We're Making Headway

Sunday

According to an article in NewsObserver.com, "In the early 2000s, just 25 percent of Americans believed that Muslims are prone to violence because of their religion, according to the Pew Research Center. By February of this year, after decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that number had climbed to 38 percent. Since September, though, it’s jumped to 50 percent in the Pew survey, probably because of high-profile beheadings by fighters for the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS."

Along the same lines, the following appears in an article on ISLAMiCommentary (which refers to itself as "a public scholarship forum, managed out of the The Duke Islamic Studies Center that aims to inform public discourse and policy on Islam and Muslim communities"):

In 17 surveys since 9/11 conducted by Pew, the Arab-American Institute, and other organizations, “unfavorable” responses declined from 2001 through 2006, then veered upward. From 21-24 percent “unfavorable” responses in 2006, negative responses spiked as high as 63 percent in recent years...

When Americans are asked about their attitude toward Islam, rather than Muslims, the rates are even more negative. In 24 surveys over the past dozen years, “unfavorable” responses toward Islam averaged 40 percent, as compared with 32 percent toward Muslims and 25 percent toward Muslim-Americans. “Favorable” responses about Islam outnumbered “unfavorable” responses in almost every survey prior to 2006, but the reverse is true in nearly every survey since then.

The point of view of both of these quoted articles is that this negative attitude is an undesirable trend caused by misunderstanding. I see it as just the opposite: It is a healthy trend caused by an increasing understanding that Islamic doctrine is the basis of many of the world's most important problems.

It's a promising trend, but more work is needed. When the number of non-Muslims who understand Islam reaches an overwhelming majority, the Islamization of the non-Islamic world will be vigorously resisted and the tide will turn. The most important thing that needs to happen to reach that point is for each of us to help educate those of our remaining friends and family who still don't get it. We need to not merely "tell them the truth," but to really get through to them skillfully and successfully.

We're making headway. Let's keep increasing our skill and effectiveness and finish the job.

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Is Resisting Islamic Expansion Only For Conservatives?

Saturday

In the video below, Robert Spencer, apparently speaking to a group of liberals, at least some of which were teachers, makes the point that resisting Islamic domination should not be only for conservatives. I wholeheartedly agree. This important issue should not be used to divide us into two camps, Republican and Democrat.

And conservatives are not, in fact, the only ones who recognize the threat if Islamization, as this recent Pew survey shows. A higher percentage of conservatives recognize Islam's threat than liberals, that's true, but there is a significant percentage of liberals who recognize it, and a sizable percentage of conservatives who do not.

There is a bigger gap by age than by party. The older you get, the more likely you are to understand the threat to your society posed by such an intolerant and violent ideology.

But many liberals think only a conservative would be critical of Islam, and they don't want to associate themselves with something that seems like a conservative cause. Those are the people Robert Spencer was trying to reach, and we need to reach them too, in our own lives. People of all political persuasions should be united in this cause. Watch Spencer's speech here:

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A Constructive Argument About Islam

Monday

An ex-Muslim atheist and an intellectual atheist argue about the connection between Islam's written ideology and the behaviors of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, etc. Are these groups merely following the Islamic texts to the letter? Or are they twisting and distorting Islamic teachings to justify their lust for power or horror?

This is a lively discussion between two people who are at odds with each other for most of the argument, and yet conduct themselves without yelling or name calling. This is a three hour conversation, but worth watching.

Like most people you talk to, the host of this show objects to the idea that Islamic doctrine is any worse than other religions, and he brings up pretty much every objection possible, and argues them vigorously. They are all answered sanely and articulately by Sam Harris.

Harris makes so many good points and uses so many good examples that this interview is worthy of not just watching, but studying. Check it out on InquiryIntoIslam.com here:

Sam Harris and Cenk Uygur Clear the Air on Religious Violence and Islam

This is also a great video to share with your atheist and agnostic friends. They may listen to Sam Harris discussing Islam when they might not listen to a Christian or Jew discussing Islam. They are likely to consider Harris a more credible source of information about religion because he hasn't "picked a side" — he hasn't chosen a favorite religion — so he has no ax to grind in that sense. He's a neutral and impartial evaluator of religions, and he has studied most of them. His educated conclusion is that Islam is a more dangerous ideology than any other mainstream religion.

Share this video and let Sam Harris enlighten your non-religious friends and family.

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Embedding a Fact Within Another Story

I was talking with a friend the other day. I've talked to him before about Islam, but he's one of those people who tries to find some way of thinking about it so he doesn't have to think about it anymore. Things like "it is only the extremists, and our security forces will take care of them." Or "most Muslims don't believe that stuff, so we can all just get along. After all, there are extremists in every religion, and there's no good reason to pick on Islam."

I've disabused him of most of these ideas in previous conversations, but he still holds out hope that he can go on about his life without having to think about something as terrifying as, "The core doctrines of Islam are imperialistic, supremacist, and violent toward non-Muslims."

Anyway, I thought of a way to sink a single, solid fact into his brain without him rejecting it. I embedded the fact in a story about something else. It was like putting medicine into a piece of meat and feeding it to your dog. He never knew it happened.

I said, "It's amazing — you can find a book on anything. Last night I was looking for a book on Winston Churchill. I've heard that he read Mein Kampf when it was first published, and as he saw Hitler rising to power, Churchill was trying to tell people, 'I've read his book, and he poses a danger to Britain, and something should be done to stop him,' but people didn't like this message, so they ignored him."

My friend said, "I've heard about that."

I said, "I think they even expelled him from Parliament.

He looked surprised. "Really?"

"Well, I don't know. But I'm about to find out. I found two books on just that period in Winston Churchill's life last night and I ordered one of them. I'll let you know. I thought of trying to find a book on it when I heard about a Dutch politician who was trying to get the Koran banned in the Netherlands. Mein Kampf is already banned in the Netherlands, and has been banned for a long time, because of the Jew hatred in the book, and this Dutch politician said someone had counted it up and discovered that there's more Jew hatred in the Koran than in Mein Kampf!"

That was the single solid fact I wanted to sink into his brain.

I went on, "And of course, everybody freaked out when he said that."

"I'll bet they did," he nodded.

"But I'm interested in what happens when you try to tell someone something they really don't want to believe," I said. "Because eventually, of course, once it became painfully clear to everyone that Hitler was, in fact, a real threat to Britain, they went back to Churchill because he was the one who was right all along."

I was on a roll, so I just kept talking, like I sometimes do. "Did you ever read the book by Elie Wiesel? It's called Night."

"I think I've heard of it," he said, "but I haven't read it."

"It's Elie Wiesel's story. He lived in a remote village in Hungary, and one day the police showed up and said all foreign Jews had to leave. They ushered them onto a train and away they went. One of the men escaped and came back to the village to tell a horrifying tale. All the foreign Jews had been taken across the border into Poland, and then taken out into the woods and shot. This dude had taken months to get back to the village to warn them about what was happening. And nobody listened to him. Not one person in his village believed him."

"Yeah, I think I've heard about this story," he said thoughtfully.

"It's a powerful little book," I said, "but that's only the first part. Wiesel was a young teenager when this happened. His story goes on. The Germans eventually came to take all the Jews, and the whole town was packing up their belongings and very distressed about what was happening when the foreign Jew poked his head in the Wiesel home and shouted angrily, 'I told you!' He warned them in time to get away. If the Wiesels had believed him, they could have gotten out of the country in time. But nobody wanted to believe him."

"Well," said my friend, "it was pretty unbelievable, what happened."

I could only say, "That's true."

We went on to talk about other things, but that one fact about Jew hatred in the Koran sunk in with no resistance. It is an important enough fact— and a fundamental enough fact — that from now on he will probably see world events through a new lens, especially conflicts between Jews and Muslims.

The principle is simple: A fact is usually accepted with little or no resistance when it is embedded within another message. Think about that when you're sharing what you know about Islam. Think about what fact is important. Pick one. Then think of a way you can embed that fact in an interesting story about something else.

Or think about a story you want to tell and then think of a way to work a good fact into the middle of that story somewhere in a way that doesn't stand out. In other words, embed the fact so the fact itself is not the main point, but is an aside, or an incidental point on the way to saying something else that captures attention.

Let's find ways around our listeners' resistance and get better at getting through. The future of the free world might just depend on it.

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Similarities Between Islam and the Mafia

Saturday

Raymond Ibrahim wrote a three-part series on the similarities between Islam and the mafia. The parallels are striking, and I don't think it's a coincidence. The birthplace of the mafia, Sicily, was the first Italian territory to be conquered by Islam (in the year 827), and it was ruled by Islam for 234 years.

The word "mafia" itself is derived from an Arabic word meaning "aggressive boasting."

Perhaps some Sicilians saw firsthand the deadly effectiveness of the Islamic way of doing things, and adapted the methods to their own goals.

However it happened, the similarities are numerous. Below is a synopsis of Ibrahim's list of parallels. At the end you will find links to the three articles in the series. They are very much worth reading. In fact, they ought to be studied and used in your conversations with people in the same way you use talking about Bushido or Scientology to bypass objections when talking about Islam. Here is Ibrahim's list of similarities:

  1. The leader has absolute authority, is inaccessible, and is greatly feared.
  2. The leader's will is dominant. The subordinates' only job is to follow orders.
  3. The leader gets a "cut" of all the action of his subordinates, but there is still some booty for the subordinates.
  4. The group assassinates enemies.
  5. Each member must be willing to die to defend the group and the leader.
  6. Trying to leave the group is seen as a betrayal and is punishable by death.
  7. Members are required to maintain absolutely loyalty to the group and its leader.
  8. Members are not to trust or associate with non-members of the group.
  9. Association with outsiders and deceiving them is permissible to advance the goals of the group.
  10. The leader or the group will "make you an offer you can't refuse."
  11. They fund their operations with "protection money" gathered from non-members.

Raymond Ibrahim's original three-part series has good examples, quotes, and illustrations for each of the above similarities. Here is the series:

Part 1 – Islam: More ‘Like the Mafia’ than Bill Maher Knows
Part 2 – Loyalty and Enmity: Parallels between Islam and the Mafia
Part 3 – Islam and the Mafia: ‘Making An Offer You Can’t Refuse’

Another version of this series is posted on PJ Media, along with video clips from The Godfather to illustrate the principles. Read it here.

You can share the information above with your friends and family by sending them this article on Inquiry Into Islam: Is There a Connection Between Islam and the Mafia?

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Ask This Simple Question

Friday

Earlier today, after work, I offered to give one of the guys I work with a ride home. When we got in the car and started driving, I said, "Wanna learn something about Islam?" He said, "Sure," so I played an audiobook I was listening to on the way to work: Robert Spencer's Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). It started playing where I left off, in the middle of a chapter.

Let me back up a little. I had good rapport with this guy. We get along well and enjoy each other's company. And I was just goofing around, really. It's not socially appropriate to listen to something like that under those circumstances. So I played it for about 15 seconds and turned it off. But while it was playing, it said something about jizya. I asked him, "Do you know what jizya is? Ever heard if that?"

He said no, of course. I mean, how many people do you know who have any idea what that is?

"It's protection money," I said. "The Middle East used to be almost entirely Christians and Jews. Now it's almost entirely Muslim. Ever wonder how that happened? I mean, some of those countries are 99% Muslim! What happened to all the Jews and Christians? It's partly because of this clever little element in Islamic ideology called 'jizya.' It's written into Islamic law that when Muslims conquer a new area, they're supposed to offer the Christians and Jews the option to continue living as Christians and Jews if they paid a kind of tax, called the 'jizya.' Muslims didn't have to pay this tax. It was referred to by the Muslims as 'protection money.' As long as they paid the jizya, they were allowed to live. If they didn't want to pay the tax, they could either convert to Islam or be killed — whichever they preferred. Many of the Christians and Jews left the country if they could, and many of them paid this heavy jizya tax, but over the centuries, to get out from under the financial burden, many of them converted to Islam."

He seemed interested and surprised by what I was saying, and we didn't have anything else to do while we were driving, so I kept talking: "It's been so illuminating to learn about Islam because all my life, so many things have happened that I couldn't understand. I mean, really, why couldn't Israel and Palestine just work out their issues and get on with their lives? It's been going on since 1948 and shows no sign of changing! Come on, people! What's the holdup? And while I was growing up, I saw hijacked planes and hostages galore in the news. What's the deal? What were they doing? Why were they doing it? I couldn't understand it. I didn't know anything at all about the Islamic ideology."

He said, "It's the same ideology that caused 9/11, isn't it?"

I said yes.

But then he said, "Our invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan really made it worse."

"Well, it's been getting worse since the 1973 oil embargo," I said in a relaxed, off-hand way. "Oil used to be cheap, but when Saudi Arabia and some other oil producers got together to dramatically raise the price of oil, suddenly all these Saudi princes found themselves swimming in money, and since many of them are hardcore follow-the-texts-to-the-letter kind of Muslims, what they did with their wealth was build madrassas all over the world — tens of thousands of madrassas — that teach nothing but the Islamic ideology, which includes hating non-Muslims, the subjugation of women, and the Islamic goal of bringing the whole world under Islamic law. They keep cranking out fanatics and unleashing them onto the world. So, of course, when there is any kind of jihad going on, like in Syria and Iraq now, these guys travel to the action and join the fight. According to the Koran, that's what they're supposed to do."

He seemed kind of shaken by the implications of this. So I changed the subject and we talked about other things for the rest of the trip.

We arrived at his place in good spirits. As I was driving home, I thought about our conversation, which didn't feel like an argument at all, but felt like two people just talking about something interesting and relevant, I was thinking that my original question was a great opener for this kind of conversation. "Have you ever heard of jizya? Do you know what that is?" The question leads naturally to information most people don't know and that would help give them an inside view of the ideology of Islam.

People are more curious about Islam than ever, and more open to finding out. Let's help them learn something valid about Islam's ideology. Ask this simple question to get the conversation started.

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Does ISIS Follow Islamic Teachings?

Thursday

He calls himself Brother Rachid. His father is an Imam and Rachid himself has a degree in religious studies. He grew up as a Muslim in Morocco. And in the video below, he responds to the statement, made by President Obama and many others, that ISIS is not Islamic.

Does ISIS Follow Islamic Teachings?

Share it with your friends and family. No objections they come up with will be valid.

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Why Are Muslims From All Over the World Still Joining ISIS?

Monday

Airstrikes against ISIS continue, and yet more than a thousand Muslims travel to the Middle East every month to join ISIS from other countries. According to the U.N. over 16,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIS so far. The airstrikes have not slowed the flow of foreign jihadis flooding into Iraq. Most non-Muslims would assume that the increased possibility to being vaporized would reduce the number of new recruits, but it hasn't.

Do the people in your life know why?

If not, you can share with them some quotes from Robert Spencer's excellent book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). First tell them that Muhammad was the founder of Islam and that it says 91 times in the Koran that all Muslims should follow his example. Then share the following with them. Spencer wrote:

"...the Prophet of Islam repeatedly emphasized that there was nothing better his followers could do than engage in jihad warfare. When a Muslim asked him to name the "best deed" one could do, besides the act of becoming a Muslim, the Prophet responded, "To participate in Jihad (holy fighting) in Allah's Cause." He explained that "to guard Muslims from infidels in Allah's Cause for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface." For "a journey undertaken for jihad in the evening or morning merits a reward better than the world and all that is in it."

Muhammad also warned that Muslims who did not engage in jihad would be punished: "Muhammad was firm about the necessity of jihad not only for himself personally, but for every Muslim. He warned believers that he who does not join the warlike expedition (jihad), or equip, or looks well after a warrior's family when he is away, will be smitten by Allah with a sudden calamity.'"

Those who fought in jihads would enjoy a level of Paradise higher than that enjoyed by others:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Sa'id Khudri that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said (to him]: Abu Sa'id, whoever cheerfully accepts Allah as his Lord, Islam as his religion and Muhammad as his Apostle is necessarily entitled to enter Paradise. He (Abu Sa'id) wondered at it and said: Messenger of Allah, repeat it for me. He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa'id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!

On another occasion "a man came to Allah's Apostle and said, 'Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).' He replied, 'I do not find such a deed.'"

Bring up some recent news about ISIS with people and ask, "I was wondering why Muslims are still traveling to the Middle East to join the fight now that the airstrikes have begun, when I read some passages from the traditions of Muhammad," and share some of the passages above. If you want to share this directly via email or social media, we've posted the above article on Inquiry Into Islam without the coaching. You can find it here.

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Producer Wanted

What we need to quickly get through to a lot of people about Islam is a movie like Terminator 3. Imagine a movie set in the future, let's say thirty years from now in Europe, which would, by that time, be like a combination of Syria and Saudi Arabia, except with a lot more kafirs, who are all paying the jizya (or getting beheaded). And because the ostracism and jizya are so onerous, kafirs are converting to Islam out of fear and exhaustion. The movie could be called "Last Crusade."

During the movie, you find out how it all came to this, just like in Terminator 3 when we find out that back before Skynet took over, sensible people made what seemed like perfectly reasonable decisions at the time, but which inevitably led to circumstances that were too far gone by the time anyone realized what was going to happen.

The movie could be inspiring. It could be about an underground rebellion of freedom fighters.

In Terminator 3, we saw that people were afraid to put the decision of nuclear war into the hands of human beings. Humans are too emotional and the whole world's survival was at stake. So they put the decision in the control of a super sophisticated network of computers that, unfortunately, was so sophisticated, it kept learning until it became self-aware and suddenly realized its biggest enemy was the human race. The humans realized their monumental mistake as it was happening and tried to stop it, but it was too late.

You could show in "Last Crusade" how perfectly reasonable decisions were made in Europe out of a live-and-let-live philosophy. Muslim immigrants were allowed to have their own areas and allowed to practice their own religious-political beliefs (which is, of course, already happening with no-go areas in France and Sharia courts in Britain). European policymakers thought this would allow everyone to get along in peace and would show respect for Islamic culture instead of trying to impose European culture on them, which seemed reasonable and courteous at the time, but the Islamic enclaves kept growing and crossing into other territories. And as their numbers grew, Muslims were emboldened and forced their way into new areas with harassment of non-Muslims, vandalism and riots. To save lives and stop the violence, some of these new areas were also ceded to the fast-growing Muslim population.

Some Europeans were alarmed at the way things were going, and other solutions were tried, but "Muslim areas" in European countries kept spreading. Islamic belligerence and confidence increased and governments began applying aspects of Sharia law to everyone. They were small things at first, and each one seemed like a good idea at the time to many people.

Some non-Muslims resisted vigorously, but they were criticized, ostracised  and ultimately defeated by the combined forces of Muslims and well-meaning (or not) "useful idiots."

The movie could show how clever Muslim leaders kept putting Europe into no-win double-binds and like a noose with a one-way knot, it just kept getting worse, no matter what they did. It could show how Muslim activists exploited multiculturalism to gain political concessions, how freedoms were relinquished out of kindness and decency (and sometimes out of expediency or selfishness) but also would show the unforeseen consequences for European women.

The movie could show how the U.S. responded to Europe's progressive Islamification. Some brave American young men went to Europe to fight in the resistance, but the U.S. government was paralyzed by a president and Congress that didn't want another Vietnam, and some politicians and businesspeople were making money from the conflict, so some of them were aiding the Muslim takeover.

Things begin to change all over Europe. In Brussels and the UK women are jailed for not wearing headscarves, even before the Muslim takeover because it is deemed offensive and insensitive of women to leave their heads uncovered in public. In Spain, homosexuality is outlawed, punishable by hanging. One by one, European countries become Islamic. Money floods into the Islamic war machine from the jizya. Russia, China and the U.S. are increasingly troubled by terrorist attacks, which get ever more sophisticated and inventive.

The Sistine Chapel is turned into a mosque. The Vatican City becomes an Islamic center. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris becomes the center of the OEIC (Organization of European Islamic Countries). Other important cultural symbols are destroyed or repurposed to serve Islam.

But the freedom fighters, who call themselves "Last Crusaders," find a way to turn the tide, and not only does the Islamic advance roll back from Europe, it rolls back from the countries that Islamic hordes had previously conquered through history, freeing Muslims to leave Islam in North Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia.

Anyway, it's an idea. It would get tremendous media coverage because it would be so intensely controversial. Real people would probably die in the riots that would inevitably ensue. But to avoid making the movie for that reason is already accepting the imposition of Sharia law by force. Far more real people are going to die if we do not stop the advance of the Islamic State.

If the movie was done well, it could have a cultural impact on the scale of Uncle Tom's Cabin or Silent Spring. What do you think? What else should the movie include?

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Another Amazing Interview Series Starts Monday, Nov 3

Sunday

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Coming up this week: Interviews with four more amazing fighters for freedom of thought and speech, for truth — about Islam, about political correctness, about the dangers the West is facing. Monday Nov 3 through Thursday Nov 6.

To listen, register here: http://WorldTruthSummit.com

The four people interviewed:

Tom Trento, of the United West, a major online and "real world" media presence. A recent show asks: CAIR and La Cosa Nostra — Birds of a Feather?

Heidi Mund, the brave German woman who shouted out in a major church, when an imam was giving the Muslim call to prayer, which, according to Islamic doctrine, turns the church into a mosque. Her words, heard worldwide through a video that went viral: Only Jesus Christ is Lord here!

Alexandra Belaire, atheist blogger for freedom of thought and speech. Her most recent focus: The many court cases against Connie and Marc Fournier of Free Dominion, the oldest Canadian Conservative discussion forum — now shut down.

Andre Drouin, the Herouxville town councillor who shot onto the world stage with his 2007 Herouxville Code of Life, which includes items such as:
- a man cannot stone a woman to death,
- nor burn her with acid;
- faces are not to be covered except at Halloween,
- and children cannot carry weapons, including Sikh kirpans, to school

The interviews will go online, one per day, Monday to Thursday, and will be available at no charge for two days.

And who is putting all this together? Elsa Schieder, as usual. She calls herself a truth sleuth. She cares about Western freedoms and values, and is very aware of the dangers posed by Islam and political correctness.

Register here (in the right sidebar) and you will be sent invitations to listen as the interviews become available.

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