On Tuesday night I checked in with Sean Hannity on Fox News to ponder the latest strange turn of this political season - the question of whether a Muslim should be America's president.
As the celebrate-diversity types like to drone, the US Constitution does not impose a religious test. Which is true. But the Constitution does impose a constitution test - and that would pose a serious difficulty for an honest, observant Muslim. Which is why, as I pointed out to Sean, around the world, when traditional Common Law protections rub up against Sharia, it's Common Law that bites the dust. As President Erdogan famously put it, democracy is a train you ride until you get to the stop you want - and so it has proved.
On the Is-Obama-a-Muslim? front, Sean noted that this line was not so subtly promoted by Hillary in 2008 - although Obama has certainly done his best to live up to it, championing Sharia over the First Amendment by declaring to the United Nations in 2012 that "the future shall not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam".
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~In contrast to this mythical Muslim candidate who's going gangbusters with the diversity crowd, one of the actual candidates has bitten the dust. Following last week's debate, Scott Walker plunged from five per cent in the polls to an asterisk - and promptly withdrew:
"Scott Walker was not a credible candidate on, for example, the issue of the migrants pouring out of the Middle East," Steyn stated. "He said that was a hypothetical question and he wasn't ready to answer it. It wasn't a hypothetical. It's going on our TV screens even as we speak."
"And so what that means is that he's basically saying he's a performing seal who hasn't yet been given his poll-tested answer by his consultants yet," Steyn said, explaining that on issues like the refugee crisis and immigration, Walker turned himself into a joke.
Steyn added that Walker's call for other candidates to drop out of the race so a strong, anti-Donald Trump candidate can emerge is largely being ignored.
"Generally, in the last few weeks, there have been a handful of candidates near the top," Steyn said. "Unfortunately for Scott Walker, they're not the ones he would have preferred. They're Trump and they're Ben Carson and they're Carly Fiorina."
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~ As for that book of mine that Sean was kind enough to mention, that's my very latest - "A Disgrace to the Profession", the story of the 21st century's most famous graph and the damage it has done both to science and public policy. It's available in paperback as well as - instantly! - in Kindle and Nook. Lots of lively reviews at Amazon US - and at Amazon UK:
Excellent demolition job on the nonsense perpetrated by the climate alarmist lobby based upon very low-quality science. Quoting eminent scientists from both the sceptic and warmist camps is a most effective way of demonstrating how much the world has been misled by Michael Mann and his acolytes.
~On the subject of free speech and Islam: On Saturday I'll be speaking in Copenhagen on the tenth anniversary of the Mohammed cartoons. If you're in the general vicinity of Europe and can elbow your way through the "refugees" (line forms on the Hungarian border), I do hope you'll come along. More details here.