Monday, March 14, 2011

An Unexpected Love Affair

I am a bit surprised at how the liberal democrats have taken to protecting Muslims.  Here's a short list of how they show their support:
  • Objecting to the Congressional Hearings on "The Radicalization of Muslims"[1]
  • Firing of Juan Williams from NPR for "offensive" comments towards Muslims.[2]
  • Support the "religious right" to build a Mosque near Ground-Zero of 9/11.[3]
  • Walk off of their own show (The View) in defense of Muslims [4]
  • Call to not jump to conclusions on Fort Hood shootings [5] 
 The reason I am surprised at these positions is because of the contrast in their beliefs.  Let's compare side by side:

Liberal DemocratsMuslims and Sharia Law
Believe in separation of church and state Believe religious law should BE state law (Sharia Law)
Believe that religion should not be forced on anyone Becoming non-religious, is strictly forbidden and punishable by death
Believe in equal rights for women The rights of women are arguably fewer. Polygamy is legal.
Believe in criminal rights and reform Penalty for theft is cutting off one or both hands
Believe in sexual freedom The punishment for adultery is stoning
Believe in equal rights for homosexuals Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death
Against death penalty Death penalty for adultery, homosexuality, apostasy, etc.
Believe in legalization of controlled substances such as alcohol and marijuana Liquor and drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, opium, etc are all unlawful

In all fairness, these are extreme examples and the beliefs are not necessarily shared by all Muslims. Also, this list excludes any similarities(for example, Muslims allow for abortion up to 4 months of pregnancy). Still, the differences are significant.

The best explanation that I can come up with for the love affair is "The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend" or in other words, liberal democrats think "Muslims are the enemy of Christians, who are typically conservative Republicans, therefore we like them". It's a little like teaming up with Stalin to beat the Nazis - after you get rid of the Nazis, how do you get rid of Stalin?

Update March 15, 2011 - Another possible explanation is that liberal democrats always look out for the underdog; even if they are ideological polar opposites.

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