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John Derbyshire: Fence off Islam

John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire, is a contributor to the National Review and the New English Review and has also penned several books, one fiction and the other two dealing with mathematics and politics. From all appearances Derbyshire seems like an intelligent man but that’s when you realize that individuals who appear intelligent on the surface can believe and say utterly stupid things.

Derbyshire has stated, “I am a homophobe, though a mild and tolerant one, and a racist, though an even more mild and tolerant one.” He can add that he is an Islamophobe and a not so tolerant one to the list as well. In an NRO column he explains why he takes issue with the term Islamophobia which he discussed previously in a review of Robert Spencer‘s book Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t. Amongst other denunciations of Islam and Muslims, Derbyshire writes that he would answer “yes” to the following question,

Would it be wise of Western countries, in the present state of affairs, to “fence off” Islam — that is, to deny entry to foreign Muslims, to expel — regretfully, politely, and humanely, but firmly — resident foreign Muslims, and to restrict the activities of Muslim citizens (preventing them, for example, from proselytizing in our jails, or working in defense establishments)?

Derbyshire’s mantra seems to be “If you build it, they won’t come.” By building this figurative wall and excluding Muslims he is sending a message that Muslims aren’t equal and we have to keep the barbarian hordes out, that the unfortunate fact that we have Muslims in this country means that we have to restrict their activities.

One wonders why The National Review which was founded by William Buckley to serve as a conduit for Conservative thought and dispel myths about Conservatism would traffic in such banalities? It is no surprise that someone such as Derbyshire, a self-admitted racist, would also be an Islamophobe but it is quite another thing for a publication which proclaims to be respectable and “the most widely read in America” to give him a platform.

In the end Derbyshire would do well to read Robert Frost‘s poem the Mending Wall where he wrote, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” meaning there is something in our nature that is adverse to: barriers, fences, walls, artificial obstacles that are created to divide and isolate.

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  • Punditius

    Derbyshire sees Islam as a Trojan horse – an authoritarian (and in some places, totalitarian) political system in the form of a religion, which rejects Western democratic principles and which, if permited, will destroy Western culture. So, given that perspective, he quite reasonably proposes that steps be taken to prevent that from happening.

    Is he wrong about Islam? Is it not a political system presenting itself as a religion? Just why exactly should those of us who reject Islam allow it to spread into our counties, when its obvious objective is to reduce us to second class citizens – at best?

    I’m not too worried about the US in this regard. We will absorb Islam, and neuter it. But based on the historical record, I expect that the European solution will be more violent. Derbyshire’s proposals will seem moderate if that happens.

  • dizzy

    // fortunately for polictical sanity, these people don’t play well together //

    Derbyshire deported from New English Review
    At the Corner, John Derbyshire announces:
    [..] I have been voted off the New English Review site for being insufficiently Islamophobic. Fair enough. NER has now settled down as a definitely and strongly Islamophobic vehicle, and I’m a poor fit for it, being Islamophobophobic. In matters editorial I am anyway a believer in totalitarian despotism. I’ve seen enough of magazine and newspaper editors tearing their hair to know that it’s a wellnigh impossible job—”herding cats” is the merest approximation—and am content to leave them to it, so long as they don’t grossly infringe on my rights as a contributor.

    And the more exposure I get to the Islamophobia phenomenon, the more I dislike it. It is now quite an industry. Huge numbers of Americans, people who would not have been able to spell the word “Islam”seven years ago, now spend their leisure hours poring over the Koran and its supplements looking for evidence that Islam is root-and-branch evil. Some of them have gone to the trouble to learn Arabic, or at any rate enough Arabic to be able to discourse confidently on the difference between a mawla and a halif. There’s something unpleasantly autoerotic about the whole enterprise […]

  • Al H

    It’s very easy to attack the person/messanger; this way you don’t have to counter his/her arguments.

  • Elric66

    Doesnt sound any harsher than Dhimmi laws. In fact its still more tolerant than Dhimmi Laws.

  • Amberlee

    To Stunned – Please don’t use the name Jesus Christ in vain. I believe Jesus is the son of God, my God and I take the misuse of his name as swearing and offensive – thanks

  • juicebox

    I’m going to put down a €6bil. wager that this man has not once read a Qu’ran or Koran or however it’s spelled.

  • Mexican_lunch

    I have an idea, why not just put all the Muslims in some unwanted city, this fruitcake would love to say if it were only not so politically incorrect — if demagogs like spencer keep at it, who knows…

  • Jeris

    And you wonder why this nation was going down the tubes when these morons where in power…

  • Stunned

    Jesus Christ, I guess loons draw loons. Excellent post. Need to see more of this. These freaks get a free pass much too often.

  • sir-mex-a-lot

    J.Derbyshire is not someone to waste time on. He is a racist, many groups know this. My guess is his wanting to limit Muslims is a continuation of not wanting to see any non White peoples especially Latin Americans and MExicans immigrate to America. Ironic, considering Derbyshire himself I believe is English

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