(In truth, officials had sealed the case, as they would with any incident in which both victim and perpetrator are juveniles.) The story caught fire in the right-wing press, where it served as a shocking index of the dangers posed by Muslim refugees.In Twin Falls, Gabriel laid out her conspiratorial vision: Refugee resettlement is one weapon in a vast scheme by radical Islam, led by the Muslim Brotherhood and with the complicity of the United Nations and the US government, to colonize and destroy America from within.A man in the crowd growled under his breath: “Screwed yourselves.” Gabriel told of roving Islamists finding Christian families cowering in bomb shelters.“They would take the baby, tie one leg to the mother and another leg to the father, and pull the parents apart, splitting the child in half,” she said.As she spoke, people in the audience shook their heads contemptuously in the direction of a row of empty seats near the front, which had been reserved for officials in the City Council and local law enforcement. “Shame on those who are covering up what happened to this little girl,” Gabriel said, to huge applause. ” Much has been made of Donald Trump’s ties to the far fringes of the American right. Michael Flynn, who has become Trump’s top military surrogate and who recently called Islam “a cancer” at an ACT chapter meeting.Nowhere is the connection more direct than with ACT for America, which is considered a hate group by organizations that track extremism — such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Center for New Community — and which has nevertheless contributed two board members, one former and one sitting, as national security advisers to the Trump campaign. (The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.)This shouldn’t come as a surprise.In terms of direct impact, I don’t know who else would compete with them.”Gabriel dismisses her critics as naive and blinded by “political correctness.” She declined to be interviewed for this story, in keeping with her organization’s general approach to the media.
The average reporter comes from a world view that fundamentally opposes ACT! “Rarely will a media interview result in making a positive difference.” Gabriel did, however, provide written responses to a letter detailing the contents of this story, in which she said that she and her organization “do not consider ourselves anti-Islam.
Brigitte Gabriel, the most influential leader in America’s increasingly influential anti-Islam lobby, is a master of tonal contrasts.
It’s part of what makes her a gifted public speaker: She’ll charm you before she terrifies you.
Since 2007, following the model set in the 1990s by the Evangelical right, she has assiduously built a bona fide grassroots organization, mobilizing thousands of Americans around the premise that ordinary Muslims living among them constitute a covert threat.
“Our enemy is not an organization of people living overseas plotting to attack,” Gabriel writes in her 2006 New York Times best-seller, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America.