You may recall that before the illustrious Dinesh D’Souza was a would-be C.S. Lewis, he was a would-be Bernard Lewis — and in his disastrous book The Enemy At Home, surely a candidate to be named The Most Wrongheaded Book of the Twenty-First Century, he declared: “If they want Sharia, let them have it.”
And he repeated this grand Let-The-People-Rule sentiment just weeks ago, at which time I first noted the analogy between D’Souza and Stephen A. Douglas, who didn’t care whether slavery were voted up or down as long as it was voted on — and I expressed a preference not for a new Stephen A. Douglas, but a new Lincoln.
But now D’Souza is singing a decidedly different tune, excoriating the Archdhimmi of Canterbury for saying that accommodation of Sharia law was “inevitable” in Britain, saying that the Archdhimmi’s modest proposal was “absurd,” and “a little dangerous to boot.”
Now, Dinesh D’Souza knows absurd — he is, after all, the man who claimed that I want to see Islamic societies replace the Qur’an with the Torah. But this volte-face of his is peculiar. I mean, what if a majority of Britons voted for Sharia? Would he still think it “absurd” and “a little dangerous” to give it to them? What about the almighty popular will?
Or could Dinesh D’Souza actually be waking up to the fact that the things he objects to in his latest post, “chopping off limbs and…honor killings” and all that, might not be so easy to separate from the rest of Sharia? Perhaps this is an encouraging sign: you can’t ignore or deny the truth forever. Reality is breaking out all over!