by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
American liberalism has entered a very peculiar phase. Of course it always has been peculiar. It has always held that productivity should be punished, while indolence should be rewarded, and of course, rewarded with money confiscated from those who produce wealth.
In its latest phase, however, liberalism has gone down the rabbit hole. Its distaste for religion has become illogically selective. It continues in its disdain for Judaism and Christianity, which both teach and practice love,forgiveness and charity—but it has developed a bizarre affection for a religion which both teaches and practices intolerance of traditional liberal principles.
That religion is radical Islam, the religion which forces women to wear head-to-toe coverings called burkas. It stones to death suspected adulteresses. It kills homosexuals. It condones the murder of women who by expressing their desire for freedom thereby “dishonor” their male family members. It beheads those who choose to leave Islam for another religion. Among its severe penalties are many which are mandatory, and very few (if any) which allow for lenience.
We ask of liberals, what organized religion is more opposed to liberal principles than the radical form of Islam, the religion practiced and enforced, in more or less degrees of extremism, by millions worldwide?
One might understand if liberals were attempting to introduce Buddhism or Hinduism into the American culture. Indeed, Buddhists and Hindus, with their mantras of peace and tolerance, are already widespread in the U.S. They do not, however, issue fatwas, which are religious licenses to kill on sight, anyone who disagrees with them. Islamic radicals do.
One might understand if liberals would welcome Islamic scholars who seek to reform their religion into one which practices mercy and forgiveness, and which respects individual freedoms enshrined in our Bill of Rights. One might expect liberals to applaud such activists if they are black women. Strangely, pacifist and feminist Moslems are the only practitioners of Islam who are openly condemned by liberals, even to the point of forbidding them to speak in otherwise open forums on college campuses.
American liberals have always maintained double standards. For them, freedom of speech means censoring opposing views. Tolerance means “making room” for those who wish to destroy, riot and loot, but arresting those who peacefully demonstrate for the right to life of the unborn. Liberalism condemns those who would draw a picture of Mohammed, but praises taxpayer funding of supposed art which desecrates Christian symbols.
To be sure, liberals are not entirely unaware of their hypocrisy. When challenged on these points, however, they immediately resort to condemning the questioner, accusing him of racism, intolerance, bigotry, and other traits of—of well—of radical Islamists. They deflect direct questions with convolutions and diversions designed not to illuminate the issues, but to cloud them. They pontificate on the purported evils of the United States, and filibuster when asked to answer even the simplest questions.
All the while, they attempt to introduce, into public elementary schools, special activities designed to indoctrinate young children into believing that Islam is a benign religion with no serious discordances in its practice. Of course, any such attempt to regard Christianity and Judaism on similar bases are immediately met with outrage masquerading as the separation of church and state.
Hypocrisy after hypocrisy layers the liberal doctrine. Among the many sins which Jesus condemned in His ministry, hypocrisy was at or near the top of the list.
No wonder liberals hate Him.