Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"They Get Offended Very Easily."

Last night, Nonie Darwish, author and speaker...and former Muslim (she converted to Christianity-that alone is a death sentence in some circles.) spoke on the Glenn Beck show about her recent "disinviting" by Brown University. Apparently, third time is not a charm when you have the audacity to speak out about Muslim repression and terrorism at an American university.

We pick up the transcript of the interview just as Beck is wrapping up his opening monologue:

"...Here's what I don't know. I don't know what Nonie Darwish was going to say at Brown that has people so afraid, but they wouldn't give her a forum. I will.

Joining me is Nonie Darwish. She is the author of "Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror".

Nonie, this is the third time you have been disinvited from an event. Am I correct?

NONIE DARWISH, AUTHOR, "NOW THEY CALL ME INFIDEL": Correct. A lot of people in America are asking where are the Arab voices? Where are the moderate voices from the Middle East who are speaking against terrorism?

Unfortunately, when we try to speak out, there are very powerful voices who are trying to silence us.

BECK: Why do you suppose -- why do you suppose that is? It took an act of God to get our special on television last week. It was the highest rated show on all of cable news, and it -- to me, it was nothing about me or anything else. It was about people are starving for the truth on this.

Why are you shut down every step of the way?

DARWISH: There are very powerful Muslim voices and organizations in America who actually call us even and tell us you have crossed the line.

BECK: OK. So why is that? Are they -- are they the bad Muslims? Are they good Muslims with a misunderstanding of what you are saying? Why?

DARWISH: I don't think they're bad. I think what happened is we grew in a culture that forbid us from speaking or criticizing our own culture. My culture is very sensitive to criticism. They get offended very easily.

I'm not speaking about -- against the Koran itself. I'm not speaking against Islam, the book. But I'm speaking and the few of us are speaking against terrorism.

BECK: Right.

DARWISH: And against tyrannical Islam, who suppress the voices of not just here in America, they are suppressing voices in Europe, in the Middle East. There are many people who are speaking out in the Middle East, and they're right now in Arab jails, in Muslim jails, and we have to bring these voices out, because these are the voices of the new Middle East.

BECK: All right.

DARWISH: We want progress and want democracy.

BECK: So how did this come down that you were silenced at Brown University? How did that thing come about?

DARWISH: Well, I was invited to speak at Brown on the 30th. And I was -- I was disinvited just a couple of days ago because what I heard was that the Muslim preacher there and the Muslims student organization claim that I was too controversial and that I shouldn't speak on their campus. And I never speak against the book itself, Islam. I speak against terrorism.

BECK: OK. Why is it -- because you were also sponsored by a women's organization. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why every woman in the world is not standing up against Islam the way it is practiced by extremists where they just shut women down. What was the excuse from the women?

DARWISH: I don't know. They just gave up in front of the angry Muslim student organization, who can't tolerate criticism. I'm not criticizing -- I love my culture. And I want to make sure this message is out.

But I am against the discrimination of Muslim women. Sharia law is totally discriminating against us. There are so many women who are suffering in the Middle East, and in the court systems of Sharia law we practically have no rights. Our speaking and the women -- the department was sponsoring me, but apparently, nobody defended my right to speak, and they just disinvited me.

BECK: OK. Nonie, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again soon.

DARWISH: Thank you."

Full transcript of the last night's show, here.

The Lovely Michelle has more about the spinelessness of B.U. here.


Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Never heard of her but she sounds like someone to keep an eye on.

11/21/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

The Muslims say that about her,too, Patrick!
; )

11/21/2006 9:11 AM  

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