Those who object to my labeling Leftist totalitarians “fascists” should take careful note of this story. What group is most famous for burning books? That’s right. And what group is doing it now? Right again. Anyway, I predicted this, but like Peter McLoughlin, I didn’t think it would come so soon. On January 7 of this year, I published an article at PJ Media about Amazon pulling doormats featuring Qur’an verses from sale because Hamas-linked CAIR found them offensive. In that article, I asked: “How long will it be before Hamas-linked CAIR starts demanding that books that criticize jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others also be dropped by Amazon?”
It is more likely in this present case that the British government and the BBC (which Tommy Robinson has just spectacularly embarrassed) are behind this than Hamas-linked CAIR, but nonetheless, we have now arrived at the point where Amazon, which, with Barnes and Noble, which is also not carrying this book, has a virtual monopoly on book sales, is indeed dropping books that are critical of jihad terror and Sharia oppression. So the answer to my question in the January 7 article, “How long will it be?” turns out to have been 51 days.
Whatever anyone thinks of Tommy Robinson or the Qur’an, this is a serious development that anyone who cares about the freedom of speech should be extremely concerned about. This book is critical of the Qur’an; it calls for no violence and is not inaccurate. Anyone who has written a book that is critical of anything should read the writing on the wall and realize that once this censorship begins, it won’t end with Tommy Robinson or Qur’an-critical books. But they won’t. PEN, the international organization that is supposedly dedicated to defending the freedom of speech, is made up of hard-Leftists who won’t utter a whisper for Tommy Robinson’s book. They don’t realize that what is being done to him can be done to them. But it will be.
“BREAKING Tommy Robinson NEWS: Book Burning Begins,” Brian of London, February 27, 2019:
They have banned the Koran from Amazon. But not just any Koran: they’ve banned the edition of the complete text of the Koran co-authored by best selling writer, Tommy Robinson along with Peter McLoughlin. Peter McLoughlin’s other book “Easy Meat” is the ONLY scholarly review of the entire subject of Muslim rape gangs raping and enslaving non-Muslim young girls in the UK for the last four decades.
I just recevied [sic] this email from Tommy Robinson’s co-author of Mohammed’s Koran, their joint book which contains the entire unedited text of the Koran and 100 page introduction. Mohammed’s Koran is purely re-ordered in chronological order. You can find my review of it at New English Review.
Peter McLoughlin writes:
Amazon have banned Mohammed’s Koran and deleted it from their database (which means even second hand copies cannot be sold). This is the twenty-first century equivalent of the Nazis taking out the books from university libraries and burning them.
Can you think of another scholarly book on Islam that has been banned by Amazon? Mein Kampf is for sale on Amazon. As are books like the terrorist manual called The Anarchist Cookbook.
My recent research shows that the content of Mohammed’s Koran is being taught in universities across the West i.e. they are teaching the chronological order of the Koran and what this means re abrogation. However the academics are using a 1953 book which is being reprinted every two years. Clearly they know this subject is important (or else an obscure scholarly book from 1953 would not be reprinted every two years).
Having spent far too many years doing research in universities I know how they desperately scrabble around for subjects on which to write books and articles. So I know that if this was any other subject than one which truthfully explains the pervasive and perennial problem of Islamic terrorism, then there would be half a dozen books published on it over a couple of decades. But I suspect no academic dares to write an updated account of this subject for fear either a) Muslims will kill them or b) the general public might get wind of the importance of the topic.
Amazon refuse to re-instate the book and refuse to explain why it has been banned.
So they have banned the No.1 best-selling exegesis of the Koran. I can’t get my head round it. Every few weeks for the past 18 months they had emailed me asking to put it into special sales programmes, as it was selling so well. For 18 months they sought to profit even more from the sales. This is a book where verified Amazon customers left over 1000 five star reviews of the book over the last 18 months.
As dark as my vision is, I thought we were ten to twenty years away from dissenting books from being banned.
I suppose I should take some pride in having written a book with 600 footnotes that is worth banning. I feel like I am in the company of William Tyndall. One of the things that motivated me to write that book was I thought that virtually every other book on Islam pulled its punches.
Well, I disagree with that, as my books don’t pull any punches, but McLoughlin is otherwise correct: this is extremely ominous.
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