The two available views on Islam in mainstream American politics
Now that FrontPage Magazine is in the full hysterical heat of its build-up toward “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” an event aimed at “raising consciousness” about something that doesn’t exist (since what FP calls “Islamo-Fascism” is really classical Islam), the left’s attacks on “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” have been at least as big a subject at FP as “Islamo-Fascism” itself. Let us remember that when it comes to the proper way to think about Islam, mainstream American politics is divided into just two factions. There is the left, which says that everything about Islam is just wonderful and that any tiny little bad parts of Islam have nothing to do with Islam but are symptoms of Western oppression. Then there is the “right,” which says that everything about Islam is just wonderful and that any tiny little bad parts of Islam have nothing to do with Islam but are caused by the modern perversion of Islam by Western totalitarian ideologies. Both left and “right” agree that Islam is just wonderful and must be welcomed en masse into the West and celebrated at the White House. The only thing they disagree about is that tiny little bad part. The left says the tiny little bad part is our fault. The “right” says the tiny little bad part is the fault of false Muslims who have hijacked Islam. But because the “right” blames the tiny little bad part on Muslims (though they are false Muslims) rather than on America, the left hates the “right” and considers it to be bigoted and racist. And because the left considers the “right” to be bigoted and racist, the “right” hates the left.
Sage McLaughlin writes:
You note that the only difference between respectable “left” and “right” opinion on the sources of Islamic violence is that leftists blame Western oppression, while so-called conservatives blame Islamic extremists. But as you also mention, these Islamic extremists are supposedly inspired by Western ideologies. That is, pure Islam has been distorted by contact with Western fascists.N. writes:
Could it be that these errors about Islam both stem ultimately from the same source, liberal secularism? One of the things that has become clear to me from reading various opinions about the jihad, and interacting with some people about it on email lists, is that people who are active Christians do not find it so difficult to conceive that at least some Moslems are just “reading the manual” and carrying out what it says. But those with no faith, or a nominal faith, are continually looking for some other reason.LA replies:
I think you’re on to something here, but what about believing Christians who also say these things, like Busheron? So the theory needs more refinement.
It’s all Islamo-Fascism, all the time at FrontPage Magazine. Here are the main articles on FP’s main page for October 19. With all that “Fascism, Fascism, Fascism, Fascism,” you’d think you were at a leftist rally. Also note that Robert Spencer’s article, while it has “Islamo-Fascism” in the title, does not contain that term in the article proper, since Spencer doesn’t use it or “Islamism.” Instead of speaks of “jihadists.” The editors of FP imposed their phony concept on his article.
Islamo-Fascist Bigotry: The Persecution of Fellow Believers