If a gunman screamed “In the name of Jesus Christ, DIE” before he killed people, do you think any journalist in America would leave that fact out of his reporting?
But Patterico notices about the LA Times’ coverage of the shooting at Fort Hood,
…would you be surprised to learn that as of the time of this post, the L.A. Times story on the shooting has no mention of the shooter’s religion, his alleged rants against U.S. involvement in Iraq, his alleged approval of suicide bombings, or the allegations that he was shouting something in Arabic as he shot?
The difference in treatment of Islam and Christianity is due to multiculturalism, a manifestation of egalitarianism in America. Multiculturalism is held as an unquestioned moral ideal in our culture and is drummed into children’s brains throughout their time in government schools. It is a form of collectivism that makes tribalism important: the tribe you are born into defines who you are. Americans are taught not to think of themselves as self-responsible individuals, but as members of a group.
Islam must be treated deferentially because it is a minority — moreover, a minority whose totalitarian militants are at war with the rich, capitalist superpower America.
Egalitarianism makes it impossible for America to defend itself properly. How can we prosecute a war seriously the way we did in WWII when we can’t “discriminate” against the enemy, we can’t be mean to the enemy, we can’t call the enemy names, and we can’t even acknowledge who the enemy is? So long as we suffer beneath the cultural domination of the New Left, we are doomed to fight an unexamined, half-assed, pragmatic “military conflict” against an enemy whose existence is politically incorrect to mention.