The Paradox of Islam and the Progressive Left

Perhaps the most confusing relationship we see in our society is that of the Progressive Left’s relation with Islam. The progressives have made their stance on conservatism clear; anything remotely conservative or traditional is generally despised. However, one of the most conservative and traditional religions is defended, even praised by progressive liberals.

The greatest question here is why are progressives so quick to dismiss conservatism and Christianity while embracing Islam, which is more conservative than Christianity in some respects? I believe this has to do with the idea of Cultural Marxism.

“The small and powerless minorities which struggle against the false consciousness and its beneficiaries must be helped: their continued existence is more important than the preservation of abused rights and liberties which grant constitutional powers to those who oppress these minorities.” – Herbert Marcuse, A Critique of Pure Tolerance

Herbert Marcuse, a Frankfurt School intellectual, perfectly lays out the idea of the dichotomy between the oppressed minorities and oppressive majority. Christianity is the majority religion in the West and therefore oppressive, as a majority of those who adhere to it are in positions of power. Thus, as a solution, we should promote another religion. But there are numerous religions, why settle on Islam? In the West, Islam is generally looked upon with suspicion for several reasons including it being the leading cause of terrorism in Western society and in Muslim majority countries, and for its general incompatibility with Western ideals. Due to it being a minority religion in the West (for now) it is deemed oppressed and anything oppressed must be exalted.

The progressives advocating for the migration of a group of people who adhere to an ideology that, in general, is antithetical to the very core ideas the Left heeds to, is paradoxical. They ignore the fact that if ultra conservative strains of Islam, such as Wahhabism, were to become the dominant religious and political force, much of the progress sought would be destroyed and many advances in the West would be reversed.