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The Wages of Multiculturalism in the Democratic West
In 2008, Vietnam war veteran Jesse Nieto — a Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base civilian employee and father of one of 16 sailors who died in the 2000 Islamist attack on the USS Cole — was ordered to remove from his vehicle decals that a Marine's Muslim spouse thought were offensive. The decals referred to Islamic terrorist responsibility for the USS Cole tragedy and the celebrations it prompted in the Muslim world.
Although he removed some of the decals, Nieto's vehicle was subsequently banned from his place of work, as well as all other federal installations, denying him the right to visit his son's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. The Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit on Nieto's behalf challenging the military's ban on Nieto's right to freedom of speech. Fortunately, the judge in the case ruled for the father and astutely observed that stating "Islam is Peace" and "Islam is Love" could be equally perceived as offensive and inflammatory for Nieto, as was the anti-Islamic terrorism message to those complaining about his decals. In this case, the decision affirmed that multiculturalism and political correctness do not justify violating the Constitution.
That abyss of multiculturalism is examined in Delectable Lie, the new book by political science professor and columnist Salim Mansur. He argues that the West — the very cradle of the Enlightenment from whose soil had sprung the notion of natural law, the idea of inherent or God-given freedoms, and the concept of self-determination — has fallen into the multicultural trap of placing equality above the cherished ideal of freedom. Ironically, he notes that the most open societies, those most respectful of individual rights, have been the most pressured to conform to the ideals of political correctness.
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