Question: What is God’s answer to liberalism? Answer: Islam. God has a good sense of humor.
There are many things that may be said about liberalism, but one point that must be acknowledged is that liberalism is a product of Christianity. While any good liberal will vehemently denounce Christianity as homophobic, intolerant, misogynist and close minded, they are at pains to explain their worldview apart from Christian influence. In fact, all the so called virtues of liberalism are nothing more than watered down and distorted strains of Christian ethics. Christianity provides the theological and philosophical backbone for all liberal thinking. Without Christianity as the backbone of Western civilization, liberalism would not exist.
And for good reason. Liberalism is not a system of thought in itself. Like any successful parasite, it feeds off the larger host that gives it life. In that respect, liberalism is really a destructive force that bites the hand that feeds it. Liberalism does not have the ability to create a sustaining civilization. It can only foment at the things it hates about the one it already inhabits.
For example, take the great liberal virtue of “tolerance.” They propose that all people should accept all people without qualification. They argue that we should not judge other people. Instead, we should accept them as they are because that is the loving thing to do.
As with all distortions, there is some merit here. But where did the idea to be lenient in judgment and largess in love come from to begin with? It seems too obvious to even mention. But those ideas come from Jesus. Of course, in the present liberal version, those virtues are nothing more than distortions. But the best distortions are those that contain a small amount of truth.
It should also be recognized, however, that the distortion is a form of protest. Liberal ethics do not create standards in as much as they wage war against those who do. Hence, liberals are protesting against any standards of right and wrong when they promote “tolerance.” It just isn’t fair that some people cannot live the way they want to – sin notwithstanding. So, we will cry “foul” until we get our way!
But the point is that liberalism is a product of Western Christian civilization. Without the Christian backbone that liberals seek to break, there is no liberalism. So why then is Islam God’s answer to liberalism?
Islam is the antithesis to everything liberalism stands for. If Islam was the dominant theo-political movement in America, there would not be a liberal left standing. The pogrom against liberals from the ruling Islamic imams would make Stalin blush.
The chief goal of Islam is the worldwide implementation of Sharia law. Under this geo-political/theological system of thought and governance, there is absolutely no room for a single liberal virtue. All dissenters are subjected to harsh and cruel punishment.
Consider that just last year there was controversy (in our media, but not in the Islamic world) over two teenage boys who were discovered to be practicing homosexuals. Those two young men would have been paraded around in the West as heroes for protesting the bigots who oppose homosexuality. In the Moslem world, they are simply executed without comment. Today those two boys are, in fact, dead. So much for tolerance.
How about women’s rights? In Islam such a notion simply does not exist. People do not have rights – no one does. They have obligations and duties as outlined in Sharia law. They are expected to behave according to the dictates of that law, or they will be punished. Hence, women wear burkas, not to make a fashion statement, but because not doing so could cost them their lives. You won’t see radical feminists mouthing off about the closed-minded, misogynist policies of Islamic law in Islamic countries. In fact, whenever you see a good feminist in Saudi Arabia, you will notice the nice and attractive burka she’s sporting. I have always wondered why such women do not wear them when they return home.
The point is that for every liberal virtue – so called, it would be easy to demonstrate how Islamic law not only contradicts it, but, in fact, condemns it.
So how does that translate into the opening questions? Why is Islam God’s answer to liberalism? I think it’s pretty simple. As Islam continues to rise in influence, all true die-hard liberals will have to make a choice. Right now, liberals are safely protected by their despised host. But as Christianity loses influence, liberals will someday be faced with the choice of adhering to their cherished and sacred liberal values or the dreaded and rightly feared law of Islam.
Once the backbone of Christianity is broken in the West, liberals will discover that they were never in the possession of a spine to begin with. It wasn’t theirs. All they did was kick it until it finally broke. When that happens, they just might have to face the true spirit of Islam (without Christian ethics as a buffer zone for protection). They will have nothing to hang onto when they cry “foul” and scream that their treatment is not fair.
But until that time, and as Islam makes its influence felt, liberals will be confronted with the contradictions of their views with that of Islam. The humor, I believe, will be found in the liberal desire to protect Islam from those whom they deem to be closed-minded and intolerant of Islam. The recent episode of liberals running headlong to protect the building of a mosque on Ground Zero and allegedly even funded with terrorist money, is a good case in point. Never mind their anticipated response had this been a Christian church wanting to build a cathedral over the graves of Moslems.
Liberals exist today because of the values of Christianity (e.g. true tolerance, – which is putting up with others you do not agree with – forbearance, and love) so allowed it to be. If Islam ever becomes a dominant force, liberalism as we know it dies a hard and painful death. Then again, it may be more of a soft whimper as all the radical libs dawn their burkas, grow their beards, and quietly head to the mosque for daily prayers.
God has a sense of humor.