Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CAIR Action Alert: Anti-Islam Book Found in Broward County School Library

Hat tip to ACT for America

"Islam And Terrorism: What the Quran really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic jihad" by Mark A. Gabriel.

"Be on the lookout"

The Florida chapter of the Council of America Islamic Relations has sent out an "action alert"-yes, an action alert- to its followers. It seems someone has discovered a book in a Broward County School Library that is anti-Islam. CAIR is on the case making a complaint to school board officials. Supposedly, an "investigation" is underway to determine if this is an "isolated incident", or if other copies have found their way in to other libraries. Here is the report from their own website.

So now we are deciding what kinds of books can be in our school (or public) libraries? Will the school board cave in and remove the book? Or will they tell CAIR that it is part of free speech on this most critical of issues facing the world today?

"Into the fire!"

I don't know anything about the author of this book other than he is reportedly a convert to Christianity originally from Egypt. I don't know what is in the book, but unless it advocates something like murder or genocide, it will be hard to justify removing it. Here is the description.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

I would say this book has just as much place in a public or public school library as the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

Gary Fouse said...


Maybe we both should read the book first before pronouncing a verdict.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Have you read the Protocols, Gary?

Gary Fouse said...

If you are referring to the Elders of Zion, no. What matters about that as far as history is concerned was that it was a forgery.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

How do you know if you haven't read it? You might be taking the word of an insidious Zionist cover-up.

It wasn't a forgery. It was original work, only, not by rabbis or Jewish elders, but by the Okhrana.

Gary Fouse said...

You are splitting semantic hairs. I know who produced it.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

My original point Gary is that we all draw a line somewhere, not for absolute censorship in the sense of forbidding publication and display, but for what really doesn't belong in a library because it is fraudulent, misleading, libelous in the ethical sense if not legally actionable... so the complaint may be plausibly valid. We can still have a diverse range of opinions and references available on the shelves, without putting just anything out there.

Anonymous said...

In case you haven't heard, CAIR- the same organization that tried to remove library books that it found objectionable just issued an imapssioned "Freedom of Speech op-ed" in regards to MUNI bus ads in San francisco. Ads are protected speech, CAIR cries. But library books, maybe not so much.