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Their grievance

Posted by Richard on March 29, 2006

A friend emailed a article from about a month ago that I hadn’t seen. It’s excerpts from Brigitte Gabriel’s February 18 speech at the Intelligence Summit in Washington. Brigitte Gabriel grew up as a Lebanese Christian, living in a bomb shelter from age 10 to 17, fearing for her life every day, watching most of her friends killed by Muslims for being infidels.

A journalist who has lived in the U.S. since 1989, Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth in 2002 to bring together "Jews, Arabs and Christians from all background both secular and religious" in order to wake people up to the fact that radical Islam is waging war on all infidels. In her speech, she warned that many Americans have been too slow to understand the nature of our enemy:

We are fighting a powerful ideology that is capable of altering basic human instincts. An ideology that can turn a mother into a launching pad of death. A perfect example is a recently elected Hamas official in the Palestinian Territories who raves in heavenly joy about sending her three sons to death and offering the ones who are still alive for the cause. It is an ideology that is capable of offering highly educated individuals such as doctors and lawyers far more joy in attaining death than any respect and stature, life in society is ever capable of giving them.

America cannot effectively defend itself in this war unless and until the American people understand the nature of the enemy that we face. Even after 9/11 there are those who say that we must “engage” our terrorist enemies, that we must “address their grievances”. Their grievance is our freedom of religion. Their grievance is our freedom of speech. Their grievance is our democratic process where the rule of law comes from the voices of many not that of just one prophet. It is the respect we instill in our children towards all religions. It is the equality we grant each other as human beings sharing a planet and striving to make the world a better place for all humanity. Their grievance is the kindness and respect a man shows a woman, the justice we practice as equals under the law, and the mercy we grant our enemy. Their grievance cannot be answered by an apology for who or what we are.

Well said. Read the whole thing. Then, go sign her petition against Islamic religious hatred and intolerance.

"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." — Thomas Mann
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