Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Why West is Best
by Ibn Warraq
Location: 1339 Roscomare Road, Bel Air (90077)
Directions: The home is located 1.3 miles north of UCLA. From the Bel Air West Gate at Bellagio and Sunset, go north on left fork of Bellagio for 0.6 miles, turn right onto Chalon for 0.2 miles, and turn left at Roscomare traffic circle and go north for 0.5 miles.
Special Instructions: Participants are advised to wear walking shoes, since there is a 300 feet walk up a steep driveway to the Literary Cafe location.
Over the past twenty years the United States and the West in general has witnessed a slow erosion of its civilizational self confidence. Under the influence of intellectuals and academics in Western universities, intellectuals such as Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Edward Said, and Noam Chomsky, and through destructive intellectual fashions such as post-modernism, moral relativism, and mulitculturalism, the West has lost much of its belief in its own values and seems incapable and unwilling to defend those values. By contrast, resurgent Islam, in all its forms, is supremely confident, and is able to exploit the West's moral weaknesses and cultural confusion to demand ever more concessions. The growing political and demographic power of Muslim communities in the West, aided and abetted by Western apologists of Islam, has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for the implementation of Islamic law-the Sharia- into the fabric of Western law and Western constitutions.
The book defines and defends Western values - and its many freedoms that are often taken for granted. This book also tackles the taboo subjects of racism in Asian culture, Arab slavery and Islamic Imperialism. It begins with a homage to New York City, as a metaphor for all we hold dear in Western culture- pluralism, individualism, freedom of expression and thought, the complete freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness unhampered by totalitarian regimes and theocratic doctrines.
About the author:
Ibn Warraq is an Islamic scholar and a leading figure in Koranic criticism and a visiting fellow at the Center for Law and Counterterrorism, a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Warraq's op-ed pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal in America and The Guardian and he has addressed distinguished governing bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva, and Members of the Dutch Parliament at The Hague.
Special guest appearance
Stephen H. Balch was the founding president and is currently the chairman of the National Association of Scholars. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California and was for fourteen years a member of the faculty of the Department of Government and Public Administration of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. In 2007 he received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
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