mardi 30 janvier 2018

Robert Spencer, The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) (2017)

From Robert Spencer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islamand The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS, comes a bold defense of freedom of speech—the single most valuable freedom humanity has, a freedom now endangered world-wide.

MB : "An indispensable book for perilous times, written by a true hero"

Robert Spencer’s latest book is probably his most timely and most needed. It takes the reader on a deep dive into modern censorship from both Islam and the Left, the colluding evil twins of our era. The book explores how Western governments, academia and the titans of social media (in particular Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) censor the genuine threat of Islamic jihad by banning truth-tellers like Spencer, while permitting literal death-threats by Islamist jihadists against them to stand.

In particular, Spencer explores the “inverted causality” of blaming those who warn of Islamic jihad for outbreaks of Islamic terrorism, instead of the actual Islamic perpetrators. Mohammed Atta’s words on the intercom to the doomed passengers stand as a metaphor: “Just stay quiet, and you’ll be okay.” Western governments, social media titans and leaders of academia all seem to be heeding Atta’s instructions, demanding that ordinary people stay quiet in the face of the mortal peril of Islamic jihad in all its forms.

The book is sweeping in scope, but it’s really about a choice that the West is facing between moral cowardice and courage. Spencer details the struggles of many heroes of the counter-jihad, and I’d like to mention some of them: Pamela Geller, Geert Wilders, Elisabeth Sabaditsch Wolff, Salman Rushdie, Oriana Fallaci, Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn, Nonie Darwish, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and David Horowitz, among many others.

Ultimately the fate of Western civilization will depend on individual personal courage. We all know the danger that we face from the diabolical 1,400-year-old conquest strategy known as Islam, but most people (and the institutions they too often sadly lead) are moral cowards who prefer to pretend that evil is good and good is evil, rather than grasp the nettle of truth, because people of genuine good will don’t threaten, ultimately, to behead them. These moral cowards, if allowed to stand in the way of the counter-jihad, will bequeath a brutal and irreversible dark age of Islamic tyranny to future generations.

Now is the time for heroes to stand up, and Robert Spencer, who has faced countless character smears, personal attacks, a failed terror plot in Garland Texas and even a recent poisoning attempt in Iceland, is one of the giants.

WG : "The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech (and its Enemies)" by Robert Spencer (July 2017).   Essentially, a book wherein the author heralds that the principle of "free speech" is being denied to Islamo-realists who want to warn of the terrorist theology of Islam.

At the time of this review the "Look Inside" feature listed the 13 chapter headings, but it did not allow actual viewing of the chapter itself to determine the chapter's details.

Hence, my brief look at each chapter for better illumination:

1: During the four airplane hijackings on 9/11/2001 one of the jihadists told his captives:  "Just stay quiet and you'll be okay" -- before crashing the airliner into a NYC Twin Tower.   The author argues that the public has been duped by the mainstream media into believing that if we just don't question the philosophy of the Islamist jihadists that thereby we won't further inflame their terrorist instincts.  Not are we not to investigate the Islamist terrorist theology, we're not even to publicize how Muslims are opposed to the revelation how their holy manual: The Qur'an/Koran, and the ahadith [as identified within this chapter], are used by the jihadists to justify their assaults.  The author reviews where the Quran & ahadith forbid the questioning of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's revelations, and such edicts justify Islamists to attack cartoonists making fun of the Muslim faith (although ridiculing other religions is okay).  Thereby, Islam cannot tolerate criticism that is permitted by the principles of free speech: to question the veracity of some opinion. The jihadists appeal to various government agencies and schools to curtail any critical public discussion by Islamo-realists as "hate speech."  The jihadists appeal to the Pollyannas: "Do not reveal our own 'hate speech' against other religions or free-speech advocates and we perhaps won't hurt you."

2: The author reviews federal laws pertaining to how 'free speech' may be curtailed, and how issues of "bigotry, hateful rhetoric, intimidation. lack of respectfulness, etc." may be used to curtail or prevent Islamo-realists from being able to question not only the tenants of Islamist jihad -- but of merely questioning the theology of some aspect of Islam.

3: The author reviews the efforts of the Obama administration (including Sec. of State Hillary Clinton) in supporting international agencies in their attempt to curtail free speech. The author reviews the claim that Sec. Clinton cited an anti-Islam movie (The Innocence of Musilms) as having instigated an Islamist attack upon American embassy members in Benghazi, Libya in Sept. 2012.  Also reviewed a couple of trials whereby law officials professed that anyone's questioning of the Islamic motives of the defendants could be construed as possible hate crimes. 

4: The author discusses the "Hate Speech" scam -- whereby someone who disagrees with your viewpoint claims that your viewpoint is "hate speech" because you want to have a discussion of some topic without being shouted down.  The author discusses some limitations on "free speech":  i.e., yelling "fire" in a crowded theater when there is no fire.    The author reviews how the European Union is browbeating (if necessary) Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. to curtail viewpoints that EU apparatchiks disagree with, including various Islamo-realist websites.

5: The author discusses how liberal media "shame" anti-jihad cartoonists and critics by wailing such critics wouldn't face attacks from jihadist if they would just stop their "free speech" right of  criticizing the jihadists.  The author notes how several generals and even conservative spokespersons decry the burning of the Quran as "not a right of free speech", but they fail to educate Islamists about the virtues of 'free speech.'   The author notes several controversial lawsuits attempting to allow Islamo-realists to place anti-jihad ads on public buses -- an act of 'free speech' that several agencies oppose.

 6: The author contends that "Government officials didn't act on Fort Hood shooter [Major] Nidal Hasan's contacts with jihad mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki for fear they would look 'Islamophobic'". The author reviews how the public is being cowered (as being labeled as "racists") by liberals to avoid reporting to the police those Muslims who advocate "hate speech" against non-Muslims, and how such avoidance has emboldened  jihadists to advance their attacks.  The author noted the contradictions with the Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau opposition to the drawing of anti-Muhammad cartoons as "hate speech", while he himself frequently skewered many other celebrities in his own cartoons.  The author discusses the jihadi massacre of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, and warns of the capitulation to terrorists by liberals who blame the victim instead of the attacker.

7: The author noted how "The campaign to compel the West to abandon free speech gained critical momentum in the wake of the publication of the Danish cartoons.  But the Islamic jihad against the free speech in the West had been declared earlier [in 1989] when Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie for his novel 'The Satanic Verses, which Khomeini believed insulted Islam and Muhammad", and the author discusses this controversy in detail, and how other anti-Islamist critics were condemned, harassed or assaulted.

8:  The author discusses how free speech is being curtailed by governments throughout Europe, and how some, (such as Geert Wilders, Fallaci, Hedegaard), are attempting to defend free speech.

9:  The author notes how the Catholic Church is toning down -- if not now totally ignoring -- its criticisms of Islamic-jihadi theology.  Not only how Pope Benedict's criticisms are now being apologized for and forgotten, but the Church is now accommodating the intemperance of Islam.

10:  The author discusses how free speech is dying in both Canada and England, and he explains various instances where foreign governments now prohibit his speaking overseas.   The author details how European governments are asking the media to cover up acts of Islamic assaults or they are even preventing the release of such data.

11:  The author details how American Islamists and leftists are becoming the new "Brown Shirts" by their actions of shouting down Islamo-realist speakers at colleges and other public gatherings, and identifies several universities that are turning their backs on free speech by tolerating the "shout downs" antics of the jihadists. 

12:  This chapter continues listing examples of schools curtailing, impeding or stopping speeches by opponents of Islamic fascism.  

13: The author discusses how defenders of "free speech" can pushback government and school officials who want to continue to ignore the threat of Islamo-fascism.  

This book by Mr. Spencer offers valuable insights as to how your rights of free speech are being eroded by government officials.