By Tom Quiner
Catholics oppose abortion, artificial birth control, so-called gay marriage, and pre-marital sex of any kind.
So do evangelical Christians (except for the birth control issue).
So do Muslims.
Interestingly, the left is intolerant of Catholics and evangelical Christians, and quite tolerant of Islam.
President Obama always talks soothingly about Islam with words like these:
“Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. […] That is the spirit we need today.”
When talking about Christians in unguarded moments, he characterizes us as “clinging to our bibles and our guns.”
We really get the feeling he doesn’t like us, since we don’t see eye-to-eye with him on the critical issues mentioned above. And yet with each new murderous atrocity committed in the name of Allah, the president calls for tolerance of all the peace-loving Muslims who live among us.
The Left has been less than tolerant toward Catholics in the wake of the priest abuse scandal. Keep in mind, almost all of the abuse took place prior to 1985. Keep in mind, about 80% of the abuse was homosexual in nature, significant in that gays are a protected class among liberal elites. Keep in mind that the Church implemented draconian measures to clean up their act. There have been less than a trickle of credible claims made in the past decade, something our public schools certainly can’t claim.
The liberal media relentlessly crucifies the Catholic Church.
Comedian Bill Maher goes after us all the time with quotes like this …
“What other business could you be in where your company gets caught running a child sex ring since forever and you still keep your customers?”
and this …
“Now…as you all know, this week, Pope Benedict told Vatican Radio—you know, Vatican Radio, playing the hits from the 8th century, 9th century and today—Benedict told them he was going to resign because the Church needs a fresh, young face, somewhere other than a priest’s lap.”
and this …
“The fact is that any enterprise that excludes women almost always descends into sexual deviancy. At least at my bathhouse.”
Could imagine ANYONE in this country, liberal of conservative, saying something like this about Islam?
Joy Behar on The View constantly belittles Catholics with comments like these …
Catholic “home schoolers are demented.”
and this …
“Catholic saints required psychotropic drugs.”
and this …
“Prayer is anti intellectual. It takes the place of logical thinking.”
and this …
“Traditional marriage advocates are bible thumpers.”
And yet when Bill O’Reilly was a guest on their show and stated, factually, that 9/11 was a crime perpetrated by Muslims, Ms. Behar and Whoopie Goldberg shrieked:
“Muslims didn’t kill us on 9/11, extremist Muslims did!”
They walked off the show.
So much for tolerance.
Could you imagine them defending the Church abuse scandal this way: “Catholic priests didn’t abuse children, gay priests did!”
I admit, I don’t get Islam. As I understand it, Mohammed married a six year old girl, but didn’t consummate the marriage “until” she was nine. The Islamic apologists in America’s liberal elite never mention this at the same time they pour through Christian scripture looking for ways to twist Christianity into something it isn’t.
So why do liberals tolerate Islam at the same time they embrace intolerance toward Catholicism and evangelical Christianity? There is a practical explanation: fear. They are afraid they will be killed if they speak poorly of Islam. We have seen this happen far too many times around the world.
Write a book that presents Islam in a bad light and an ayatollah may put a hit out on you.
Draw a political cartoon depicting Mohammed in a bad light (heck, maybe even a good light) and you may end up dead.
I think there is another reason. The American Left and Islam have common enemies, including Catholicism, evangelical Christianity, and the American Constitution.
In this light, the Left is willing to tolerate genital mutilations and women’s treatment as second class citizens in Islamic nations. They’re willing to hold their nose on a whole bunch of issues as they take on their common enemy from different directions. At the same time, they continue to unleash barrage after barrage of weapons of mass intolerance toward their common foe.