Today’s new Jesus and Mo strip, “policy,” is timely, and came with a note that “Moses is still hanging around.” And in this case he’s acting like a Regressive Leftist.
I’ll add one note: the Leftist claim that Islamist terrorism has very little to do with religion, and in fact is due far more to Western “colonialism” (as if the original Caliphates weren’t imperialist!), has puzzled me more than anything else in the last few years (Except, of course, the behavior of religious people who worry about whether or not dogs go to heaven.) The answer, which took me unconscionably long to realize, is that it’s a double form of racism against Muslims—who, of course, aren’t even a “race” in any sense of the word. First, because Muslims are, on average, browner than Europeans, they can be considered “oppressed”, and thus we have to give them a break, even when they toss gays off of buildings, kill atheist bloggers and Yazidis, and turn women into sex slaves or the contents of cloth sacks.
Second, because, on average, Muslims are browner than Europeans, we shouldn’t hold them to as high a standard of behavior as, say, those horrible white Israelis (many of whom are Arabs). Mix that in with excessive respect for the religion of people of color (but not so much for religions of people of no color, like Catholicism), and you get the toxic behavior that Moe discusses below.
One of the most distressing and hypocritical things I’ve seen in the online atheist and Leftist literature is how much of it has gone silent on bad behavior attached to Muslim doctrine. We see Western hijabis touted as heroes for flaunting a sign of a misogynistic religion that, a few years ago, was as mocked and derided for being more repressive, sexist, and homophobic than the oft-criticized Catholicism. (Far better to criticize those Islamic regimes that forbid women from taking part in sports.) Now we get silence, except from liberal or ex-Mulsims themselves—people like Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali—or those who speak the truth, like Dave Rubin, and are thus doomed to be Leftist Apostates. The Left itself has fallen victim to the pernicious fallacy that criticism of religious doctrine is equivalent to bigotry—but only when that doctrine is Islamic.
Of course the behavior of the West certainly destabilized the Middle East, as a piece in Sunday’s New York Times emphasizes, but that doesn’t excuse for a minute what Islamist terrorists are doing now. Not for a millisecond. We wouldn’t excuse blacks and Native Americans in America, historically our most oppressed groups, if all of a sudden they began stabbing civilians, murdering gays, or beheading civilian members of the groups that historically oppressed them.