Why Leftists and Feminists Make Excuses for Islam: It’s the Enemy of their Enemy
Their common foe is Christian civilization and orthodox faith.
Want to get a headache? To bang your brain against a brick wall? Try waking up leftists, feminists, and LGBT activists to the problems with Islam.
Remember the slaughter at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida? The culprit was a Muslim. He was doing what Islamic law says should be done with homosexuals: He killed them.
To be fair, he didn’t do exactly what Muhammad’s followers did: toss them off mountaintops. Nor what ISIS does today: throw them from ten-story buildings.
The response of many gay activists to this slaughter was to dismiss any connection with Islam. “Mainline” Christians quickly spoke up. The local Catholic bishop blamed Christianity, not Islam, for the violence. Some gays marched with signs equating critics of Islam with “homophobes.”
Why would gays (or liberal Christians) pretend that Christianity is just as intolerant as Islam? Why treat Muslims as another oppressed minority, instead of potential oppressors?
Women’s March Leader Threatens Women with Violence
How about Women’s March organizer, Linda Sarsour? A dogmatic Muslim, according to Fox News, Sarsour
tweeted in 2011 that [critics of Islam Ayaan Hirsi] Ali and Brigitte Gabriel should be assaulted and that she wished she could remove their private parts because they “don’t deserve to be women.”
Ali, a victim of genital mutilation while living in Somalia, blasted Sarsour as a “fake feminist” who is not interested in universal human rights.
But feminists welcomed Sarsour as the public face of the Women’s March. It focused its outrage on crude private comments made a decade ago by Donald Trump. Her own crass, violent comments about a victim of Female Genital Mutilation … got a pass.
You would think that idealistic crusading feminists would notice Islam. They could spend their plentiful outrage on atrocious crimes against women endorsed by Islamic tradition or law. Think of ISIS’s sex trafficking of kidnapped non-Muslim women. (Again, ISIS is faithful to Muhammad’s example in making sex slaves of “infidels” after killing their menfolk.)
Crusading feminists could spend their plentiful outrage on atrocious crimes against women endorsed by Islam.
Women might object to the permission sharia law gives for domestic violence. Or the unequal treatment of women in sharia law courts. Or the spread in the West of “honor killings.” These go unpunished in Muslim Pakistan. Muslim immigrants have exported that practice to the West.
Would Christians Who Preached Sharia Policies Get a Pass?
You really could go on all day listing the things that secular liberals as much as Christians should object to in Islam. What if a fringe Christian group advocated such practices? You can bet that leftists, feminists, and gays wouldn’t march alongside them. They wouldn’t demand that millions of members of that church be welcomed to our country. They wouldn’t call criticism of Christian honor-killings or wife-beating “Christianophobia.”
You can’t say that such Muslim human rights abuses are a distant distraction from here-and-now problems. (Like Catholic employers not paying for the abortion pill, for instance.) Not when millions of Muslims have emigrated to the West, founded families, and had plenty of kids whom they doggedly intend to raise as Muslims — not Westerners.
Yet the left in America and Europe rallies to Muslims. These Muslim, we’re told, are not people who choose to hold to an intolerant creed. No, they’re victims of Western, Christian “bias.”
Why Accept Such a Double Standard?
There’s an old and miserable saying: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
It’s not always true. When two rival street gangs shoot it up in Chicago, that doesn’t make either one a “friend” of the Chicago police. But it always feels true, especially if you consider yourself powerless against some greater evil. And leftists, however rich or powerful, are experts at imagining themselves as hapless, put-upon victims.
Britain in June 1941 really was a victim. The embattled Winston Churchill was thrilled when Hitler blundered into war against Stalin’s Russia. But he never fooled himself that Stalin was his “friend.” Nor that Communism was any more humane than its collectivist Nazi cousin.
By contrast, Franklin Roosevelt let his pro-Soviet aides dupe him about Stalin’s trustworthiness. Eastern Europe paid the price. The Germans’ Soviet enemies were not the Polish people’s friends.
The Enemy is Orthodox Christianity and the West
And here we find our answer: Leftists, feminists, and “Mainline” Christians who back them have identified the enemy. It is orthodox Christianity and the society which it built up in the West. That includes bourgeois society, private property, the traditional family, and the market economy.
And there is literally nothing on earth that today’s left hates more than traditional Western society. When modern progressives watch Father Knows Best they get the same chills as we do from Schindler’s List.
Marx Knew His Enemy
As a socialist materialist, Karl Marx marked Christian humanist institutions as targets for destruction. Campus feminists who hate “the patriarchy” now work alongside their allies:
- Socialists who hate the free market.
- Gays who hate orthodox Christianity. And
- Muslims who hate the West.
Whatever divides these groups, they’re united by common rage at what the West is and has been for centuries. To tear it down, they’re willing to work together. They can sort out their differences later.
Islam Provides the Muscle and the Numbers
Islam stands out from all these other movements for a key reason. It’s much stronger than feminism, socialism, or sexual libertinism.
There is literally nothing on earth that today’s left hates more than traditional Western society.
The latter three are merely parasites on the body of the West. They’re Christian heresies, if you will. They rest upon Christian ideals of justice and charity. But they saw off the metaphysical limb that supports them. (What’s the Darwinian case for equality, sodomy, or feminism, after all?)
But Islam has its own powerful metaphysical system. It breeds fervent warriors. It has a 1300 year track record of attacking and subjugating Christian countries.
Unlike feminism, among its followers Islam raises the birth rate. Unlike gay activism, it attracts normal “macho” young men. Unlike socialism, it works, after a fashion. Countries ruled by Islamic law might be stunted and technologically backward, but they don’t all descend into famine, like socialist Venezuela and North Korea.
If your main goal in life is tearing down the traditional West, to repay it for past grievances, then Islam can be your best ally. It’s the Red Army that can march into Nazi Berlin — which is on some level how you imagine America. So keep on importing millions of angry young Muslims into Western countries. Keep demonizing those who criticize Islam.
Just don’t think too carefully about what will happen next. Here’s a hint: The angry leftists and feminists who helped bring down the Shah of Iran didn’t end running human rights commissions. They landed in Khomeni’s prisons.