Memorial and convention sparks thought at Fort Hood

A year after Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on troops and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas, leaders and even former terrorists spoke out Sunday against the dangers of extremist Islam, just miles from the site of the tragedy.

Radio host Lynn Woolley was the master of ceremonies for the event, which attempted to shine light on potential extremist threats.

“What are we here for if not to combat political correctness?” Woolley asked the crowd. Many traveled from other states to attend the event.

The conference was sponsored by the International Counter-Terror Officer’s Association, an organization created by members of the New York City Police Department after Sept. 11, 2001. It was presented by the Forum for Middle East Understanding.

Keith Davies is the executive director of the forum and organized the event to open eyes to an enemy he thinks has been hidden from Americans under the name of political correctness. He related America today to the nation’s unwillingness to take a stand against Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

“We are in a similar situation today where the minority are in the right and the majority are in the wrong,” he said.

Former Islamic terrorist Kamal Saleem clutches the flag of the country he is now a citizen of. Saleem was one of the many speakers at the Killeen Civic Center Sunday night. Photo by Stacy Fannin

Lt. Gen. (ret.) William G. Boykin and Pentagon expert on Islamic law, Maj. Stephen Coughlin were the first to speak at the conference about the dangers of extremist Islamic beliefs from a military perspective. Coughlin has briefed military and federal leaders throughout the country.

Later, Robert Spencer, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gave more insight on the law of Islam. He also said that it is impossible to separate the religion from the political movement.

The most dramatic speeches were by Kamal Saleem and Walid Shoebat. Both were former terrorists who came to America to try and win converts. Instead, while here, they both were converted to Christianity.

Now they spend their time speaking and writing about the horrors they have seen and the Islamic plan to achieve “peace” – when every person is a Muslim. Saleem said that Islamic influence and Sharia law have already come to America.

“The Islamic centers of America are the Sharia centers of America, and they have already been built,” he said.

Shoebat emphasized this point even more dramatically. “Don’t mess with Texas is a myth,” he said. “They messed with Texas a year ago and you have done nothing.”

Author: Evan Duncan

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