Monday, October 23, 2006

West Point Looks To The Future

Thanks to a tip from Lawrence Auster, I was pleased to learn that West Point - the United States Military Academy, now has a Muslim population large enough to warrant a state-of-the-art prayer room. Isn't it reassuring to consider that our military academies are eager to keep up with the Joneses, instead of stagnating in worn-out traditions, like patriotism?

When Americans denigrate France with all her mosques, and her groveling to Islam, they are talking about their own fate.

Now West Point has opened its first space dedicated to Muslims, a worship hall complete with a pulpit facing Mecca. The space officially opened Thursday.

"I knew the Army had a policy of religious tolerance, but I didn't know it was to this extent," said first-year Cadet Ahmed Moomin, 20, from the Maldives.

Until now, Friday prayers were held in an increasingly crowded first-floor office, said Imam Asadullah, the academy's Muslim cleric. The number of Muslim cadets jumped by 10 from last year.

The new hall is large enough for dozens of followers, he said.

West Point's Muslim leaders approached administrators last year for help.

"We live in a world where everyone is looking at the United States saying, 'You're anti-Islam.' But here at West Point, that's not what we do," West Point Chaplain Col. John Cook said.

Asadullah said the new hall is a strategic move.

"We have cadets here who are going to be the future of tomorrow," he said. "If we treat them differently from other cadets or other faiths, that will be a cause for future confrontation."

Lawrence Auster ends his post with these words:

You may wonder how many Muslim cadets are at West Point. There are 32. As of 2001, there were two. Now, the U.S. Muslim population has not increased 16 fold in the last five years, has it? The U.S. Muslim community has not been suddenly seized by patriotic fervor to serve and defend America during the last five years, has it? So how could there be so many more Muslim cadets? Obviously the Bush administration has made a concerted effort to increase the number of Muslims at West Point, in order to prove to the world that the U.S. is not prejudiced against its enemies.



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