Doug Howard is professor of history at Calvin College.
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Your opinions, and that's all these are in this article, have no basis in the objective reality of what is going on in the Middle East. Pay attention to the Christian testimony of more than just Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem before you criticize what they have written with your own opinions. Oh and by the way, you may try meeting fellow Christians from that part of the world too before you claim to know where they come from.
I find myself actually skeptical of this review. A refutation of a man's Christian testimony should contain some direct evidence. I find this article replete with opinion, but with very little evidence. I suppose it is best to be cautious, but I have to ask why a man would set himself up as a target by such a testimony if it were not genuine to some degree. I could appreciate hard evidence of specific fabrication. The reviewer also claims that the PLO is not Islamist, but a secular organization. Even so, the PLO's charter calls for the destruction of "The Zionist Entity". So the PLO has nothing to do with Islam? Or was there another point here?
This book was read by my book club at my church earlier this year. The book sparked great discussion among us. None of us believed that this book was fraud. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but I am cautious in expressing that a memoir that someone has written is fraud.
I believe that after having read this book I understand a little better the deep hatred that people from certain countries have towards American's. It is a hatred that goes beyond anything I've ever encountered in my world of central Texas. Although it is still shocking to me that this hatred is nurtured in the home. I believe that the writer's aim was in waking up American's to the fact that there are people that hate us and want to annihilate us. We've forgotten 911---maybe not forgotten but it has become a thing of the past for many.
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