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February 26, 2006

City Lights Bans Oriana Fallaci

Anyone who still takes moonbats seriously when they bleat about their commitment to freedom of speech might be interested in a recent piece by Catherine Seipp, in which she tells of a friend who went into the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco and asked for "The Force of Reason," by Oriana Fallaci.

"We don't carry books by fascists," the clerk snapped. A call by Seipp confirmed that City Lights will not carry anything by Fallaci.

City Lights is famous for its chest-thumping commitment to freedom of speech. In 1957 its owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti faced down obscenity charges for selling Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." Respectful of this commitment to free expression, Seipp's friend didn't mind having to walk past a prominent display of books by Ward "Little Eichmanns" Churchill to get into the store.

But apparently this bold devotion to the free exchange of even the most obnoxious ideas does not extend to Fallaci, who has gone so far as to suggest that Western Civilization ought to resist the Islamic conquest that is proceeding at such a terrifying pace in Europe.

The hypocrisy of those who would silence her calling Fallaci a "fascist" is astonishing. During World War II she fought fascists as a partisan. The Left hates her precisely because she has been a devoted and heroic enemy of the Islamic version of fascism that is threatening to extinguish European civilization. Unlike your average snotty bookstore clerk, Fallaci has paid a price for her commitment to the truth. An Italian court actually sentenced her to jail time for criticizing Islam.

If Fallaci and her courageous kind fail, and Sharia is one day imposed on the West, it will obviously spell absolute doom for the gays and feminists whose interests are so sanctimoniously advocated by the sort of moonbats who would call her a fascist.

But let's not confuse the issue, which is really quite simple: Western Civilization and anyone who would defend it are bad. Every other principle advocated by the Left is window dressing, and will be discarded as soon as it gets in the way.

As Fallaci quoted Pope Benedict XVI in an interview with OpinionJournal:

The West reveals . . . a hatred of itself, which is strange and can only be considered pathological; the West . . . no longer loves itself; in its own history, it now sees only what is deplorable and destructive, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure.

In other words, the West has been crippled by moonbattery. This has left us too weak to fend off external evils. Islam is just an opportunistic infection. The underlying disease is the mentality Seipp's friend encountered at City Lights.

Hat tip: Ace of Trump

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Oriana Fallaci

Posted by Van Helsing at February 26, 2006 2:28 PM

Comments

What a brave woman. I truly respect her, even if she is a Communist. She is entitled to her opinions and beliefs and is welcome in Western society.

Now do you think a Leftist Moonbat could say the reverse of what I just said?

Absolutely not. They are allies of the enemy without any doubt whatsoever.

Down with Islam and Leftism!

Posted by: Doug at February 26, 2006 3:51 PM

Oriana Fallaci has been a hero of mine even before 9/11. The publication of "The Pride and the Rage" cemented my admiration. I'm glad I already have my copy of "The Force of Reason" before the leftist manage to ban the book from all bookstores.

Posted by: Indigo Red at February 27, 2006 12:35 AM

Cripe. I used to go to City Lights as an historic hangout fairly often when I lived in the Bay Area... might have even bought a tee shirt there. Sorta goes withoug saying: if I find that tee, it's going straight into the trash.

Such.profound.hypocrisy.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at February 27, 2006 9:37 AM