I thought of calling this post "Islam is Bad for America" but then decided to be more tactful.
The most recent incident of Sudden Jihad Derangement Syndrome is another uncomfortable reality check, one in an endless stream of uncomfortable reality checks, for those who want to characterize Islam as a Religion of Peace and Muslims as the natural allies of Christians.
I suppose one could argue that it is not an uncomfortable reality check, since something becomes a reality check only if allowed to act as one, and those who are deeply committed to their illusions that "real Islam" is peaceful are not about to be checked by reality, no matter how grisly.
One thing that we need to face is that, if we are concerned about whether Islam is good or bad for America, it makes little difference whether we regard Nolen as a terrorist or as an Islam-inspired nutcase. No doubt he was not acting under orders from some larger group, but so what? He idolized ISIS and had the all-too-common committed Muslim's disdain for the unbelievers. He appears to have been an anti-white racist to boot, which all fits together very well in a particular American version of black Islam. His firing was lese majeste, an offense deserving revenge. The kuffir dared to fire a Muslim brother. A white woman dared to complain about his racism. Off with their heads!
The timeline is unclear as to whether Nolen converted to Islam in prison. As best I can judge, it appears that he was released from prison in early 2013 and began showing clear, public signs of commitment to Islam about a year later. Prison conversion, therefore, remains a theory only.
Nonetheless, the combination of a "black power" narrative, criminal background, and Islam is toxic, and our prisons are now encouraging it. I have caused some consternation in the past when I have suggested that imams should not be admitted freely to prison inmates. Denying Muslim inmates the consolation of religion! But this is an empirical matter. Having discovered that it is a bad idea to have criminals converting to Islam, that it encourages violent behavior and ideology, we are fully justified in treating Islam differently from other religions as regards access for those who would try to convert violent criminals to that religion.
Jeff Culbreath and I also caused some consternation by our alleged "bigotry" when we suggested several years ago that American should "disinvite" Islam. I realize that Alton Nolen is not a Muslim immigrant. The larger point, however, is that our multiculturalism, of which large amounts of Muslim immigration is a symptom, is causing that religion to spread more quickly, especially among criminals, and that we need to recognize this and decide what to do about it. While I do not at all advocate criminalizing Islam per se, I have in the past endorsed a number of ways in which we can resist the encroachment of Islam and show that America will not be assimilated.
As the saying goes, the first step to doing something constructive about a problem is recognizing that you have a problem. Unfortunately, too many of an otherwise conservative disposition refuse to recognize that Islam in America is a problem. As I implied above, for those who have no ears to hear, no wakeup call will do. But let us not lose the forest for the trees: This heinous murder (and another attempted murder) by Alton Nolen should be such a wakeup call even though he is doubtless a lone, Islam-inspired bad guy rather than a well-connected part of a larger terrorist plot.
Islam in America is a problem. We need to face that squarely and do all we can to resist.