The False Comparison Between Islam and Christianity
The e-mail I receive from left-of-center readers in response to my SFGate columns is always revealing. Whether of the frothing-at-the-mouth variety (see Hatemail page) or the earnest and thoughtful, these missives are nothing if not enlightening.
The response to my last SFGate column, "Self-Censorship Threatens the West," said much about the current state of the left. The article looked at the growing and worrisome trend of Western self-censorship in reaction to years of intimidation and violence from the Muslim world. Ever since the Salman Rushdie affair, Westerners have been taught that legitimate criticism of Islam will be met with bloodshed.
But for liberals steeped in years of multiculturalism (whereby only Judeo-Christian civilization can be criticized lest one be considered a "racist"), not to mention an anti-Christian obsession that borders on irrational fear, my observations led to the inevitable question, "but what about the Christian Right?"
All I can say is that I'm quite astounded at the moral equivalence being drawn between riots/burning effigies/burning down churches/death threats/killing people with peaceful protests/opeds/boycotts/criticism/democratic activism. The latter is what the dreaded "Christian Right" does, while the former is what we've been seeing from the seething Muslim masses as of late. And there's absolutely no comparison.
Furthermore, there's this little historical difference between the two religions called The Reformation. In short, Islam hasn't gone through one yet. If and when it does, we can talk about comparing it to Christianity. But until that time, the comparison is wholly inaccurate.
Leftists can continue to harp on about the bogey-man of the so-called Christian Right if they must. In the meantime, the rest of us will be busy engaging with reality.
Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.