- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2006

Campus agenda

“I arrived on campus yesterday and spent some time seeing what goes on at this university. I’m amazed at the number of courses and events on this campus whose sole purpose is to persuade … Duke’s students to believe that America is a racist, sexist, oppressive, imperialist empire that deserves to be attacked. …

“Large parts of Duke and similar institutions across the country have been converted … by tenured radicals with nonacademic agendas. Entire departments and academic programs at these institutions have been subverted and transformed into political parties. …

“There’s never been, in the history of the world, a country like America. Unlike the America that is presented to students at Duke University, it is a country you can be proud of. And it is important to be proud of your country, in this hour of war.”

— David Horowitz, in a speech at Duke University, reprinted in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Dream come true

“Americans’ sense of what is ‘normal’ has changed a great deal over the years. So many things once thought of as luxuries are now considered necessities. Americans have bigger homes, more gadgets and trinkets, and more access to more types of entertainment than ever before. …

“All of which helps explain why, with the national economy booming to an incredible degree, President George W. Bush seems to receive no credit for the good news: Americans don’t realize just how good things are.

“It’s especially hard for them to realize it when the mainstream media keeps using pretzel-twisted logic and misleading headlines to convince them that their livelihoods are frighteningly imperiled. But the truth is that the American Dream isn’t merely alive and well, it’s actually not even a dream. Instead, the beautiful dream is reality right here and now — no matter what the headline writers say.”

— Quin Hillyer, writing on “American Dreaming,” in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

‘Dhimmi’ toons

“When Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the noxious ‘South Park,’ see a taboo, they hasten to break it. So they were sure to weigh in on the controversy over those Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. …

“But at the climax of the two-part series — in which the politically correct citizens of South Park literally buried their heads in the sand so as not to offend Muslims by seeing something they did not approve of — the show’s network Comedy Central blacked out the depiction of Muhammad. And yet, the network left in a blasphemous scene involving Jesus, the American flag, and President Bush. …

“It has to do with the concept of ‘dhimmitude.’ … Historically, when Muslims would conquer an infidel nation, the inhabitants would be encouraged to convert to Islam. Polytheists, if they refused to convert, would be killed. But the monotheistic ‘people of the Book’ — namely, Christians and Jews — could retain their religion, as long as they accepted the status of ‘dhimmis.’ This entailed paying a special tax … accepting second-class citizenship, and following special laws limiting the practice of their religion and keeping Islam as supreme.

“Today, the Muslim conquest of the West is carried out not only by the terrorist sword but by immigration. And Muslims, empowered by democracy and multiculturalism, are implementing the principles of dhimmitude in their new homelands.”

— Gene Edward Veith, writing on “Dhimmi-nized,” May 6 in World magazine

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