A Delectable Lie

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I begin with a disclosure. Salim Mansur is a friend of mine, so if I were in any way skeptical of his deposition I would not have consented to write this review. Friendship is too precious a value to risk giving needless offense, either by being too brutally honest or by producing a piece of dishonest puffery. And since even the best of us have written problematic books (including yours truly), it is best in such cases to say nothing adverse in print and leave it to others to dissect the writer’s efforts.

That I write a review of a friend’s book, then, means that I suffer no crisis of conscience in praising it for its many virtues: clarity, painstaking research, intellectual scrupulousness, a surfeit of historical and juridical information, and a powerful argument backed by strict evidence and leading to a set of forceful conclusions.

Mansur presents his thesis with lucid precision in his Introduction: “The idea of an ‘official’ multiculturalism program to be sponsored by the state, supported by tax-payers, and monitored and enforced by thought-police (human rights commissions) was at best dubious, and at worst by its very nature poised against Western liberalism. Moreover…it was based on the false idea—another official lie, really—that all cultures are equal.”

The result of this pernicious fantasy was a reversal of cultural norms and the scuttling of reasonable expectations. If all cultures are equal, the heritage culture has no priority and no legitimate claim upon foreign minorities to adapt to the social usages and conventions already in place. “As immigration changes the demographic profile of a liberal democracy,” Mansur writes, “multiculturalism empowers immigrants from non-Western societies to demand that their host country adapt to the cultural requirements of immigrants instead of the other way round.” And this is plainly what has happened. “[I]f the ride continues unchecked,” he concludes, “the end then is predictable.”

Delectable Lie is a detailed exfoliation of this root argument, examining how multiculturalism—and, of course, its corollary, political correctness, which discriminates against the expression of dissent—have inexorably sedimented themselves in the political process, “twisting our history” as they did so, “tearing apart” national identities and invidiously replacing them with “even older identities of a pre-modern past,” thus effectively eroding the “idea of nation as a people…identified on the basis of kinship relations or language.”

One has only to look at the importation of Sharia law into Europe and the proliferation of no-go zones, in effect Islamic mini-emirates, in European cities to see how cultural civility and national coherence can be subverted. In the U.S. Islamic advocacy proceeds apace, terror attacks are a constant menace, mosques pepper the landscape, the President appoints Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers to influential posts, and the Shariate relentlessly advances. In Canada—Mansur’s chief concern—Islamic organizations flex their muscles, terror plots are hatched, mosques and religious schools indoctrinate the young, and our human rights commissions see to it that criticism of Islam is muted, punished and all but ruled out.

One recalls Ottoman thinker Said Nursi who prophesied nearly a century ago, in his famous Damascus Sermon, that “Europe and America are pregnant with Islam. One day they will give birth to an Islamic state.” The way things are going, he may have been right. And it is via what Mansur calls the “delectable lie”—the idea of cultural parity, the raising of the concept of “diversity” (which really means “conformity of opinion”) to the status of a social paradigm, the practice of accommodation to the sensitivities of immiscible groups in the fatuous conviction that the favor will be reciprocated, the untenable belief that the desire for freedom, prosperity and electoral democracy reigns in every human heart, in short, the diktats of multiculturalism—that Nursi’s vision would be realized.

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  • http://www.CompellingConversations.com Eric Roth

    Thank you for writing this clear, detailed, and persuasive book review on a difficult, even painful topic. By highlighting how the misguided doctrine of multiculturalism undermines traditional western values such as freedom of speech and the search for truth, this book has focused on two problematic aspects of the "just be polite and pretend" doctrine. Perhaps Canada has gone further down this dubious road than the United States, but it behooves American citizens to examine how our northern neighbors have been seduced by the multiculturalist fantasy. We still need to find a humane, balanced, and effective way to help legal immigrants and refugees join our open societies – and bring their energy and ambition into the mainstream societies. From my perspective, requiring new citizens to actually learn to read, write, and speak English at more than a second grade level would be a legitimate starting point.

  • Chezwick_mac

    Great critique, Mr Solway. The book sounds like a must-read.

  • Mike

    Now lets kick every muslim out of this country!!! Good God I can't wait for a revolution.

  • StephenD

    The slap in the face point is how many of us have bought into the lie; that all cultures are equal. Western Civilization, which cherishes (or is supposed to) individual freedom and personal responsibility is not equal to a "collective" mindset. It cannot be equal to a Totalitarian system. In one culture you are a citizen and in another you are a subject. THAT is not equal.

    • Silverstein

      Dictator Rights, Now…on picket signs would not sell very well…so they just purchased…..with oil money..the rally, the organizers, and picket signs.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    islam strives for world domination.

    The quran commands muslims to exercise jihad.

    The quern commands muslims to establish shariah law.

    The quern commands muslims to impose islam on the entire world.

    islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    islam IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is arabic for battle.

    islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    islam and freedom, islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

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  • Marty

    The very notion that cultures are equal to one another and of the same moral worth is a threat to political sanity. Would multi-culturalists have agreed that soviet culture or nazi germany's culture are no better of no worse than democracy? islam, like fascism and communism promotes violence and brutality. All three are anti-semitic, anti-American, and steadfastly opposed to individual freedom. All three live on hatred and within a medieval mindset that blunts human progress. All three are evil. Western civilization is good. I'm an islamophobe with no desire to recover and accept any of the doctrines of the pedophile mohammad.

  • Ben

    Multiculti is the leftist welfare state`s child. Sitting on the state`s neck ( your neck) lefists offer the place by to immigrants. Their common hate of the capitalism (buorgeoisie) defines their tribe`s culture enthusiasm.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    During the time when Israel Zangwill wrote the assimilationist play The Melting Pot, which won the hearts and minds of Americans, Israel as the diaspora corporation foisted Bolshevism and the Balfour Declaration on the world simultaneously. They gave the Brits the recipe to TNT and took over the Soviet Revolution by backdoor coup. Henry Ford, the most obnoxious assimilationist of his day was trying to crank out model American citizens like Model Ts. His corporation clashed with the corporations of the Tweed Machine and the Kehillath. Neither Bolshevism nor Zionism were assimilationist ideologies. Rather, they were the Sampson Option and Clean Break Strategy of their day: behave like thugs, make money for your racial tribe, build up your foreign country if origin, or else wage war worldwide against capital and nationalism. Two World Wars later, Rahm Emmanuel teams up with Mayor Daley, the Knesset makes angry lectures on the floor of Congress, the Muslims watch Al Jazeera via satellite in Dearborn, Michigan, and Jews lecture goyim about the evils of their own 1970s backlash against assimilationism.

    • ajnn

      "make money for your racial tribe"

      you hae the right o be a racist. i have the right to turn the page on you.

  • Ghostwriter

    Please,Flipside. Stop trying to hide your anti-semitism in a history lesson. Everyone on this site knows you hate Jews so quit trying to be something you're not.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Is history antisemitic now? I must have imagined Benjamin Disraeli, Jacob Schiff, Karl Marx, The House of Rothschild, Saul of Tarsus, Rosa Luxemburg, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. None of those people had an effect on history and no criticism of them is warranted.

      • ajnn

        oh my gosh – i did not notice i was addressing the jew-hater flipside.

        silly stuff from a silly man.

        jakbotinsy – big zionist. marx – secular jew applying darwin's ideas to economics and social theory. disraeli – jew converted to christianity. saul of tarsus – another christian convert.

        so what is your point; because there are jews who are bad all jews are bad ? then because hitler was born christian anfd rejectec it later all christians are bad ? hitler was short so all short people are bad ?

        clearly, i am an idiot for arguing with this person.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          No. I have never said anything about the goodness or badness of whole races or religions of people. The writer of this article is encouraging us to read a book and learn to scorn multiculturalism. I am saying that that is a big laugh, because assimilationism and multiculturalism have both been major flops in the United States and have both been proposed excessively by various talking heads including prominent Jews. Multiculturalism was really being pushed hard predominantly by Jewish socialists at Columbia University. Now Neocon racists are pushing a backlash against multiculturalism. I am saying that the Kulturkampf gas and brake pedals have now broken off in the hands of a bunch of people who cant decide whether WASPS or Muslims are their greatest enemy. It is pure foolishness.

  • Ghostwriter

    Please,Flipside. Stop trying to hide your anti-semitism in a history lesson. Everyone on this site knows you hate Jews so quit trying to be something you're not.

  • Silverstein

    Welcome to Saudi America.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Apparently Mr. Mansur still considers himself to be a Muslim. However, unfortunately for him devout mainstream orthodox Muslims consider Mr. Mansur to be a blasphemous apostate that should be executed per the dictates of Islam. Nevertheless, he is very right about the scourges of multiculturalism and political correctness.

  • research canadian

    Hi; this concept was instilled not to promote our own but to deny our Canadian culture. It was designed to garner ethnic votes in Canada. It needs to be scrapped or else we'll lose our culture to backwards minded people. Burquas and headscarves are declarations of war against the equality of the treatment of women. Holland, France, England and Germany have scrapped multiculturalism. Canadian governments should teach newcomers Canadian history and culture. We are over 200+ years old, and people need to know where we come from and our language and laws(The magna carta and not Sharia Law). Islam has killed multiculturalism and thank god for that. Now bring on the melting pot.

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