The Hidden Enemy: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islam, and the Fight for Our Future by Michael Youssef addresses such questions as “Why are suicide bombers attacking our cities?” and “Why are shooters invading our workplaces?” Michael Youssef is uniquely qualified, as an Egyptian Christian, to address the former question. He has known both moderate and extremist Muslims throughout his life. He takes issue with extremist, radical proponents of Islam who are attacking all who do not agree with them (even more moderate Muslims).
There are many, many solid points made in The Hidden Enemy, and Dr. Youssef wanders through discussions of many of the things that are contributing to the downfall of western civilization. He points to some mindset differences between Muslim fundamentalists and the western politicians who are trying to negotiate with them — the result of widely divergent world-views.
Dr. Youssef has a great guide, smack in the middle of the book, to make sure we’re not taken in by biased reporting, Internet rumors, and “fake news”. Here are his suggestions:
- Don’t automatically believe early reports.
- Don’t believe information from anonymous sources.
- Don’t believe stories that simply cite other news outlets.
- Watch and read multiple news outlets, and compare their coverage.
- Pay attention to the language and tone of your news sources.
- Be sure your news sources correct their mistakes promptly and fully.
- Don’t let the news media manipulate your emotions, your behavior, or your outlook on life.
I think these are awesome suggestions!
The book does have a distinctly evangelical Christian tone, but don’t let this dissuade you from reading it. Just bear that in mind and try to overlook some of the more typical evangelical verbiages and look for the other content of substance. I am a former evangelical, and I am probably more sensitive to the language that is often subtly used to pit people against others, not like themselves. That is my one problem with this book. I don’t think it goes far enough in reminding us that there are MANY good, honorable Muslims among us who DON’T want to see a global caliphate and sharia law.
We definitely need to be aware of what changes are happening in our world and the ramifications of decisions that are made by our politicians. This book can be an important tool in that regard, but we must be very careful not to lump all Muslims together with the fundamentalist radicals who do seek our destruction.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.