America has developed a twisted sense of law and order. Whereas once, the premise of law and order was fairly straight-forward, the left have sought to confuse and augment problems considerably.
The solution to illegal immigration is remarkably simple and yet, to Democrats, the only viable solution is to grant amnesty to criminals.
The means to help reduce gun violence is remarkably simple; yet Democrats take the opposite approach and seek to crack-down on our civil rights.
The remedy to terrorism is destruction of those who mean Americans harm. However, liberals in Minneapolis have developed a new strategy: pay Muslims to not engage in terrorism.
A program in Minneapolis uses taxpayer money to fund grants that are designed to keep Minneapolis’ Somali Muslim community from engaging in terrorism- a notion that is insulting and outrageous to both the Muslim community and the rest of the 3.5 million inhabitants of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis maintains a large Somali Muslim community- around 30,000. To attempt to dissuade them from engaging in terrorism, a joint taskforce has set-up to give money to the community.
The taskforce of 15 Somali Americans joined with a traditional community grant-making organization, the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) program. It was created by chief federal prosecutor for Minnesota, Andrew Luger.
Later this month, it will launch a number of yet-to-be-announced grants to programs aimed at creating educational and professional opportunities among the Somali Muslim community in Minnesota. The goal is to prevent youth recruitment by overseas extremist groups such as Isis or al-Shabaab.
But even before any specifics of the program have been announced, the program has engendered dramatic hostility and division within the Muslim Somali community. Those opposed to the premise of the program point out that 96% of domestic terrorism is committed by white men. The exact figure is disputed, but all statistics have it at more than 90%.
“The idea that this Muslim community needs help, itself for this issue is problematic,” says Jaylani Hussein the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). “Because now you’re saying that countering violent extremism is only from one community. The threat comes from one community, the threat is only identified within one community, that community needs a program. The whole premise is wrong. This program, no matter how good it is, is flawed from its principle.”
Those who support the program are welcoming of new resources to their community, particularly if they will keep any brewing problem contained.
However, while the idea that the government should pay people to not commit crimes is laughable, the fact that the Muslim community appears upset by a perceived stereotyping is even more absurd when we consider the fact that Minneapolis’ Muslim community has served as a breeding ground for radicalized jihadists who have left the comfort of the American Dream to join ISIS.
Between 2008 and 2013, about 40 young men left Minneapolis to join al-Shabaab, the militant, radical Islamist insurgent group at war in Somalia, between approximately 2008 and 2013. Since then, 11 people from the Twin Cities have been charged with planning to leave for Syria to join Isis. Authorities believe Isis is focusing its US recruitment efforts on Somali Muslims in Minnesota because of the state’s history, and a potential pre-existing recruitment infrastructure.
Six young men charged with planning to leave Minnesota for Syria to join Isis are awaiting trial in February. The boys claim they were entrapped, but one is now expected to change his plea to guilty.
The CVE program has already been re-branded with a new name, Building Community Resilience, and it is set to dole-out $216,000 in federal funds, in addition to local funds, to the Muslim community as a bribe to help stem the trend of radicalization.
While it is true that not all Muslims are terrorists, it is purely undeniable that America remains under threat of acts of violence by radical Islamic jihadists- some of whom are home-grown here in the U.S.
It is pathetic that it has come to bribing a community to try and keep them from engaging in terrorism and it is laughable that the Muslim community largely continues to view stereotyping as the problem instead of focusing their attentions on helping to root-out those who pervert their religion to do harm to others.