I was thinking, though, that D'Souza is also wrong in principle. If extremists and jihadists despise our culture and are using violence and threats to try and compel us to change, isn't it the grossest kind of cowardice to throw up our hands and say "they're right, we need to align our culture with that of our enemies"? That's basically what D'Souza is suggesting—not a military retreat, but instead the abject, unresisting abandonment of portions of Western culture, simply because terrorists demand it.
It seems to me that instead of surrendering, we ought to be celebrating those aspects of our culture that they find most objectionable: things like diversity, secularism, atheism, sex, independent women, and irreverence.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Right-winger plays Neville Chamberlain
Dinesh D'Souza's recent babblings about liberals being at fault for 9/11 are old news, but PZ's takedown is good enough to deserve reprinting: