Monday, May 07, 2007
Marty Peretz, of The New Republic says:
Majorities have a right--even an obligation--to preserve their own ethics, norms, cultures and histories. They have a right to define the qualifications for membership in and even admission to their societies. This will be the struggle of the 21st century.
Is it just me, or is that an odd stance for a Jew to be taking in the good ol' US of A (or anywhere else, except maybe Israel)?
Doesn't he know that the term Judeo-Christian is the right wing's "politically correct" euphemism for Christian?
How does he suppose a culture-drunk Majority would fulfill their "obligation" to cleanse society of those who don't meet their "qualifications for membership"?
He has a right to peddle this kind of eliminationist rhetoric, but I don't think he has thought it through.
I rather doubt that Peretz meant to say what I read, but it's difficult for me to find a construction of his words that doesn't turn my stomach. As written, his ideas are compatible with only the very worst of the "ethics, norms, cultures and histories" of America.
To say nothing of Europe.