Through a wave of conflicting and ironic multicultural platitudes, Private First Class Nasser Abdo has made the case for, at very least, discriminating against Muslims in the military. Abdo joined the military in April of 2009. Since then, he has filed for conscientious objector status because, he says, one cannot be true to their Muslim faith and fight for the U.S. in Afghanistan. He is right. Private Abdo’s case perfectly illustrates why the military must drop multiculturalism and employ discrimination.[i]
Monday, September 6, 2010
Muslim Wants Culturist Discrimination Against Muslims in the Military
Abdo’s multicultural hypocrisy is common when he claims that he was irrationally discriminated against while simultaneously asking for special treatment because his cultural differences are so significant that we should pay attention to them. When facing any discrimination, after calling you racist, multiculturalists claim that culture provides no rational basis for discrimination. Multiculturalists, you see, do not really take culture seriously. But, they then turn around and tell you that culture is very important when they want special treatment.[ii]
Either we should take culture seriously or we should not take culture seriously. Aldo makes a powerful case for discrimination when he tells the media that fighting in the US military runs counter to his “maintaining his Islamic faith.”[iii]
Of course, I do not hold out much faith that we’ll learn Abdo’s lesson. Even after US Army Majory Nidal Hassan killed 13 people on a military base in the name of Islam, the military continues to enroll Muslim into its ranks. That is because politically correct multicultural thinking forbids all historical and logical thought that question its precepts by calling such thought intolerant, racist, and discriminatory.[iv]
Abdo showed just how completely multiculturalism has destroyed our ability to think when no one laughed at the obvious falsehood of his statement that, “Islam does not allow me to operate in any kind of warfare.”[v] In no forum has he been asked about the concept of Jihad. Even Fox News blithely avoided editorial commentary on his quote that “"Islam is a peaceful religion, it's not a religion of warfare." And so, multicultural logic dictates that 1400 years of Islamic military expansion from Spain to India to 9 – 11 must be ignored to further the idea that all cultures adhere to the same values.[vi]
If we have any hope for learning about cultural diversity, it will have to come from Islamic media. All non-Western nations assume a culturist, rather than a multiculturalist, perspective. They routinely take their culture’s side in textbooks, international diplomacy and, even, television. While Aldo claimed that universal culture-neutral precepts embodied in Islam prevented him from being violent in our media, he told Al-Jazeera he wanted out of the US military because Islam told him he was, “forbidden to kill Muslims.” The implication, of course, is that he could kill non-Muslims. [vii]
Wanting it both ways, again, multiculturalists often take the globalist tact of invoking the “world community.” Abdo advocated stopping war in the Middle East by “coming together as a community and portraying Islam as the peaceful religion that it is.” In this explanation he calls the Islamic community his community. But immediately after he claimed we need “a spiritual approach, the community approach, the diplomatic approach” for peace in the Middle East. Herein the world community has no sides. Again, with multiculturalists and their globalist brethren, in one sentence culture exists and the next minute it melts away.
Notwithstanding Abdo’s historical and cultural ignorance, the military must assume that the very fact of War negates the ideal of the “world community.” The military, by its very nature, cannot entertain such multicultural pap.[viii]
When Private Abdo told his people via Al-Jazeera television, “I Don’t believe I can involve myself in an army that wages war against Muslims” he provided a slew of valuable culturist lessons. Cultural identity is important and conflict between civilizations persists. This statement also gives lie to multiculturalists’ universal “global community” sentiment. And, since the West’s wars will likely be against Muslims for the foreseeable future, Aldo’s honest and truthful estimation of the influence of culture on the individual provides adequate justification for keeping Muslims out of our military.[ix]
For good measure, Abdo complained that in the military, “There were racial slurs.” Well the obvious fact of the matter is that there were no racial slurs. Abdo is white. If there were slurs they were about his religion. And religions are not races. We can clear up this dangerous conflation by using the word “culturist.” The slurs referred to his culture, not his race. We should thank Abdo because he has not only shown us the irony in multiculturalists not wanting to consider culture unless they want special treatment, he has shown us how spurious their charges of racism are.
As a culturist, I concur with Private Aldo. He and the Islamic Fort Hood massacre demonstrate that Muslims should not be in our military. But to make this a policy, the military must drop multiculturalism’s blindness to culture in favor of culturism. As its very reason is fighting conflicts between civilizations, the U.S. military cannot safely entertain the multicultural platitudes that have crippled civilian discussion and reasoning. The military must separate irrational racism from rational culturism. Private Aldo declared that he could not, “Serve both the US Army and his God simultaneously.” We must listen to Private Aldo.[x]
John K. Press, Ph.D. is the author of the Book, “Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future.” www.culturism has more information about culturism.
[i] Free Nassar Abdo Website, http://www.freenasserabdo.org/
[ii] The Atlantic Journal, History Repeats in Anti-Islamic Mood, http://www.ajc.com/opinion/history-repeats-in-anti-605758.html
[iii] CNN Interview, http://www.freenasserabdo.org/2010/08/cnn-interview.html
[iv] Wikipedia, Fort Hood Shooting, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Hood_shooting
[v] CNN Interview, http://www.freenasserabdo.org/2010/08/cnn-interview.html
[vi] Fox News, U.S. Soldier, Citing His Muslim Religion, Seeks Conscientious Objector Status, Joshua Rhettt Miller, Sept, 02, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/02/muslim-soldier-refuses-deploy-afghanistan/
[vii] The Middle East Media Research Institute, August 21, 2010, http://www.memri.org/clip_transcript/en/2594.htm
[viii] Interview with KPFA’s Aimee Allison, http://www.freenasserabdo.org/2010/09/interview-with-kpfas-aimee-allison.html
[ix] The Middle East Media Research Institute, August 21, 2010, http://www.memri.org/clip_transcript/en/2594.htm
[x] CNN Interview, http://www.freenasserabdo.org/2010/08/cnn-interview.html