Phi Beta Cons

Shame on the Brooklyn Public Library

…which has no qualms about acquiring books such as Empire, a paean to extremism by the Duke professor Michael Hardt and the Italian terrorist Antonio Negri, but which so far has refrained from adding to its collection Melanie Phillips’s book Londonistan, which one of its directors calls “potentially incendiary.”

 

Roger Kimball describes the book as “brilliant,” “harrowing” and brave, and he summarizes it as depicting:

…the ways in which radical Islam has established itself in England. The book carries endorsements from such well respected experts on the subject as Natan Sharansky, Daniel Pipes, and Steve Emerson. It has been widely reviewed here and in England, to admiring praise from those (like me) who regard radical Islam as a terrible threat, and to sometime hysterical consternation from those who believe that Islam is a religion of peace or who at least cannot bear the spectacle of anyone actually defending Western civilization (that’s capitalist, Christian civilization) against its enemies. Last week it was the Communists, this week it is the mullahs: the bottom line is that in the battle of Us against Them, We are always to blame.

How dare our own libraries try to hinder the public from learning about this most grievous threat to Western civilization. I urge concerned citizens to express outrage on this matter to the Library.

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