At a time when even conservative editors at corporate publishing houses are under pressure not to accept books that are too offensive to arouse sensibilities (witness the growing protest against Penguin Random House’s contract with Amy Coney Barrett), the New English Review Press, based in Nashville and London, is an invaluable cultural institution. In recent years he has published books by top-notch writers such as Theodore Dalrymple and Phyllis Chesler – books that otherwise might never have seen the light of day.
Now comes the news that two titles on the NER Press background list, Ibn Warraq’s “The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology” (2017) and “Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal (2016) by Peter McLoughlin, has been removed from Amazon.com’s virtual shelves.
Warrak? Oh good? Scandalous. Born in British India, raised in Pakistan and the United Kingdom, and now residing in the United States, Warraq – a pseudonym – is one of our most eloquent, courageous, capable and important writers on Islam. As a student of Arabic, he wrote books such as “The Origins of the Koran” and “Defending the West”. His 1995 work “Why I’m Not a Muslim” is a modern classic. And “Why the West Is Best” (2011) is a richly human expression of gratitude for Western freedom.
And “Islam in Islamic terrorism”? As I wrote in a 2017 review, it provides a definitive answer to anyone who insists that “Muslim terrorists have hijacked a peaceful faith.” No, jihadist violence is not driven by poverty or the Palestinian question or US policy in the Middle East or Western imperialism or the Crusades. It is an essential part of Islam, present from birth – “a duty incumbent on all Muslims”, writes Warraq, “until Islam covers the whole face of the earth”.
As for McLoughlin, I didn’t know him or his grooming gang book until I heard about the Amazon ban. I have read his book now. It turns out to be an invaluable study into the mass rapes of thousands of English girls, mostly white or working-class Sikh children, by gangs made up almost exclusively of Pakistani Muslim men. These rapes have been going on for decades, but until relatively recently they were ignored by social workers, police, teachers, judges, journalists, charities, women’s groups and politicians at all levels. , for fear of being called racist and provoking Muslim riots. , and/or damage British multiculturalism.
McLoughlin approaches his subject from various angles in a completely restrained and responsible manner. It is clear to see, however, why his book offends some woke sensibilities. McLoughlin refuses to use the standard British media euphemism, “Asian”, to describe rape gang members. He is candid about the fact that they are Muslims and that their victims are not Muslims. He calls out the British media for the circumlocutions and outright lies with which they have obscured the geographic extent of grooming gang crimes, the number of victims involved, the length of time these crimes took place, and , above all, the distinctly Islamic roots of the common rapist belief that it is acceptable to sexually abuse the children of infidels.
Neither of these two NER Press books is a polemic. Both are solid, scholarly presentations of objective facts. And both face the widespread unwillingness of mainstream Western institutions to confront some grim realities of Islam. That both books have been taken down by Amazon is a profound irony, because by taking this step the online bookseller is engaging in precisely the kind of thoughtless denial these books so passionately criticize.
Amazon’s refusal to make these books available to its customers is not just an affront to supporters of free speech and open debate. It’s a slap in the face – and worse – for anyone who has ever lost a loved one in an Islamic terror attack or whose child was sexually exploited by a Muslim gang. And like so many other recent attempts to quash revival, this is yet another triumph of progressive ideology denying reality over outright truth.
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