There seems to be a propensity for the political Left, both in the US and (especially) in Europe, to support, for lack of a better term, the “Islamic agenda.” From broad Leftist support to the Palestinian cause to fawning adoration of “multiculturalism,” “diversity,” and “political correctness,” the Left has been, for all intents and purposes, caving in to Muslim demands regardless of the effects and the (mostly negative) consequences. Indeed, the left-leaning governments of the European Union (EU) seem to be oblivious to the fact that, if current population trends continue, many European countries could have majority Muslim populations within the next 30-40 years. To take one example, the birth rate of Italy, at a rate of 1.23 children per woman is the second lowest in the Western world, while the Muslim birth rate in Europe as a whole is three times higher than the non-Muslim birth rate. It is entirely possible that, in the not-too-distant-future, we will see the birth of the “Islamic Republic of Italy” or the Netherlands, or Sweden, etc.
This phenomenon is far different from, say, a Protestant majority supplanted by a Catholic one. Islam is radically different from the Judeo-Christian religions of the West especially as it pertains to the separation of “church and state.” In Islam, there is no such separation as, in an Islamic state, Sharia law (i.e., strict observance to the laws put forth in the Koran) is prevalent. This presents a rather knotty problem to European governments which go out of their way to insure religious practices are NOT introduced into government. Further, the cultural practices of Muslims are vastly different from those of Western nations. Indeed, some of these practices are actually illegal in the nations in which many Muslims live.
What has been the reaction of most European governments to this phenomenon? For the most part, resignation and acquiescence. In fact Europeans who are alarmed by these trends and raise objections are deemed to be “racists,” “bigots,” and “right-wing extremists.” In the United Kingdom, there are several organizations that are concerned with the number and activities of Muslims in England including the British Nationalist Party (BNP) and Britain First, members of each have been branded as “fascists” and the like. Now there certainly are extremists in parties such as this who are against virtually all immigration, but this not negate the fact that Muslims are rapidly changing the cultural landscape in the UK (the most common name for newborn males in the UK is now “Muhammed”).
This is happening not only in the UK but in many other EU countries as well, especially in the larger cities. “In 2013, Muslims made up approximately 26% of the population of metropolitan Brussels, followed by Rotterdam (25%), Amsterdam (24%), Antwerp (17%), The Hague (14%) and Utrecht (13%), according to a panoply of research.” (Gatestone Institute, “The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013,” Soeren Kern, January 13, 2014)
I could go on with example after example of the effects of growing Muslim populations in Europe and the impact on European culture, but this has been well documented. So what has been the reaction of the EU and its member countries to this? Here are a couple of examples:
A Swedish politician, whose name I do not remember, said few years ago something to the effect of “We should be kind to Muslims because someday they will be in the majority and maybe they will be kind to us.”
Back in 2001, Norwegian professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, said the following in a debate about rape: “I will not blame the rapes on Norwegian women. But Norwegian women must understand that we live in a Multicultural society and adapt themselves to it.” “Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes.”
These seem outrageous on the surface but they reflect the fact that “political correctness” and the fear of being called “racist” (question – what “race” is Islam?), “bigots,” or (God forbid) “Islamophobes,” are paralyzing effective response to the gradual usurpation of European culture by Muslims. On the official level, several EU countries have passed laws that, in effect, criminalize criticism of Islam and Muslims under the guise of anti-discrimination against “immigrants.”
The Left’s support for Palestinians against Israel has been well documented. There have been numerous, anti-Israeli demonstrations in Europe and the US and calls for boycotts of Israeli products. There exists a barely concealed anti-Semitism on the Left; indeed, the Israeli government has been compared to the Nazis (irony of ironies).
And in the United States? Consider:
Ayann Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born woman who has been beaten and mutilated because she dares to criticize Islam, especially the treatment of women. She helped produce a documentary film entitled “Honor Diaries” about the subject and, of course, has come under attack from the “Muslim community” for “Islamophobia.” Some screenings have been shut down on some campuses due to protests from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”), itself a group with alleged ties to terrorist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Recently Brandeis University was going to award Ali an honorary degree but then — guess what? The “Muslim community” protested and voila! — they changed their minds. An award to Ali was “not in line with the universities ‘core values.'” (Like what? Cowardice? Appeasement?) Irony of ironies – Brandeis is a Jewish-sponsored institution.
At the behest of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) a Wal-Mart employee was fired for joking about Muslims on his Facebook page. From the editorial on the 6 Sep Independent Journal Review website: “How many ‘Christian Organizations’ have gotten anyone fired for the rampant and incessant criticism of Christianity everywhere? And yet somehow CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, got Wal-Mart to fire an employee for making a simple joke about Muslims on Facebook.”
Apparently the FBI has caved in to Muslim organizations demanding material “offensive” to Muslims be removed from training literature. Articles stating that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization are “offensive.” Guess what? The Muslim Brotherhood IS a terrorist organization. According to National Public Radio “The FBI has completed a review of offensive training material and has purged 876 pages and 392 presentations, according to a briefing provided to lawmakers.” Truth is taking a beating in this country. Every group with gripes, whether real or imagined, have to be placated in case they’re “offended.”
With very few exceptions, the “tepid” response (to say the least) to the aggressive spread of Islam (militant and otherwise) is coming from people on the Left side of the political spectrum. The question is WHY? Consider the radical differences between the many “sacred cows” of liberalism contrasted with the tenets of Islam:
Women’s rights: women are second class citizens in Islamic societies. They are covered up (lest some Muslim man get aroused at the sight of an ankle). In Muslim nations where strict Sharia law is the norm, they cannot get an education, cannot drive, and generally cannot play any significant part in government or business. If a woman is raped, it is usually considered to be her own fault and, in some cases, must produce four male witnesses in order to “prove” she was raped. Abortion? Forbidden in most cases. Then there are a few items like genital mutilation, arranged marriages, “honor killings,” etc. Granted, some of these are more endemic to specific cultures than to Islam as whole, but the cultures that practice genital mutilation and “honor killings” are usually Islamic.
Gay rights – forget it. Homosexuality, though widespread in Islamic societies (but never acknowledged) is proscribed. Gay “marriage” is out of the question.
Separation of church and state – no such thing. In an Islamic nation, Sharia IS the law of the land. As far as freedom of religion is concerned, there are three types of people in an Islamic state:
– Believers (i.e., Muslims)
– Dhimmi (Christians and Jews who are treated as second class citizens who must pay the Jizya (Islamic tax on non-Muslims)
– Unbelievers (subject to persecution and even death)
Now we come to the January 2015 Muslim attacks in Paris on the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” offices. (And the resulting anti-terrorism rally which Obama stupidly did not attend). Jews are considering leaving France because of fear of future attacks and persecution. So what is the ultra-liberal New York Times worried about? Backlash against Muslims! Extract from editorial 10 Jan 2015:
“PARIS — Last week’s terrorist attacks without doubt set all of France on edge, but the sense of wariness, even siege, has grown increasingly profound among France’s Muslim population — the largest in Europe — which seems braced for a potential backlash, both political and personal.
“Since the attack Wednesday on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, several mosques across France have been hit by bullets or small explosive devices. Many more have been tagged by racist graffiti. In Corsica, a severed pig’s head was hung on the door of a prayer hall, the police reported.
“Those actions followed weekly marches by tens of thousands in Germany, demonstrating against what they call the Islamization of Europe, the firebombing of a mosque in Sweden and warnings by British officials about a rise in Islamophobia.”
Hey NY Times editors – how about worrying about the dwindling Jewish population of France? Or the continuing Islamic terrorism all over Europe and (especially) in Africa? Not to mention the potential of European culture practically disappearing in a few short decades unless these governments grow some testicles and act to stem the tide of (legal and otherwise) immigration? Consider the phrase “what they call the Islamization of Europe” – that is exactly what is happening but, if you complain about that, you’re a “racist” and a “bigot” etc. etc.
More recently our illustrious president had the temerity to compare what ISIS is doing to the Crusades and the Inquisition, as if there were some equivalence here. And what was the venue in which he made these ridiculous remarks? At the National Prayer Breakfast! This is about as vile a statement as this man has ever made. Does what was done 450 years ago “in the name of Christ” justify or excuse what is being done today in the name of “Allah?” Is the comparison even realistic to make? And to say this before all those Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast – unbelievable! He was criticized mercilessly for his remarks, and not just from Christians. And he deserved it. To those of you who supported and still support this man – examine your collective conscience.
SO . . . why are many liberals and other Leftists either sympathetic to Islam (especially the militant kind) or at least in favor of appeasement? There seems to be little or no similarity between Islamic beliefs and the beliefs of most people on the Left. Perhaps it is because of the old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
People on the far Left of the political spectrum want to fundamentally transform society, basically doing away with capitalism, restricting speech, and forcing people to obey a strong, central authority (dictator, party, etc.).
Most Muslims want to fundamentally transform society, basically doing away with capitalism, restricting speech, and forcing people to obey a strong, central authority (Allah, the Koran, imams, mullahs, etc.).
Both of these concepts are inimical to a free, democratic society such as the United States.
I’ll leave it to the reader to draw his own conclusions.