Mis-Defining the Threat

As longtime readers of this “weblog” well know, Wizbang attracts a number of left-leaning commenters. Though we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” suspect that the large majority of Wizbang devotees are on the conservative side of the fence, nary a “post,” it seems, is free from some liberal retort.

Though others may grumble about this state of affairs, we think it’s just dandy. Frankly, it’s nice to see that some folks enjoy taking in commentary from the proverbial other side of the aisle.

In fact, our lefty pals offer us an opportunity. For a good long time, dear reader, we have wondered about one particular article of left-leaning faith: How can Western liberals generally perceive that Christian fundamentalism is a dire threat to the United States, but fail to believe that extremist Islam is worthy of collective concern?

We don’t, we must add, mean to be arch in offering this question. On the contrary: We find it extremely peculiar. And we’d love it if one of Wizbang’s lefty readers would present a convincing–or even mildly reasonable–argument on the topic.

We mean, come on: “Weblogs” such as Little Green Footballs and JihadWatch incessantly chronicle the dubious and evil machinations of Islamist totalitarians. Granted, such “weblogs” have their axes to grind, and tend to spin things in certain useful ways. Still, the list of dubious Islamist actions in the West is long and frightening.

Still, lots of lefties, like ostriches, tend to argue that criticism of Islamism merely amounts to bigotry. What’s more, many of our liberal friends are content to blame the West for this Islamofascist scariness. If only Israel didn’t occupy the West Bank, they say, the Islamists wouldn’t be so violent. If only America weren’t so hands-on in Middle Eastern affairs, they submit, the Muslim fanatics would be tame.

Why don’t our lefty pals view the Christian Right in the same manner? If only there were a Constitutional amendment striking down gay marriage, the Christian fundamentalists wouldn’t be so overheated. If only abortion were illegal, the hard-core Christians would be appeased and all would be well.

Naturally, such concessions to the Christian Right would also suit the Muslim fundamentalists just fine. Yet, to the best of our knowledge, none of our liberal pals seriously considers these steps.

If you ask us, the answer is simple: A reasonable person can’t possibly characterize the Christian Right as an evil collection of “American fascists” and gainsay the threat from radical Islam. To bray about the “700 Club” and ignore the dubiousness of CAIR, for example, is to misconstrue political reality. And the more our friends on the Left keep at it, the less political power they’ll enjoy.

(Note: The crack young staff normally “weblog” over at “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” where they are currently reminding themselves that Harold Pinter was part of the International Committee To Defend Slobodan Milosivec.)

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