The Liberals’ Misguided Love Affair With Islam

These days, if you expose something murderous or hateful, you are guilty of a worse sin — the sin of judging.

an Francisco, CA, USA - June 24, 2016: People at the Transmarch in San Francisco.

By Michael Brown Published on May 17, 2017

Why do so many liberals praise a religion that, at its root, is quite conservative, if not fundamentalist? Why do they defend a faith that would not defend them? Worse still, why do they defend a faith that, in some cases, would do violence to them?

Last week, Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and a New York Times bestselling author on radical Islam, was invited to speak at the University of Buffalo. But he was unable to say much because of the vocal opposition. He was shouted down and reviled, especially when attempting to read Islamic texts describing Islamic beliefs.

To paraphrase, “Not on our campus! We are progressive. We are liberal. We are enlightened. You will not bring your hate-filled bigotry here!”

In Spencer’s own words, “I spoke a few sentences and made a couple of points in between being screamed at by Leftist and Islamic supremacist fascists who think they’re opposing fascism.”

Did you catch that? Spencer was opposed by staunch liberals and staunch Muslims. What an odd couple they make, yet this has happened time and again in the recent past. Why?

Liberals and Islam: The Odd Couple

A few years ago, I read about a pro-Hamas, anti-Israel rally led by feminists and LGBT activists, among others on the left. Why in the world would groups like this support Hamas? Hamas would kill or imprison them for their beliefs (and their sexual or romantic proclivities). And why would they oppose Israel, which would welcome them with open arms? (I’m not talking about religious Jews, who would certainly not welcome them. I’m talking about the population as a whole, which is quite progressive. Note also that it wasn’t the ultra-Orthodox Jews who were fighting Hamas, so the rally was not targeting them.)

Why do feminists and members of the LGBT community support Hamas? Hamas would kill or imprison them for their beliefs.

This makes no sense, unless there is something deeper that unites these groups (such as anti-Israel animus). Or a serious deception they are buying into (such as the idea that true Islam is always a religion of peace and tolerance; in John Zmirak’s words, they are Islam’s “useful idiots”).

And why is it that the most liberal political leaders in the West are often the strongest defenders of Islam? Why are they constantly telling us that real Islam is neither radical nor violent?

Thou Shalt Not Insult Islam

Let’s get back to Robert Spencer (not to be confused with the alt-right leader Richard Spencer). He has “led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

“Spencer has appeared on the BBC, ABC News, CNN, FoxNews’s O’Reilly Factor, Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File, the Sean Hannity Show,” among many, many others, which would lead one to believe that he was highly qualified to give an address on campus.

Not today. His allegedly bigoted views about a beautiful religion were not welcome. He is in violation of the progressive PC code, which includes “Thou shalt not insult Islam.”

As the University of Buffalo’s student newspaper reported:

Spencer planned to speak to students about ‘the dangers of jihad in today’s world’ but constant heckling from the crowd made it near impossible for him to complete a full sentence.

Ah, the blissful beauty of tolerance! How mellifluous are its melodies. How sweet its sounds. Hardly.

Biting Irony

Spencer wrote, “These students have been hoodwinked into thinking that ‘Islamophobes,’ rather than jihad terrorists, are killing people around the world.”

Yes, those are the really dangerous enemies, those “Islamophobes,” not those jihadi terrorists. And the enemies are not the Islamists who enforce a death penalty for “apostasy” ( leaving Islam). The enemies are the ones who call this cruelty out.

Spencer noted the biting irony of it all:

For example, one man held a sign that read “Queers Against Islamophobia.” The crowd booed lustily when I attempted to read from Islamic authorities about Islam’s death penalty for homosexuality. Even to read from Islamic sources is hate, apparently, at the University at Buffalo — unless, of course, one endorses such penalties rather than oppose them.

These days, if you expose something murderous or hateful, you are guilty of a worse sin — the sin of judging. And on campuses there is hardly a worse sin you could commit.

I once spotted a comment responding to a YouTube video posted by a 12-year old boy who opposed same-sex marriage based on the Bible. The comment read: “You, just like everyone who is against gay marriage, is (sic) a mentally retarded bigot. No exceptions. Now go to hell.”

How interesting that “tolerance” wants to silence those who draw attention to Islam’s violent opposition to homosexuality.

This is the voice of tolerance. It’s the same voice that drowned out Spencer in Buffalo. And how interesting that “tolerance” reviles a 12-year-old boy who does not support same-sex “marriage” but then defends Islam, which calls for a death-penalty for homosexual practice. How interesting that “tolerance” wants to silence Christians who peacefully oppose homosexual activism, as well as silence those who draw attention to Islam’s violent opposition to homosexuality. What a laughable contradiction.

End the Love Affair

But this is no laughing matter. As Spencer noted:

By shutting down any discussion of the motivating ideology of the jihad threat and consigning it all to the realm of “hatred” and “bigotry,” the student mob at the University of Buffalo enables that threat to grow. One day, the Leftists who screamed, heckled, and booed as I tried to speak may very well experience the consequences of their actions, carried out by those with whom they thought they stood in solidarity.

Yes, let that mob try pulling off the same stunt in strict Islamic countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan or in places like the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip. Let’s see how far they get. In fact, let’s see how far they get carrying a sign saying, “Queers Against Islamophobia.”

The Left needs to end its naïve love affair with Islam. And may peace-loving Muslims help lead the way in working against radical Islam.

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  • Christian Andrews

    Didn’t Jesus say, “A kingdom divided against itself will not stand”? The left and Islam both belong to the same “kingdom,” the kingdom of darkness. They are both ruled by the same “lord,” satan. They have a common enemy in the kingdom of light. It may well be that Islam will in the end swallow up the left, but until then they will work together against righteousness.

    • stan schmunk

      Jesus said that the Devil was the father of the unbelieving Jews and that their synagogues were synagogues of Satan. So do you feel the same way about Jews?

      • Christian Andrews

        Why do you ask? What does your question have to do with the topic at hand?

        • stan schmunk

          You put the “Left” and Islam together in the kingdom of darkness. Considering what Jesus said about the Jews I wondered where you’d put the unbelieving Jews?

          • Christian Andrews

            Again. What is the purpose of your question relative to the discussion about the left and Islam? From the Bible’s perspective there are two kingdoms, the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. Those who have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light have been done so by the shed blood of Jesus by grace through faith. Anyone who is not a member of the kingdom of light through faith in Jesus as a result of His death and resurrection is a member of the kingdom of darkness. Do with that as you please. If you are looking for a fight about the Jewish people, this is not the place to do so. And I still hold that the primary reason the left and Islam are not at odds with each other in the American political sphere is that it would divide the kingdom of darkness, and a house divided against itself will not stand. In the eternal scheme of things, the kingdom of darkness will fall; but in the current atmosphere the left and Islam are allied against Christianity and the good in society that has resulted from the influence of Christianity.

      • Shaquille Harvey

        When did he say this ? Do you understand then the context of what he was saying ? And feel what of the Jews ?

        • Bryan

          The first part was said to the Pharisee’s. I forget which Gospel(s). I’m not positive about the second part (the synagogues of Satan part). If it’s there, it’s in the same place. I’d have to do some searching to find it again though. If I were to guess, I would put it in Matthew or Luke and probably toward the end. If I remember correctly, it’s one of the things Jesus said that really got them thinking of ways to kill him.

          • stan schmunk

            ERead Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

        • stan schmunk

          I understand the context. It was pretty clear what He said.

      • Daniel Thornton

        Jesus said “your father is the devil” to particular Jewish leaders who were plotting to kill him, since they were doing the things the devil does i.e murder.

        (From John 8)
        “No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. No, you are imitating your real father.”

        It wasn’t unbelieving that caused the “devil” reference, it was the fact that they were trying to murder him over something he said.

      • Daniel Thornton

        Now about the synagogue, the closest thing I can think of is when Jesus cleared the temple of money changers.

        From Mark 11
        He said to them, “The
        Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all
        nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

        This is Jesus speaking as a Jew to certain leaders about misuse or defiling the temple. Jesus was trying to protect the temple and those who wish to pray there. The leaders had decided to take an area of the temple that was supposed to be a place where outsiders could worship and make a quick buck. This is not about Jesus vs Jews… Jesus was born a Jew and did the things Jews were supposed to do.

        • stan schmunk

          Please read Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

          • Daniel Thornton

            Ok, thank you for telling me the specific place in the Bible. Revelation is one of the books that deal with prophesy, and I can see where misunderstanding and disagreements over meaning can arise. However this part of Revelation is specific letters written to specific groups. Again, this is talking about a specific groups that were persecuting the churches in Philadelphia (not the USA one) and Smyrna. This speaks of a God who listens to His people. Even when Peter spoke words that were against the will of God, Jesus rebuked him with “Satan get behind me”. This is about following a spirit that is in direct opposition to God, and not an attack on a race.

            When I take the Bible as a whole and not particular passages in isolation, I see a pattern that goes against the idea that God is done with the Jewish people completely and care must be taken when making assumptions about a people God has a covenant with; because, many times in the Bible and history for that matter; it shows Jews being restored and the people being mean to Jews getting chastised. All that said, I do believe Jesus is the one way for salvation against ones sins, and gained that by sacrificing himself on the cross.

  • David MacKenzie

    Not only does there appear to be an anti-Christian, anti-freedom animus displayed by both “progressivists” and Islamic activists, but also both are absolutely united in their top-down, hyper-regulated, Statist sympathies. The whole hierarchy of “intersectionality” makes them absurd but “natural” bedfellows, and their propensity to self-define “hate” as justification for violence makes them blindly naive to their own mob-like passions.

  • Gary

    Liberals know that Christianity is true and all other religions are false. THEY KNOW IT! But they hate and resent God so much that they are always going to oppose Christianity and support ANYTHING else, no matter what it is. Even if they know that what they support will lead to their own demise.

  • Charles Burge

    Here are the answers to the questions posed in the opening paragraph. The left is simply practicing the old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. The left is waging its own jihad against Christianity, and they see Islam as a useful co-belligerent. They foolishly think that, should they prevail, Islam would somehow refrain from turning on them and devouring them next.

  • Patmos

    It is a stated goal of imperialist Muslims to take advantage of the liberal policies of the West, and progressives are too dumb to realize what is happening.

  • Bryan

    It reminds me of the poem so often referred to during Holocaust Remembrance Day:
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
    -German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller

    I think this is a shortened version of the original translation but the point is there. I wonder if this gets taught at school anymore?

  • Kevin Carr

    Liberals align themselves with Islam because (in my view) the Islamist are doing and are willing to do what at this point they can’t. Muslims will kill and maim those that disagree with them, so yes the enemy of my enemy is my friend. It is likely just a matter of time before Progressives escalate, the Muslims will escalate also, and in doing so will turn on their “useful idiots”. The “Useful” ones will not be able to deal with what they helped unleash and will become dhimmis.

  • Anthony

    I saw this same thing with my own eyes in Chicago in the winter of 2008. This was just after Israel had launched operation Cast Lead into the Gaza Strip. I was home on block leave from the Army and was visiting a dear friend of mine from Haifa, Israel who was living in Chicago at the time. We originally wanted to meet up in front of the Israeli embassy to show our support for Israel, but when I emerged out of the parking garage from under Lower Wacker Dr., there was a massive demonstration of Palestinian Americans flooding the area around the Chicago river. My friend had already ditched his Israeli flag (putting it back in his car) and we decided to investigate the protest. It was almost crazy to see both the Rainbow Push coalition AND the communist workers party of Chicago demonstrating together with these pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, anti-Bush Muslims. I collected pamphlets and material from both the Rainbow coalition and the Communist party just to have the evidence in my hand that these two other ideologies were actually protesting together with a religious ideology, that, if allowed to would severely marginalize if not outright eliminate the others. My friend and I stayed around for about an hour, but at some point the crowd began chanting “behead Gilad Shillit, behead Gilad Shilit!” Most of the readers here will remember the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shilit, who was being held by Hamas at the time. That is when we decided we should probably leave. This moment is when it dawned on me, at the very outset of my own military career, that there were two common enemies that were uniting these diametrically opposed world views: the nation of Israel, and Christianity. It seems that the Biblical narrative is validated in the way forces gather against both the Jews and Jesus Christ. I will never forget that night in Chicago and it shaped my own worldview greatly. Israel and Christ (although themselves theologically opposed) will always be the enemies of the world. This is why even radically divergent groups like pro-Hamas Muslims and LGBTQ advocates can stand shoulder to shoulder with one another: hate of a common enemy.

  • tom Neiman

    I have often been vexed to the point of anger and frustration as to why leftists r will reach out to Muslims but outright reject Christians, especially those who hold to the authority of the Bible and the deity of Jesus Christ. My explication, though seemingly profound, will, if you think about it, become obvious and simple. Liberals would rather be blown from their knees into obliteration by jihad and the koran than bow on their knees into obedience to Jesus Christ and the Bible. John 3:19-21; Revelation 6:14-17.

    • Gary

      I agree.

  • Motivator

    It’s quite clear why liberals would praise and defend a religion that would not defend simply because liberals hate anything to do with Christianity

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