Have you noticed that a lot of the people who are trying to purge all mention of jihad are the same folk who insist that restaurants must post calorie counts on the menu? Because, y’know, we’re in a mortal crisis, the War on Obesity, and that means we must make sure everyone understands the threat, whether they want to or not?
I explore this contradiction in “The Jihad in Plain Sight,” a paper submitted for the 2008 Bradley Symposium presented by the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and Encounter Books. The Symposium celebrates Encounter’s tenth anniversary: ”Encounter at Ten: The Power of Ideas.” (Have I mentioned that Encounter has recently published Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad ?)
My paper is available here, at the Hudson site. There, you’ll also find the paper submitted by Victor Davis Hanson, “Memory and Civic Education: The Perils of Cultural Education,” and, coming soon, a paper by John Fonte. Details on the symposium, to be held in Washington on the morning of June 4, can also be found there.