Oriana Fallaci was a remarkable woman from Italy who saw the truth and did not hesitate to speak and write about it. As I read about her life – as I learn about what she endured to get to the heart of a matter either in an interview or in her writing, I become more and more enamored with her.
She wrote boldly about the dissolving of the Italian culture as Islam grew stronger. I am seeing the warning signs unfold here in America, and I am incredulous. Taken aback. Shocked.
I too feel this way.
I am not alone after all.
Oriana has been laid to rest for four years now.
I wonder what she would say to us, American brothers and sisters, as she sees the drama of the Cordoba Project unfold in front of the world…
I have no problem imagining her repeating these words:
“The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization.”
Fallaci fumed in The Rage and the Pride that they, “demand, and obtain, the construction of new mosques. They who in their countries don’t even let the Christians build a tiny chapel, and who so often slaughter the nuns or the missionaries.”
Below is an excerpt from the Encyclopedia of World Biography Web Page about her.
When you read it, you will be amazed at how – while it describes Oriana’s passions – it clearly it points out what is going on in our own country.
She retreated from public view somewhat, producing the occasional novel, until the events of 9/11 roused her ire and prompted a new nonfiction book, La Rabbia e l’orgoglio , (The Rage and the Pride), which became a bestseller in Italy. In it she wrote of Islam’s centuries-long desire to conquer Europe, and asserted that the growing Muslim communities in major European cities were becoming a danger to the continent. The democratic ideals which granted such communities the freedom to practice their religion were, she argued, threatening the stability of the West.
Oriana Fallaci was an atheist.
She had no religious chip on her shoulder that would encourage her to “attack” another religion opposite than her own. She was not self-righteous. She reminds me of the nameless child in the fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes.
She saw truth.
She saw truth in its unmistakeable nakedness and refused to remain silent.
Just like the innocent eyes of the child who saw all things clearly and could not fathom why the adults around him would remain silent, she too had clear vision. And just like that child, she had no problem in raising her voice to ring out above the din of the crowd.
“The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.”
She did not swallow her words in fear, or misguided respect, and that is what Americans are doing. Like the entire crowd watching the Emperor parade by, they hide from what they clearly see – Lying to themselves – convincing themselves that what they are actually seeing isn’t what they are seeing. The truth is too frightening. The elimination of our culture – our world - as we know it.
The mirage of the “religion of peace” is a seductive illusion. The mirage disappears away with just one truthful statement by Oriana – so why do we swallow our words?
I can’t help but think of the stubbornness of those behind the building of the New York Cordoba Project, curiously slated to have its Grand Opening on September 11th, 2011, (the selection of the date – mere coincidence, I’m sure.)
Despite repeated attempts to purchase the property and persuade them to move this building project elsewhere, all efforts are deliberately ignored. They even have the unmittigated gall to ask for Federal funding!
The entire purpose of this project to educate more and more Americans about Islam. If the furtherance of Islam in America will bring in the practice of Sharia, and if Sharia is not healthy for our country, (and anyone who takes the time to study it will know this is true), then why would we give our finances to bring about our own demise?
American brothers and sisters, we may find ourselves listening to reports like this here in America:
There is already one Sharia court in Texas – a Patriot’s state if ever there was one. Adere you aware that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has called America a Sharia compliant State?
What is so tragic is not that he believes it! But that he thought he was paying us a compliment! And the audience chuckles good naturedly, while they refuse to see what they see.
The battle in Oklahoma continues: A people who voted overwhelmingly for Sharia to never gain a foothold have been ignored. A judge, (either full of their own intellect or frightened to death, I know not which), has put the ruling on hold.
Did you ever think you would see the American Voice silenced in such a way over the issue of whether or not foreign law would be practiced here?
When did our Constitution become “not enough”?
Oriana saw many warning signs. She was outspoken and wrote freely.
“The book caused such a stir that she was even charged under an obscure Italian law prohibiting hate speech against a religion recognized by the state.”
You mean…our country was not the first to use that lame excuse to silence the mouth that trumpets wisdom?
Oriana was just like the child who observed the Emperor marching down the street in falsified glory.
She saw an equally false, yet frighteningly more dangerous movement parading down the streets of her fair country.
In the story, the child’s voice silenced all manner of flattery and false respect toward an unworthy recipient. Oriana’s voice was used to expose something much more threatening. The spread of an oppressive religion – the consumption and disappearance of a culture – And she succeeded in raising awareness. She touched a nerve to the point where they tried to silence her, yet she was silenced only by her passing away.
When, I wonder, will we open our own mouths?
And what will be the results of our voices rising above the din?
We grow up and forget fairy tales, even though they were written by well meaning men who wanted to establish morals in society’s children. But I wonder, when you read that story as a child, did you ever think of what would have happened if the child in it had remained silent?
The results would have been a leader continuing to reign (badly) while being full of his own importance.
Remind you of anyone?
The results would have been a country’s citizens living as if they were free, when they really would only have been prisoners - abiding under the shadow of a lie they were afraid to expose.
Let us not be silent when so much is at stake.
Our culture. Our country. Our Freedom.