Muslim activist Linda Sarsour has been the target of controversy before, but her latest speech proves that she is every bit as radical and unhinged as her conservative detractors have been saying for years. Sarsour, who is heavily steeped in the politics of the Democratic Party, counts herself as a Bernie Sanders supporter, and was a major organizer behind the Women’s March on Washington in January, said in a speech last weekend that Muslims of all stripes needed to band together to wage “jihad” against the Trump administration.
At an Islamic Society of North America convention in Chicago, Sarsour said, “I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”
She said it was not incumbent upon Muslims in America to blend into the larger culture and that it was a far greater priority to defend Islam from attack than to cast themselves as patriots.
“Our number one and top priority is to protect and defend our community, it is not to assimilate and please any other people and authority,” she said. “Our obligation is to our young people, is to our women, to make sure our women are protected in our community. Our top priority and even higher than all those other priorities is to please Allah and only Allah.”
She told the adoring crowd that it was up to Muslims to stay angry and engaged in the fight against President Trump.
“We have to stay outraged,” she said. “Do not criticize me when I say that we as a Muslim community in these United States of America have to be perpetually outraged every single day. When I wake up in the morning, and I remember who’s sitting in the White House, I am outraged. This is not normal, sisters and brothers. Those people sitting in the most powerful seats in this country is not normal. So, do not ever be those citizens that normalize this administration, because when they day comes that something horrific happens to us or to another community, you will be responsible for normalizing this administration.”
Muslims in America can take Sarsour’s advice if they wish, but they would be much better off worrying about “normalizing” their own religion than the Trump administration. Americans are ready and willing to accept people of all faiths, but that window is closing fast on a segment of religious believers from which all modern terrorism springs. And it will shut even more quickly if they self-segregate and expand the divide between Muslims and the rest of American culture.