Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, October 26, 2007

Intolerance of Fascism - Not!

What we now know is that liberals will tolerate fascists before they will tolerate Republicans.

When WSU’s Progressive Student Union synchronized its “Week of Tolerance” with the WSU College Republicans’ “Islamofascism Awareness Week,” I thought that perhaps we would at last have an ideological reconciliation. According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the PSU’s daily themes would focus on “racial and ethnic equality, gender identity and sexual orientation, disability awareness and environmental issue education.” Considering that Islamofascism is uncompromisingly intolerant of such liberalism, a grand harmonic kumbaya between well-groomed campus conservatives and leftist wackos with their multiple facial piercings seemed in order.

Nope. I was wrong. Tolerance does not extend to those who wish to defend Western Civilization from those committed to snuff it out. As one of Tolerance Week’s organizers phrased it: “The College Republicans appear surprised about why we find their outrageous film so objectionable, but by the end of the week they will have felt the full fury of progressive voices for tolerance on the Palouse.”
Consider my bubble popped.

Michael Moore expects to have flower petals cast before him when he waddles his twaddle onto a college campus. The dominant culture of higher education cannot wag its tail enthusiastically enough when a leftist agenda is promoted. Conservatism cannot expect reciprocal courtesy.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we were all lectured, in sanctimonious tones worthy of Hillary Clinton, that we needed to make clear distinctions between the monsters who would commit such atrocities and the great majority of peaceful Muslims. It would seem that now, even pointing the finger at Osama bin Laden and his acolytes is no longer politically correct.

If moderate Muslims fear that Islamofascism is staining their faith’s image, it is not the College Republicans or David Horowitz that is to blame. Point the finger at Islamofascists who distribute snuff films of themselves beheading infidels and apostates while chanting “Allah akbar.” Moderate Muslims could ameliorate the harm done to their faith’s reputation by turning out in numbers to forcefully denounce Islamofascism, but they don’t. In part, I am sure that they don’t for the same reason that American bookstores refused to sell Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses,” in 1989. It’s the same reason that United States’ newspapers refused to publish the Danish Mohammed cartoons that sparked deadly riots throughout the Middle East.

It’s fear. Islamofascists enforce their doctrine with a level of violence that would shock Hitler’s Brownshirts. Journalists immodestly pound their hairless chests and extol their courage when they exercise their constitutionally protected right to criticize the president. But few dare to dip their toe into a storyline that might invite a suicide bomber’s attention.

In this strange world, the left trembles in fear of encroaching fascism – as well it should. I fear it. We live in a country now where a kindergartner can be expelled from school for drawing a stick figure holding a gun and the Democratic leadership and most Democrats in the United States Senate try to force Rush Limbaugh off the air. And right here at WSU, the College Republicans were ordered by Campus Involvement to advertise a Progressive Student Union event scheduled to follow the showing of their movie, “Obsession.” As the anti-Islamofascism Awareness week theme was that the College Republicans are racist, it’s not hard to imagine what they were being asked to promote.

I am personally sick of hearing liberals excuse their deplorable behavior by reciting their new favorite cliché, “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Among the so-called progressives, patriotism might qualify as the highest form of dissent. It would certainly rank as the most unusual.

Rather than confront those who wish our obliteration, the left prefers to ponder “why they hate us?” The left never considers that they hate us because our culture tolerates expressions of “racial and ethnic equality, gender identity and sexual orientation.”

Winston Churchill once defined appeasement as feeding one’s friends to a hungry alligator expecting nothing more in return than being the last course on the alligator’s menu. Today’s appeasers are not that smart. When one considers that the left has replaced Franklin Roosevelt’s four freedoms with the freedom to engage in any manifestation of sex without judgment or consequences, the freedom to access pornography, the freedom to use psychoactive drugs and free access to unfettered abortion, it’s clear that those now serving as Islamofascism’s useful idiots would be the first to lose their heads under an Islamofascist tyranny.


Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...
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Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Well said!

Were you at the screening Wednesday night? It was a beautiful sight, all of those PSU idiots with egg on their faces when they realized what the message of the film actually is.

Michael said...

Naw. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it. The showing conflicted with my church's choir practice. I'm the only baritone in the choir right now, so I don't get many days off.

Will G said...

Hey Paul-

Did you go to the PSU "discussion" afterwards? I viewed the movie but couldn't stay for the "discussion". I'm curious to know how that went. And by the way... "Free Palestine"..whatever that means.


The Red Knight (aka, Dr. Know) said...

Hey Will G,

I don't think I saw Paul at the "discussion" (used in VERY loose terms) after the show, but I did.

As you might expect, it was very one-sided. There were about 50 PSU students, perhaps 10 CR's, and every time the CR's had a point or a view that disagreed with the PSU's, they were booed and yelled down. However, the CR's maintained a great level of politeness for the PSU students.

As one might expect, the PSU also made points based largely on emotion. If someone had a counter point to make that was logical and based on observation or fact, it was typically shouted down. This was not 100%, however. Very early in the discussion several PSU students brought up that the film "Obsession" was one sided and cast all Muslims as terrorists. When another student (who appeared to be at least attached to the PSU in some way) said that she didn't think that was the case, you could have heard a pin drop for about 10 seconds. I think they were shocked that one of their own didn't fall in lock-step with their leftist rhetoric.

The Red Knight (aka, Dr. Know) said...


When I wrote "I don't think I saw Paul at the "discussion" (used in VERY loose terms) after the show, but I did," I didn't mean that I saw Paul there. I meant that I attended the discussion.

Sorry Paul, guess I should proof read more often!

Anonymous said...

Muslims Against Sharia congratulate David Horowitz FREEDOM CENTER and Mike Adams, Tammy Bruce, Phyllis Chesler, Ann Coulter, Nonie Darwish, Greg Davis, Stephen Gale, David Horowitz, Joe Kaufman, Michael Ledeen, Michael Medved, Alan Nathan, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Daphne Patai, Daniel Pipes, Dennis Prager, Luana Saghieh, Rick Santorum, Jonathan Schanzer, Christina Sommers, Robert Spencer, Brian Sussman, Ed Turzanski, Ibn Warraq and other speakers on the success of the Islamofascism Awareness Week.

Islamofascism (or Islamism) is the main threat facing modern civilization and ignorance about this threat is astounding. We hope that this even becomes regular and reaches every campus.

A great many Westerners do not see the clear distinction between Islam and Islamism (Islamofascism). They need to understand that the difference between Islam and Islamism (Islamofascism) is the same as the difference between Christianity and Christian Identity Movement (White Supremacy Movement).

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Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

G Man -

As Red Knight indicated, I did not attend the "cry-in." Couldn't be bothered as I had to go find some food and those fools have nothing to say that isn't a blind repetition of outrageous lies anyway.

Alex Williams said...

Being the Vice President of the WSU CRs I decided to attend some of the afterward discussion and proceeded to leave after about 30 minutes of watching liberals speak out of turn and blatantly interrupt any conservative or moderate who tried to voice their opinion. After liberals continued to openly bash people rather than debate the movie and talk about issues which was supposed to be the point of the discussion, I finally left because I was sick of hearing the same old "Bush is a terrorist" argument. It's unfortunate when we try to do people a favor and open up their eyes and tiny little minds and they are too ignorant to learn.