Their Own Islam
One of the most puzzling features of this administration is its refusal to call Islamic terror by its name. In an excellent speech at Hillsdale College, Andrew McCarthy offers an explanation.
“[O]ur top officials may be ideological, but they are not stupid. Why is it that they can’t say two plus two equals four when Islam is involved? The reason is simple: stubbornly unwilling to deal with the reality of Islam, our leaders have constructed an Islam of their very own. This triumph of willful blindness and political correctness over common sense was best illustrated by former British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith when she described terrorism as ‘anti-Islamic activity.’ In other words, the savagery is not merely unrelated to Islam; it becomes, by dint of its being inconsistent with a ‘religion of peace,’ contrary to Islam….
“The dangerous flipside to our government’s insistence on making up its own version of Islam is that anyone who is publicly associated with Islam must be deemed peaceful. This is how we fall into the trap of allowing the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s most influential Islamic supremacist organization, to infiltrate policy-making organs of the U.S. government, not to mention our schools, our prisons and other institutions….
“In the real world, we must deal with the facts of Islamic supremacism, because its jihadist legions have every intention of dealing with us. But we can only defeat them if we resolve to see them for what they are.”
The Academy Disintegrates
In the March 24 Wall Street Journal Ruth Wisse reports on the annual March madness of Israeli Apartheid Week (fueled by a coalition of leftist and Moslem students) and the ongoing Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement (largely fueled by academics). Awareness that many of our elite institutions are descending into sink holes of anti-Semitism while administrations defend the onslaught as “freedom of speech” is finally taking hold.
What is less recognized is a related issue (in that it also exemplifies the triumph of irrationality)– the extent to which the humanities have descended into inanity and downright gibberish. In the last issue of Outpost we documented the violence to the English language perpetrated by Prof. Jasbir Puar in her anti-Israel rant at Vassar. Rick Moran, under the heading “The Most Grotesquely Comical Academic Paper Ever Published,” describes a paper on the subject of glaciers co-authored by a team of historians at the University of Oregon. From the abstract: “Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.” Climate change, melting glaciers, feminism, colonialism, just and equitable human-ice interactions, who can resist this combination of shibboleths? Not the National Science Foundation, which funded the paper.
It’s reached the point where it’s impossible to distinguish papers intended to be taken seriously (like the Oregon one) from spoofs. Even some left-of-center professors are upset. In a recent article in American Prospect Peter Dreier recalls the bogus paper he submitted six years ago for presentation at a humanities conference. Titled “On the Absence of Absences,” the paper was designed, says Dreier, to “make no sense whatsoever.” A sample: “Self-delusion and self-discipline inhibits the reflective self, the postmodern membrane, the ecclesiastical impulse forbidden by truth-seeking and sun worship, problematizing the inchoate structures of both reason and darkness, allowing knowledge, half-knowledge, and knowledgelessness to undermine and yet simultaneously overcome the self-loathing that overwhelms the Gnostic challenge facing Biblical scribes, folksingers, and hip-hop rappers alike.” The paper was accepted by the “referees” to whom, presumably, it seemed no more incomprehensible than many of the other papers that had been submitted.
Maybe there’s a needed role for those “safe spaces” on campus after all. To escape from the mind-blowing balderdash that permeates the academy.