“Regressive Left” is a term coined by Maajid Nawaz in a 2012 memoir, Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism. Nawaz, Sam Harris and Bill Maher have popularized the term to describe a section of the political left which refuses to challenge human rights abuses in Muslim communities for the sake of political correctness. Instead of defending left-wing values, Regressive Liberals try to silence criticism of Islamic ideology by claiming that it is bigotry toward muslims.
In this article we will look at left-wing principals that have been abandoned by the Regressive Left and call out the most Regressive Liberals who are leading the movement.
True Liberals stand for tolerance. They criticize the Nazis for antisemitism and the Ku Klux Klan for racism. Regressive Liberals take the opposite position with respect to Islamic treatment of “disbelievers”, Jews and Christians.
Muhammad, the founder of Islam, spoke of disbelievers extensively in the Quran.
“Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through. We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise.” Quran 4:56
If you go to Quran.com and search for words such as “disbelievers”, “unbelievers” and various forms, you will find close to a thousand results. In many of these verses, Muhammad commands Muslims to “kill disbelievers wherever you find them” (2:191) by beheading them (8:12) or crucifying them (5:33). Islam literally means “submission” and calls for violence against those who refuse is a central theme of the Quran, see 2:216, 3:151, 4:47, 4:89, 9:5, 9:29, 9:123 for other examples.
Regressive Liberals silence critics of such beliefs by labeling them “Islamophobes”.
True Liberals defend gender equality. They led the fight to grant women the right to vote and they oppose discrimination against women in the workplace. Regressive Liberals apply a different mindset to human rights abuses enshrined in Islamic ideology.
Muhammad decided that Muslim men could have four wives. He later made an exception for himself and took eleven wives. The youngest, Aisha, was 6 when he married her. According to Islamic scholars, he consummated the marriage when Aisha was 9 years old.
Muhammad instructed Muslim men to strike their wives if they show arrogance (4:34). He gave detailed instructions on how to beat wives in the Hadith. In matters of sex, child custody and inheritance Muhammad gave men power over woman.
Regressive Liberals silence criticism of such beliefs on the grounds it shows “disrespect for Muslim culture”.
True Liberals oppose discrimination. They support homosexuals in their fight for gay marriage and stand with the LGBT community against intolerance. Regressive Liberals give Islamists a free pass when it comes to the extreme violence against homosexuals in Muslim communities.
Muhammad commanded Muslims to torture and murder homosexuals. The Hadith calls for homosexuals to be thrown from the “highest roof top”, then beheaded and crucified. Some Imams issue fatwas to put homosexuals in cages and set them on fire.
Regressive Liberals silence criticism of such practices to avoid “offending Muslims”.
The damage done to Liberalism by the Regressive Left is massive. Not only does it provide cover for those who rape and murder in the name of Allah, it also serves as a catalyst for the rise of the far right. See below for a list of the most Regressive Liberals in the world.
American lawyer, liberal political commentator, founder of the Movement Vision Lab and distinguished Vaid fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. According to Wikipedia, “Kohn incited controversy when she wrote an article where she stated that she wants her daughter to grow up to be a lesbian, and that she is disappointed that her daughter has shown a romantic interest in boys.”
On August 16, 2016 Sally tweeted that “many *progressive Muslims* — the ones we should support in ideological fight against extremism — believe in Sharia!!”
Sharia law is a legal system based on the Qur’an and Hadith. It calls on Muslims to cut off thieves hands, stone adulterers to death, kill anyone who criticizes Islam, kill any Muslim who renounces Islam. Sharia condones women being beaten by their husbands if they show arrogance and unambiguously calls for the homosexuals to be put to death.
Kohn’s attempt to equate progressive Muslims with Sharia law earns her the top spot on our list of the most progressive liberals in the world.
Australian writer, columnist and social commentator.Werleman contends that ideology has nothing to do with extremism. He prefers to blame it on the West, ignoring over 1000 years of Islamic conquests before the US or Israel existed.
In 2004, Werleman was shown to have plagiarized the work of Fareed Zakaria, Vali Nasr, William Broyles Jr., Robert Pape and several others. Despite this, he is still published in several left-wing journals such as Salon.
Iranian born Author and professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Claims to hold several degrees in theology but this has been challenged by David Pakman and others. It is not without irony that Aslan engages in creative writing about Islam.
Aslan has stated that Islam is “the most tolerant religion” despite numerous verses in the Quran that advocate killing disbelievers, apostates and homosexuals. He claims, “it is incorrect to believe women are mistreated in the Muslim world” despite the widespread practice of forced marriage, child brides, female genital mutilation and honor killings.
Several of Alsan’s claims were debunked in an article entitled Reza Aslan is Wrong About Islam and This is Why byMuhammad Syed and Sarah Haider, co-founders of the Ex-Muslims of North America.
American lawyer, journalist and author. Greenwald has written for Salon and The Guardian. Greenwald regularly labels critics of Islam as Islamophobes or bigots, even those such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali who have have suffered human rights abuses under Islam.
After the Charlie Hebdo attacks by Islamist Jihadis, Greenwald claimed the cartoonists were racists. He ignores the fact that they were murdered for having criticized Islam which is a religion, not a race, or that Charlie Hebdo regularly criticized other religions such as Christianity and Judaism.
In Greenwald’s mind, criticizing Christians and Jews is to be applauded, but criticizing Islamists is racism.
Turkish-American columnist, political pundit and activist. Host and co-founder of The Young Turks, an internet show with political and social commentary.
Uygur has been criticized for denying the Armenian Genocide and naming his Internet show after one of the main instigators, the Young Turks.
Pundit and active in the Islamic honor brigade. Claims ex-Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali are “dangerous” because they upset Islamists.
Following the San Bernadino attack, Jebreal promoted a meme arguing that Islam is a religion of peace. The meme included an excerpt of verse 5:32 from the Quran but failed to mention that it was a “decree for the Children of Isreal” or that the very next verse 5:33 incites Muslims to crucify, then cut off the hands and feet of those who wage war on Allah, which includes disbelievers, anybody who criticizes Islam, anybody who draws Muhammad, etc.
American film maker. Recently took a photo of himself outside of Trump Towers with a sign saying “We are all Muslims” and promoted #WeAreAllMuslims on social media. Does he think we all believe in killing Jews, Christians and homosexuals? Think again Michael.
Moore has a net worth of over $50 million. According to his Twitter profile, one of his greatest achievement is a racist book called “Stupid White Men”. Read more about this Regressive Liberal in my recent article, Michael Moore, Muslim or Opportunist?.
Creator of The Daily Show. Satirists who delivered scathing monologues against right wing politicians, pundits and religious leaders, unless they were Islamists.
Stewart gave a cold welcome to Ayaan Hirsi Ali on his show but is all hugs and kisses when inviting Regressive Liberals and Islamists. He deflects criticism of Islamic ideology by blaming the West or insinuating that it is hatred toward all Muslims. Stewart produced a particularly distasteful segment on the daily show to ridicule the French following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, suggesting they are inherently lazy and used the attacks as an excuse to go on strike.
American actor who went on a tirade on the Bill Maher show, calling critics of Islamic ideology racists. Generally follows Islamist propaganda that Muslims are victims, Islamophobia is the problem, violence is justified, yada, yada.
Recently had an affair with his nanny prompting wife Jennifer Garner to file for divorce. Apparently Jennifer does buy into the four wives thing. Affleck has become the poster boy for Hollywood Regressive Liberals.
Founder of Facebook. Has turned the social media powerhouse into a safe space for Islamic hatred. Facebook removed the posts of Maryam Namazie explaining why Muslims should be free to leave Islam without fearing death. Enacted policies which led to the removal of a journalists article about sexual abuses in Madrassas.
Just days after the Paris attacks, Zuckerberg wrote an article in which he vowed to “add his voice in support of Muslims” and to “protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you (Muslims)”. What about the victims of Islam? Zuckerberg should have voiced support of the victims of the attacks, but instead he sided with those who share the ideology of the attackers. This prompted several ex-Muslims such as Brother Rachid to post open letters challenging his ignorance and moral confusion concerning Islam.
President Obama gave the order to take down Ben Laden and has authorized more drone strikes than President Bush. However, when it comes to free speech, he sides with Islamists who threaten to kill anybody who criticizes Islam or draws Muhammed.
Obama decided not to attend the rally following the Charlie Hebdo massacre. In 2012, he gave a speech to the United Nations in which he said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet”.
Considering the Prophet Muhammad practiced pedophilia, polygamy and possessed sex slaves, it’s difficult to imagine how one could slander him. You would think that a man who has two daughters and an accomplished wife would hesitate before defending Muhammad. More importantly, the President of the free world should defend free speech, not those who murder cartoonists in the name of Allah.
Obama has been a great President in many regards, but his complicit positions on Islam leave a dark stain on his Presidency.
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