What about Our Sons?

It is as if we believe that only on the grounds of violations of women’s and gay rights that a compelling case for defending our western cultural inheritance might be made -- that our legacy of freedom, of individual rights and dignity, of democratic institutions, of separation of church and state, of individual conscience, of rough and tumble public debate, of legal traditions such as confronting one’s accuser, that all these are just so much relativistic dross when compared to the inarguable goods of female safety and gay liberation, that only what the Left tells us matters really does matter. Such concern with daughters and young women, no matter how legitimate, such fretting about gays and lesbians and transgenders, no matter how heartfelt, really misses the point. The fact is: all of us are in the crosshairs. The tears we expend upon the plight of daughters and homosexuals should be properly shed for all our progeny and for all our citizens of whatever gender. The 9/11 atrocity in which more than 3000 people were incinerated should have driven that lesson home long ago.

Muslims have carried out more than 25,000 terror attacks since 911, and although lunatics of all political stripes do embark on killing sprees -- Anders Breivik’s the most notable of recent vintage -- these pale into insignificance compared to Islamic terror. That is not to include the many Muslim-inspired terror plots that have been providentially foiled, several here in the soft underbelly of my own country, Canada. The sanctimonious absorption in the misfortune of only certain classes of victims tends to obscure the full spectrum of the dilemma we are confronting. Islam targets not only gays and young women, but every single one of us, straight men, the mothers and the fathers of jeopardized daughters, and their sons as well.

Instances abound. To cite just a few. A Dutch filmmaker will be shot and stabbed in the street. An elderly woman will be decapitated in her garden. A British soldier will have his throat slashed on a public thoroughfare. Two men will be killed and five wounded at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen. A mother and her son will be stabbed to death shopping at Ikea. A 15-year-old student screaming Allahu Akbar will assault his teacher in the classroom. Journalists will be gunned down in their offices. Jews will be murdered in a delicatessen. Over a hundred people will be killed in a coordinated series of attacks in Paris. Thirteen military personnel will be shot dead and thirty-two wounded at a Soldier Readiness Processing Center. Another four Marines will be murdered in a recruitment center and a sailor killed shortly afterward at another center. Two people will be fatally shot in a hostage taking in a Sydney café. A 54-year-old woman will be beheaded in a food distribution center in Oklahoma. A Canadian sentry will be killed on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and another soldier run down near a mall in a small Canadian town. A public event protected by the First Amendment will be attacked with mortal intent.

Such episodes are merely the grainy tip of the sand dune. They follow from the besetting vice of liberal thinking --  what my aforementioned friend in an important book on the subject calls Tolerism -- as it welcomes Islam into the body politic. And they will multiply as the Muslim surge increases. We should make no mistake about this. We all fall into the category of the kafir. There are no exceptions.

As the saying goes, let’s get real.