An irrational and ahistorical atheist

Christopher Hitchens offers a fittingly ridiculous defense of the ridiculous term “islamo-fascism”:

Does Bin Ladenism or Salafism or whatever we agree to call it have anything in common with fascism? I think yes. The most obvious points of comparison would be these: Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind. (“Death to the intellect! Long live death!” as Gen. Francisco Franco’s sidekick Gonzalo Queipo de Llano so pithily phrased it.) Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons), and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined “humiliations” and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia (interestingly, also, with its milder cousin, anti-Freemason paranoia).

I could make a better case for calling atheism “atheo-fascism”. After all, atheist governments have historically been far more lethal than ANY fascist government – although the original Fascist government was, itself, atheistic – and atheists are equally “obsessed with real and imagined persecutions and thirsty for revenge”. And atheists are far more anti-Jewish than most theists today.

But it would be stupid, just as Hitchens’s defense of the term is abysmally stupid.

There is virtually NO similarity between the historical Fascist program and the Islamic Jihad. One is nationalistic, the other international in scope. One is utterly indifferent to questions of morality, the other is obsessed with it. One is heavily based on economics and politics, the other is almost entirely concerned with religion.

Read Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Manifesto. There is not a SINGLE ONE of the seventeen policies that would apply to radical Islam. Not one! I highly doubt any radical Muslim wants the secular state to seize all the possessions of the Islamic clergy or to grant women’s suffrage; radical Islam is closer to the complete opposite of fascism than it is to being a form of it.

And given his past ideological identity and his recent and all too predictable call for the mass-murder of Muslims, it is amazing that the ex-Marxist and current atheist Hitchens should have the nerve to call anything “a cult of murderous violence”.

The opposite of surprising

John Leo writes about dear darling Hamline:

Troy Scheffler, a graduate student at Hamline University in Minnesota, thinks that the Virginia Tech massacre might have been avoided if students had been allowed to carry concealed weapons. After e-mailing this opinion to the university president, he was suspended and ordered to undergo “mental health evaluation” before being allowed to return to school.

Punishment for expressing an opinion is not unusual on the modern campus.

Small Minnesota wannabe universities are among the worst for this sort of thing; when you’re number 202, you try a LOT harder. You haven’t met a true over-the-top left-wing would-be eurosophisticate until you’ve met a few of the sort that frequent Carlton, Hamline and Macalester.

They don’t speak anything but Midwestern English, have never been anywhere except a weekend trip to New York City, but the one thing they can achieve in their humble parochial environs is to out-angst the French Existentialists and out-PC the Ivy League.

And they do. One reason Pharyngula is so reliably deranged is that he suffers from the same disease, except that he’s at a community college in Morris, far from the bright lights and big city excitement of St. Paul.

Mailvox: ethnic hypocrisy

Isaiah emails with an unusual perspective on the nature of American-Israeli relations:

considering the pro-arab nature of bush policy, it is risible to wade in the muck of the israel lobby argument. just when did this “palestine nation” ever exist? and yet the planned vivisection proceeds. based on persian rhetoric and actions, israel has every right to wipe tehran off of the map. best that this would happen without one cent of U.S. aid. not likely to happen while the jewish state remains a vassal of washington. careful, your shirts may be turning brown.

Is it really pro-Arab to invade and occupy an Arab country for four years? Regardless of whether “this palestine nation” ever existed or not, it exists now and has been recognized by the United States government, which is all that any American should require. Ethnic Jews living in the West are not in a reasonable position to argue against Palestinian nationhood on the grounds that ethnicity is the sole legitimate basis for nationality.

And what, precisely, are the actions that give Israel “every right” to wipe Iran off the map? Pursuing nuclear weapons technology? By that logic, Israel has every right to wipe Washington, London and Paris off the map as well. As for rhetoric, there is no shortage of damnable rhetoric on all sides; if verbal threats justify lethal action, I possess dozens of licenses to kill.

Finally, I note the idiocy of attempting to equate libertarianism with National Socialism. Libertarians don’t even wear uniforms; if we did, cobalt blue ties and hot pink miniskirts would be prominently involved.