Monday, November 9, 2009

They Must Be Stopped

I read Brigette Gabriel’s Because They Hate a few years ago and loved it, and so I picked up They Must Be Stopped at the library. Because They Hate was about her life growing up in Lebanon as a Christian and the Muslim/Christian civil war that destroyed the country and resulted in her eventually coming to the U.S. She provided a lot of information about the background of Islam as well. That book was wonderful, and it was a lot stronger than They Must Be Stopped, probably because it was part memoir, part social commentary. They Must Be Stopped was good, but I felt like I already knew a lot of the information, either from reading her previous book or others books on the topic. I also had the impression that it was supposed to be more of a how-to guide to stopping the spread of Islam, and that was really confined to the last two chapters. It was a good refresher though, and it would be great for those who are unfamiliar with the topic.
Gabriel goes through a little of the history of Islam and it’s call to violence, then goes into it’s spread around the world and their plan for conquering other countries for Islam. That part was interesting, and she goes through what they are doing in specific countries.
One new thought I got from the book was regarding why so many black American men turn to Islam while in prison. I’ve always found that odd, especially since Muslims do not have high regards for blacks. Gabriel points out that in Arabic, the words for black people are the same as the ones for “slaves” and “filth.” (Arabic is Gabriel’s native language, so she’s not misinterpreting something.) Anyway, she pointed out that they target men in prison because then they can target murderers, rapists, and child molesters and say “It’s okay. Mohammed is on your side. Mohammed says that women are here for our pleasure when we want. Mohammed married a six-year-old girl and slept with her when she was nine and he was in his 50s. Islam encourages you to kill in the name of Allah. It’s okay. Join Islam and you can do these things in the name of Allah and be rewarded in Heaven.” What? Who wouldn’t want that message instead of guilt? That was eye-opening to me.
I also thought it was interesting that she gave an example of the U.S. caving to Muslims by installing foot-washing benches in the restrooms in the Kansas City International Airport, even though during her 24 years in the Middle East she never once saw a foot-washing bench in a public restroom, at airports, at universities, or at hospitals. It’s insanity the way we bend over backward for people who are trying to kill us. What is wrong with us?

Other Middle Eastern related books I really like:
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi – memoir about her life in Iran during the revolution and her book club during that time (she was a professor before the revolution), absolutely fascinating, one of the best books I’ve ever read
The Truth About Mohammed by Robert Spencer – it’s about Mohammed life and what he really preached and was like
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam by Robert Spencer – about Islam in general, gives a great overview and meaty info in a well organized, easy to read manner
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali – a memoir about growing up in Somalia being raised as a Muslim, including being circumcised, and how she escaped to freedom and was amazed at how wonderfully non-Muslims treated her, she was a member of the Dutch parliament who worked on a film about domestic violence in the world of Islam with Theo Van Gogh before he was assassinated

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