On feminist converts to Islam

There have been some interesting discussions on the internet over the conversion of feminist Leftist Lauren Booth to Islam.  Over at Oz Conservative, this comment by “Anonymous Protestant” is so good, it deserves to be shared.

So having apparently devoted her life to the causes of leftism, that attacked community directly and indirectly in order to smash every single social structure between the individual and the leftist god of The Holy State, having done her part to pit women against men, having labored in the sour vineyard of leftist cant for years, Booth suddenly wants some of the things back she so casually overturned in her younger days. But rather than admit error, wrongdoing, hurt, and then turn back, i.e. repent, Booth turns a different direction, in support of a religion that can be described as demonic.

And for this, we are to be thankful?

I’ve seen this over and over again from Leftists.  They spend their whole lives attacking and destroying the religions and traditions of the West.  Then they visit some Eastern country, come back all amazed by the communal bonds and spirituality they find, and say “why does the West have nothing like this?”  It makes me want to strangle them.  Of course, it would be okay if it were a step to repentence, but it’s not.  They just conclude that Christianity is a particularly contemptible religion, and that it should be wiped out to make room for these delightful heathen.

4 Responses

  1. What does Islam and Feminism have in common? Both doctrines are straight out of hell. Of course the two go together. I’m surprised it took them this long to find each other.

  2. Hello cybro,

    As I’ve said before, I have a lot more sympathy for Islam, which just strikes me as a partially false religion, than for liberalism, which seems to me to be Satan’s rebellion transplanted to Earth. On the other hand, it is remarkable how well the two seem to get along, isn’t it? So I think there is, indeed, something to what you’re saying. Deep down, liberals and Muslims both feel that the main division is between Christians and everybody else.

  3. The main trouble, I think, is that because these people are pre-disposed against Christianity, when they come across a traditional non-Christian religion in its own context, and discuss it with people, they can very easily become convinced by the polemic of that faith against Christianity. I have met more than one convert to Islam who fell into this category — basically “buying” the textbook Islamic critiques of Christianity and the Islamic “interpretation” of the NT and so on, lock, stock and barrel, because in most cases these people have a piss-poor understanding of Christianity on its own terms, coupled with a groomed bias and animus against it. This makes them easy prey for anyone with a modicum of skill at “dawah”: they’re predisposed to like criticisms of Christianity (because they are critical of it themselves) and are at the same time unequipped to think critically about the critiques that Islam offers of Christianity on their own merit. Hence they make easy marks, really.

    The other factor is that most of these converts are “doing” the new religion on their own terms. Not many of them live in traditional communities, and take on the full-blown traditional life of these religious communities. Rather, they skim from the religion what they want and “practice” the faith on their own non-threatening terms — terms which just so happen to mostly coincide with an otherwise unremarkable post-modern Western lifestyle for the most part. In effect, for some of these people, adopting the non-Western religious persona, or pose, is yet another way to express their abject hatred of the West and, by extension, themselves.

    And this isn’t the case only for Islam, either, obviously. It’s just that Islam is the most active proselytizing religion outside the West, and it’s growing fast now, everywhere, including in the US. There are plenty of empty-headed leftists who become “buddhists” (mostly in a way not recognizable to “real” Buddhists in Asia) or join other faiths, as we recently saw with Julia Roberts new-found love of Hinduism. The key elements appear to be (1) non-Western religion, (2) innate sympathy for non-Western critique of Western religion, (3) lack of equipment to critically assess non-Western critique of Western religion and (4) customizing the non-Western religion to an otherwise thoroughly post-modern Western lifestyle.

  4. “In effect, for some of these people, adopting the non-Western religious persona, or pose, is yet another way to express their abject hatred of the West…” Yes, that’s it exactly. Islam is the great not-Christianity for them.

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