A Lebanese-born woman who is the head of a non-profit organization seeking to influence homeland security decisions delivered an impassioned message this week to more than 300 people at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center about the dangers of radical Islam in America.
Brigitte Gabriel, a guest of the Central Texas Tea Party and founder of Act! for America, said radical Islam is much more than violent attacks. She said it is a religious war being fought on many levels, including attempted infiltration of the U.S. government and education systems.
Gabriel said a silent, peaceful majority was irrelevant in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia, and suggested it would be in American, too. Gabriel, a Christian, explained how her childhood was affected by radical Islam in Lebanon, even describing how once she was buried beneath the rubble of her bombed-out home as radicals shouted “Allahu Akbar!” at their victory.
September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in Gabriel’s life, she said because she found herself using the same words to describe terrorist attacks to her children that her father had used with her some 30 years earlier.
“They hate us because they consider us infidels,” Gabriel said she told her children. “They want to kill us.”
Her speech lasted about 90 minutes. The crowd began cheering phrases that would fit nicely into political stump speeches about 40 minutes into her message.
Gabriel talked about the millions in donations that wealthy Middle Easterners had donated to U.S. universities, then said, “That’s why we need to become energy independent immediately,” and received an ovation.
She was also received loud ovations when she said:
“We don’t have a commander in chief; we have an apologizer in chief.
“We need to take political correctness and throw it in the garbage where it belongs.”
“I am nothing but an American.”
“And, while I’m at it, I believe English is the language of the U.S. and shall remain so.”
Gabriel said the Muslim Brotherhood was an umbrella organization committed to the destruction of the West, and claimed it has been working behind the scenes in Europe for decades.
“Europe has become Eurabia,” she said.
Gabriel also predicted radical Islam would become more difficult to fight in the future because words like terrorist and radical are being removed from the American government lexicon making it more difficult to even identify it.