Progressives And Religious Violence

You’ve probably all heard about the recent attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.  A 57 year old man went into the place, gunning down three people and injuring nine others.  We all wonder to ourselves, “How can this happen?”  Well, if you watched the Republican debates, you probably saw the candidates attacking Planned Parenthood, telling crowds of people that the organization is chopping up babies and selling their body parts for money.

Where they come up with this stuff, I have no idea, but media outlets like Fox News have been playing this up for months now.  What better way to get their base stirred up?  Abortion is an issue dear to most conservatives, and they were using this sort of rhetoric to make people believe that Hillary and Obama support an organization guilty of these atrocities.  In his statement, the shooter specifically told the police, “no more baby parts.”  He felt this was a holy cause and he was defending unborn babies.

We all know this is terrible, but I want use this incident to point out how there is double standard progressives use when criticizing religion.  Progressive websites like the Huffington Post are railing on about how Colorado Springs is “America’s Christian Mecca”, and these backward beliefs can be linked to this sort of violence.  The article rightly points out,

Local politicians have also been vocal about speaking out against abortion. In March, state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) said that God had cursed America for its stance on abortion after a stranger stabbed a Colorado woman and ripped her baby from her womb.

“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb,” Klingenschmitt said at the time. “Part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open.”

So ok, backward religious beliefs can cause a minority of people who really believe in their faith to act on those beliefs.  It’s a real problem.  I’m in complete agreement.

But how come when different intellectuals, such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, or even the talk show host Bill Maher criticize Islam for a lot of similar backward beliefs, they are “Islamaphobic”.  They’re labelled as bigots, racists, and anti-Semitic, and all debate on the topic is shut down.  When we see videos like the one below, are we not allowed to discuss them?  The leader asks his congregation if they believe that women who commit adultery should be stoned to death.  They all raise their hands.  He asks them if women should be isolated from making any decisions within their society.  They all raise their hands.  He asks them if they agree that all gays should be executed there on the spot.  They all raise their hands.  Then he goes on to say, “We all believe this way.”

There are a lot of backward beliefs floating around in Islamic culture which must be criticized.  People who address these issues, fighting for gay rights and women’s rights are not bigots, racist, or Islamaphobes.  Religion should not be immune from criticism.

You know what Huffington Post, you’re a Christaphobe!  Christians everywhere, it’s time to rise up and scream, “Not in my name!”  How could you possibly link this atrocity to Christian dogma?  Millions of Christians live peacefully everyday, and now you’re going to associate this backward stigma on them, that they’re violent and liable to terrorist like acts due to their religious beliefs?  Shame on you!  Where’s Ben Affleck?

Ok, I’m not being serious.  You’re not a Christaphobe.  You should rightfully criticize backward, irrational religious beliefs.  Just go a little further.  Criticize Islam too.  You can do it.  There’s just as much stupidity in the Quran as is in the Bible.  Culture is something that must be open for discussion and debate.

But progressives don’t view it this way.  They are motivated by cultural Marxist beliefs.  They stick up for Islam because in the U.S. Muslims are a minority.  There are no Christaphobes because Christians are perceived as the majority in power.  There’s no need to protect them with social taboos.  They stick up for people who they feel don’t have a voice.  This includes transgenders, gays, blacks, or whoever else is a minority.  They feel they must run to the aid of any minority and protect them from criticism.  It sounds noble, but it’s a poisonous set of ideas.  Whoever perceives themselves as a victim or a minority comes to believe that their ideas should be immune from criticism.  Anyone who criticizes them or their ideas gets some evil word attached to them and society is supposed to shun them.  Everything becomes racist, sexist, and bigoted; the words lose their meaning.  Any idea, no matter who believes it, is subject to criticism.

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