Saturday, May 26, 2007

American Conservatives and the Myth of Eurabia.

One of the U.S.’s largest conservative colleges, Pepperdine University in California, a Christian university affiliated with the Church of Christ is holding what one can only qualify as an Anti-European conference. (source: Atlantic Review)
The postulate of the “discussions” is that Europe has collapsed (whatever that means) because it has been taken over by Muslims and that Islamists are or are about to be in control. (the question mark in the heading is of course totally hypocritical, read this on the use of the "?" in the media). Of course, the idea is to prevent the same tragedy to take place in America. Europe is already lost, but America can be saved, well that is if you get rid of multiculturalism of course!

Read some of the headings of their planned discussions:

  • What has been the role of Islam and the EU bureaucracy in fostering collapse?
  • Eurabia: Is Muslim domination of Europe inevitable?
  • Is Europe doomed to continued economic stagnation?
  • Civil Rights or Global Jihad? Are Muslims exploiting the democratic process to erode and destroy European democracy?
  • Collapse of Confidence; How much have Europeans Given Up on Their Own Civilization?
  • The end of the European Enlightenment and the growth of a closed thought society.
  • Europe’s post-Christian society and its mirror in the United States.
  • The political and moral fallout from a collapsing Europe.
  • What steps can be taken in the United States to address the problems of Europe?
  • Advocacy and legal strategies for combating militant Islam in Europe and the United States.
  • As you can imagine, the list of speakers is completely biased and one-sided.

    This mirrors what you often hear in American conservative circles or in the conservative media such as Fox News: the idea that Europe has been or is about to be submerged by the Muslim hordes. The worst part is that a great number of Americans I have met in the last few years seem to fall for this. If you doubt it, just go to your local U.S. bookstores and you will find many books on the same topic - books like these (source: Gideon Rachman, FT):


    • “Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis” by Bat Ye’or
    • “While Europe Slept – How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within” by Bruce Bawer: now into its eighth printing -- the American reader is told that by ignoring the threat from radical Islam: "Europe is steadily committing suicide and perhaps all we can do is look on in horror."
    • The Death of the West” by Pat Buchanan who claims that Europe's population is set to fall to 30 per cent of its current level by 2100, meaning that "the cradle of western civilisation will have become its grave"
    • “The West's Last Chance”, by Tony Blankley: "The threat of the radical Islamists taking over Europe is every bit as great to the United States as was the threat of the Nazis taking over Europe in the 1940s."
    • “The Cube and the Cathedral”, George Weigel, a Catholic conservative, who claims that "western Europe is committing a form of demographic suicide".
    • “America Alone” by Mark Steyn who is the author of the most successful recent book about the alleged Muslim takeover of Europe. “America Alone” earned its author a place in the New York Times best-seller list and praise from President Bush. Steyn is incidentally one of the morons who will be attending the conference in Pepperdine University!

    Do we really need to address each one of their claims, point by point? Well, this blog has already addressed the issue many times and if you need counter-arguments, go here, here, here, here and here.

    Their thesis is so idiotic when you actually know the facts, that it would be a great waste of time and energy to even argue with them. I am afraid that the people who believe them are unwilling to hear otherwise anyway. It is beyond reason and based on irrational post-9/11 fears. Those people don’t know and they don’t care.

    Sadly, it seems Islamophobia has become the only widely accepted form of prejudice and racism in the United-States these days.

    1 Comments:

    At 23:17, Anonymous Abie said...

    You might find this link interesting:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ic4xgOERgk&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fscienceblogs%2Ecom%2Fpharyngula%2F

    And keep up the good work!

     

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