Everyone needs a hobby. For some it's Fantasy Football. Others have exercise. And still others have fear-mongering. Enter the San Angelo Tea Party.
According to Chelsea Schmid of San Angelo LIVE!, members of the San Angelo Tea Party met September 10 to listen to a speech about Sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the article, the talk was given by Dorrie O'Brien, author of 500+ Islamic Words You Should Know. More on that in a minute.
According to the article, O'Brien is co-director of ACT! for America in Texas. What is ACT! for America?
To read the reactions of Tea Partiers, read below the jump. It's a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that by its own telling is a “non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose mission is to give Americans concerned about national security, terrorism, and the threat of radical Islam, a powerful, organized, informed and mobilized voice” and is one more example undermining Darrell Issa's baseless contentions that “liberal” nonprofits received preferential treatment over “conservative” nonprofits in the IRS review and approval process.
“According to the Center for International Policy (CIP), Gabriel, “has made a post-9/11 career out of roundly denouncing Islam, decrying 'political correctness,' and promoting the concept of an existential clash of cultures.”
Back to the book – we're unsure what an Islamic word is. At last check, Islam is not a language. However, the San Angelo LIVE! article did include pictures. One of those showed a screen that was displayed at the Tea Party meeting. Words that you should know and that were displayed on the screen included:
• HQ for Islamic State
• Honor Killing
• Islamic World
• Statement of Faith
Conspicuously missing from this list of words were those associated with the Five Pillars of Islam. This list is inclusive, but not exhaustive:
We could include other such words as family and love, but why gild the lily any further?
Tea Party members reacted to the talk.
“There are four Muslim families in San Angelo…and that's four too many,” Tea Party member Terry Campbell declared.
By then, the wide and brightly-lit hall had all but cleared, leaving behind only the faint smell of cookies and stale coffee, where a half-hour prior excitement and anger had rung out. There had been roughly 40 members and guests in attendance-a mostly white and graying audience identifiable by their red polos with the name “Tea Party” proudly emblazoned on the breast-but Campbell's opinion hadn't stood alone.
“There is 1.6 billion…Muslims in the world, and they claim that only 10 percent of the Muslims is radical Islamists,” Campbell continued. “That means there is 160 million Muslim terrorists in the world.
“Now, it only takes one with a car bomb to kill hundreds of people. Now, how can you tell which one out of ten is the bad guy?” he paused slightly, “I don't trust any of them. ”
“It's hard to,” fellow Tea Party member Jack Plott agreed.
Xenophobia is nothing new, and perhaps, for that reason, it still shocks the senses when we encounter it. A New York Times editorial summarized American xenophobia thus:
“The United States has never had a neat, painless way to add newcomers. But our most shameful moments have involved the exclusion of groups, often those that do our hardest labor: Indians, African-Americans, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Catholics, Jews, Poles, Japanese-Americans, Hispanics. America has stood proudest when it dared to stretch the definition of who “we” are.”
The Boston Globe published an editorial with a similar tone. From that piece:
“We have been here before. Know-Nothing bigotry is nothing new. Chinese, Irish, Jews, Italians, Slavs, and others have had their turns on this hot seat, with African-Americans perennially warned that they “don't have a place here.'' Now Latinos, who make up more than 15 percent of the US population (expected to grow to a quarter by 2050), are all but explicitly told that they can never be real Americans.”
Both of those articles were written in 2010. That year also saw the rise of the Tea Party with its knee-jerk xenophobia and baseless fears (as all such fears have proven to be) that the inclusion of foreigners, strangers, and others would bring the fall of the Republic. At last check, we're still here.
For further entertainment, the book description on Amazon is priceless, and betrays a cynicism on the part of the authors and the audience. Just as the words featured on the display at the Tea Party meaning bore distinctly negative connotations, the book review questions the humanity of its purported subjects and questions their “platitudes of peace” and “bridges of understanding.”
Before the review, we leave you with this counter from a hero of American fiction:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch.
“500+ Islamic Words You Should Know is a primer of the Islamic language, which comes to us through the Qur an. It s a dictionary, a history book, a reference book. It s a compilation of Islamic thought, concepts, attitude, and world-wide goals. It will be useful even for the advance student of Islam to find just that right meaning for an Islamic word when reading deeper texts. By translating Islamic terms, words, and phrases from Arabic or Urdu or Farsi, etc., to English, the early learner to Islam has a handy resource to turn to to interpret the real meaning when listening to spokesmen for organizations (there's a whole section on the Ikhwan units) like CAIR or ISNA or ICNA throw out platitudes of peace and “bridges of understanding.” You can turn to definitions of Islamic law, what the Islamic sects are, what are the words for the clothes Muslim men and women wear — and why. It's a very useful book: Islam is all here, at the flip of just a few pages. [emphasis added]”
For added fun, we've reprinted the reviews from Amazon. Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and The New York Times are notably absent, but the reviews are telling all the same.
What a powerful resource! A combination dictionary/encyclopedia English-to-Arabic/Arabic-to-English for Islamic history, words, phrases, and world-wide organizations that all people can keep at their fingertips. I am especially pleased that the author is one of ACT! for America's long-time leaders! Good job, Dorrie. –Brigitte Gabriel, President/CEO, ACT! for America
This is a most useful handbook and primer for some of the fundamentals about Islam and Islamic terrorism. As a desktop reference, it will be THE one to reach for whenever anyone needs a quick check for a term or definition. –Clare M. Lopez, Sr. Fellow, Center for Security Policy
500+ Islamic Words is a reference book that is as handy as a pocket in a shirt. It is interesting to poke around in it and let serendipity rule. If you have a basic knowledge about Islam, reading it is like playing Trivial Pursuit with yourself, saying: I didn t know that. 500+ Islamic Words is a fun read because it has a sense of irony and a touch of ridicule that makes the book not a pure dictionary, or at least, it is a dictionary with a little attitude a good addition to your library. –Bill Warner, PoliticalIslam.com, and author of Sharia Law for the Non-Muslim, and many others.
Dorrie O Brien has been a champion of gloves-off truth-telling, and gives us all a great example of what one American with guts, intellect, integrity, and tenacity can do. She is a Patriot, and we should be grateful she stands on the wall and consistently puts the spotlight on the enemies of our great Republic. –John Guandolo, national security expert and co-author of Sharia: The Threat to America
This is a superb reference work that will be of great use for anyone who wants to understand the threats we face in America and the West. –Christopher Holton, Vice President with the Center for Security Policy and the Director of its Divest Terror Initiative.
“In her work, Dorrie O'Brien has created a long-overdue and valuable tool a reference for professionals and laymen alike that further defines the enemy camp by providing insight as to the true meaning of the diction that they employ against us.” –Jeff Epstein, America s Truth Forum
There has been no reference guide to Islam which would aid the researcher in finding and deciphering key Islamic terminology up to now. With Ms. O'Brien's book, we are now able to reference Islamic terms in English, not just by the words, but by category. This book is a boon to all Americans who have the courage to confront the threat of Islam.” –Eric Martin, playwright; Stragglers ; narrator, the King James, the New King James, and the New America bibles
–Dorrie O Brien s work in this handy new resource enables you to quickly get a glimpse into the mindset that began 1400 years ago through common words and concepts that are used throughout the world today. Understanding that mindset is a necessary step if we are to survive the all-encompassing threat of radical Islam. Kelly Cook, National Field Director, ACT! for America
–Kelly Cook, National Field Director, ACT! for America –My thanks to my fellow fighters on the wall–Dorrie O'Brien”