The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies)
By Robert Spencer Regnery Publishing
Reviewed by Jack Kettler
Robert Spencer’s bio:
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies
Mr. Spencer has directed seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
What others are saying about Robert Spencer:
“One of the West’s most perceptive analysts of Islam.” - Geert Wilders
“One of the top two or three experts in the world on this great war…against fundamental Islam.” - Stephen K. Bannon, Trump Administration Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor
“Robert Spencer incarnates intellectual courage when, all over the world, governments, intellectuals, churches, universities and media crawl under a hegemonic Universal Caliphate’s New Order. His achievement in the battle for the survival of free speech and dignity of man will remain as a fundamental monument to the love of, and the self-sacrifice for, liberty.” - Bat Ye’or
“Robert Spencer is indefatigable. He is keeping up the good fight long after many have already given up. I do not know what we would do without him. I appreciate all the intelligence and courage it takes to keep going despite the appeasement of the West.” - Ibn Warraq
“A top American analyst of Islam….A serious scholar…I learn from him.” - Daniel Pipes
“America’s most informed, fearless, and compelling voice on modern jihadism.” - Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow at National Review Institute
“A national treasure…The acclaimed scholar of Islam. Robert Spencer is arguably the most knowledgeable, authoritative and prolific of American infidels with respect to sharia and jihad.” - Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy
“Armed with facts and fearlessness, Spencer stands up for Western civilization.” - Michelle Malkin
My thoughts on Spencer and this book:
As a Protestant, I consider Robert Spencer, a Catholic to be an outstandingly fair scholar. I have the highest regards for him and his work. In theological disputes that I will not cite in this review, Spencer is able to understand and accurately state a person’s position fairly and accurately even when not agreeing.
This book is about free speech! Who could be against that? You will be in for a big shock when reading this book to find out how much suppression of speech there is. Surely, social media and the internet will help by pass free speech censorship. Really? Did you know that social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are granted incredible leeway to censor speech that they do not like under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) and immunizes them from lawsuits (p.73)?
Is the internet a place where freedom of speech exists? The Obama administration turned over control of the internet to an international global governing body. Spencer raises red flags over the disaster this holds for Western freedom of speech, since the new overseers of the internet do not value for internet freedom (p. 73).
Spencer gives many examples of suppression of free speech, cancelled interviews, cancelled lectures, destruction of individuals reputations, all under the ruse of protecting people from so-called hate speech. Spencer rightly asks, who defines what hate speech is and is this definition arbitrary and subjective? Spencer gives many examples of why modern universities are the worst offenders against freedom speech. With the newer generations of Americans completely illiterate constitutionally speaking, maybe there is not much hope.
What is at stake?
It seems that there is a complete capitulation by our political leaders, media and academia and even many religious leaders to Islamic Sharia law under the guise of being tolerant. It is said we must not offend the Muslims and their sensitivities. This extreme tolerance or more accurately a forced silence on identifying the religion and country of origin of perpetrators of crimes ranging from jihadists attacks to rape gangs is an outrage. What about the sensitivities of non-Muslims who are being forced to submit to a foreign law code?
It is becoming increasingly clear that the religion of the New World Order is Islam. This explains the West's forced suicidal surrender to Islam and the relentless attacks upon anyone who dares to speak the truth about Islam, it's history of violence and subjugation and supremacy over non-Muslims. The violent Mohammedans are at present and will be used to intimidate and suppress free speech, lectures, media interviews, assemblies and terrorize people into submission.
Political Sharia Islam is a subversive ideology and falls under the constitutional warning to be on guard against enemies both foreign and domestic. As an enemy by its very nature, its goal is to subvert constitutional freedoms in the Bill of Rights and in particular, the 1st Amendment. For example, Sharia law forbids anyone to speak ill of the false prophet of Islam under penalty of death. How will that work with the 1st Amendment? Sharia Islam should be banned and its adherents expelled from the country.
If you do not care about freedom of speech, get ready to buy your wives and daughters burkas. Take them out to dinner and see how they enjoy eating with one of these backward Arab cultural outfits on. Next, kill your dogs, they are unclean according to Mohammad. Then stop eating pork and drinking alcohol. Do not wear a cross. Do not listen to music, especially female singers. If you do not comply, you may have acid thrown in your face as is now common in England. Get down on your knees and grovel before your new masters. Remember this, your Islamic masters will show you no tolerance.
Robert Spencer keeps fighting to educate people with this new book and we should also. This book documents the West’s inexplicable suicidal surrender to Islam. Get this book and devour it to understand the gravity of the situation. We live in a fallen world, in the past, the nations of Christendom raised armies to fight invading Muslim hordes. In the past, the nations of Christendom had a Christian word view.
Today, the nations of the West have largely abandoned the Christian word view. This apostasy of the West puts the West in extremely precarious predicament. The Muslims have a word view that they hold with self-confidence. It has been said; you cannot beat something with nothing. This is exactly where the West finds itself, with nothing. Do not think the Muslims do not see this weakness. They see it and are exploiting it. For example, many Western women leaders are becoming Sharia compliant and donning head scarfs. This will not satisfy Muslim demands. The Muslims perceive this as weakness and will exploit it with more demands.
The Muslim Sharia law code in large is horrible. Nevertheless, by appealing to this law code, they have a basis for defining right from wrong in terms of their world view. The nations of the West have no world view and thus unable to define right from wrong or fight a cultural war involving a conflict of world views.
In conclusion, nothing in this review should be construed to nullify Christ’s command to evangelize the nations, which of course includes Muslims or to demonize every individual within a religious group. There is a wealth of apologetic material online and in print on how present Christ to a Muslim.
Mr. Kettler is the owner of Undergroundnotes.com a conservative web hub and the author of the new book, The Religion That Started in a Hat: A Reference Manual for Christians who Witness to Mormons that is available at Amazon.