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Ferrigno of Nonsense

It looks like Joel C Rosenberg, Oliver North, and Tim LaHaye have a new rival in the wingnut schlockbuster business: Robert Ferrigno, whose new book Prayers for the Assassin imagines America in 2040:

New York and Washington, D.C., are nuclear wastelands. Chicago is abandoned, and Phoenix, the site of a civil war battle. The nation is divided between an Islamic republic across the north, and the Christian Bible Belt in the old South. Alcohol is outlawed, replaced by Jihad Cola, and mosques dot the skyline. Veiled women hurry through the streets. Freedom is controlled by the state, paranoia rules, and rebels plot to regain free will…

Apparently, Islamist terrorists have unleashed atomic destruction, but Israel wound up with the blame. Fantastical, you say? Hell, no. Ferrigno explains on his blog:

I thought I was being creative. Until last week.

Last week the National Football League announced the Giants stadium in New Jersey would now include a special area for Muslims who wanted to pray privately during NFL games. So much for my creativity. Maybe I’ll have to settle for precognition.

Just how long before all Giants fans are forced to bow before Allah five times a day? But Ferrigno is just warming up for his vision of Islamageddon:

Enter the start of the French intifada in November, three weeks of rioting in the Muslim ghettos surrounding Paris, with 100 buildings and over 9,000 cars torched…The riots were just the beginning. Previews of coming attractions.

No need to actually say anything about local conditions in the areas where the riots took place – this is was the typical conservative non-analysis I complained of at the time. But why is this happening?

The dirty little secret is that European socialism can’t grow jobs or children. Unemployment averages ten percent, officially, and for at least the last ten years France, Italy and Germany have had a flatline birth rate among white, native-born Europeans…What does it say about a culture where the people are too lazy, distracted or self-centered to reproduce?

By people, of course, Ferrigno means “women” – as does Goerge Weigel, the neo-con scholar who has been singing this lament for a while (as I noted here). And we all know that socialism shrivels the gonads. But what about the UK?

Meanwhile, in Great Britain local banks have curtailed the centuries-old practice of giving piggy banks to children, out of deference to the Muslim abhorrence of swine. (I am not making this up)

Ferrigno is not making it up, but British tabloid the Daily Express did, as was widely reported several weeks ago. Ferrigno also thinks that British Christianity is in a bad way:

Last week the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, apologized for the Crusades, which began in 1095 when Pope Urban II called on Christendom to take up the sword to “liberate the Holy Land” after Muslims cut off Jerusalem from Christian pilgrims. Atrocities abounded on both sides for a hundred years. No similar apology has been issued by Muslim clerics that I can find. Why should they?

Yeah, Williams – where does it say in the Bible that Christians ought to do what they think is right, no matter how their opponents have behaved?

But Ferrigno has written no mere potboiler, as he explains in a previous entry:

I spent over two years researching the book, everything from theology and geopolitics to small unit battle tactics and the proper position of the hands and feet during Muslim devotions. As a former reporter, I utilized facts to bolster the story, from dietary proscriptions, to the second-class status of Christians under Islamic law, to the nature of the main antagonist in the book.

Any similarities with the Two Ronnies’ The Worm that Turned, in which Englishmen are forced to wear dresses in a future ruled by women, is purely coincidental.

One Response

  1. Hahahahaha! Good one!

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