The Liberal Hypocrisy When it Comes to Islam

Islamic Center of America in Deerborn, Michigan

Islamic Center of America in Deerborn, Michigan

I’ve noticed an interesting trend when it comes to liberals and religion.  If I write an article bashing right-wing conservative Christians, I almost get universal praise from liberal readers for calling out the ridiculousness of these religious fanatics.

The general consensus seems to be “religion is bad and has no part in our government.”

Two points with which I completely agree.  Even though I’m a Christian, I think organized religion is one of the worst things to ever happen to the human race.  Faith is fine.  But what organized religion does is it takes faith, puts self-serving human rules on it based upon whatever the humans who happen to be making up these rules want, then they use that religion to control millions of people.

And when it comes to religion and our government, our First Amendment makes it pretty clear that the two should never be mixed.

But I’ve noticed there’s a hypocrisy when it comes to many liberals and how they view religion.  Because if I call out hypocrisies I see on the far right, it’s usually no big deal.

However, if I dare to call out Muslims on something – that’s when all hell breaks loose.

It’s a point Bill Maher actually made a few weeks ago.  He said when it comes to religion, liberals often have no problems bashing Christianity.  Yet he often finds many of these same liberals defending Islam and outraged if someone might dare call out radicalism within the Muslim community.

And while I don’t always agree with Maher, I think he’s right on this issue.

I’m a supporter of all religious freedoms.  All I ask is that everyone keeps their religion to themselves and we keep it out of government.  That’s it.  Seems pretty simple, right?

That being said, there are horrific things that go on inside Islam and many of these countries that are under Islamic rule.  If you want to talk about countries with massive violations of human rights, the first place you might want to look is a nation controlled by a government enforcing Islamic rule.

But if I say something like that, I’m often slammed by many liberals as anti-Muslim or xenophobic.

Even look at the situation in Gaza.  It’s an absolute mess and has been for decades.

That being said, I notice how liberals seem to be much more on the side of “Israel is in the wrong” than anything else.

And even though most Israelis aren’t Christians, many Christians here in the United States support Israel.

Now, I’m not defending Israel.  In my opinion, both sides are wrong.  I don’t think there’s a “right” or “wrong” answer to any of it.

But I’ve just found it interesting how so many liberals have come out against Israel much in the same way conservatives have come out in support of them.  As if the situation in Gaza has anything to do with what we care about politically here at home.

“Oh, conservatives are for Israel, well that must mean that Israel is in the wrong!” 

Because most of the comments I’ve read from both side of this issue have been, at best, slightly factual to downright inaccurate.  Meaning that most people are reacting on emotion toward what’s going on in Gaza rather than facts.

But it’s just an interesting trend I’ve noticed.  Bash the radicalization of Christianity, that’s fine.  Call out the horrific acts that Islamic countries often carry out in the “name of Islam” and suddenly many liberals think you’re racist, prejudice, anti-Muslim and xenophobic.

For me, it just all goes back to my belief that organized religion is one of the worst things to happen to the human race.  It’s a way to justify horrific acts all in the name of (fill in name of religion).

Because that’s exactly what history tells us.  If there’s some kind of horrific human-caused injustice in our history, organized religion is almost always the tool used to justify it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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