Left-wing?”progressive” inconsistency is the real danger

The real enemy of the West is progressive politicians who will fight tooth and nail to liberate Western women from Christian religious patriarchy but who will ignore like-minded women from an Islamic religious background. It is left-wing?progressive inconsistency that is the real danger. They will defend gay rights and women’s rights at the same time as silencing criticism of Sharia law.

…As a former Muslim, I know all too well how challenging it is to talk about the role of religion in perpetuating violence. I hail from Morocco, a Muslim-majority country that criminalizes any criticism of Islam through extensive blasphemy laws. Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, similar legislation still punishes those secular Arabs and Muslims who dare call out Islamic law on its dysfunctions.
But what I saw in that senate hearing was another more pervasive form of censorship, double-speak and denial. For about three hours, I and other attendees witnessed firsthand how this free nation?s lawmakers would rather bury their heads in the sand than engage in necessary dialogue. As a proud liberal myself, I must admit that I was mostly disappointed in the behavior of Democratic Senators.

In her testimony, Ayaan Hirsi Ali made sure more than once to clarify that her plea was not directed against the majority of Muslims who want to live their religion spiritually. Rather, her advocacy was directed at Dawa, a system of ideological and religious proselytizing aimed at establishing a Sharia-based political regime. Along with Muslim reformer Asra Nomani, Mrs. Hirsi Ali outlined with precision how Dawa has gained ground not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but in the United States as well. In a country that has made great strides in establishing free speech, freedom of religion and individual liberties, Dawa?s implications for the rights of women, gays, freethinkers and non-Muslims were a real threat.

…Ayaan Hirsi Ali?s and Asra Nomani?s point was that ideas matter. What youth are taught in mosques and community centers about ?the other? matters. Just like it is paramount to fight white supremacy, it is crucial to tackle Sharia supremacy and its violent consequences. Such is the battle of ideas in the context of violent extremism.

Unfortunately, the Democratic Senators who walked into the room did not want to hear it.

All Democrats. All progressives. All women. The scene was surreal. The same representatives who would fight tooth and nail to liberate American women from religious patriarchy were ignoring like-minded women from another religious background. After the hearing, a friend pointed to the other liberal inconsistency between defending gay rights and silencing criticism of Sharia?s homophobia. I joked: ?They only care about their homosexuals, not ours.?

Perhaps it takes an outsider?s perspective to cherish the fundamental secular freedoms that the United States affords its residents and citizens. Senator McCaskill is right. Freedom of religion is one of the things that make this country great. But what also makes it great is the freedom of its laws from religion. That is what still makes America an attractive destination to those like yours truly, who strive to lead lives free of religious dogma. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani are no different. As secular women of Muslim origin, they have firsthand knowledge of how fragile a liberal order can be when not defended against illiberal ideas. Sharia law is one of those. The voices of Muslim reformers must no longer be stuck between Muslim heckling and the denial of liberals. If anything, the latter should be our allies.