The facebook group ‘Muslims for Progressive Values’ has just banned me, after I respectfully challenged them on their beliefs that Islam supports secularism, and I challenged them on their condemnation of polygamy in Islam. It’s a funny group, they claim they are ‘Muslims’ and they claim they liberal. But despite their support for ‘freedom’ for consenting adults to do whatever they please (e.g. adultery, gay marriage, mistresses etc), they draw the line at polygamy!! Oh the inconsistency of Liberal ‘Muslims’. Not to mention the fact that they claim to support ‘critical thinking’, yet when someone actually comes to their page to think critically about THEIR beliefs, they react with bigotry and intolerance.
They argued that Muslim women who accept polygamous marriages, have been ‘brainwashed’, and anyone who claims that polygamous marriage is morally acceptable, ‘should be condemned’. This is despite the fact that polygamy is between consenting adults, has reasonable terms and conditions, and was practiced by many Prophets.
Liberals (individualists) may call themselves ‘Liberal’, and believers in ‘freedom’, but these are just euphemisms, or terms they use to sell their ideology (materialistic individualism). No doubt, the Communists believed they were liberating the proletariat (i.e. working classes of the world) with their system, and the Nazi’s believed they were liberators of the German people, and the Zionists believed they are liberators of the jewish people etc every one believes they are ‘liberators’ and ‘free’, however they only mean that they ‘free’ people to follow their specifically dictated way of life – not real freedom. At least Islam only limits is laws to its own adherents who have willingly embraced it. All the other ideologies, historically and currently, imposed their views on others, and dictate the tune everyone should dance to.
Liberals, like the rest of the materialist ideologies mentioned above, only permit what they think it ‘good’ and prohibit what they think it ‘bad’. And the difference between them and others, is merely what set of values they consider good and bad. And anything that subjects ‘individuals’ to non-materialistic power greater than themselves, is something Liberalism detests – and will not tolerate.
The Liberal ‘Muslims’ I encountered are no different. For just because someone believes in God, doesn’t mean they’ll accept His commands, prohibitions and permissions, if it is inconvenient to their own prejudices. Polygamy is detested by Liberals, because of their prejudice against its source – God’s law. They believe that Polygamy is wrong because it can’t be justified by individualism, and so they will be not-so-liberal towards it. And thus their hypocrisy is exposed.
This reminds me of the Liberal opposition to the Niqab and voluntary gender segregation in university lectures (because of religious reasons), yet they are happy with traditional schools with gender segregation (e.g. Eton), segregation in sports, public bathrooms and even Feminist created ‘safe spaces’ for women (not refuges). Liberals decry cultures (rightly) for practicing female genital mutilation, yet they permit labioplasties as part of the services offered at cosmetic surgery clinics, of which 90% of their clients are women!
And why this double standards? Because under the creed of Liberalism, the individual is supreme. And if anything ‘dares’ be greater than the individual, or interfere with the lives of Individuals without justification by reference to materialist Individualism, it will not be tolerated by Liberals. Sadly, this means religion, divine law and God.