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Submitted by Dan (United States), Aug 9, 2011 at 12:04

Although there may be a spectrum of adherence to islamic religious tenets, its clear that there are many muslims in the US whose primary missioin is destruction of their host country. Regarding the military, this becomes an issue of likelihoods. A native American citizen does not come into the military with the goal of becoming a CO or destroying the military or the US. The likelihood of that individual causing ideologically driven harm in the military(or even outside the military) is slim to none. In any event, it would be the exception and there is no absolute way to guard against that. On the other hand, muslims adhere to an ideology that is anathema with the ethos and values of the west.

To what degree is always the question, there may indeed be patriotic muslim Americans whose adherence to islamic tenets is not so rigorous as to cause conflict with their obligations as an American citizen. But having said that, the likelihood of causing ideologically driven harm is exceedingly high amongst muslims, relative to genuine Americans simply on a statistical basis. Even if one rejects the argument that muslims don't belong here, how many of our people do we have to sacrifice until those in charge recognize and solve the problem?! The fact muslims are here in the US is another issue that will not be dealt with in a forthright manner so theres no point in commenting on it.

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