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October 03, 2006

'Cheap surrender to fanaticism'

Victor Davis Hanson

What would a Socrates, Galileo, Descartes, or Locke believe of the present decay in Europe — that all their bold and courageous thinking, won at such a great cost, would have devolved into such cheap surrender to fanaticism?

Just think: Put on an opera in today’s Germany, and have it shut down, not by Nazis, Communists, or kings, but by the simple fear of Islamic fanatics. ...

Note also the constant subtext in this new self-censorship: fear of radical Islam and its gruesome appendages of beheadings, suicide bombings, improvised explosive devices, barbaric fatwas, riotous youth, petrodollar-acquired nuclear weapons, oil boycotts and price hikes, and fist-chanting mobs.

In contrast, almost daily in Europe, “brave” artists caricature Christians and Americans with impunity. Why?

For a long list of reasons, among them most surely the assurance that they can do this without being killed.

The creeping deference to Sharia, to a double standard where the "superior" position of Islam is a given is not only happening in Europe.

Eric at Classical Values points out the importance of clarity when addressing the different elements of modern Islam, from jihad extremists to moderates.

All I know that Wahhabists are not the base of anything but themselves, nor should they be, and I don't want them to get away with passing themselves off as the Muslim base.

It's one of the sad ironies that the goal of Wahhabist hegemony is often aided and abetted by those who claim the most loudly to be against it.

Sad irony or a cynical play on an American tendency to take people at their word? Certainly the latest slapdown of a media outlet by jihadist frontgroup CAIR, gives pause to anyone that considers America immune from dhimmitude.
An Islamic Civil Rights (sic) group is thanking a Minnesota radio station for "reacting positively" to concerns about an on-air skit that offended at least one Muslim listener. ...

A person "reportedly used a fake South Asian accent in announcing contest categories such as 'infamous infidels,' 'potent portables' and 'smells like a Shia,'" CAIR said. "The complaint also stated that a female host was threatened with beheading when she got an answer wrong."

CAIR sent a letter to the radio station last week. "Given the existing prejudice against and stereotyping of Islam and Muslims, we believe Islamophobic rhetoric can and does have a negative impact on the lives of ordinary American Muslims," the letter said. ...

KDWB morning host Dave Ryan issued an apology and the station posted a statement on its website, saying, "KDWB does not condone making light of Islam and Muslims. We regret that listeners found the 'Muslim Jeopardy' comedy skit of one of our on-air hosts to be insensitive."

If the skit had been "Christian Jeopardy", you know KDWB would have told any number of Christian groups to go pound sand if they complained.

It is said that great civilizations are not defeated, they commit suicide.

Jihadists won't have to defeat us on the field of battle, they are already grooming our society for dhimmitude with the cultural battle lead by such as CAIR.

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Posted by Darleen at October 3, 2006 06:47 AM


That is a distrubing story, hopefully such reactions on the part of the Media will be few and far between.

Posted by: Carl W. Goss at October 3, 2006 07:50 AM

If the skit had been "Christian Jeopardy", you know KDWB would have told any number of Christian groups to go pound sand if they complained.

For sure, just like when Comedy Central told the Catholic League to go pound sand after the offensive Mary episode! Oh, wait...

Posted by: Josh at October 3, 2006 08:06 AM

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Posted by: aserid at October 3, 2006 03:24 PM

Now that's what I call comment spam.

Posted by: Josh at October 3, 2006 04:35 PM


Yes, Christians are getting abject apologies all over

That's why you'll never see The Jesus Show on Southpark any more.

CC will just black it out like it did the image of Muhammed.

Posted by: Darleen at October 3, 2006 06:11 PM

Do you or do you not admit that CC bowed to Catholic pressure wrt to the Mary episode?

Posted by: Josh at October 4, 2006 08:53 AM

Do you or do you not admit that CC bowed to Catholic pressure wrt to the Mary episode?

Sure, Josh, they did. Just like they did with the Scientologists.

But it was because of a fear of losing money, not their heads. Bit of a difference, wouldn't you say?

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at October 7, 2006 05:42 PM