• Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up 

While many today hold that those who seek to create a universal caliphate through acts of terror in the name of Islam falsely represent their religion, they ignore the original Islamic texts that inspire these perpetrators. The Islamization of our society, however, does not just come from avowed terrorists but from various Islamic scholars and activists seeking to impose sharia law. As a result of the West disavowing its Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian roots, government officials have catered to such injustices since they consider the petrodollar more valuable than the victims of violence. Consequently, they have capitulated our rights of free speech and religion to the point of classifying anyone who questions Islamists’ intentions as an Islamophobe.

Islam: Religion of Peace? places Islam in its historical and sociopolitical contexts in order to better understand what has bred the Islamic threat facing today’s society, as well as how many of our political and church leaders have failed to address the problem, thereby creating more instability between both Muslims and non-Muslims. Author Mario Alexis Portella also proposes solutions whereby both peoples may enter into a meaningful discourse and establish harmony.

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“After the atrocities and genocide committed by the Islamic State, there has been renewed interest both from within and from outside Islam in grappling with problematic elements of that religion’s orthodoxy. An honest discussion is needed of the interpretations of Islam that gave rise and sanction to ISIS, and this book Rev. Portella is another prophetic voice and an important step forward in that process.” — Archbishop Bashar M. Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil (Iraq)

Amid all the public discussion about the true nature and derivation of the global jihad threat, too little attention has been paid to the myriad ways in which Islamic law is actually not benign or good for individuals or societies, but in its pure form actively detrimental to the wellbeing of both. In this important book, Fr. Mario Alexis Portella illustrates how Sharia contravenes natural rights in numerous particulars, and causes whole classes of people (notably women and non-Muslims) lasting harm. All Catholic leaders engaged in “dialogue” with Muslims should prepare for that “dialogue” by reading and studying this book. — Robert Spencer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad

“If you have friends or family members who still think Islam is a religion of peace, give them this book. Mario Portella delves into the Quran, Islamic law, and the history of Islam to show that hostility toward unbelievers, and violence against them, are constants in Islamic doctrine and practice. Find out what the West has let itself in for by allowing Muslim migrants in huge numbers to settle in Western countries — read Islam – Religion of Peace?: The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-up.” — Pamela Geller, author of Fatwa: Hunted In America and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative

As thethe title of Fr. Portella’s book indicates, human rights and Islam are on a collision course. This is evident to anyone who follows the news of the frequent Muslim acts of terrorism and the continuing slaughter and persecution of Christians in Islamic lands. But few are aware of the underlying reasons for this problem. Are human rights and Islam incompatible? Only Islam can give the answer. This is what Fr. Portella allows it to do, as he explores the historical and cultural context, and the actual texts, of the Muslim faith. His deep diagnosis reveals that Islam’s lack of natural law fatally afflicts its ability to acknowledge “the Laws of Nature and of Natures God.” There is a refreshing realism in this book not only about Islam, but about the West’s willful blindness to the nature of the problem it is facing. — Robert R. Reilly, Author, The Closing of the Muslim Mind

In this book we have a needed fusion of message and messenger. Our messenger is the Very Rev. Mario Alexis Portella, a Catholic priest. His message is a fact-based analysis of Islam and its history. He also covers the failure of our religious, political and intellectual leaders to speak the truth about the danger of the annihilation of Western civilization.   — Dr. Bill Warner, Founder of the Center for the Study of Political Islam

“Rev. Mario shows us why we cannot give in to the pressures of political correctness by remaining silent in this struggle. We must shine a spotlight on extremists, recognize the challenges they pose, and fight back in the arena of ideas.” — Rev. Majed El Shafie, President & Founder,

The new millennium ushered in a new era filled with attacks orchestrated by radical Islamists targeting our civilization. Because of the sophisticated social media methods adapted and eloquently used by the Jihadists, the brutality that the Eastern Christians endured for 14 centuries was put on display for the world to see. This savagery encouraged many Muslims to leave their faith and become secular, creating a new space for real teaching and real dialogue. This book and the message it shares is a must-read by all who are prepared to have an earnest conversation. — Juliana Taimoorazy – Founder and President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council

Full of fascinating facts and valuable insights, Fr. Portella’s book is an important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Islam. His discussion of the soul-destroying laws of Islam is especially enlightening. — William Kilpatrick, Author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West


  • Ethiopian and Eritrean Monasticism – The Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Two Nations

The first-ever comprehensive publication about both Ethiopian and Eritrean monasticism, this new book by Mario Alexis Portella describes in detail how the monastic structure and spirituality embodied itself in the religious and political fervor of the Ethiopian and Eritrean nations. With the only non-institutionalized monasticism in the Christian world, today’s nations of Ethiopia and Eritrea possess an historical heritage that has shaped their respective socio-political societies. Although ancient Ethiopia, formerly called Aksum (northern Ethiopia and present-day Eritrea), was the first nation to officially proclaim itself Christian, it was not until the arrival of the Nine Saints inthe latter part of the 5th century that the country was united as a Christian nation. Despite political setbacks in the High Middle Ages, monks continued to inculturate local and ethnic customs into a unique branch of Christianity. Its watershed event was the 8-monk Ethiopian delegation at the Ecumenical Council of Florence in 1441, which not only continued to pave the way for a national church, but encouraged Ethiopians to unite themselves against foreigners who attempted to destroy their Christian-national identity. One case in point was when Ethiopian holy men and holy women sustained their religious integrity before a forceful attempt by the 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionaries to Latinize their faith. Another defining moment was when Abune Petros became the symbol of perseverance and unity before the Italian Fascist invasion of 1935 – an act of genocide which sought to exterminate the very monastic foundation that civilized its society. And even after society’s last Christian emperor, Hailé Sellassié, was deposed in 1974, modern-day monks, such as Abune Theophilos, martyred by the Derg Regime, remind us that they continue to provide stability to their community.

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The Very Rev. Mario Alexis Portella’s book is not only a formidable study of Ethiopian and Eritrean Monasticism, but all a splendid oeuvre unveiling the complicated relationship between the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Vatican. It gives us a well-balanced insight into all the different initiatives undertaken during the past centuries in order to bring both Catholic and Orthodox Churches together again. This volume is an absolute must for Ethiopians determined not to give up their talent prejudice against the Roman Church. — H.I.H. Lij (Prince) Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Ph.D, Hon. Senator of the Eberhard Karls University, Tubingen

General Rodolfo Graziani by the spirit of vengeance killed many Ethiopian monks for mere retaliation – a crime against Christianity and against every human principle. This book explains the injustice of Italian colonialism and the injustice carried out against the monks. — Giovanni Pallanti, Ph.D, Former Deputy Mayor of Florence, Italy and Political Columnist