Free Flower- A Somali Atheist

What distinguishes us [scientists] from the pious and the believers is not the quality but the quantity of belief and piety; we are contented with less. But if the former should challenge us: then be contented and appear to be contented! - then we might easily reply: 'We are, indeed, not among the least contented.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Publisher Pulls Book On Muslim Violence

The latest example of radical Muslim interference with free speech took place without even a hint of a fatwah.

Last week a book publisher told Nancy Kobrin, a psychoanalyst and lecturer on counter-terrorism, that they were withdrawing the publication of her book, "The Sheikh's New Clothes," because they were afraid of fundamentalist repercussions, according to Kobrin.

The book, subtitled "The Naked Truth about Islamic Suicide Terrorism," tackles the psychology of fundamentalist Islamic terrorists and tries to understand the roots of their radical behavior.

Kobrin had been working on the book for about a year, and signed a contract with Looseleaf Law Publications in September 2005. The book was scheduled for publication in about a month.

Asked why her book would raise such concerns, Kobrin said, "I think it's sort of the third rail to look at Muslim violence as coming from the family."

"People are very uncomfortable with it," she said. In the book, Kobrin asserts that both family dynamics and the degradation of women in Muslim society, among other causes, have influenced the radical behavior of Muslim extremists.

According to Kobrin, Mary Loughrey, a vice president with the book publisher, called to tell her that "because of security reasons they feared for the safety of the staff and themselves."

She said Loughrey mentioned Muslim reaction – including calls for assassination – following Pope Benedict XVI's recent speech as part of the reason they were concerned.

Looseleaf Law Publications specializes in law-enforcement and criminal justice titles for professional readers.

This would have been the first published book for Kobrin, whose clinical expertise focuses on post-stress disorder. Kobrin has written many articles, including several with author Phyllis Chesler, who wrote the introduction for the book.

"If the Western world continues to give into and appease violence of jihadists, if we're afraid of violence against us for speaking the truth, then we're lost," remarked Chesler, who said that Looseleaf is "not the bad guy" and that she understands why they made their decision.

Kobrin and Chesler said that the U.S. Army has used parts of an earlier manuscript of the book to help train their soldiers in its psychological operations unit. Kobrin has also lectured at Army and Air Force bases.

Chesler said that since Looseleaf's withdrawal has generated interest on a couple of blogs in the last few days, two other book publishers have approached her about reading the manuscript, and that both said they would not be afraid to publish the book.

Looseleaf Law Publications would not confirm the book's withdrawal.


Blogger VadimM said...

That's democracy and free speech, center-left style.

9:33 am  
Blogger Tuke said...

In order to have "free speech", you have to have "absolute freedom", and only a human can take away that freedom from other human being.
In places and ideas that you hold dearly, this "absolute freedom" cannot be guaranteed, and the result is a system of "Gods and Vulgars".

For this reason, i choose ISLAAM, which guarentees me "absolute freedom from other human beings" by not having "absolute freedom from god".
Science is observation of the natural world, in other words "a process", not "the aim or the cause".

As a Somali, i should know this, as the world "our world" is no longer since clonialism "ours"; it has the fake appearnce of being "ours", but it belongs to the powers "Gods" that be. Hence absolute freedom and free speech for them to own my life, and fake free speech for us to have the delusion that we are free from them. This is repetitive pattern that is hard to miss, both in those countries that you consider highly and the world over by the powers that is your GODS (those countries).

8:38 pm  
Blogger Tuke said...

For the purpose of clarity, i'd like to correct my previous statement. "The aim of Science is about trying to find the cause, but it is not in itself the absulative cause".

I'd like to remaind you the case of "David Reimer" in Canada. It is a case that demonstrates the POWER of HUMAN over another HUMAN-BEING, in a country of free speech. We do not have free speech, that's because, like David Reimer, we have the delusion of being what we are not... "free people". This is the case of the SOMALI NATION in relation to the WORLD POWER that considers the WORLD ITSELF as its own, and of course without "us" being free from it, wants to propagate "free speech"... So then, are we "somalis" anti freedom and anti free speech poeple? i.e. anti-ourselfs?!!!

11:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: Tuke

You did not CHOOSE Islam but was chosen for you. People are brainwashed with one religion or another when they are young and cannot yet form a rational thought and that is how religions survive. If all brainwashing of innocent children were to be stifled for a decades there would probably be no religion in the world. Religions are backward superstitions based on paganism.

Your religions depends on geographical location, social structure and brainwashing of children.

11:51 pm  

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