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Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Sharia Law

Publisher: Thomas Nelson • 2009 • 305 pages

For the first thirty years of her life, Nonie Darwish lived as a slave to Islamic law, Sharia — which, as “Allah’s law,” no one dared question. But now she is free, and is revealing the secrets that Islamists in America and around the world don’t want you to know. In “Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Sharia Law,” she exposes just how inhumane and destructive Sharia law really is — and how Islamic jihadists are making a concerted effort to bring these cruel laws to the Western world, and destroy our freedoms from within.

Darwish, who was raised as a strict Muslim in the Gaza Strip and is the daughter of an Islamic “martyr,” explains the roots of Sharia, and why Muslims cling so tenaciously to its many laws, which cover virtually every aspect of human behavior. She shows how women are the primary victims of Sharia law: reduced to chattel and consigned to a life of virtual slavery by the marriage contract. Drawing upon searing personal experiences, Darwish examines how Sharia suffuses every aspect of Egyptian society, and explains how — although Sharia heavily favors men over women — it actually gives men only the illusion of power. She explains how Islamic law encourages authoritarian governments, and allows men in numerous ways to do nothing less than get away with murder. And above all, she outlines how Muslims can reject and rise above the hatred and inclination to violence that Sharia inculcates.

“Western civilization,” says Darwish, “finds itself at a crossroads where the virtue of political tolerance must be wed to the political will necessary to defend its very way of life.” Adherents of Sharia law are attempting to infiltrate Western culture and destroy democracy — Darwish sketches out a nightmare world of what that might mean for American society.

Revealed: the truly frightening face of Islamic law:

  • Sharia: not an inspiring set of religious doctrines, but an extreme, self-contradictory, and barbaric system of control
  • The true meaning of jihad: nothing but a deceptive system of acquiring the wealth, land, and possessions of others and claiming it for Islam
  • How Sharia stones women for adultery, but men are not stoned for rape — an inequity that contradicts claims that Islam honors women
  • The terrible effects of the fact that Muslims are forbidden to doubt, analyze, and think for themselves — and why discussions about Islam, Sharia, and jihad with Muslims so often deteriorate into insults and name- calling
  • The amazing ease with which a man can get rid of his wives under Sharia
  • The chilling predictions of Islamic world conquest that the likes of Ahmadinejad and other jihadist Muslim leaders take as divinely-inspired prophecy
  • How exceptions to the rules of human decency have been made throughout the ages to protect men of power— and how the laws of Islam have served the ruthless and powerful in that regard
  • Why acquiring power through revolution makes a Muslim leader even more popular in the eyes of his subjects
  • Why the day that the West legally allows the practice of Sharia law even at a limited level is the day that non-Muslim Westerners will condemn themselves to the humiliating second-class status prescribed for them by Islamic law
  • The “Islamophobia” racket: how, while Islamic jihadists work to crush the will of nations and impose Islamic law upon them, Muslim leaders in the West insist that their concern about Islam is based on exaggeration, misunderstanding, and outright bigotry
  • The perpetually enraged Arab Street: how it does not really know what it wants, but will remain offended at the West whether Western countries work with Arab dictators or takes them out
  • The Muslim plan for the West: “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it”
  • Already underway in the West: Cultural, economic, financial, religious, political, and legal jihad ? as well as violent “terror” jihad
  • How Muslims need to hear that the human rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are above the claim of any religion to take them away

“Cruel and Usual Punishment” is an essential look from the inside at the draconian seventh-century laws that Islamic jihadists are laboring to impose upon the world — and a warning that America and Europe must heed before it’s too late. “The West,” Darwish warns, “must act and act now. If it cannot, or will not, it will later pay a heavy price.”

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