(HT: pst314) A liberal New Yorker finds out the hard way that gays are no longer the left’s favorite toy; Mohammedans are the shiny new thing.
Last month, when Marine Le Pen refused to put on a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon’s “Grand Mufti,” a friend of mine, whom I’ll call Dave, commended her for it on Facebook. Dave, as it happens, is a Manhattan liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton, despises Donald Trump, and thinks Le Pen is a fascist. But he’s also a gay man who’s very clear-eyed about the danger of Islam, especially to gay people, and who is angry at the left, both in the U.S. and Europe, for appeasing the Religion of Peace. And so he gave Le Pen a thumbs-up for her gutsy action.
Since Dave’s own friends list consists almost exclusively of other big-city liberal types, he was immediately savaged for his post on Le Pen. One of them wrote that just because Muslim women decide to cover their hair or body doesn’t mean they’re oppressed, and added that Le Pen, by refusing to wear a headscarf, wasn’t standing up for women but simply “trying to spread hate” towards Islam. Another of Dave’s friends agreed: Le Pen “didn’t behave properly.” …
In response to his friends’ complaints, Dave tried to play the gay-rights card, explaining to them that if they accepted the Muslim rule that women need to don a veil to meet a mufti or enter a mosque, they also had to accept the Muslim requirement that gay people – people such as himself – be stoned to death. Plainly, Dave expected that this argument would win the day with his oh-so-liberal, oh-so-gay-friendly friends. But it didn’t. On the contrary, their responses made it clear that they’d fully accepted the current progressive pecking order among officially recognized oppressed groups: gays (especially affluent gay American males such as Dave) are at the bottom of the ladder; Muslims are at the very top. Which means that when gays criticize Islam, a decent progressive is supposed to scream “Islamophobe”; but when Muslims drop gays to their deaths off the roofs of buildings, one is expected to look away and change the topic.
The Democrat Progressive Left has no fixed set of ethical standards, moral principles, or concept of inalienable rights. What they have is “What feels good right now” and “What is politically advantageous right now.” And what feels good right now is virtue-signaling about Mohammedans. Inconvenient realities about the beliefs of Mohammedism vis-a-vis homosexuals must not be allowed to stand in the way of self-righteous virtue-signaling.
And there is a political calculus as well. Globally, Mohammedans outnumber gays and mass immigrations and high birth rates mean there are more votes in mosques than gay bars. Also, Mohammedans share the Democratic Progressive Left’s lust for absolute political authority and violent repression of opposing belief systems. So, there’s that.