In a recent Frontpage Mag article, Y. Kerry Sara shared a deeply personal account of her own involuntary immersion into the dark depths of Islamic extremism.
She recalled her mother’s decision four decades ago to shun “traditional values and morality” in favor of joining the burgeoning counterculture movement in upstate New York.
“After revolving around the fringes of the radical left in Buffalo, New York,” she wrote, “my mother converted to Islam and joined an Islamic cult.”
Sara described the radical leader’s influence as “an evil blend of Islam, left-wing ideology and street-level pimp philosophy.”
Not only did he declare five women to be his wives, she explained; he cited his faith as an excuse to physically and sexually abuse women and children in the cult.
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While Sara eventually escaped that environment when her mother left, it was, unfortunately, not her last encounter with radical Islam. She said her mother soon married a Muslim man with a criminal past who likewise engaged in violence against them. He belonged to a group of Islamists who rejoiced over events including the Iranian hostage crisis and, following Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, became extremists themselves.
“They supported the political power of the Iranian Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini,” she wrote, “as well as those who resisted the economic sanctions against Iran and any normalization of relations with the West.”
That marriage ended in divorce, she wrote; and she soon had yet another radical Muslim stepfather. This man, she explained, took on the role of imam at a local prison after serving time.
“All of this Muslim man’s speeches and writings were highly critical of American society, culture, our system of law and the United States government,” she noted.
After witnessing the extreme anti-American views of so many Muslims, Sara wrote that she “would wonder how the various Islamic leaders really felt about their U.S. citizenship.”
Their philosophy, she continued, was indistinguishable from the radical Islamic groups throughout the Middle East. Sara said she realized after decades of experience that homegrown terror plots such as the Fort Hood massacre are hardly limited to the fantasies of a few lone extremists.
“Given what I have observed of those fascinated by the message of radical Islam in the black community and the military,” she wrote, “I can only conclude that many Muslims have the same goals as Nidal Malik Hasan: they want to expand the Islamic caliphate to Western Europe and the United States.”
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