Veteran South Florida lawyer Peter Feaman was listening to a pastor speak about the Quran at a Rotary Club meeting more than six years ago when his world was rattled.
“The presentation was so negative,” Feaman told WND, “that I didn’t believe him.”
“I had been told that Islam was a religion of peace, by our president among others,” he said referring to George W. Bush. “So I started to do my own research. And as I got into it, it was like, ‘Holy cow, this is nothing like I’ve been told, either by the mainstream media or by college and university.’”
His intensive research led to a book, “Wake up America.”
And as Feaman puts it, America hasn’t awakened yet to the threat of radical Islam, and so he’s written another book, which has been released this week.
In “The Next Nightmare: How Political Correctness Will Destroy America,” by Dunham Books, Feaman argues political correctness “will destroy our great republic unless we are willing to identify our enemy and have the courage to speak out.”
A trial lawyer for 30 years who has handled cases involving radical Islamic groups, Feaman is the newly elected national committeeman for the Republican Party of Florida. He was appointed to judicial nomination commissions by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Gov. Rick Scott.
His new book’s foreword is by Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., who Feaman first got to know when the former Army officer became a “victim of political correctness” serving in Islamic Iraq. A lieutenant colonel, West was court-martialed for using harsh interrogation tactics to protect his men from a terrorist attack.
West, who often quotes from Feaman’s first book in public addresses, declares in the foreword to “The Next Nightmare” “that “tolerance is cultural suicide when it is a one-way street.”
Expressing his appreciation for West, Feaman told WND that the congressman is “so politically incorrect that he exposes the intellectual bankruptcy of the left’s ideas.”
West is a leading voice in Congress warning that America faces peril because of its unwillingness to acknowledge that it is threatened not by “terrorism” from many sources but by Islamic supremacists bent on world domination.
“There aren’t many elected officials on the right who are willing, or even able, to articulate that, and he does,” Feaman said.
Feaman writes in his new book that “political correctness is preventing politicians and policy-makers from identifying Islamofascists as such, so as not to offend Islamic moderates.”
This omission is unnecessary, he reasons, because since 2002, the U.S. has “invaded, occupied and, by force of arms, overthrown two Muslim nations.”
“Those Muslims who are susceptible to being offended by such actions are already offended by now,” he contends.
Feaman points to the particular vulnerability of a pluralistic society that tends to assume the best about people of other cultures.
“We look at ourselves as a fundamentally decent, honest, moral population, so we’re always going to give everybody else the benefit of the doubt,” Feaman told WND.
America shouldn’t lose that essential goodness, he said, but it must become more realistic and “wary,” and arm itself with information.
Feaman said that’s ultimately why he wrote the book. Maintaining the status quo is too costly.
“There are 16 families in Fort Hood who are grieving and are going to grieve for the rest of their lives because of the willful blindness of the United States military,” he said of the 2009 attack by Muslim Maj. Nidal Hasan, who reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar,” “Allah is greatest,” as he set out to slaughter fellow soldiers at the Texas Army base. “That’s wrong. That cost people’s lives.”
People died in that instance, he said, because “the U.S. military and its political correctness refused to see the problem.”
“They refused to see the wolf inside their own hen house,” Feaman said.
He acknowledged that there are a number of good books about the threat of radical Islam, but he sees room for another because so many are scholarly, and he wants to reach the “average person.”
He used his experience as an attorney to shape a book that is full of contemporary stories and historical perspective but easy to digest.
“When I speak to juries, I try to use word pictures and use analogies that they can relate to so they can understand the point I’m trying to make,” he said.
Along with numerous examples drawn from current events and history, Feaman interspersed in the book children’s fables that he crafted himself. His original allegories include “The Islamic States of America and The Sheep” and “The Wolf, The Sheepdog and the Rescue of Big Earth Ranch.”
But he boils down his thoughts with forthright language.
“Radical Islamists are militarily weak but ideologically strong. The West is militarily strong but ideologically weak and insecure,” Feaman writes. “In the end, the real problem facing Western Civilization is not how the Muslims might respond to a policy hostile to their interests, but whether the West still has the moral strength to adopt any policy short of political correctness.”