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A Case Study in Sincere Hypocrisy: Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel is a notorious apologist for the fascist Phalange group, Kataeb, and the terrorist group, the South Lebanon Army (SLA), who were responsible for the Sabra and Shatila massacres that slaughtered 1700 to 2000 Palestinians (mostly women and chidren).

Her story is that she grew up during that nation’s long, and bloody civil war.  It was a war that claimed many lives and saw many factions shift alliances and allegiance. Groups that were enemies in the morning became allies at night. Indeed, Muslims fought Muslims and Christians fought Christians.

She seems to play up this milieu to justify her views, as if we should – moved by her “alibi” – automatically excuse and accept them. But her alibi is objectionable since most Lebanese who grew up during this same war did not turn out as rabidly racist as she did.

Gabriel believes Arabs “have no soul!”

The difference, my friends, between Israel and the Arab world is the difference between civilization and barbarism. It’s the difference between good and evil [applause]…. this is what we’re witnessing in the Arabic world, They have no SOUL !, they are dead set on killing and destruction. And in the name of something they call “Allah” which is very different from the God we believe….[applause] because our God is the God of love.

(No soul? An oddly dehumanizing thing for an alleged Christian to say, don’t you think?)

It is no wonder then that theThe New York Times Magazine describes her as a “Radical Islamophobe.”

Brigitte’s self-contradiction is notable. At times she seems to acknowledge that “moderate” Muslims exist,

It’s the duty of all moderate Muslims to speak against the hate, against the Jihad… the people in the West must support the moderates.

The same Brigitte Gabriel on another day scoffs at the notion that a Muslim can be moderate,

America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam. You hear about Wahabbi and Salafi Islam as the only extreme form of Islam. All the other Muslims, supposedly, are wonderful moderates. Closer to the truth are the pictures of the irrational eruption of violence in reaction to the cartoons of Mohammed printed by a Danish newspaper…derived from one source: authentic Islam.

And she spills out to the Australian News her bizarre definition of a radical Muslim:

a practising Muslim who goes to mosque every Friday, prays five times a day, and who believes that the Koran is the word of God, and who believes that Mohammed is the perfect man and (four inaudible words) is a radical Muslim.

Let me get this straight, so a Muslim who essentially observes the basic five pillars of Islam is a radical? That leaves us with 1.4 billion radical Muslims, so who gets to be the “moderate” Muslim, I’m confused.

So Brigitte, what is it? Are there any moderates or not? Brigitte seems to be telling us that the only acceptable Muslims are the ones who don’t practice Islam altogether? Or perhaps, she’s even implying that the only good Muslim is an ex-Muslim? 

The question becomes, how can someone so blatantly clueless get airtime anywhere other than on America’s Funniest Home Videos?

The answer, Brigitte has found her very own litte niche to settle within the lucrative business of Muslim-bashing. Her forte is to parlay her “otherness,” and so-called “insider knowledge of the Muslim world,” (the “I’ve been there, I know” line) into a cash cow. Meanwhile we are supposed to be duped into freaking out and running back to her for more “expert” advice brought to us from our loyal friend who ventures into the other side on our behalf.

Gabriel started two organizations, American Congress for Truth (ACT) and (she seems to be running out of ideas)  Act! for America  that receive plenty of funding and “donations” from the likes of the goonish Christians United for Israel and others. Maybe she thinks Americans are gullible or maybe she is a true hypocrite as Andre Gide said,

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.

This very well may be the case with our merchant of intolerance and misunderstanding, Brigitte Gabriel.

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  • The greenmantle

    Taken seriously by whom dear heart ?
    Islamaphobes such as yourself ?
    You think that your insulting ignorance would convince anyone of anything? . You are mistaken .
    Back to your cut and paste internet troll school for more lessons child .
    Have a nice day and we will see you for your next homework assignment .
    Toodle pip
    Sir David

  • Carol M. Alesia

    If you want to be taken seriously, first stop using the hackneyed Leftist terms, “Islamophobe”, “fascist” (sic), “racist”. And, think twice before you quote anything from the New York Times, which is hardly an impartial arm of the press. Your piece is slanted to the Left, biased and unfactual. Muslims by definition are believers of Islam and Islam is based upon the Koran (Quran). The Koran preaches death to the Infidels and we all know who the Infidiels are — Christians, Jews and anyone else who does not follow Islam. Therefore, all “non-believers” are fair game to a Muslim and any savage actions taken against any such person or persons are always justified by teachings of Islam. Muslims slaughter Christians, Jews and others in the name of Allah. Wow! What a peace-loving “religion”. Islam is not a religion — it is a dangerous cult which seeks to rule the world.

  • Tighe McCandless

    Excellent and thorough, Zakariya. It’s always a pleasure reading your posts.

    I’d like to point out that, despite being more ‘civilized’ than the Muslims he’s raging against, if one searches back far enough in Chasalz’s comments – he seems to actively support a military coup against the president of the United States (a democratically elected figure, whether he likes it or not) and claims that the current generals don’t have the guts to do so.

    Defender of the Constitution, indeed.

  • RD Sultan

    Fantastic.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    My, my. Name calling already? I take it you can’t come up with a better argument. Well, I suppose it takes one to know one…

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    > F**k Islam. A bunch of backward camel jockeys who hate
    > everyone.

    Wow, another boring old white Protestant expressing hatred of Muslims. How edgy! And what a mouth on you. I suppose turn about is fair play. You want me to start calling you names too?

    > Terrorists ALL!

    Pretty big allegation. You got any proof to back that claim up? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

    > They still live in the 6th century

    Sounds more like you. I’m actually quite comfortable with modern things like indoor plumbing, computers, mobile phones, mp3 players, heating…

    > treating women as merchandise,

    Again, speaking in terms of broad generalizations here. The problem is, as I’ve pointed out before, there are women who have held the highest offices in Muslim lands. Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Kosova and Senegal have all had female heads of state. Ever heard of Benazir Bhutto, Tansu Çiller or Atifete Jahjaga? Remind me, how many women have been elected President in the US? There are Muslim women in politics in Britain, in France… There are female Ayatollahs like Zohreh Sefati, and the Prophet’s daughter Fatima al-Zahra is considered one of the great infallible figures of Islam.

    Unlike you, I was raised to love and respect women, to treat them as equals. I’m guessing you don’t. Going by stereotypes, your kind have been known to beat their wives. Domestic abuse is a serious problem in America, and there have been dozens of cases in the news of white, Christian men MURDERING their spouses or girlfriends (or even exs). I could pull examples if you want. There’s also the issue of rape, which exists in all cultures and countries. I don’t see you speaking out against rape, or against the glass ceiling, so I’m going to assume your a misogynist.

    > hate all religions except Islam.

    Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? You definitely hate Islam and Muslims, and seem to hate Catholics as well. I’m guessing you aren’t too keen on Hindus, Sikhs, Satanists, Wiccans, Taoists, Santeros or followers of Ásatrú or Shinto.

    > They even kill each other

    Thank God Christians have never killed other Christians, right? You know, like the the Thirty Years’ War, where Protestants and Catholics killed each other like dogs in the street. Or Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cranmer, amongst others, who were executed for refusing to recant their Catholicism. Or maybe we should talk about the Anabaptists, forerunners to the Mennonites and Amish, who were persecuted throughout Europe for the crime of *gasp* re-baptizing converts. As an American, no doubt you know about the Puritans “fleeing religious persecution in England” (never mind that Oliver Cromwell had imposed his own totalitarian rule earlier). What you may not know is that the Puritans outlawed other denominations like the Quakers, and even EXECUTED Quakers in their colonies.

    And once we get into the last century or so we have things like World War I, World War II, the Congo Civil War, the IRA and the Troubles in Ireland… need I go on? I could pull dozens of stories of Mexican drug cartels murdering people, gang violence in the US, witch burnings in Papua New Guinea and sub-Saharan Africa, the Lord’s Resistance Army, the ETA, FARC… all from Christian countries.

    > over slight religious differences such as Sunnis and Shiites.

    The differences between Sunni and Shi’a are just as vast as the differences between Catholic and Protestant. Of course, I’m guessing you couldn’t cite the differences anyway, and probably don’t care. By that same token, I suppose you are unaware of countries where Sunni and Shi’a live together pretty peacefully, like say Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Bulgaria…

    > We need to round them all up and send them back to the
    > primitive backward shitholes they came from.

    Really? So what about white Euro-American Muslims? Where do they get deported to? Ireland? Poland? Spain? Some people do convert, and you’re going to see more and more of that in your lifetime.

    Also, I’d hesitate to call most Muslim majority nations “primitive” and or “shitholes.” Have you ever been to a Muslim country? Or even travelled outside the US? I’m guessing not, because places like Dubai, Cairo, Lahore, Istanbul, Beirut and Marrakech are international cities. They have art, culture, vibrant life. I mean, there’s a REASON American expats choose to work in the Gulf states, and that so many tourists flock to see sights like the Taj Mahal. The future belongs to the east.

    > What have these bastards ever contributed to better
    > mankind?

    Art, literature, music, learning, architecture, philosophy, science… need I go on? I mentioned the Taj Mahal, which is considered one of the most beautiful sites in the world. What about the Sankoré Madrassa in Timbuktu, the Dome of the Rock, Lala Qila, the Great Mosque of Kairouan, the Great Mosque of Samarra? The world’s oldest university, al-Azhar, still operates out of Cairo. Poets like Omar Khayyam, Rumi, Hafez, Saadi, Attar, Muhammad Iqbal, Amir Khusrau, Pir Sultan Abdal and Yunus Emre are still celebrated, even in the West! We produced great empires, and leaders like Badshah Khan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Cheikh Amadou Bamba, Omar Mukhar, Uthman dan Fodio, Sayid Maxamed Cabdille Xasan, Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, ‘Hajji Ali,’ Abd al-Kader el Djezairi (who was honoured by no less than President Lincoln)…

    > Ever heard of a Muslim medical advance?

    Yes, as a matter of fact medieval medicine was almost entirely pioneered by Muslim physicians like ibn Sina (Avicenna), ibn Rushd (Averros) and Razi (Rhazes), all of whom were widely celebrated in the West. Still are really.

    > Any Muslim hospitals in the USA?

    Ever heard of IMANA? There was actually a proposal for a Muslim hospital near me, in Orland Park, but I believe it fell through. It must really piss you off that your doctor is more likely to have the name Khan, Sharma or Patel than Johnson or Roberts, eh?

    > Any famous Muslim composers.

    > Symphony orchestras?

    Well, symphony orchestras are more of a Western phenomena, but yes there are plenty of Muslim composers, orchestras, singers, performers and the like. As I mentioned before, the works of Muslim poets like Amir Khusrau and Bulle Shah are still performed today (though sometimes artists like Abida Parveen change the arrangements). In the Arab world there are plenty of great composers, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Zakariya Ahmad, Hasan Rashid, Farid al-Atrache (who was Druze; don’t know if you want to count them as “Muslim” or not), Attia Sharara, Baligh Hamdi, Omar Khairat, Mona Ghoneim, Fathy Salama and Soliman Gamil are some of my favourites from the “golden age” of Cairo music and beyond, into the modern era. The Rahbani Brothers (who are Christian by the way) are great too. Most of their songs are performed by Fairouz (who is also Christian).

    If you want orchestral music, you really are going to be looking at classical Arabic music and especially the music scene in Egypt back in the days of Oum Kalthoum, Leila Mourad (who was Jewish), Farid al-Atrache, Asmahan (also Druze) and Muhammad Abdel Wahhab. One of the better Middle Eastern orchestras I’ve heard in recent times was a recording from the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble. There are several great orchestras out of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia performing classical Nouba, Melhun and Andalous music. I’m preferential to the Orchestra of Fes, who have performed with Françoise Atlan (also Jewish for the record). L’institut du Monde Arabe has some excellent recordings if you look for them.

    I suppose modern Qawwali parties could also be considered, especially since they’ve long since incorporated the harmonium, a decidedly Western and non-traditional element. Taraab music groups from the East African coast too. I’m a big fan of the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar, and of the older singers like the late Bi Kidude. There are also plenty of great pop, rock and folk groups, and more traditional Sufi music, though these are a bit beyond the scope of your question. Hell, there are Muslims in jazz (Yusuf Lateef, Abdullah Ibrahim), reggae (Alpha Blondy), rap (Sultana, Ceza, DAM, Asian Dub Foundation, Outlandish), even country music (Kareem Salama).

    > Muslim Universities

    I mentioned al-Azhar. There’s hundreds of others. Dar ul-Uloom in Karachi, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, University of Sharjah in the UAE, Omdurman Islamic University in Sudan, Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Islamic University of Rotterdam, University of al-Karaouine, Islamic Institute of Toronto, Iman University in Sana’a…

    And those are only some of the more famous ones.

    > (ahh the American ones infiltrated by Islamic instructors).

    Which ones exactly? I only ever knew of a handful of Muslim professors when I was in college. Most were Atheists or Christians, though there was one Japanese history instructor who was Bahá’í of all things. It seems to me you are anti-college too. Go fig. Typical conservative BS.

    > Any Muslim inventors?

    Again, I’ve mentioned several. Ibn Sina, Zakariya Razi, al-Khwarizmi… But lets go into the modern era, since you Islamophobes seem to like calling us ‘primitive.’ Ever heard of Kerim Kerimov and Farouk El-Baz? Sameera Moussa? Cumrun Vafa? Muhammad Yunus? Yep, there are plenty of Muslim scientists, inventors, doctors and pioneers in their fields.

    The reason you don’t know any of this is because you are a bigot. But also, you are a white, Euro-American bigot. It’s not your fault really. I blame the public schools, especially considering how old you are. The only history they really focus on are a bunch of boring dead old white guys. They actively avoid teaching about the rest of the world, in part because Islamophobes like you get your panties in a knot whenever they so much as mention non-Western culture.

    I suspect its partly because you know if people were educated about Islam, they wouldn’t buy into your hatred and prejudice. After all, why else would you bother posting on an article that’s several years old now? You need to get the last word in. You need to make Muslims look like monsters, sub-human even. But you also fear us because you know, deep down inside, how boring and small town you are. You are jealous that we have a rich and vibrant culture. You are jealous that the whole WASP thing is no longer relevant, and that we don’t WANT to be like you anymore. And you are jealous because you fear your children and grandchildren will find us more interesting than a bunch of old white guys, yes?

  • golden izanagi

    quite the eloquent response probably took you all night to think that one up didn’t it.

  • 1DrM

    Stop describing yourself, inbred geriatric teabagger. I already know what you are. Back to the pig sty with you.

  • Chasalz

    You are a lowlife piece of pig excrement

  • Stoned Gremlin

    To the point where Robert Spencer is afraid to debate Steven Danios.

  • golden izanagi

    yeah muslims are just so evil bad like these ones helping needy families http://www.voanews.com/content/us-muslims-focus-on-charity-during-ramadan/1710573.html I can only wonder how they sleep at night preforming such evil bad deeds, then there is the evil bad muslims helping save a synagogue from closing down http://www.jta.org/2013/03/07/news-opinion/world/muslim-group-helps-save-ancient-english-synagogue my god such evil badness, then there is this horrible act of evil badness http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2012/0710/After-attacks-Kenyan-Muslims-guard-Christian-churches

  • Chasalz

    Pure fabrication. You obviously read Muslim propaganda. Islam is EVIL

  • Chasalz

    F**k Islam. A bunch of backward camel jockeys who hate everyone. Terrorists ALL! They still live in the 6th century treating women as merchandise, hate all religions except Islam. They even kill each other over slight religious differences such as Sunnis and Shiites. We need to round them all up and send them back to the primitive backward shitholes they came from.

    What have these bastards ever contributed to better mankind?
    Ever heard of a Muslim medical advance?
    Any Muslim hospitals in the USA?
    Any famous Muslim composers.
    Symphony orchestras?
    Muslim Universities (ahh the American ones infiltrated by Islamic instructors).
    Any Muslim inventors?

    And the list goes on and on.

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  • http://www.loonwatch.com/ Ilisha

    the bible doesn’t give them permission, or more accurately, the direction to do that.

    What are you suggesting? That the Qur’an directs Muslims to strap young children with explosives? You can’t produce the chapter and verse to support such a claim because it doesn’t exist.

    In fact, Islam has a well defined just war doctrine. The Qur’an never calls for unprovoked aggression, period.

  • http://twitter.com/Sonor100 David Sommer

    Yes there souls are dead also. The difference is that the bible doesn’t give them permission, or more accurately, the direction to do that. Use your head and think, PLEASE.

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