If any of you Jihad Watchers are insomniacs, you may be interested in catching me discussing jihad, dhimmitude, and my book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) on C-Span this Sunday, September 4.
This is a film of a talk I gave to the Young America’s Foundation on August 1.
The inhospitable scheduling may, of course, improve in future C-Span broadcasts; they generally run these things more than twice. But it’s par for the course for a book that spent two weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List while being ignored utterly by the mainstream liberal and conservative media, and only being reviewed twice (here and here).
Jihadists and their allies, as well as the befuddled and bemused non-Muslim analysts who think that to discuss forthrightly the elements of Islam that give rise to violence and terrorism harms the efforts of genuinely peaceful Muslim reformers (as if pretending that there is no problem for them to try to solve somehow solves it), cannot answer the points I have made in this book. Thus they prefer to pretend that the book doesn’t exist.
As Salman Rushdie recently put it to George Galloway: “The simple fact is that any system of ideas that decides you have to ringfence it, that you cannot discuss it in fundamental terms, that you can’t say that this bit of it is junk, or that bit is oppressive … we are supposed to respect that?” Evidently virtually every media mogul would say yes — and rule out even respectful discussion of those “bits.”