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The Cancer of Multiculturalism


President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, "Lest we get on our high horse and think this (barbarity) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." Obama went on to explain, "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often (were) justified in the name of Christ." In Obama's mind, Western outrage at Islamic barbarism should be tempered by the remembrance of what Christians did a thousand years ago in the name of Christ. Plus, that outrage should be chastened by our own history of slavery and Jim Crow.

President Obama's vision is that of a man brainwashed through an academic vision of multiculturalism, in which American exceptionalism has no place. It's a vision that has been shaped by a longtime association with people who hate our country, people such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Weather Underground leader and Pentagon bomber William Ayers and Ayers' onetime fugitive wife, Bernardine Dohrn. A vision that sees a moral equivalency between what Christians did centuries ago and today's Islamic savagery is quite prevalent in academia. It's part of what's worshipped on most college campuses as diversity and multiculturalism.

College campus idiots — and that includes faculty members and administrators — call for the celebration of and respect for all cultures. In their eyes, it's racist Eurocentrism to think that Western values and culture are superior to others. But that's the height of stupidity. Ask your campus multiculturalist who believes in cultural equivalency: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is practiced in Sudan and Niger; is that a cultural equivalent? In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limits on women — such as prohibitions on driving, employment, voting and education. Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning, and thieves face the punishment of having their hand severed.

Some multiculturalists are members of campus LGBT groups. Ask them to what extent the Muslim culture would tolerate their lifestyle.

At the very heart of multiculturalism is an attack on Christianity. Much of that attack has its roots among hypocrites in the intellectual elite. For example, Duke University sponsored Muslim calls to prayer in the name of promoting "religious pluralism," until external pressures forced it to cancel the practice. Earlier, Duke administrators removed Chick-fil-A as a campus vendor because of CEO Dan Cathy's comments regarding his religious opposition to homosexual marriage. So much for religious pluralism, tolerance and free speech.

Some public school boards have attempted to ban songs containing references to Santa Claus, Jesus or religious Christmas symbols. One school district banned a teacher from using excerpts from historical documents in his classroom because they contained references to God and Christianity. The documents in question were the Declaration of Independence and "The Rights of the Colonists," by Samuel Adams.

Western values are by no means secure. They're under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America. These people want to replace personal liberty with government control; they want to replace equality with entitlement; they want to halt progress in order to worship Mother Earth. As such, they pose a far greater threat to our way of life than any Islamic terrorist or group. Visions of multiculturalism and diversity are a cancer on our society. We stupidly fund them with our tax dollars and generous charitable donations.

Islamists and leftists attack not only Christianity but also free market capitalism. They do so because Christian nations, which have a great measure of economic liberty, have been at the forefront of the struggle for personal liberty and private property rights for centuries. Personal liberty and private property are anathemas to people who want to control our lives. That is part and parcel of the multicultural and diversity movements infecting the Western world.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... Isn't it curious how those who do the wrong always think the wronged should simply forget? Do not be surprised if Islam does not forget the old instrances of wrong done to Muslim, or the more recent wrong that have simply piled hurt onto injury. We are good at sticking our fingers in their wounds mostly because many Americans are as pitifully ignorant as you are about the situation as it stands and of its historical context. In his book on Lawrence Arabia, with a copy right from 1924, Lowell Thomas talks of the Wahabbis, and the new militant spirit sweeping through Islam. He made note of the opposition then expressed by the people of Palestine to the actions of the Jews. Wehave had time to change our minds, and reconsider our options. We have chosen to not do so.

During the period of the First World War, our first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court was appealing for a mandate for a New Zion. That Louis Brandeis who was liberal, and a great student of economics in the social setting of America could not grasp what a drain that state would be to the United States and to other Western countries that had to see their own people bled to fund the robbing of Palestine from Transjordan, with the loss of peace forever with Islam is not strange, but why we should continue on this course of conflict is a mystery. What did anyone propose to do with all of the displaced Muslims?

Arabia had driven out the Turks with little help from the West. These brave people no sooner had their independence when we made them powerless, dependent, and independent in name only. And now we see the rise of a new, more militant Islam that we made possible by creating a power vacuum thanks to Mr. Bush the lesser. So; deny as you will deny, and inflate the American public with your own brand of ignorance and the facts remain much as Mr. Obama reported them.

These people do not trust us, and it is not all about the Crusades, but has many causes closer to our time. We may have found a few Islamic rulers to support the right of Israel to exist, but the people do not, and the religious differences are slight in the cause of the problem. They are bound to take sides with those of their own religion against us or the Jews. As one Muslim told me: If some one comes and destroys your house and makes you a refugee, it does not matter what his religion is, because you will hate him. We have fueled that hate, and now we are making more hate for us every day, and so in the end, we will have to build a wall around them just to keep them from getting at us. That is the price of your ignorance, Sir... Do no Blame your president for telling you the truth. Blame your self from being deliberately ignorant of the truth.

Thanks... Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:44 PM

The President's attempt at "moral equivalence" was both insulting to the intelligence and moral character of the audience present and the nation at large. He specifically mentioned the crusades and the inquisition - events centuries past. The be-headings and the burnings by ISIS are here and now - and are inexcusably barbaric.

Perhaps you have forgotten the wrongs done by Islam to the West? The Middle East, the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, and Spain were Christian nations attacked and converted to Islam by the sword - prior to any crusade. Somehow we have managed to forgive or forget that bloodshed, and it is incumbent on them as well to "get over it".

Perhaps they never will get over it. When you indoctrinate pre-school aged children to hate Jews and Christians - it is difficult to ever move on. The hatred defines many of them. I wonder if you are being deliberately ignorant.

If you don't understand, I reckon you never will.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Mike68
Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:47 PM
Re: Mike68;... Why on this earth should those people forget when we will not let them forget. We have been attacking them since the first world war, and our attacks have only increased of late. You would remember the names of anyone who attacked your grand parents in their youth, especially if they lived down the street and continued as a threat to you. You have no intelligence to insult. You have no moral character to offend. You should stay out of politics until you can put your beliefs into some kind of historical context. To expect others to be stupid because you choose to be stupid is dull beyond dark. Grow up, go to the morgue and buy a brain.

I forget nothing. In the first flood and rush of Islam a lot of ignorant people went on the war path, and not only were a lot of good Christian people killed, but art and libraries were burnt, forever destroying our knowledge of the past. I know more than you will ever know about the horrors of holy war, and yet, Islam has had peace with Jews and Christians for centuries. It has even held truces for long periods of time with Bhuddist and Hindus. One of the reasons that we so long held the line against these people after the battle of Poitiers (732) is because for them to move into our lands meant sudden death. They were more inclusive in their society of us than we ever were of them. And The story has been the same since we took what we learned of seamanship and astronomy from them, and moved into the Indian Ocean. One of the first acts of the Portuguese was to burn a whole ship of Muslims to death because they would not convert. These were not waring countries, but waring cultures in the minds of the Christians alone.

Why should they forgive and forget? Now that we have kicked the hornets nest of Islam, why should we not tremble in trepidation. We have for so long manipulated their societies and offended those we did not enrage that there may now be no hope for peace. Does that offend you? Or do all such fools as you celebrate that fact? All I see is that the religious right on their own power and authority helped to push this society into a war we all must pay for. You pay for it. You fight it, since you want it; and I will watch you.
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:01 PM
Re: James A, Sweeney
This topic is very interesting to me because the Muslim perspective is essentially non-existent in American schools. I don't believe in any mystical creator, so it's easier to view this "war" with a little more objectivity. The question of "what to do with these displaced Muslims?" is one that is never asked in this country, and I'd be afraid to hear the answer if it were. Whenever regular folks in Palestine are murdered, it's a footnote in the news. Sad.

I heard an interview on NPR with a Jordanian MP. She determined, through her academic research, that 20% of the students at the University of Jordan associated with the old glory days of Islam. Another 20% had an eye toward the future (those were the students from wealthier families; important, in my opinion). This is somewhat beside the point, but rich people don't stand to benefit much from the church unless they're the ones running it. The rest of the people, with little or nothing to lose, have their eyes and minds filled with glory. We don't need that here in the states because our minds are occupied by facebook political arguments and red carpet nip slips.
Comment: #4
Posted by: GL
Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:51 PM
" I don't believe in any mystical creator, so it's easier to view this "war" with a little more objectivity."

Does this make you objective or does it create in you an inability to relate?

As for Sweeney, he is an avowed Marxist, he forgets that Communism killed upwards of 60 million people. He therefore forgets everything that matters.

Comment: #5
Posted by: Tom
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:13 AM
Tom; thank you for the complement; but I have only read Marx enough to understand what he was saying, and his economic ideas. It is nothing I am trying to shove down your throat, but if you want me to, I will be happy to. Capitalism has always been forced on me, even when it is obvious that it is destroying this people, this planet, and world peace.

Where on earth do you come up with that figure of 60 million. Ok, it is a good round figure for how many died in WWII; but you can hardly put all of that on the Russians, or the Chinese Communists- who did very little of the fighting. Communism came along very late in the first world war, and then it was on the defensive in a great civil war. Even after that, much of the death came out of pure stupidity, misunderstanding and idealistic zealotry among the early Bolshovic youth. The communists could have lived with elements of the older economy which was essentially feudal. They ended up causing reactions among the richer peasants that destroyed livestock and killed millions through starvation. Stupidity killed millions more of Russians during WWII. Tyrants make terrible generals, and generals in a tyranny make terrible leaders; but not every loss resulting from the German invasion can be put on the Russians, and in that war, the Russians lost about upwards of 12 million.

The Chinese, especially after Korea- when they consolidated their gain, and shook all the free wealth out of the educated classes did a lot of damage to their people but no one I have read even ranks the deaths above a million. When the Nationalist had killed millions of their own troops through greed, corruption, and incompetence, without them ever seening action, and killed many more through its system of taxation in kind.

Why am I bothering. You are an idiot... Where did you get your nonsense ideas? Tom; yours is the most stupid and insupportable statement I have ever read on this site. You cannot attack a people and then claim their deaths and yours as communist deaths. It is like pointing to the deaths under Islam which are insignificant compared to the true danger in their population growth, and their population growth is possible because generally the people are at peace and have law and good civil relations.

Tom; if you can compare the deaths under communism and their consequencial industrial revolution when their whole societies were always under attack and threat with those during the American industrial revolution, and the British industrial revolution, the only common fact is the death. If you say that the deaths under forms of Communism should have been less, I would say state stupidity, state anarchy, and state idealism is no worse than individual stupidity, anrachy and idealism- but is just as common. If there had been some true dire threat to America or England during their industrial revolutions the body counts might have been much higher. And we should never forget that the American civil war was a continuation of our American Revolution and that revolution is still going on today.

It was for economic reason that the states of the South claimed the right to leave the union, and it was for economic reasons that the North had resisted slavery in the territories. Will you accept for Capitalism every death that occured in the taking, transport, and working of slaves?. Slaves in the deep South did not die of natural causes. The Native Americans did not die of natural causes. Those fighting for, and against slavery who had little to gain and nothing in the end to show for their fight did not die of natural causes. This country fought over the privileges of property rights and in the wake of that war and with the 14th Amendment, property privilege was made unassailable. As long as the threat of communist revolution was real to the rich they were willing to concede a little of decent standard of living and more fair wages. Without that threat, there is no lower limit to which they rich will not push this people and humanity. Money has no morality. The rich were never acting out of the goodness of their hearts.

Comment: #6
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:15 AM
Re: GL... You are obviously intelligent and have some understanding of the issues. It would have been nice if we had stayed out of the region as much as possible. War was a mistake, and our support of Muslim uprisings only to support their frustration as in Egypt has only made our situation more dangerous there. Across the region, it is the many poor who are the success of modern science and the peace of Islam who now most threaten world peace. To the extent that the threat to them personally- which is most often their own offspring and over population- can be externalized and seen as a threat to Islam as well from the West, we will be thrown into more profound conflict.

We should not have done anything to rile those people up, and we have done everything to rile them up. And, Islam has many strengths, but also many weaknesses. But our cut off the head of the snake mentality will not work. Every single one of them is a new head to the snake, and each one will be smarter than before. This is clearly not a problem with their religion which once might have been contained. This is a problem with our religious privilege, and our privileged religions refuse to be contained, and have pushed this conflict which they refuse to pay for even when they are happy to join the fight. They cannot see the true condition of this country which has been wasted and empoverished in the name of profit, and now they want to push us into open ended conflict with all of Islam when we, for the most part have nothing to gain by it. Insanity runs our government by writ of religious privilege.
Comment: #7
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:32 AM
Re: Tom

"Does this make you objective or does it create in you an inability to relate?"
It makes me objective. I can relate to both sides as I have no dog in this fight, no bias to cause me to absolve one side of murder and decry the other side as savage. I grew up Episcopal, went to Sunday school and Wednesday school until I was almost 18 years old, so I've got a pretty good handle on that side of the story. Unfortunately, it's the only story I was ever told.

If both sides had to present their respective cases to an impartial judge, we'll call her "God" for the purpose of this exercise, who would be declared just, and why?
Comment: #8
Posted by: GL
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:07 AM
Dead from Marxist teachings:

USSR -- 20 million
China -- 65 million
Vietnam -- 1 million
North Korea -- 2 million
Cambodia -- 2 million
Eastern Europe -- 1 million
Latin America -- 150,000
Africa -- 1.7 million
Afghanistan -- 1.5 million
Communist movements, parties not in power -- 10,000

These are conservative estimates. Communists do not need a war to kill,it kills anyone. Ever met a Kulok? No, Stalin killed them all. You are an idiot for not looking up information readily available. Ideology trumps intelligence every time. So you lie and obfuscate., Empty philosophy from an empty head.

People who claim to be above the fray, have no dog in this fight, could care less, have formed an opinion. How can you claim ambivalence? that is just not true; you don't want someone coming after your head, someone lighting you on fire, someone stoning you. You are in this whether you like it or not, they'll kill you irregardless of your self-proclaimed above it all-ness. Your stance is to be above us mere mortals. You're not. Get over yourself.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Tom
Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:58 PM
Re: Tom

I don't have a dog in the fight that is religious superiority; that's a bit different from the people who are trying to kill me. My Muslim friends and colleagues aren't trying to kill me, yet. I see you're strongly entrenched in your "onward Christian soldier" ideology, so I won't attempt to introduce further logical reasoning. Keep fighting the good fight and don't ever get over yourself.
Comment: #10
Posted by: GL
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:33 PM
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