How Do I Get To Qualify for Tolerance from the Left?

The Left has absolutely bent over backwards to make sure we understand that Islamic terrorists are not representative of the Muslim religion or Islam in general.  Further, they seem really quick to excuse or at least ignore a lot of really awful illiberal behavior by Islamic nations, including systematic abuse and near-enslavement of women, execution of gays, harassment of any non-Muslims, or even of Muslims from competing sects, etc.   We need to be tolerant, dontcha know.

So why is it that all this absolute cascade of bad behavior by various Muslims is not representative of true Islam but a tiny tiny few American males who are violent sex offenders are somehow totally representative of the entire gender, such that all men have to constantly humble ourselves, avoid speaking certain facts, apologize and bear guilt, go to college re-education programs, etc?

  • J_W_W

    You qualify for tolerance if they perceive you to be "of the left" like them.

    Now, extrapolate this into why they don't criticize anything about Islam....

  • fotini901

    #notallmen! Got it.

  • Nimrod

    This is the natural consequence of neo-Marxist conflict theory, which a majority of westerners actually believe in (even if they don't know what it's called). For example my mother believes in policies derived from this (affirmative action), but if I tell her the name for it and describe the evolutionary lineage of it she has no idea what I'm talking about, and doesn't want to read about it to confirm what I'm saying.

    Everything in Marxism and neo-marxism is zero-sum including society, and the highest goal is equal outcome (not equal treatment under the law) regardless of what individual actions anyone takes. Therefore if Muslim society is oppressing women, that can be ignored because women overall are (supposedly) "doing better" than Muslims are overall. Instead, handicaps should be put in place (unequal treatment) in order to supposedly help Muslims do better regardless of what their actions are. This is primarily arbitrary limited to groups defined by race, gender, and religion, however people try to extend it to every possible definable group. In doing so, an intractably long hierarchy of victimhood is created, which fuels more conflict as groups fight over their rightful place in the list of special treatment priorities.

    The de facto religion of neo-Marxist conflict theory is a self fulfilling prophecy which contains the contradiction of, since the neo-Marxist de facto religion is doing so well then shouldn't it be discriminating against itself?

    Also see http://fee.org/freeman/detail/the-welfare-state-as-a-zero-sum-game/

  • mogden

    It's Kling's Three Axis model of politics. Men are oppressors of women, so the Left is against them. Islam is oppressed by the West, so the Left is for them.

    So to gain tolerance from the Left, you'll need to become oppressed by one of the Left's out-groups. Since you're a filthy plutocrat who exploits his part-time workers, that will be difficult to do.

  • jdgalt

    You only qualify if you can convince the lefty crowd that you belong to a historically oppressed group.

    Maybe Elizabeth Warren can teach you how to fake your national origin successfully.

    (Rumor has it that the President did the same thing all through college -- which is why he had his records sealed. He really isn't foreign born but did claim that status to get affirmative-action treatment, and it worked.)

  • SamWah

    Threaten to beat them up, or kill them; works for Islamists! Or denounce them as race traitors, racists, misogynists, and closet conservatives trying to pass.

  • Duvane

    Maybe if you check your privilege, it would help. 😛

  • mogden

    The only angle I can think of is if you can somehow contrive Big Oil to want to drill in your campsite, forcing a shutdown.

  • http://contraniche.blogspot.com/ August Hurtel

    Because it isn't really about race. It is really about one small group of white elites hating all the other whites because they know they can't keep their positions in a fair competition. So they rig the game. They don't feel threatened by Muslims because they assume they can control them.

  • Nimrod

    You forgot Juan Williams who, while being screwed over by the whole "you only get special or even fair treatment if you're a neo-Marxist who follows the approved conflict theory strategy", is still clinging to the political left for some bizarre reason. My guess is that it's because he'll get called a "race traitor" by a black metaphorical lynch mob if he disavows the left based on their acceptance of conflict theory tactics. After all, these tactics are *supposed* to help black people, even though some historical evidence suggests that certain "helpful" policies were designed specifically to exterminate them: http://fee.org/freeman/detail/the-eugenics-plot-of-the-minimum-wage

    Note that orthodox Islam follows a similar strategy to the neo-marxist one: race isn't supposed to subject you to unfair treatment as long as you convert to orthodox Islam and don't commit heresy.

  • Gil G

    Why? Why do the majority have to show they're not representative of the minority? Looking at much of what "those" Muslim countries so look little different from a traditionalist Western Christian country.

  • chembot

    I think the strategy here is to claim some sort of partial minority status in the style of Elizabeth Warren. An enterprising soul with a sense of wit may go with being 50% female due to the X chromosome, or maybe claim to be 1/84 Homo habilis.

    Failing that, having a healthy sense of self loathing about being white and being vocal about it seems to carry some of the same immunities. Of course, that means living in the closet. May not be worth it.

  • irandom419

    Remember Ted Kennedy fought for women's rights.

  • Scott from Ohio

    It's pure politics. Obama got 85% of the Muslim vote but only 46% of the male vote. That's all.

  • sean2829

    The left is not tolerant of the left either. We are comming to the 50th anniversary of Daniel Patrick Moynahans prediction that welfare programs that punished families with fathers at home would decimate the African American family. http://www.wsj.com/articles/jason-l-riley-still-right-on-the-black-family-after-all-these-years-1423613625 He was roundly criticized for his views but history proved his insight on the government's perverse incentives.

  • Rob McMillin

    ... [T]he Liberals... pretend — and often quite honestly believe — that
    they are hot for liberty. They never really are. Deep down in their
    hearts they know, as good democrats, that liberty would be fatal to
    democracy — that a government based upon shifting and irrational opinion
    must keep it within bounds or run a constant risk of disaster. They
    themselves, as a practical matter, advocate only certain narrow kinds of
    liberty — liberty, that is, for the persons they happen to favor. The
    rights of other persons do not seem to interest them. If a law were
    passed tomorrow taking away the property of a large group of presumably
    well-to-do persons — say, bondholders of the railroads — without
    compensation and without even colorable reason, they would not oppose
    it; they would be in favor of it. The liberty to have and hold property
    is not one they recognize. They believe only in the liberty to envy,
    hate and loot the man who has it.

    -- H.L. Mencken

  • Nehemiah

    Neutered males don't have this problem Warren.

  • Nehemiah

    What do you mean?

  • Nehemiah

    Have you considered getting neutered?

  • jimc5499

    You could also toss in there that anybody who owns and carries a gun is automatically considered a deranged killer.

  • jimbeaux

    I defy you to name any traditional Western country where a large segment of Christians have committed acts of terroristic murder in the name of God or Jesus within the last, say, fifty years. Crazy Christians killing abortion doctors doesn't count, as they were isolated incidents by individuals, not by groups, and their behavior was never accepted or tolerated by any legitimate church. Groups like the KKK that happen to have Christians in them don't count, as they are not recognized as being legitimate Christian groups.

    Yes, Christianity was at one time violent. Christian theology has matured since then and the historical behavior during the Crusades, for example, is spoken of in shame, not in pride. Muslims believe their terrorists are heroes; Christians believe anyone who claims to follow God or Jesus, and kills in their names, is deluded, misguided, and wrong on every count.