Virginia Christian Alliance and Life Church partner to bring Brigitte Gabriel and ACT to Mechanicsville. Citizens eager for information while few pastors and church leadership participate.
About 400 Hanover and Henrico County residents packed Life Church’s auditorium last Thursday to hear an intelligence briefing by Brigette Gabriel. Her message should be a wake-up call to all Americans.
She was born in Lebanon and lived a normal childhood until 1975 when Islamic fighters attacked her village and destroyed her family’s home. She was trapped within the rubble for two days until rescued, and spent the next two months in a hospital recovering from the injuries she sustained. She returned to live in an 8’ x 10’ bomb shelter for the next seven years until 1982 when Israeli Defense Forces set up a security zone for the remaining non-Muslims still alive in Lebanon. She recounted how they foraged for any vegetation for food and crawled to a spring for water while avoiding Islamic snipers until the Israelis came to their rescue. When she asked her father why Islamists did this to us, he replied, ‘Because we are Christians, infidels.’
A short-time later she became the news anchor for World News, covering Middle East issues. It was during this time she became aware of a pattern in the Islamic events she was covering. She immigrated to the US in 1989.
She recounted a brief history of Islam, noting that it is an ideology. The threat it poses does not come from Muslims, but from the tenets of Islam itself. There are 44 conflicts around the world today between Muslims and non-Muslims. ‘Not all of them (Muslims) are radical, but it is the radicals that are driving the agenda.’ Muslims represent only two percent of the US population, but they account for 80 percent of domestic terrorist acts. However, what the media today calls radical Islamic extremism is not new, not extreme, nor is it radical. It is simply Muslims obeying what their holy documents call them to do. As a student of history, her overview was both concise and accurate. A series on Islam’s history and development is available at http://www.vachristian.org/About-Islam/.
She stated that the events which unfolded in Lebanon are coming to America today, and she read from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Memoranda presented in the Holy Land Foundation trial. This document was published in 1991. One portion of the document reads as follows, ‘The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.’ These are not her words, but Islam’s.
Her words are supported by the Pew Research Center’s survey How Muslims See Themselves and Islam’s Role. Of the six countries surveyed from across the Muslim world, representing about a third of the total population, 56% considered themselves a Muslim first and only 22% a national citizen first.
While not all Muslims are radicals, current security estimates put their number between 16 - 25% of the total Islamic population, representing somewhere between 200 - 300 million people. The size of this population matters ‘because it is the radicals who kill.’
One area where the planned infiltration is being carried out is on our college campuses. She recited a list of colleges who have received millions of dollars in funding from Saudi Arabians to create political science and Middle Eastern studies departments staffed by professors selected by the Saudis and possessing anti-American views. The list included the likes of Arkansas, UC - Berkeley, Harvard, Georgetown, American University, Texas A&M, Duke, and USC. In addition, there are now more Muslim Student Associations on campuses across America than Young Democrat and Republican groups combined.
But the infiltration into our education does not stop there. Text books used in senior and middle school are also being effected. The Council on Islamic Education is advising major publishers on contents in social studies and history textbooks. The full study can be obtained at: http://www.actforamerica.org/get-the-facts/our-issues/empowering-women-protecting-children/textbook-reform-project.
To support her assertions, she presented a current middle school curriculum being used to ‘incorporate Islam into our schools under the guise of political correctness and cultural diversity.’ She cited the following from the three day course’s goals:
As a part of the course students are made to adopt Arabic names, recite verses from the Qur’an, and analyze the shahada - the Muslim profession of faith. Wisdom cards are provided for the course. She read the card related to jihad which stated, ‘Jihad is the struggle by Muslims against oppression, invasion, and injustice.’ She said, ‘Jihad is mentioned 40 times in the Qur’an, 36 times out of 40 as a holy war against the infidel in order to either kill them or subjugate them.’ She further stated, ‘I want my children to learn about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and other religions, but let me do it at home.’
The presentation ended with a call to action that included becoming involved in organizations such as ACT for America in order to mitigate the threat we presently face. One of her daughters, when still at home, asked why Islam persecuted them. She responded with the same message that her father had given her, ‘Because we are Christians, infidels.’
About ACT for America
ACT for America is a grass roots oriented organization that ‘works to build a nationwide volunteer chapter network that trains citizens to recognize and help prevent criminal activity and terrorism in the United States while preserving civil liberties protected by the U.S. Constitution.’ The current issues they address include: confronting terrorism, preserving the Constitution, securing the border, promoting energy independence, empowering women and protecting children, and supporting Israel. Contact information for your local chapter can be found on its web-site: http://www.actforamerica.org/get-the-facts/accomplishments.
Virginia Christian Alliance Advisory Board