In October of 2012, Rutherford County School Board member Aaron Holladay expressed his concerns to me regarding the influx of Muslim Students in his school district and shared his worries about why so many Muslim families were moving into Murfreesboro. Mr. Holladay then went on to state he home schools his own children because of the number of Muslim children attending his schools, and how poor the system is. 

Fast forward to November 2017,  with the intent to run for public office in 2018, Mr. Holladay has decided he may need the Muslim communities support, and decided he would accept an invitation to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, as they reached out to the entire school board of Rutherford County to visit their mosque. 

Why would a school board member of a public school system think it was his duty to attend such a function?  Let’s start with the invitation itself.

Change leaders? What change does Emily Mitchell, the former president of the Rutherford Education Association wish to instill when calling for school board members to visit a controversial Islamic center with radical ties?  Did Ms. Mitchell call for “tours” of Christian or Jewish places of worship? Why would public school officials need to meet with leaders of the Muslim community? 

Aaron Holladay


Emily Mitchell

Interestingly enough, Aaron Holladay was the only school board member to attend, which apparently he felt the need to justify his actions in an awkward, somewhat bizarre letter to his fellow colleagues.  While communications spokesman  for Rutherford County Schools James Evans states the event was described as a “goodwill” meeting and” not for the purpose of conducting school business”, Mr. Holladay seems to implicate it was his duty as an elected official. 


Mr. Holladay has been provided the truth about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. It was during a dinner meeting at a Ruby Tuesdays in Smyrna TN in Oct of 2012, that he was given information regarding the connections to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) aka Hamas, the Centers leaders, specifically Saleh Sbenaty had with them. Nihad Awad, a self proclaimed supporter of Hamas ( a designated terrorist organization in the U.S) has visited the center on many occasions, as well as many well known members of the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Nihad Awad (center) Saleh Sbenaty 2nd from right.


While Mr. Holladay would like everyone to believe his self righteous reason for visiting the mosque, there are many reasons for his decision to attend.  Now, just some of many questions need to be asked. Why did an elected school board member accept an invitation to a religious institution, specifically to meet with its leaders? Why are teachers such as Emily Mitchell attending meet and greets representing their schools? 

For Mr. Holladay, the answers are undoubtedly two fold, he took advantage of an invitation to the mosque to not only potentially affect his voting as a school board member, he puffed his chest hopefully to gain votes and support for when he runs for office again. In 2016, Mr. Holladay ran against state Rep. Mike Sparks, losing by a huge margin. 

“None of these places define who I am, nor does my passing through endorse their existence”  says Mr. Holladay. But it does raise questions as to your ability to perform your job to determine the interest of all students.  Oh but that doesn’t matter anymore, since you have your eyes on a bigger prize in 2018.  



Once again the big news story is another Muslim has committed an act of terror, this time in NYC by plowing down those out to enjoy a beautiful fall day, and once again we fall into the typical response as attacks like this become the norm. 

News channels play their somber music as they fade from the horrific pictures to commercials, social media becomes filled with sudden bouts of patriotism, and Muslims  put on their victim faces, complaining they must defend their “religion” again.

There will be candlelight vigils, and the crime scene will be filled with flowers and teddy bears, as Christians and Jews will rush to mosques to defend those who lie and deceive. Interfaith events will increase as Islamists claim the backlash has caused them trauma, and fake crimes against Muslims will once again rise.

This is how America reacts to Islamic terrorism. 

So how do Muslims in America respond?  With self pity and deceit. 

Hassan Shibly is an attorney and director of CAIR in Tampa Florida. 

 Nihad Awad is the national director of the Council on America Islamic Relations (CAIR), who is also a self proclaimed supporter of HAMAS. CAIR is HAMAS.  

This is the typical, deceitful, Muslim response

There are no statements calling for cooperation with law enforcement,  or there are no efforts to expose those they claim are “radical”, only self pity, anger and lies.

America, wake up. While they tell us we are not at war with Islam, Islam is at war with us.





Coming up.. who is who in your own backyard. If they belong or associate with CAIR or many of the Muslim Brotherhood organizations, they are not your friend.


The Meigs Middle Magnet School in Nashville TN has allowed their students to take a field trip to the Islamic Center of Nashville, a mosque that has had much controversy and hosts regularly, known  radical speakers. (go here for info on this mosque)

Today’s talk is to expand your critical thinking skills, we’re not trying to win you over, we’re trying to give you information so that you can leave here today with another little piece of your brain that has a new little storage compartment that has been filled with Islam stuff. And then you take that on with your life and faith journey and you keep adding more and more different aspects from different faiths and cultures and you make your final decision as to what kind of person you want to be”.

Out of a 58 minute lecture, 38 of those are dedicated to promoting Islam as a “cool religion” even stating “don’t believe the hype” regarding their own faiths. 

So that you may hear the majority of the speech for yourself, the audio is below. The question needing to be asked of the administrators of this school would be what is the historical value of this commentary? 

There isn’t any. Asking young students “do I look oppressed?” or “Do I look like anyone can tell me what to do?” isn’t about history, neither is comparing their praying to yoga positions, all to equate Islam to terms young people understand. This is proselytizing under the guise of social studies. 

Oscar Mayer Bacon.




America’s melting pot is boiling and about to spill over. So who are those stirring it? What groups are turning up the heat? Everyday a new organization joins the “resistance” to push the country in a direction far from its original course. On October 28, 2017 in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro TN, White Lives Matter and other groups will be holding a rally, with counter protests that may all  incite violence. But what about those attending who claim to be peaceful, and only want to express their disapproval and condemnation against hate? Nonsense.

Do those same “peaceful protesters” attend Antifa or BLM rallies to condemn what they stand for?  No they do not. Why? Many of those “peaceful protesters”, including the founder of “Murfreesboro Loves”, Abdou Kattih, are from the Islamic communities of Shelbyville and Murfreesboro who actually support groups like Black Lives Matter, the same BLM individuals that caused chaos with their riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. The same BLM that marched in NYC chanting “what do we want? dead cops”.  





But the “peaceful” Muslims support black lives matter. Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on America Islamic Relations (CAIR) aka Hamas, who has visited the Murfreesboro mosque on several occasions admits “their cause is our cause”

 Abdou Kattih, a leader in the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is urging those who are against hate to attend this potentially explosive event on Oct 28, so they can experience the hate he and his community go through everyday. Nice try Mr. Kattih, try as you might, the victim card is old. However, it is really disgraceful Kattih is urging residents of Murfreesboro to attend this just so he feels vindicated, especially since his community supports BLM. 


Islamic Center of Murfreesboro leaders with CAIR director ( Center) and spokesman Saleh Sbenaty (2nd from right)

 The same Muslims preaching love are supporting those who hate. Don’t be baited into attending an event where violence is most likely to occur just to prove a point. This isn’t the time to declare your turf, stay home and give law enforcement one less person to try to protect, and certainly don’t attend to support those who claim to be peaceful yet support those who are not.



Below is a breakdown of who’s who in the fight, so far.

Groups building a new mass civil rights movement, embracing those to be considered “marginalized” or oppressed. 

Black lives matter– believes in “creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.” While their main goal is to preserve the black culture, donations from white billionaires, specifically George Soros, has pushed them to promote “globalism, queer affirming, diversity and restorative justice.” 

BAMN- By Any Means Necessary.   “An organization in which black, Latina/o, Native American, Asian Pacific American, Arab American, and other minority leaders play a full and prominent role. BAMN is committed to making real the ideal of “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” But democracy, too, must be a sham as long as the fundamental inequalities of poverty, racism, and sexism deform the relations of political power along with access to educational and economic opportunities. Here again, America can only become what it should be through a national policy of affirmative action.

It’s Going Down-  a “digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements. Our mission is to provide a resilient platform to publicize and promote revolutionary theory and action.” Claiming they do not participate in actions, but rather provide social media support and promotion of events is not true, as they are organizing to stop a White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville TN on Oct 28, 2017.

Group(s) Claiming to be anti-fascists, are anti-capitalism, often promoting and inciting violence

Antifa–    A subset of the anarchist movement and focus on issues involving racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism, as well as other perceived injustices. Antifa has used violence repeatedly  including property damage and physical violence. Local chapters, including Nashville and Knoxville are said to be participating in the Oct 28 counter protests. 


Groups believing in White Supremacy, White Nationalism

White Lives Matter-  white supremacy

The Nationalist Front – “The Nationalist Front is an umbrella organization to bring unity and solidarity to the White Nationalist movement in North America. This is an alliance between many diverse organizations which seek to better the cultural, economic, and demographic conditions of White Americans.”

National Socialist Movement- According to their website, they are the largest Nazi party operating in the U.S today,  based in Minneapolis.

We will add more as information becomes available.











The time has arrived. 

In the four stages of Islamic conquest, one of the major objectives by Muslims is the intentional effort to undermine the host government and culture. While there are many other ideologies grasping for the eventual power grab, the Islamists have managed to embrace them all, from the socialists, Communists, and those who they label “marginalized”. 

Welcome to the third stage. No longer are Muslims in America concerned with their”peaceful” image, or blending in with American culture, no, now it is about promoting a caliphate, but do millions of Americans have a clue? No they do not. 

On Oct 18th, in cities across the United States, Muslims gathered to celebrate and oppose the latest travel ban  attempted by President Trump to be implemented for the security of the American people, which once again liberal courts struck down. 

One of those Muslims speaking at a rally in D.C was self proclaimed activist Linda Sarsour, who at the end of her speech declared the streets as “our streets”.   

We no longer can just listen to what the Islamists say, we must hear  them. 

All Muslims that follow in the prescribed footsteps of their prophet Muhammad must push for the caliphate, where Islamic law is the only law of the land, and Islam the only “religion”. Because of their religious designation, masses of Americans have accepted their beliefs,even empowering them as they take to the streets. Urging citizens to defy and resist what they call a white supremacy administration, is jihad. Jihad in Arabic means struggle, Jihad in Islam means “holy war”.  

In another speech delivered at the same rally in D.C, CAIR attorney Hassan Shibly states to the Muslim attendees “you are what made this country great.” He further states they must continue to fight for justice, not just for the Muslim community but for “humanity” and continuing the message of mercy that Mohammed commanded. 

 So what exactly is humanity and mercy in Islam? According to scholar Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid from the Islamic question and answer website, “The Islamic view of humanity is filled with mercy and compassion, and it cannot be otherwise, because the Islamic religion is the last of the religions that were prescribed by Allah, may He be exalted, and He commanded all of mankind to enter this religion. He revealed this religion and sent it down to the most compassionate of mankind, Muhammad”

 Muslims believe that Islam is the only way to achieve a just, humane society. From the same website it continues:

There is no comparison whatsoever between what this world has seen the “non-Muslims” do and what the Muslims have done. The two World Wars in which 70 million people were killed were “Christian” wars.

Then there is the occupation of Muslim lands and the exploitation of their resources, which was and still is happening at the hands of “non-Muslims” of all religions. This should be borne in mind when speaking of the Islamic view of humanity and of love and compassion. Fair-minded historians should compare the Islamic conquests of other lands with the Crusades, for example, and what happened in each case. They will see a clear difference between compassion and cruelty, love and hatred, life and death.

What was mentioned above about Islam and how it regards non-Muslims, and what was mentioned about rulings is the highest level of love, compassion and mercy. However, that does not mean that we should neglect some rulings that some ignorant people want us to neglect.

For example:  In Islam it is forbidden to love non-Muslims and take them as close friends. Anyone who has common sense can distinguish between kindness, fairness, compassion and mercy, on the one hand, which we have been enjoined to show towards a non-Muslim who is not in a state of war with us, and love on the other hand, which we are not allowed to feel towards disbelievers because of their disbelief in Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and because of their not being Muslims.”

If we just listen to their message we may believe they are about love, justice and peace. If we HEAR what they are saying, we will understand what is really the meaning behind their words.  

The third stage is upon us, will we allow it to continue to the fourth?


Entire videos here



It’s happening again. Some Metro Nashville schools are facilitating field trips to the Islamic Center of Nashville, which has many parents wondering once again, why the need to send school children to a mosque? What is the historical value of public school students attending this field trip? 

The Islamic Center of Nashville is hardly free of issues when it comes to supporting those with radical, anti-American,anti-Christian, anti-Jew sentiment. Below are just some examples of what this mosque has been involved in, including a video clip from a documentary titled Losing Our Sons. This is the story of a Christian young man who began attending prayers at the Islamic Center of Nashville, who then converted to Islam. Carlos Bledsoe of Memphis TN, who took the name of his Imam AbdulHakim Mohammed, was radicalized at the Islamic Center of Nashville. Carlos was sent to school in Yemen where he spent 18 months, 4 of which he was imprisoned, and upon his return to the United States,  on a mission from Allah, he opened fire on a Little Rock recruiting center, where he killed Pvt. William “Andy” Long. 

 Who is Abdulhakim Mohamed?  He was the Imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN)  from 1999-2007  who came to Nashville from the radical Brooklyn Al Farooq mosque which had a documented history of raising money for terrorists and is the same mosque attended by the “blind sheik” who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

 This excerpt is just one example of the hatred towards Christians spewed by past Imams of the Islamic Center of Nashville, where Nashville public school educators think it’s a good idea to have a field trip.

In the spring of 2011 the Islamic Center of Nashville’s Imam Ahmed Mohammed, gave a lecture in Nashville in which he defended the Egyptian police forced virginity tests reportedly performed on the female protesters in Tahrir Square.  He also talked about honor killings and confirmed that they do occur throughout the Muslim world and even suggested that they used to occur in the U.S. but no longer because of how “crazy our moral ethics have become.”

He testified against the anti-terrorism bill during the 2011 legislative session and was also a participant at the TN Dept. of Homeland Security’s closed door June 2011 meeting with the Tennessee DHS Regional Advisor James Cotter. 


 Women that are not virgins are a cause of honor killings? Perhaps that mindset of a former imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville should sink in as your daughters attend a field trip to this mosque. This is the same imam that in 2012 invited students from Hendersonville High School to take the Quran as they exited the mosque. 

 The current Imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville is Ossama Bahloul – who hails from Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt – with a degree in Da’awah (prosletyzing for Islam; his thesis was the establishment of a Da’awah curriculum aimed at secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims)

Al Azhar is credited with starting the Islamist movement with training from Islamic radicals and closely tied to Muslim Brotherhood and stands for the propagation of Islam and Sharia as a complete way of life.

A mosques library often reflects the ideology of its leaders. Some of the books found in the Islamic Center of Nashville should be no surprise,considering how radical their past imams have been. 

Islam & Chrisitianity” by Mrs Ulfat Aziz-us-Samad (available now through Amazon):

            “Christianity is too other-worldy..The outcome of such a teaching can only be the production of stunted and contorted hypocrites instead of full grown human beings.

            “Christianity is seen as a corruption of Christ’s message and Islam as the true religion of Jesus”


Towards Understanding Islam” by Abdul A’la Mawdudi (also available through Amazon)

            “…jihad is as much a primary duty of the Muslims as are the daily prayers or fasting…The greatest sacrifice made in the way of God is jihad.  In it man sacrifices not only his own life and belongings, but destroys those of others as well”.


Veiling & Un-Veiling” by Hala Bint Abdullah (also available through Amazon)

            “The veil shall cover the whole body of the woman including the face and palms of the hands….Unveiling is a heresy, error and a violation of both the Islamic religion and the purified tradition (Sunnah).  It is an evidence that a woman who uncovers herself has a weakness in belief as it strips her from chastity and modesty…Additionally, uncovering takes away dignity and the granted legal rights from the woman, revealing of her private parts, exposing her shortcomings (faults)..A woman being unveiled will be in a state of rebellion against Islamic society…”

Still think a field trip to the Islamic Center of Nashville is appropriate? 

Speakers invited often to the Islamic Center of Nashville includes imams such as Siraj Wahhaj– who was raised as a Baptist but converted to Islam under the leadership of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He is the imam at the al-Taqwa mosque in New York. He preaches that the U.S. should and will become an Islamic state because “Islam is better than democracy.” 

What does Wahhaj tell his audiences?

“Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen.”
“If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if eight million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us,” he said in 1992.
“You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.” 


Read more on Sihaj Wahhaj here:

Another “friend” of the Islamic Center of Nashville is Memphis Imam Yasir Qadhi. Qadhi,  is a resident scholar at the Memphis Islamic Center and Dean of Academic Affairs, al Maghrib Institute. His media company used to sell recordings by the al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar Awalaki. Al Maghrib students include the Christmas Day bomber and convicted terrorist Daniel Maldonado. Qadhi is an International speaker and Holocaust denier, who says “we are loyal to our countries insofar as it does not interfere with our religion of Islam.”
Qadhi calls Christians and Jews spiritually “filthy.”

Qadhi also tells students the only laws that can be followed are those created by Allah, not man made laws such as the Constitution.

 There are many many more examples of how the Islamic Center of Nashville’s imams, supporters and friends are on a path that defies everything America stands for, including their anti Christian, anti-Jewish sentiment. Do not for one minute be swayed by the deeds they boast about, that is their means to cover the truth. 

What is said in public is one thing, what is said behind closed doors is quite another. 

Is this where you think your child should be taken to on a field trip? Nashville Metro schools think it is. 





America, I hope you are prepared for what lies ahead. 

A movement to resist, dismantle and destroy the United States as we know it is under way, under the guise of “peace”, “justice”, and “democracy”, but just who is defining what that peace, justice and democracy is?  The same individuals and organizations who promote the global agenda, but which group will ultimately win? The Islamists , Communists, and Socialists are all betting they will, and for now are all playing together. It really doesn’t matter who wins, the outcome will be devastating. 

Ibrahim Sulaiman, a modern day Islamic scholar has stated”Jihad is not inhumane, despite its necessary violence and bloodshed, its ultimate desire is peace which is protected and enhanced by the rule of law.”  Peace in Islam is viewed as the result of implementing Islamic law (sharia) which enforces laws to a violent extent. For example, if one were to steal, a punishment could be to cut off a hand. No one wants to lose a hand, so chances are thefts would decline. No crime, equates with a peaceful life.

 In one sense, Justice is often swift and harsh as a form of punishment. Justice also diminishes freedom of speech and expression, thereby claiming there would be no racial inequalities, or classes of society. Everyone is equal, well, unless you are a non Muslim, and then you are in a lower class. The fallacy of justice in Islam is it only applies to Muslims, so if you want to be treated justly, conversion is necessary.

This, taken from the website sums it up best. “Islamic law is absolutely incompatible with true democracy. It is a theocratic system with Allah alone at its head. Allah’s law is interpreted by a ruling body of clerics. There is no room for a secular political system in which all people are treated as equals.”

Muslims today use the art of deception (taqiyya) to portray Islam as a religion, rather than a complete way of life dictating every single aspect of your life. Islam today, is just as antiquated, violent and intolerant as it was 1400 years ago when their prophet Muhammad declared himself the messenger of Allah. 

 Today, Islamism, Communism, or Socialism seems like a perfect life for those disenfranchised with America, it’s an easy way out of the ethics and morals carried on for generations in our great nation. Scores of young people today believe working to accomplish goals and live a better live is a product of white supremacy, or privilege. What they dont know is under any of the isms above, their freedoms will be non existent, and so will the life they want handed to them.

 .Americans must accept the fate that lies before us, and rise. It no longer is if a revolution will occur, it is when.





Every Muslim living in the West will stand in the witness box in the mightiest court of Allah (SWT) in Akhirah and give evidence that he fulfilled his responsibility as witness against the people (SHAHADAH AL-ANNAS); that he left tone unturned to bring the message of the Qur’an to every nook and corner of the country where he used to live. This is his obligation to Allah (SWT). Muslims living in the Western countries cannot avoid their obligation to bring Islam to the people of their respective regions as long as they are living in these lands.”

                                                     Methodology of Dawa Introduction page VII

Dawa is a religious obligation for every good Muslim to perform. You better learn it. 

Dawa, or the proselytizing of Islam to kafirs (non-Muslims)  is the most dangerous weapon being used today by Muslims in America. First, let me say the obvious, Muslims are human, with all the characteristics that draw us to other humans. The difference is, they adhere to an ideology that is antiquated, violent,  seeks world domination, and is antithetical to our Constitution and way of life.

Throughout the last several years, Muslim leaders like the late Muammar Ghaddify, and the Muslim Brotherhoods spiritual leader Yusef Al Qaradawai have stated there is no need for war, with swords or guns, but rather war and power through the tongue, dawa. Today, Muslims in America are waging that war under the banner of interfaith. Working with others that seek to change the demographics and culture of the Western world, including the United States, they are winning. 

Why?  Muslims learned after the horrific attack on 9/11 that violence only brought anger, mistrust and disdain for their communities, so they became victims. Victims in America are always supported and vehemently defended. Portraying themselves as religious, pious people who are victims, Christians and Jews rush to protect them, ignorant of the doctrine that eventually will kill them. 


The 2016 election results were devastating to those who were on the path to completely destroying America, including Muslims, wealthy socialists, communists and progressives like the Clintons, Obamas and George Soros. So as to not be lumped into the same category of the three mentioned, Muslims decided to take a different approach..through dawa.

 In Tennessee, dawa is accelerating and spreading rapidly. Capturing the hearts and minds of those in the Buckle of the Bible Belt, will make other states easy to change, and fall. Leaders of churches and synagogues are succumbing to the deceit spewing from the mouths of Muslims, who plant the seed Allah is the same god as yours. (Dawa)

Who better to lead the Islamic charge in Tennessee than a man whose mosque was burned down, and has played the victim card ever since. (Yes, we condemn the actions of those who burned a building to the ground, and they are serving the time for that crime.) Daoud Abudiab, was the leader of that mosque in Columbia TN, and is the founder of the Faith and Culture Center in Nashville.  The Faith and Culture center is the headquarters for the dawa being performed by Muslims across the state. Sounds harmless right?  Until you know who Daoud Abudiab is.

Remember the goal of dawa is planting the seed of Islam through proselytizing, which Muslim leaders have said was more effective than using swords or guns to overtake a society. In 2015, Daoud Abudiab was discovered attending a Muslim Brotherhood conference, hosted by the Muslim Brotherhoods first and little known political party in America, called the United States Council of Muslim Organizations. (USCMO) Not only is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in the Middle East, they are active in providing support to groups like Al-Qaida, and Hamas.

                                           Abudaib with known members of Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S


Daoud Abudiab is leading the charge of interfaith dawa deception, and supports groups that want to overtake America. His organization, the Faith and Culture Center is also supported by the Open Society Foundation, a George Soros entity, who also supports the demise of America. That is the “faith” portion. The “culture” area is tied to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) whose purpose is to empower and unify refugees and immigrants, whether legal or not. Defending the rights of those entering America illegally, rather than those already here is also part of the resistance movement. Until just recently, Daoud Abudiab was the Director of the Board of TIRRC. The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is also a recipient of grants from, who else, the George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. 






A perfect storm is brewing from a perfect mix of Islamic “victims”, a political theocracy called Islam, and the ignorance of those who believe it. Dawa is not only dangerous, dawa is the weapon killing us with kindness. 











“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.”  Sura 8:60


Sixteen years ago, I never knew about Islam. 

It was a crisp, sunny, autumn day in New York. The leaves were just starting to change, and the sky had a blue color only seen in parts of the Northeast in the fall. It was my first day of vacation, as my husband and I always took that week to go wilderness camping in the Adirondack Mountains. As usual, the television was on in the background, as I packed for the trip. Just as I was headed out the door to grocery shop, I heard “this is a special report”, which as a police officer, always caught my attention. I turned to watch a story that like millions of Americans also tuned in to Good Morning America, would never ever forget. An airplane had just flown into a sky scraper in Manhattan. My first thought was how could they ever fight such a fire so many floors up, and how tragic this accident was.  Thinking it was just that, an accident, I continued on my way to the store, praying for the people on that flight, and for the first responders, as it was a difficult call not only logistically, but mentally and physically.

I hurriedly picked up what was needed, and as I was checking out,  I mentioned the accident to the cashier. Her reaction was like many others I had told throughout the store,what a tragedy, and what could have happened to the pilot? I rushed back home and as I entered my apartment building I could hear the muffled screams coming from not just my television, but others that were on in the building. Once inside, the scene on television had shifted from the reporting of an airplane crash to chaos, and despair as people fled down the narrow streets, screaming as to what they apparently had witnessed. Another airliner crashing through the second of what we now know was the World Trade Center. The report suddenly switched to an anchor at the Pentagon, as another airplane crashed there. It seemed surreal, and at the same time, disbelief as to what was happening. Would another plane go down, and there  it was…in a field in Pennsylvania. 

The remainder of the day, we were glued to the television,as well as the telephone calling relatives across the country to make sure no one was flying that day. For reasons, we still cannot understand, we decided to continue our vacation to the mountains. Once there, we were completely out of touch with what was happening, as were the local residents and tourists. What were we thinking? After spending one long, restless night, we decided to get home. 

Once home, I called my station  to put my name on the list to go whenever the call for additional police agencies would come. I cancelled vacation and returned to work. I remember how different it was. Crime seemed irrelevant, as everyone was in shock. Who was responsible for this, and why?  Have you ever noticed  when outside, even when it is utterly quiet, there still is noise from airplanes somewhere in the sky? Not then. All flights across the country had been suspended, and the silence was deafening. The air just hung.. silent. 

Several months later, a seminar for law enforcement was being offered by two detectives from NYC on “terrorism”.  Lou Savelli and Pete Caram changed my life forever. I now had the answer to why those airplanes were hijacked and flown into buildings. Islam. I know now.

Sixteen years ago, 19 Muslim men brought America to its knees, following exactly what their prophet Muhammad instructed them to do.  Strike terror into the heart of the disbeliever.  That doctrine hasn’t changed, neither have the Muslims that adhere to it. To them, Islam is unchangeable, universal, and superior.   There is only one Quran, and one prophet, the same prophet and Quran that urges to kill the non believer, hence the attack on 9/11.

With the backlash that occurred to the Muslim community, came their realization that violence would not help further their agenda, but harm it. That agenda is a monumental religious obligation every Muslim must perform, to bring the world into the fold of Islam.   Becoming a victim as a result of that backlash would be their ticket for success. After all, victims are always embraced and defended, especially ones that claim to be pious. 

 Sixteen years later. We didn’t learn a thing, but the enemy did..kill them with kindness, and it’s working.