Why do I tend to criticize what appear to be left wing positions more than right wing ones? For example, why do I spend so much time on left wing promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism and almost no time on immigration? Isn’t this unbalanced? Doesn’t this make me a right wing partisan?
Firstly, Muslims need to stop thinking in terms of left and right. As I have explained before, the political left and right are actually very aligned on most issues. This is because, first, they share the same fundamental ideological base of philosophical liberalism. Second, they both ultimately represent the same corporate interests. Third, they are both constrained by the same “deep state.”
The reality is, many of the policies leftists are most in arms about with Trump actually existed in some form under Obama. Yes, there existed a Muslim ban in some form under Obama (Obama hugely expanded the No-Fly list which mostly targeted Muslims). Yes, there existed immigrant detention camps and mass deportations under Obama. Yes, there was police brutality under Obama (actually, Obama did a lot more over his first 7 years to militarize the police than Trump has done in 3). Yes, there was belligerent foreign policy toward the Muslim world under Obama (actually, far more belligerent). Yes, there was the selling of billions of dollars in arms to Saudi under Obama. Yes, there was targeting of Muslims domestically under Obama (in fact, way more under Obama; Trump has rolled back some of the anti Muslim domestic policies of Obama’s FBI and NSA). And so on.
But we didn’t hear much protest about these things from the Muslim leftists back then. And the few leftists who did protest still sung the praises of Obama and acted like smitten fanboys and fangirls while they assured us that Obama was eventually going to change everything for the better (He didn’t).
Why such a soft spot for Barack? Maybe it was the iftars at the White House. Or maybe it was the access, appointments, and funding these Muslim leftists enjoyed for 8 years…
So, excuse me if I don’t take the present histrionics of these leftists very seriously. I have a memory that alhamdulillah extends past 3 years.
Now this is also why I say that I criticize what *appear* to be left wing positions. I say “appear” because the right actually agrees on many of the issues I raise, for example, on LGBT, on feminism, on secularism, etc. The outrage against Brunei, for instance, was totally bipartisan. The Trump administration’s foreign policy is also pro LGBT, etc. And so forth.
But what about the original question? Why focus more on LGBT as opposed to immigration?
The answer is easy. Being anti immigration does not threaten one’s iman whereas being pro LGBT does. A Muslim can believe in a political policy like stricter border control. In fact, most Muslims around the world do believe in this for their own countries. But a Muslim cannot believe in the morality of same sex acts. To do so is to directly contradict many clear cut verses of the Quran, such as 7:81, 27:55, etc.
Now, even if being in favor of tighter border control threatened iman, there are virtually zero Muslims taking this position in the West, for obvious reasons.
With LGBT, however, we sadly do see a proliferation of kufr views spreading throughout the community. There is a great deal of confusion and none of the major national organizations and figures are willing to address it. Why? Because they don’t want to threaten their political alignments, their high paying careers, their media access, their academic appointments, etc. You can’t fit in with the elite class in the West if you have expressed even the slightest disagreement with LGBT ideology. So they keep their mouths shut while segments of the community flounder.
Also, pro LGBT policies have FAR greater implications for the Muslim world than Western immigration laws or even the “Muslim ban.” What we are seeing now is just the start of this, where Western nations and Israel justify war and “intervention” against Muslim nations on the basis that those Muslim nations are oppressing LGBT individuals and need Western forces to liberate them. So as LGBT is normalized in the West, this poses an acute threat to all Muslim countries and indeed all traditional societies around the world. We have already seen both Obama amd Trump try to justify aggression toward Muslim nations on this basis, and as the Western public becomes more pro LGBT, this will also mean that they will be more willing to support “spreading freedom” of this kind to the Muslim world by force, whether through military action or economic sanctions. Again, look at Brunei and our own leftist shaykha Ilhan “The Sharia is Barbaric” Omar introducing anti Muslim, anti Sharia legislation to Congress. (Didn’t hear a peep from all the Muslim leftists and orgs on that fiasco, by the way.)
But this glaring fact escapes these Muslim leftists, as they participate in marches, do photo ops for leftist media outlets, praise leftist, pro LGBT groups like Planned Parenthood, etc.
Another point: Some Muslims, especially on the left, have forgotten dawah and spreading an invitation to Islam. Well, for those who haven’t, let me ask a simple question. All else being equal, which is more difficult: trying to convince a pro LGBT advocate or an anti immigrant advocate that Islam is the Truth?
From my experience, the latter is much easier. This is because Islamic theology can accommodate ideas like stricter border control but cannot accommodate the morality of same sex acts and lifestyle. So, as far as dawah is concerned, the normalization of LGBT poses a far bigger obstacle.
So in a nutshell, this is where the need lies and why I prioritize what I prioritize.
I pray that Allah gives us the vision to see our reality clearly, protects us from harm and misguidance, and rectifies our situation.