Radical Islam Creates Conundrum for Liberals
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 12, 2014
The Democratic Party of John Fitzgerald Kennedy bears little resemblance to its contemporary configuration. What was once the Party of the middle class and working Americans has morphed in to a conglomeration controlled by special interests groups, some of which are radical.
While the special interest groups of the Democratic Party often have competing demands for the People’s assets (taxpayer funds) doled out by the government, they have remarkably held the coalition together. No better proof is the two successful elections for president of Barack Obama, whose policies are far to the left of many Americans.
The Progressives in the Democratic Party often promote multiculturalism as an important tenant. This, connected with political correctness has created a taboo in the Party relating to criticism of the significant threat from radical Islam. This is remarkable given the power of the feminist movement within the Democratic Party and the importance of the female vote for its success. Yet there are few things so diametrically opposed as women’s rights and Sharia law, a significant legal tenant for many Muslims throughout the world.
The recent publicity concerning the abduction of 300 young girls in Nigeria to be sold in the sex trade by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram is straining one part of the Democratic Party’s coalition. This schism came to the forefront in a recent airing of Bill Maher’s “Real Time”. During the show, Maher, an unapologetic Leftist, made strong statements about the problem within Islam. Two of the shows liberal guests, Arianna Huffington and comedian Baratunde Thurston, took offense to Maher’s statements and when they tried to make the terrorism problem broader than Islam, Maher said: “If this was the 14th century, I would be coming down on the Christians because that’s when they were too violent. Religions and cultures change.”
However, Maher was not finished and continued stating that “something like 80 or 90 percent” of kitchen Muslims agreed that the death penalty is appropriate for leaving the Islamic religion. He finally scolded his Leftist associates saying: “Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism. Liberalism means, one, mostly, equality of women.”
The video clip below includes an instructive and important discussion on the dangers emanating not only from radical Islam, but also from liberals who “do not stand up for liberalism”. Is it possible that Libertarians and liberals who stand up for liberalism might find common ground? The thought is intriguing.