Million.

James Edwards (15)

Chancey Luna (16)

Michael Jones (17)

I understand the three have now confessed. The three murderous scum were found with the help of surveillance cameras.

They shot Lane in the back as he was jogging. They were “bored,” said one of the boys, “we decided to kill someone for fun.” According to Danny Ford, the Chief of Police of Duncan, said a Facebook page for one of the alleged murderers read “Bang. Two drops in two hours.Source

The captain of the Duncan Police Department, Jay Evans, told Shepard Smith on Studio B of Fox News, that the murderers were linked to other criminals who had been arrested several months ago for committing a series of armed robberies.

The Captain said the teens involved in this shooting seemingly wanted to “live that gangster lifestyle.”

According to a report out of Australia, there was a gang ‘hit list’ connected to this whole affair. James Johnson, the father of a boy on this ‘hit list,’ claims that Chris Lane was murdered as part of a gang initiation – possibly the Crips. His son was on the list because he refused to join the gang. Johnson has since sent his son to a youth program for his safety, fearing retaliation by gang members. Johnson also says that the gang which is out of Oklahoma City and Dallas, is now recruiting in Duncan. I’m sure opening the border, releasing criminals onto our streets and over-regulating while simultaneously relaxing laws for hardened criminals by Obama is helping the gangs out tremendously. More hope and change from our leaders. The sad thing is that many kids are so fatalistic over what is happening on our streets — telling their parents that if it’s their time, it’s their time. I don’t recognize America any more.

Where’s the outrage America? Who cries for Chris Lane? Not Obama, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Oprah or any of the rest of the race pimps out there. If it had been white kids who killed a black boy, the wailing would have been heard around the globe. There would have been riots in the streets. But when a white, Christian young man is gunned down in cold blood, it’s not newsworthy. It doesn’t fit the Left’s agenda.

Obama is so busy playing golf and propping up the Muslim Brotherhood, he doesn’t even know who Chris Lane is. Neither do those representing him at press conferences evidently. The President has made no statement on the murder, even though it involved a citizen from another country and is a national incident. This horrific act was all over the papers in Australia and the response from Down Under has been deafening. So is Obama’s response — in all its silence. I guess he’s just bored by the whole thing, so he can relate to these murdering gangsta wannabes.

From WND:

As the family of an Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma mourns his death, police said today that the college athlete was targeted by three black teenagers who simply “wanted to see someone die.”

The suspects followed Chris Lane, 22, as he jogged alongside a road in Duncan, Okla., Friday afternoon, shot him in the back and left him to die on the side of the road, said Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford…

“He went by a residence where these three boys were, they picked him as a target, they went out and got in a vehicle and followed him.”

While no one saw the actual shooting, Ford said several people heard a gunshot and “saw Lane stagger across the road, go to a kneeling position and collapse on the side of the road.” Witnesses also reported seeing a black car speeding away from the scene.

Surveillance video from several businesses captured images of the suspects’ vehicle…

After the teens were arrested, Ford said the driver, who is 17, told police they were all at the scene of the slaying and that the 16-year-old suspect pulled the trigger.

“He said the motive was, ‘We were going to kill somebody,’” Ford told Australian radio station 3AW.

Jesse Jackson came out and said he ‘frowned upon‘ the whole sordid mess. Wow, that’s strong talk Reverend! Not as strong as calling for riots and murder, but I’m sure it’s the very best you could do. I’m sure these killers’ gang ties are okay with the good Reverend though. He probably can relate to the black power posts on Facebook and the pictures of gang signs shown off for all to see. Such blatant racism is sickening and those on either side pushing it are monsters.

Chris’ last moments on this Earth were heart wrenching:

Mr Rhodes said he was working on the house, heard what sounded like a bullet being fired, looked down the street and saw a black car with a white sticker on the windshield.

The teenagers were arrested four hours later in a black 2003 Ford Focus with a white sticker on the windshield.

At 2:45 into the 911 call, Mr Rhodes had alarming news that Ms Smith relayed to the operator.

“He’s turning blue,” Ms Smith said.

Mr Rhodes said he believed the bullet went through Lane’s back and punctured his lungs.

At 3:19 into the call, the operator alerted authorities.

“We have a male who said he has been shot and is bleeding in the back,” the operator said.

At 3:37 she informed Ms Smith help was on the way.

“OK. We have an ambulance and a PD (police) on the way,” the operator said.

At 3:54 the operator asked: “Is he breathing? Is he conscious? Is he talking to you?”

Ms Smith asked Mr Rhodes and the reply was “Lane is not conscious and is barely breathing”.

About 20 seconds later Ms Smith relayed promising news from Mr Rhodes: “He just took a breath.”

At 4:26 an Ms Smith complained to the operator she couldn’t hear any sirens and at 5:53 she again raised her concerns.

“I hear no sirens. I see no lights. Oh my gosh how long is it going to be?” Ms Smith said.

At 6:06 Ms Smith said: “I finally see some lights coming.”

At 6:20 Ms Smith said an unidentified female passer-by was performing CPR on Lane and then delivered a warning.

“If you don’t hurry, he’s gone,” Ms Smith, relaying the message, told the operator.

“Ma’am. They’re coming OK. I can’t make them come any faster,” the operator replied.

At 6:47 Ms Smith said: “Finally I see them coming up the street.”

The operator asked if Lane has stopped breathing

Mr Rhodes can be heard in the background saying: “Yes.”

“Yes, yes they said he has,” an emotional Ms Smith confirmed.

At 7:06 the ambulance pulled up at the scene.

“Stop right here fella,” Ms Smith can be heard telling them.

Lane was taken to Duncan Regional Hospital where exactly 50 minutes after Ms Smith called 911, doctors pronounced him dead.

I have held someone in my arms as they died — someone I loved more than life itself. I can’t imagine this poor boy’s shock, pain and death. I hope Oklahoma throws the book at the three that killed him and I hope they rot in hell for it. I wish I could hug his parents and his girlfriend. I wish this had never happened and Chris was here. I wish that all the racists and Marxists would be kicked out of our country and that we could go back to being a loving and kind nation, where evil can’t find a foothold.

I have seen more evil rear its head this week than I can take. From the nightmarish murders in Tennessee from 2007 that just now are getting air time, to the rape of the 8th grader in Michigan 10 years ago and all the teachers and clergy who are now standing behind the pedophile, to the Canadian hate letter to the family of an autistic child telling them to just euthanize him and now this. What has happened to us?

When casual evil in Oklahoma is not even news and no one cries out for it to stop, where does it end? With Christians being slaughtered as they are in Egypt? With people being gassed as in Syria? With gas chambers and millions dead? We are heading there unless we turn back and fast.


Get Acquainted with C.S. Lewis’ Thoughts of God & Government

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound


Great to see you, please pardon us for interrupting.

Calling attention to this man offers an excellent excuse to use as few as feasible of my own words. His are the point. One doesn’t stand in front of a da Vinci while showing it. But here are two fine and timely points of reference for you.

1. Just discovered – for two weeks now, BibleGateway.com has been featuring

A daily passage from the writings of C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest Christian thinkers and authors of the 20th century! Drawing from Lewis’ diverse collection of works—from Narnia to Mere Christianity and beyond—this daily devotional will challenge you with insights from the beloved novelist and theologian.

They make it easy to receive those daily emails and to decide to receive nothing else, or to stop them altogether.

2. About two years ago, I found a feast of an article by David J. Theroux, Founder and President of The Independent Institute, C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism.” You, dear reader, being familiar with some or all the references in that title, my job here is easy indeed, and Mr. Theroux does not disappoint. He serves excerpts of Lewis’ own writings in a context which satisfies people of many starting points, in a truly enriching way.

Theroux begins by explaining…

For decades, many Christians and non-Christians, both “conservative” and “liberal,” have unfortunately embraced an ill-conceived, “progressive” (i.e., authoritarian) vision to wield intrusive government powers as an unquestionable and even sanctified calling for both domestic and international matters, abandoning the Judeo-Christian, natural-law tradition in moral ethics and economics. In contrast, the Oxford/Cambridge scholar and best-selling author C. S. Lewis did not suffer such delusions….

Just one of the passages from Lewis’ own hand, on the effects of government determined, in Barack Obama’s hideously misapplied quote of the Bible’s murderous Cain, to be “our brother’s keeper”:

tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals

Thought you’d be interested. Think anyone else you know would, too?


Alarming Views of the Muslim Brotherhood on the Rights Of Women That Should Shame Their Apparent Western ‘Progressive’ Sympathisers

By: ICLA Admin

In 2013 we have seen how Western elites increasingly sympathise with the various components of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to the detriment of the Liberal Islamic Reform Movement.

In Afghanistan senior Western elite figures are openly talking about negotiating with the Taliban, the group who were regarded as so dangerous that invasion of that country was regarded as an urgent necessity. Furthermore, Western Governments’ approach to the Syrian conflict is to empower the Islamists rather than more secular elements, just as they did previously in places like Egypt.

With regard to Egypt during the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, commentators following the principles of political realism who warned that it would bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power were openly condemned and mocked. Of course, the Muslim Brotherhood came to power as just predicted and religious minorities were persecuted just as predicted. Such persecution was largely ignored by the Western press! When the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from power following their period of misrule, Western commentators openly showed their profound disappointment at this turn of events.

Actual Western policy suggests that Western policy makers, many of them self-described as progressives, appear to sympathise with the Muslim Brotherhood and act to help its cause, perversely in the name of democracy and tolerance. The views of the Muslim Brotherhood on the subject of women’s rights should alarm such progressives, but probably will not because they are progressive in name only. They will continue to undermine secular elements in both Syria, and Egypt, and will continue to encourage Islamism at home.

The public admission of the Muslim Brotherhoods views on Women’s rights came after the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that met in March of this year. They were opposed to ratifying the Declaration to End Violence Against Women for the following remarkable reasons (1):

1. Granting girls full sexual freedom, as well as the freedom to decide their own gender and the gender of their partners (ie, choose to have normal or homo- sexual relationships), while raising the age of marriage.

2. Providing contraceptives for adolescent girls and training them to use those, while legalizing abortion to get rid of unwanted pregnancies, in the name of sexual and reproductive rights.

3. Granting equal rights to adulterous wives and illegitimate sons resulting from adulterous relationships.

4. Granting equal rights to homosexuals, and providing protection and respect for prostitutes.

5. Giving wives full rights to file legal complaints against husbands accusing them of rape or sexual harassment, obliging competent authorities to deal husbands punishments similar to those prescribed for raping or sexually harassing a stranger.

6. Equal inheritance (between men and women).

7. Replacing guardianship with partnership, and full sharing of roles within the family between men and women such as: spending, child care and home chores.

8. Full equality in marriage legislation such as: allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, and abolition of polygamy, dowry, men taking charge of family spending, etc.

9. Removing the authority of divorce from husbands and placing it in the hands of judges, and sharing all property after divorce.

10. Cancelling the need for a husband’s consent in matters like: travel, work, or use of contraception.

‘Progressives’ who support the Muslim Brotherhood either directly or indirectly should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves!

(1) Muslim Brotherhood Statement Denouncing UN Women Declaration for Violating Sharia Principles (IKHWANWEB, 14 March 2013)