What one sees in this tempest from a Girardian point of view is the way Henley's accusation, while ostensibly lending one of the Left's usual holier-than-thou social justice pronouncements, actually obfuscates and confuses in service to the need to find a certifiable bad-guy; namely, Mark Steyn. Henley thinks he's got a live one and is so busy pointing at what he thinks is Steyn's "frank bigotry" that he missed the fact that Steyn was quoting Mullah Krekar, who said in Oslo's newspaper Dagbladet in 2006:
This is the way of the primitive Sacred. In the secular and vapid West, those who forsake what Girard calls "only direction where meaning could still be found dominates our intellectual life” like Jim Henley find that facts themselves become slippery commodities.
"Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children ... Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours."
The farther one descends into the sacrificial vortex, the more facts become malleable, murky, difficult to muster with accuracy even while one feels an abundance of righteousness and certitude. Indeed, accuracy doesn't even matter, so long as we all agree and shout loud enough. In the realm of the primitive Sacred -- even in its postmodern neopagan expression -- reason sans faith and morals is seen for what it is: a construct of the primitive Sacred and just another way to feed fallen humanity's sacrificial appetite. "It goes without saying" that Steyn was being a bigot, right? Wrong.