Why is the left so in love with Islam and so dead set on defending it against any and all reasonable scrutiny?
That question wouldn’t even make sense to a leftist, or someone who has, through mental osmosis, taken in the mass amounts of leftist propaganda that saturate the internet, television, and print media. For the leftist, or the easily influenced and unquestioning “moderate”, there is no contradiction for them to wholeheartedly embrace and defend Islam.
In fact, these folks will, without hesitation, call any criticism of Islam “Islamophobia”, or apply some other label upon it that denotes bigotry as the only possible motive for such criticism. This shouldn’t come as any surprise to those who have ever dared to question the left’s narrative on, well, anything. Dismissive accusations are all the left has to defend itself.
So why is it that they are so determined to protect Islam in particular from any and all criticism? To explain the merit of the question, let’s take a look at a few of the basic values the left professes, and what Islam has to say about these issues. Otherwise, it might seem strange to question why the peace-loving (and presently rioting) left so vehemently defends “the religion of peace”.
Anyone with any recent exposure to the media has certainly heard that the reason that president-elect Donald Trump won the presidential election was all forms of bigotry, with sexism, racism, and religious intolerance topping the list of his, and his supporters’, offenses. Those of the left promote themselves as the defenders of women’s rights, racial equality, and as the most tolerant bunch of peace-loving people to ever walk the earth.
Setting aside the fact that wage gaps, whether based on sex or race, have been disproven by economists for decades, or the unscrupulous and illegal practices of the Obama administration using the IRS to target Christian and conservative organizations, let’s just pretend that the left does actually care about women, minorities, and tolerance. After all, most people who hold to leftist ideals are so ill-informed that they might not know what their politicians are doing and what the policies they advocate for actually produce. So, assuming (which we know to be more than generous) that the left has the moral goals and ideals it professes to have let’s see what position Islam takes on these very issues:
Democrats and the leftist media couldn’t talk enough about the “grab ‘em by the p****y” Trump tape. After all, the left in every way, shape, and form supports everything woman, even if they can’t explain how. So, we should expect that Muslims would hold this same view, since the left so vehemently defends Islam, right?
So, what do actual Islamic religious and historic texts say about how Muslim men should treat women? Let’s take a look. The Quran, 4:24 says “And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess…”. This passage might not seem to say much at all, so let’s look at some historical context for why Muslims say that Allah revealed this verse to Mohammad in the first place, we find this context in Suna Abu Dawud 2150 where it states “Abu Sa’id Al Khudri said “The Apostle of Allaah(ﷺ) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them.
They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of Apostle of Allaah (ﷺ) were reluctant to have relations with the female captives because of their pagan husbands. So, Allaah the exalted sent down the Qur’anic verse “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right-hand posses. This is to say that they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period.”
This verse was “revealed” because some of the Muslims that had taken war captives were reluctant to rape them because their husbands were still alive, which would be adultery, a capital offense in Islam, luckily for them Allah jumped into to set the record straight and let them know that it wasn’t adultery if the women were captives or slaves. This is only one instance in a nearly endless line of divinely revealed verses about how women can be treated like property in Islam.
If we had the time, we could go on to talk about how beating your wife is lawful and how the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man, which means rape allegations can never be proven. Or to discuss left’s refusal of how the way Muslim culture views women is experiencing an extreme example in Europe.
Progressive European governments are so terrified of offending Muslims that rape allegations go unpunished as European women are experiencing record-high numbers of sexual assault incidences. Muslim migrants are used to countries in which rape is rarely punished, and instead of holding them accountable to European standards of civility and chivalry, laws are being bent to accommodate Muslim refugees.
But many more articles could be written discussing the European refugee crisis and the dangers of multi-culturalism. For now, let’s move on to the left and Islam’s view of race relations.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, the left champions itself as the defender of all racial minorities. One of the more comical instances of this is when Collin Kaepernick, a half white, half black guy raised by an adoptive white family after being abandoned by his black father, and the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the playing of the National Anthem at a preseason game.
After the game, Kaepernick stated in an interview “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Now this is particularly interesting because not only did the leftist media fall all over themselves to report on this without end, but Kaepernick is a Muslim convert.
Maybe Kaepernick and CNN have it right, and Saudi Arabi and Qatar have it wrong. Maybe a nation like America that was founded by white Protestants and that has codified laws protecting people of all races is, in fact, oppressive because it’s not Islamic, and Arab countries still have African slaves purely by coincidence. Maybe Islam is not only a religion of peace, as it is always referred to as in the leftist media, but maybe it’s also a religion of racial equality founded by a strong, noble man of color with better values than the white devils that founded and spread Christianity.
Maybe, but then it must be one hell of a coincidence that not only are there repeated descriptions of Mohammad as a white man within texts held to be sacred by Muslims (Sahih Al Bukhari 63, Sahih Muslim 6081, Sahih Muslim 6071, and half a dozen others) but as a white man that owned black slaves (Sahih Al Bukhari 7263, Sahih Al Bukhari 6161, Sunan an Nusa’i 3858).
In fact, to top all of that, it’s a crime punishable by death to assert that Mohammad was a black in Islam, this can be seen in Muhammad Messenger of Allah, Ash-Shifa, a book of Mohammad’s life that is held in high regard by Muslims, where it states “…whoever says that the prophet was black is killed, the prophet was not black…”. Not a lot of ambiguity on that one. So far Islam looks like a misogynistic cult founded by a slave owning white man…
Things don’t get much better when we look at Islam and how it deals with anyone with dissenting views or with adherents of other religions. While there are literally over 100 verses commanding violence toward others in the Quran, none is quite so clear and undeniable as Quran 8:12 which says, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”.
Notice the reason for cutting off people’s heads in the verse is not self-defense, it’s not even theft, adultery, or some crime, it is for disbelief. Yet we are told ad nauseam that when ISIS targets Christians or other religious minorities for murder that it isn’t consistent with the teachings of Islam, despite the fact that ISIS makes videos showcasing their murders they make sure to include Quranic quotes that justify, if not command, their murder.
Yet Obama and the liberal media insisted that the actions of ISIS, and the like, are against the teachings set forth in the Quran. Do they have any evidence to offer up in defense of their view of Islam and its teachings to counter the quotes that ISIS uses? Yes, surprisingly enough they do, it’s Quran 5:32, which leftists and Muslims intending to mislead people about Islam will quote as saying “…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” – The Holy Quran. Despite the aforementioned discrepancies between leftism and Islam, one characteristic they do share is dishonesty.
So let’s take a closer look at this verse, and what gets excluded when Muslims or leftists quote it. For those who like to think for themselves and would go so far as to look this verse up they would find that it reads ”On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.”.
In case you didn’t notice, the verse starts out by stating that this peaceful command was not for Muslims, but for Jews, it was taken from the Jewish Talmud. And you will certainly not hear the next verse quoted to provide some context for what is commanded in the present tense for Muslims, it says, “The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.”
So, the “…” that always comes before and after verse 5:32 is quite a conveniently applied “…”. The most commonly quoted verse from the Quran used to provide evidence that Islam is a peaceful religion isn’t even an Islamic verse, it’s a Jewish one, and is proceeded by a violent command for Muslims to murder mischief makers.
So, once again, why is it that the left so loves Islam? It seems to be that Islam, unlike the pathetically weak Western left, actually poses a threat to conservative Western values. Perhaps General Flynn said it best when he said “ Islam is a political ideology…It definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. And I have a very, very tough time because I don’t see a lot of people screaming ‘Jesus Christ’ with hatchets or machetes or rifles shooting up clubs or hatcheting, literally axing families on a train, or like they just killed a couple of police officers with a machete. It’s unbelievable. So we have a problem. It’s like cancer…And it’s like a malignant cancer, though, in this case. It has metastasized.”.
There isn’t a rational or logical reason for those who claim to care about women’s rights, racial minorities, or tolerance, to support Islam, but leftists aren’t rational or logical, they are ignorant and hateful. They love Islam despite the clear danger it would put them in, because it poses a threat to that which they hate most, Western civilization.