Growing Up in the Paris of the Middle East

[New York Times] Interview by Deborah Solomon - Brigitte Gabriel is a Lebanese-Christian immigrant who spent her girlhood amid the bloody devastation of the Lebanese civil war. Q: Are you concerned that your new book, They Must Be Stopped, will feed animosity toward Muslims? Gabriel: I do not think I am feeding animosity. I am bringing an issue to light. I disapprove of any religion that calls for the killing of other people. Q: Why don't you write about the moderate Muslims? Gabriel: The moderate Muslims at this point are truly irrelevant. I grew up in the Paris of the Middle East, and because we refused to read the writing on the wall, we lost our country to Hizbullah and the radicals who are now controlling it. Q: You write about the Muslim presence in America and bemoan the rise of Islamic day schools and jihad summer camps. Is there really such a thing? Gabriel: Yes. Instead of taking lessons on swimming and gymnastics, the kids are listening to speakers give lectures titled "Preparation for Death" and "The Life in the Grave." Q: You also lament the public foot baths that have been installed at the University of Michigan and elsewhere to accommodate Muslim students. Gabriel: I lived in the Middle East for the first 24 years of my life. Never once did I see any foot-washing basins in airports or public buildings. So why are they pushing them down the throats of Americans?

2008-08-19 08:00:00

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