Reasons Both Left and Right Should Oppose Islamization of American Society

The case of Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolf is instructive in the arguments over the nature of religious and civil freedom. Her defense of why she “incited hatred” by “denigrating the religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion” (note, a good reason not to have official religions) should give pause to those on the political left who believe the stereotypically conservative criticism of Muslims is due to an irrational “Islamophobia”:

A few days after the complaint was filed, Elisabeth was interviewed by the prominent Austrian magazine profil (the Austrian equivalent of Time or Der Spiegel). Some quotes from the interview:

  • “We are people defending the principles of freedom and equality in a secular society. I criticize political Islam and its political manifestations. No democratic country can take this right away from anyone.”
  • “I want to preserve Europe and its democratic and secular values.”
  • “Islamic doctrine discriminates against women and non-Muslims. Islamic law, or shariah, cannot be reconciled with democratic principles and universal human rights.”
  • “There are powerful groups who are working towards the Islamization of Europe. That is a fact. What can we gain from closing our eyes and ignoring this? Even Libyan leader Muammar Ghadafi says: ‘There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest.’“
  • “Muslims have to liberate themselves; from this static and tenacious Islam that is hell-bent on following norms from the seventh century. The result is that wherever there are Islamic societies there is no progress, but steps backwards, especially in the realm of human rights and democracy.”
  • Concerning “Islamophobia”: “A phobia is an irrational fear. My worries are not irrational, but justified. One of these days our politicians will have to recognize this fact. People like me are not right-wing xenophobes.”

If one is a left-wing liberal who wants to preserve our freedoms, rather than a progressive who knowingly or unknowingly seeks to undermine freedom’s cultural and political bases, it should be hard to disagree.

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