Our Debt to Robert Spencer
Hollywood has eliminated Muslim villains after 9/11 to such an extent that it has changed the identity of characters in a Tom Clancy film. Chris Matthews and Jimmy Carter join Kofi Annan in bashing America as a bigoted country filled with hate. After all, we might conceivably feel towards Islam what our parents felt towards Nazism. Remember all those war films with Nazis as bad guys? Were the men and women of the Greatest Generation bigoted and hateful? Or were they just facing the facts?
Despite the taboo, people are learning about Islam. First of all, there is the evidence of our senses. Every day we see the barbaric behavior prevalent in Islamic cultures. After the Beslan massacre, one Egyptian “man in the street” reportedly said: what will people think about Islam now? Thus, even in Islamic lands, where they hear no criticism from our intellectual and political leaders, they have enough common sense to figure out what any half-conscious human being must be thinking. That is the reason for the pre-emptive attacks on America by the Carters and Annans of the world. They know what logically follows from the facts, too. And they hope to perish the thought.
The one person most responsible for exposing Islam is Robert Spencer. For twenty years Mr. Spencer has studied and written about Islam. “Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World’s Fastest-Growing Faith,” is one of the three books that I recommend to those approaching the subject for the first time. Spencer goes beyond the superficial comparisons between Christianity and Islam that are prevalent in most other books. And he raises the nagging questions about Islam that just won’t go away.
Spencer won’t go away, either. He penned “Onward Muslim Soldiers” and edited “The Myth of Islamic Tolerance.” His latest book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” has made the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks. Despite the media black-out, despite all the exhortations to think only good things about Islam, despite all the books written by Islamic apologists, people are discovering the truth. People, realizing that they've been told lies, sooner or later, discover Spencer’s books. Given that he now has the backing of the major conservative publishing house, Regnery, his books will reach an influential audience.
We all owe a great debt to Robert Spencer for his resolve, hard work and great dignity while our fellow countrymen slowly become aware of the danger in the world today.