You won’t find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won’t even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won’t find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam.Getting a handle on liberal pathology is a lifetime commitment. But falter for a second and one is plunged back into the giant sensory deprivation experiment that modern Western life is. "Self-hating" has never resonated with me as a way to describe liberal’s destructive beliefs. In the absence of their knowledge of a long list of actual personal transgressions, I don’t think people are wired to hate themselves. However, "neurotic," "intellectually dishonest," or "gutless" come closer to describing a situation where otherwise intelligent people refuse to see or acknowledge what is plain to see, whether neurotically or willfully.
Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.
The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.
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An early generation of Western leaders sought the affirmation of their national destinies in the divine. This generation of Western leaders seeks the affirmation of their secular liberalism in a moderate Islam.
Even if they have to make it up.
Without a moderate Islam the Socialist projects of Europe which depend on heavy immigration collapse. America’s War on Terror becomes the endless inescapable slog that the rise of ISIS has once again revealed it to be. Multiculturalism, post-nationalism and Third World Guiltism all implode.
Without moderate Muslims, nationalism returns, borders close and the right wins. That is what they fear.
Solzhenitsyn said, "Live not by lies." But the "socialist projects" have always degenerated into enterprises maintained by suppression of the truth, first with admonition then with intimidation then with legal abuse then with violence. Sweden leads the way in pure, lunatic, NKVD malignity.
So the need for a moderate Islam is part of a larger picture – the necessity of keeping the socialist madness on track, regardless of the countless people on the track waving warning flags. Suicidal fools talk about multiculturalism and economic, political, and historical illiterates talk about how socialism and communism just haven’t been implemented by the right people. The payoff in the short term is the continuation of a life of parasitism financed by productive fellow citizens or hostile or indifferent foreigners being exploited for their cheap labor.
Mr. Greenfield has an absolutely brilliant insight here. Par for the course with him, it seems. I’m sure he would agree that what he describes is an aspect of the problem illuminated by the witticism that it’s useless to try to convince someone of something if his job depends on his not "knowing" that something.
People can adhere to articles of faith because they (1) maintain their political or social position, (2) safeguard redistributionist scams, or (3) serve a neurotic need. The first two are self evident. I list the third item based on having been acquainted with a pleasant, intelligent woman whose thoughts on homeless people in D.C. sleeping on steam grates in the winter seemed to reveal a powerful subconscious identification with them. She, a highly-paid lawyer, appeared to identify instantly and completely with the men. That could be she on the grate in an instant and nothing should interfere with any expenditure of public money or creation of any public program that would alleviate their misery. She was an ardent liberal and she illustrates the neurotic aspect of preposterous liberal beliefs, of which multiculturalism, "affordable socialism," and commendable cowardice are a part.
 "Moderate Islam Is Multiculturalism Misspelled." By Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Magazine, 9/2/14.
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