By Andrew Klavan November 5, 2017
Perhaps the worst thing about having an exclusively leftist media is that it makes all of us, right and left, stupider. Take for example that media’s reaction to the latest Islamist terror attack in Manhattan. . . In reporting the event, CNN Crime and Justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz refused to share the police description of the killer after he was caught. Because he’s a journalist, and the last thing we want is to have journalists going around giving people information!. . .
None of which is to make fun of a tragedy, of course, but only of the absurd reaction of the leftist press. Because, being leftist, they reduce every issue to a binary choice: their way or hatred. Ignore the worldwide connection between Islam and terror or you’re a bigot. Support gay marriage or you’re a homophobe. Buy into government health care or you want people to die. Buy into affirmative action or you’re racist. And so on. In each of these cases, there are rational arguments to be made on both sides and, as President Trump pointed out when discussing iconoclasm, “some very fine people” who support those arguments.
But the left has, for the most part, abandoned rational argument altogether, not because leftism is always wrong about everything but because it is wrong and has been proven wrong on its central premise. It is now irrefutable that socialism destroys every nation it touches. Small homogenous nations that are essentially protected by American might can fool around with confiscatory taxes and massive social programs, but even they will have to privatize industry sooner or later to stay solvent. Otherwise socialism gets you Venezuela, and that’s only if you’re lucky enough not to wind up with the Soviet Union or Red China, with over 100 million human beings exterminated in the name of paradise.
And since each of the left’s arguments is being made not in support of Islam or blacks or women or anyone else, but in support of a bigger government with an eye toward ultimately achieving socialism, leftists can’t afford to accept or even hear the arguments from the other side.
Thus, we end up with a press corps full of idiots: leftists too stupid to deliver the straight news. . . Life is complex. Criticizing a religion is a dangerous thing. Religious bigotry and oppression are real and can get very ugly very fast. But at the same time, ideas and philosophies are what shape societies more than anything else. And in a nation based on a creed like this one, that is especially so. We therefore have the right to question if a certain set of ideas, like Islam, is so inherently antithetical to our creed that the influx of believers needs to be carefully watched and even regulated. It’s a discussion that needs to be had by intelligent adults. But our leftist media is bent on turning us all into stupid children.
Not solely to pick on Islam, but can we seriously discuss the fact that it is at the same time a religion AND political ideology? I know people who speak of the beauty of the inner jihad conquering internal spiritual battles. Fine and good, Christians do the same in prayer and contemplation. Other types meditate and fast, as examples.
That’s the religious part of Islam. But you can’t separate it from the political parts that call for conquering the world with Islam’s armies and slaughtering or subjugating all others who believe differently. Some of those ladies in hijab above are raising little suicide bombers or other political jihadists in the privacy of their homes and mosques. That political Islam part is a direct threat to constitutional governance of a free people exercising their rights to worship freely according to their conscience.
Slaughter and subjugation do not allow for a concept like freedom of conscience.
Can we just dispose of this concept that Islam is like every other religion? It isn’t! It is an aggressive, revolutionary edict that commands the destruction of any other view.
Much like modern Leftism is evolving towards with Antifa, BLM, and OFA.