Ultimately, our crisis is not about islam

Mark Steyn gave a lecture at Hillsdale College on March 13, 2008. A print adaptation of this lecture is available here (mirrored on page 2 of KV). It is a bleak inventory of how far we've already gone in accommodating the intolerance of islam. More importantly, it accurately diagnoses the disease we are suffering from. And yes, it relates as much to anti-Zwarte Piet marches as it does to town councils forced to observe Ramadan:
[W]ho are you relying on to “hold the line”? Influential figures like the Archbishop of Canterbury? The politically correct bureaucrats at Canada’s Human Rights Commissions? The geniuses who run Harvard, and who’ve just introduced gender-segregated swimming and gym sessions at the behest of Harvard’s Islamic Society? (Would they have done that for Amish or Mennonite students?) The Western world is not run by fellows noted for their line-holding: Look at what they’re conceding now and then try to figure out what they’ll be conceding in five years’ time. The idea that the West’s multicultural establishment can hold the line would be more plausible if it was clear they had any idea where the line is, or even gave any indication of believing in one.(...)

Ultimately, our crisis is not about Islam. It’s not about fire-breathing Imams or polygamists whooping it up on welfare. It’s not about them. It’s about us. And by us I mean the culture that shaped the modern world, and established the global networks, legal systems, and trading relationships on which the planet depends.

To reprise Sir Edward Grey, the lamps are going out all over the world, and an awful lot of the map will look an awful lot darker by the time many Americans realize the scale of this struggle.
Read it all.

(thanks to Susan of Centurean2)

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