In a recent post, Silence!, we remarked upon the indictment of an Austrian politician, Susanne Winter, for her having suggested that there might have been a whiff of sexual impropriety in the Prophet Mohammed’s taking of the six-year-old Aisha as his wife (though to his credit, he did not consummate the marriage until she was nine). We first learned of the story by way of the website Gates of Vienna, which exists for the purpose of reporting on the current phase of the “very old war” between Islam and the West.
In our post we remarked on what appears to be, in Europe, a “withering of essential Western liberties under the steady pressure of Islamism”, and in the comment thread we asked why this might be so. Our reader Deogolwulf declared that Europe had become a “madhouse”, an assessment that, in light of recent developments, scarcely seems excessive. Next we were joined by one of the Gates of Vienna’s co-authors, Dymphna, who offered the following:
Europe is a madhouse because it bought into the fallacy that the summum bonum is “tolerance.” This means:
- Equality of outcomes trumps equalilty of opportunity.
- No culture is better than another — except for a select few (all Western) which are inherently evil.
- Preferring your own culture or family is a grievous sin. Prima facie evidence of racism.
- And, yes, the religion of Tolerance does have sins, both mortal and venial.
- Mortal sin: postulating the existence of standards of any sort.
- Venial sin: supporting competitive anything.
- Free will does not exist, thus no one is ever held responsible for his or her actions. Racist xenophobes are an exception to this rule.
- You are a racist if someone says you are.
- If you’re not a racist, then you are at least a Nazi. Because I say so, that’s why.
- The state is the solver of problems.
- What is right is what feels good, as long as you don’t hurt anyone else.
- What is wrong is whatever makes someone else feel bad.
- Requesting reasonable rhetorical rules for civil discourse is a sign of racism, competitive urges, and seeking standards.
Looking at this summary of the many suicidal absurdities of contemporary European political “philosophy”, the deeper question is: why should this be so? How did the once-proud nations of Europe come to such a sorry pass? I hate to think that it is due to the advancement of secularism, but might it be so? Or is it, perhaps, a reactionary aversion to confrontation, arising from the exhaustion of the continent by two world wars?