Like so many of America's universities, North Carolina's Duke University began with a strong Judeo-Christian foundation. But, also like many of those universities, Duke has strayed from its original values.
In 2004 Duke raised eyebrows for sponsoring a Palestinian Solidarity Movement conference. As one might imagine, the movement promoted divestment from Israel and supported the outrageous claim that "Zionism is racism." The conference sold T-shirts calling for the destruction of Israel.
Have we in the West lost our way? Do we even know anymore who we are as Americans? Do we still hold ourselves as solid allies of Israel--the only true democracy in the Middle East? Do we not understand that Muslims do not embrace our Western values no matter how ‘moderate’ they claim to be?
Most of the world possesses only a media-fed and therefore shallow, surface understanding, of the Middle East and the true nature of Islam. Because of this ignorance we lack clear conviction. This makes it impossible for us to take a strong stand. It’s time for a deep system scan and thorough cleansing.