I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but…

Sometimes it’s just too tempting.

John Press, a man who wrote a really, really dumb book and somehow managed to get himself an adjunct position at NYU, just posted this charming take on the displacement in Pakistan over at his “culturism” blog.

We should not accept refugees from Pakistan. That nation is descending into turmoil. In Pakistan the government is fighting an extremely important fight. The government gave the Islamic group, the Taliban, parts of the Swat Valley region in exchange for peace. Shortly thereafter, the Taliban showed what appeasement does and pushed to expand outside of the agreed upon borders. And their implementation of Islamic law, called Sharia, has been brutal. Beheading and the destruction of hundreds of girls’ schools exemplify the terror the Taliban Muslims [John just wants to remind you –in case you forgot!– that the Taliban are ZOMGMUSLIMS!!!!1!  -ed] seek to expand. 1.3 million people have been internally displaced by this struggle. As culturists we demand that all refugees be sent to Islamic nations, not western ones.

As the LOLcats say, ORLY?

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, has called for aid. We can send some aid, but had better not grant anyone from the region asylum. Why not? Well the brutality of the Taliban and their expansion tell us why not. Multicultural globalists, take a generic view of humanity.

As in, all human beings are, uh, human beings. This kind of namby-pamby liberal thinking pisses John off.

They speak of “displaced persons.” But, culturists understand the importance of culture. If a significant percentage of those fighting in Pakistan did not believe in Islam and Sharia law, the war would have never reached this pique. Many people, without dispute, in Pakistan are willing to die for the imposition of repression we can barely imagine. Those displaced will include many of these numbers.

Wow. Because all wars are by default popular wars, even with the people fleeing in terror from them. By that logic, I am shocked to realize my partner is actually a Taliban supporter!


Inviting them in means inviting in zealots for repression. These are not displaced persons. That is too generic. These are displaced Muslims.

And by golly, the most salient fact about the million + IDPs in Pakistan isn’t the “I” or the “D” –and it’s certainly not the “P”– no, it’s the fact that they’re Muslims. Crazyass, repression lovin’ Muslims. Fleeing a warzone is like their version of the wacky family road trip. What? That makes no sense whatsoever? Well, it shouldn’t make sense…unless you’re a Muslim! And we’ll never understand how they think.

Humanitarians will shriek at the idea that we recognize culture in times of crisis. “Humans are humans and have human rights!” they will declare. But, again, in rebuttal to these abstract idealists, culturists must point out the real world importance of culture. Diversity exists. Some people, the Taliban should make clear to you, do not embrace the specifically western values of freedom of religion, rights, democracy and freedom of speech. Many people do not believe women should be educated. And they are willing to die for this cause. They are called Muslims. And, therefore, if they are to be displaced they should be displaced within the Muslim world.

Does John Press really think there is a monolithic Muslim culture? I mean, is it really possible that he could have progressed as far as he has in his education and still not get that what is referred to as the “Muslim world” is actually a collection of forty-eight different countries? That the world’s billion Muslims are every bit as diverse culturally, politically, linguistically and in every other way as its billion plus Christians? That, for example,  Albanians and Indonesians have more in common with their non-Muslim neighbors than they do with each other? And that –for crying out loud–  NOT EVERY SINGLE THING a person who happens to be Muslim does is religiously-motivated?

Oh, I give up. I just hope this pseudo-intellectual’s students give him serious shit. Though, I’m sure that if they do, prof. Press will get to write a long-winded piece for, say, the National Review Online, about how meany-pants liberals took away his freedom.

3 thoughts on “I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but…

  1. It’s pretty impressive how Prof. Press manages to pronounce the word “culturist” exactly like you would pronounce the word “xenophobe.”

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