Dinesh D’Souza

Mar 25th, 2007, in World, by

An American conservative looks kindly on Islam.

Dinesh D'Souza, one of the leaders of the intellectual Right in America, founder of The Dartmouth Review, and former policy analyst for president Ronald Reagan (1987-88), writes in his latest work, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, that Islam, even Wahhabi Islam, has a lot going for it.

Dinesh D'Souza
Dinesh D'Souza.

For Dinesh D'Souza an individual has only two choices - traditional morality or liberal morality. Liberal morality means that the individual can choose for himself what is right and wrong and inevitably leads to social decay and the problems that advanced countries are plagued by, such as high rates of abortion, single motherhood, teenage pregnancy, divorce, and social fracturing and loss of community cohesion, easy availability of pornography, militant homosexual pride, and much more. For D'Souza America has become a disgrace, a:

a shining beacon of global depravity, a kind of Gomorrah on a Hill.

The alternative, traditional morality, means that one accepts that what is right and wrong has already been determined, by God, and one must simply accept it and try to live by it - this doctrine has been called theo-conservatism, and is what D'Souza argues for.

In making the case for traditional morality he sees a natural ally in conservative Islam. Wahhabi Islam is the American conservative's friend, he says, it is not a breeding ground for terrorists but

a breeding ground of Islamic obedience. The essence of the Wahhabi doctrine is doctrinal and social conservatism.

Even Osama Bin Laden has his good points:

For many Muslims it is remarkable that a man born into a multimillion-dollar empire, a man who could be on a yacht in San Tropez with a blonde on one arm and a brunette on the other, has chosen to live in a cave in Afghanistan and risk his life for his beliefs.

Bin Laden is, further, on the money when diagnosing the problem with America:

a civilization in rebellion against God because you separate religion from your policies' and thus contradict the absolute authority of the Lord and Creator.

Sayyid Qutb, the founder of modern Islamism:

has developed a critique of America and the West that is far more sophisticated and comprehensive than anything produced by the Marxists and the communists.

Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran is a pro-life hero:

Khomeini writes that Allah has laid down injunctions for man extending from before the embryo is formed until after man is placed in the tomb.

Islam has the answers:

There is not a single topic in human life for which Islam has not provided instruction and established a norm.

D'Souza, who although born in Bombay, India, is a Roman Catholic, of a rather traditionalist bent, quotes another Islamist approvingly:

America is a collection of casinos, supermarkets, and whorehouses linked together by endless highways passing through nowhere.

Islamic societies have got things the right way - women understand that their role is different from mens', homosexuals are invisible, blasphemy is illegal, pornography is banned, modesty is enforced. Those who criticise Islamic countries for forcing women to cover up are guilty of "Islamophobia".

The Quran says homosexuals will meet a terrible doom, he says approvingly. Palestinian terrorists have to be understood, - and the Israelis bulldozed their homes after all. Suicide bombing is sort of noble, it shows the underlying strength of a people and their culture.

 The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11
The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11.

In all of this Dinesh D'Souza hopes for a global alliance between American Christian conservatism, and orthodox, conservative Islam. New Republic


5 Comments on “Dinesh D’Souza”

  1. avatar pj_bali says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go to the bookstore. Where did this guy come from? He’s got issues!

    In all of this Dinesh D’Souza hopes for a global alliance between American Christian conservatism, and orthodox, conservative Islam.

    Now that’s a scary thought!

    I also like this description of America

    a shining beacon of global depravity, a kind of Gomorrah on a Hill

    Gomorrah on a Hill. Could be a good name for a nightclub don’t you think? I don’t think Muslims have an issue with American morality. A lot of students from the middle east study in the US. Would their parents sent them to “Gomorrah on the hill”. Don’t think so. Nope, Mulsims have issues with what they see as American interference in their political sphere of influence namely Iraq, Afganistan, Israel etc., etc.

    Strangely enough it was an American government that espouses “traditional moral values” that put the Americans into the political quagmire fomerly known as Iraq. The title of the book is also a bit strange – at least to me. Blaming the political and cultural left for 911? After all wasn’t it the same traditional moral regime which ignored all warnings from their own secret service regarding the 911 bombers – then used the 911 bombers to pusue their own agenda of instilling fear in to their own population in order to pass draconian legislation such as the patriot act?

    I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but this title has spin-doctor written all over it.

    Conservatives will love it.

    Cheers

  2. avatar Dave says:

    Though not one who fully agrees with D Souza but as one who has followed the blog world on its views of Sayyid Qutb, D’Souza’s discussion of him and his take on this character is interesting. You may be interested in visiting a blog that explores the totality of Qutb and Islam in the form of considered essays.
    http://anti-sayyid-qutb.blogspot.com/

    Tariq Ramadan has often been touted as the Islamic Luther who will crap over Islamists and save the Western world. However a reading of his English written books indicate that he is more like his grandfathers co mentor Sayyid Qutb but a little more suave. I have begun a study to compare the two and hope to have something available at the end of the year

    Enjoy

  3. avatar guebukanmonyet says:

    Nice article! I’m not really sure whether to support or to be against Dinesh, but as a moslem I think I have to agree that this guy is pretty fair. It’s true, of course, that Islam has all the answer (we don’t have to argue about that) but again it’s such a shame that we moslems are not capable of knowing this great religion deeper. But, who knows, as this world is always going up and down maybe it’s the time for Islam to be “left behind” and eventually the real “Gomorrah” is burned down. Who knows? You guys might wanna check my article: “Umat Muslim adalah Umat yang Bodoh” at http://guebukanmonyet.com/2007/03/15/umat-Muslim-adalah-umat-yang-bodoh/

  4. avatar Aluang anak Bayang says:

    It’s true, of course, that Islam has all the answer (we don’t have to argue about that)

    Answers but wrong answers. It is this that is worrying.

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