Curiously, Maajid Nawaz, a liberal Muslim who constantly presses for a reformation of radical Islam, has been demonized by many on the left, even though, unlike Ayaan Hirsi Ali, he’s apparently not an atheist. He’s been called a “porch monkey” as well as Sam Harris’s “lapdog” and “Muslim validator,” and was even criticized by the odious Nathan Lean for dressing too nicely! It’s almost as if a liberal Muslim has no credibility with the Left at all, and negative credibility if he’s Westernized! Nawaz is the cofounder and chair of the Qulliam Foundation, dedicated to taming Islamic extremism.
Why, then, is he so demonized? It’s a mystery to me, and maybe readers can explain. At any rate, here’s a video just released by Nawaz showing his appearance on Fox News. Why a right-wing news channel? We all know the answer to that: what Nawaz says is inimical to the mainstream liberal press, marinated in Regressive Leftism. He actually calls out religious ideology, and that’s a no-no.
The part I like best is this, starting at 3:25:
“I am entirely exhausted by the obfuscation, the denialism, the double standards in this debate. President Obama is playing politics with evil. He’s so scared of offending people that he would rather assassinate people without any accountability, so he has a kill list. Everyone knows he has a kill list. He’d rather send drones illegally into countries, he’d rather arbitrarily detain than actually offend a Muslim. That’s the situation that liberals find themselves in today. And frankly, as a liberal, I’d rather offend someone than send out people to assassinate them without due process. I’d rather have that civil society debate, and the only way I can have that, by the way, is naming exactly what I’m challenging.”
Now listen to Maajid Nawaz on this video, and, if you’re a Leftist, tell me what you find objectionable. For the life of me, I can’t find anything.