Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Accusations of Anti-Semitism Prove Accuser is Anti-Semite
So, Mike S. Adams literally phones in this weeks column for TownHall.Com, printing a transcript of an interview he gave to David Horowitz about his new book condemning politically correct speech repression on American college campuses. Lots of fun adventures in logic ensue, such as when Adams sandwiches a call to use free speech to expose leftist professors in between an endorsement of Horowitz's "academic Bill of Rights" and the need for litigation. I will leave it to real right libertarians such as Jesse Walker to dissect this intriguing defense of free speech.
Then, after Adams accuses Cornel West of anti-Semitism in a guilt-by-association argument (The questions he wishes to ask West are "Are you an anti-Semite? If not, why do so many of your friends seem to hate Jews?"), we get this exchange:
FP: Indeed, and why do so many leftists hate Jews? Anti-Semitism has clearly become the new call of the Left and it explains why leftists and Islamists now have so much in common. Why do you think anti-Semitism is so chic now amongst leftists - especially on campus?
Adams: That is the toughest question you could have possibly asked. I know that anti-Semitism is more chic than ever among academics but I will never be able to explain its persistence throughout time, not just in academia but in the world at large.
The surest sign that anti-Semitism is on the rise is the recent increase in accusations of anti-Semitism by the university Left. The week that Mel Gibson's "Passion" debuted, our university hosted a talk via satellite by Minister Louis Farrakhan. Local members of the Nation of Islam were on campus raising funds for slavery reparations. That week there was plenty of talk about anti-Semitism on campus. None of it was directed towards Farrakhan. It was all directed towards Gibson.
To repeat: The surest sign that anti-Semitism is on the rise is the recent increase in accusations of anti-Semitism by the university Left.
Obviously. Why would someone even make an accusation of anti-Semitism unless he was one himself? Adams needs to investigate those anti-Semites at the Anti-Defamation league. Those Nazis are ALWAYS accusing people of anti-Semitism!
Wait a minute, Mr. Adams! Haven't YOU been accusing people of anti-Semitism? Shave your head, I know there's a swastika tattooed under there.
As for why people fighting anti-Semitism would direct more energy at Gibson then Farrakhan, here's some homework: Go to your nearest mall and ask ten random people to identify: A. Mel Gibson, and B. Luis Farrakhan. Return with your answer, and then we will discuss how to allocate our resources in the fight against racism.
You know, whenever I attend conferences of academic leftists, I am struck by the disproportionate absence of Jews. Next conservative talking point: Anti-Semitic gay-bashers have taken over Hollywood!