From the Witless Moral Equivalence Department this morning comes this from Islamic supremacist pseudo-moderate Reza Aslan, who despite (or perhaps because of) his increasingly ridiculous statements is still a favored analyst in the circles of the hard Left.
This one is particularly clownish even for Aslan: he is equating the Republican Party with “Sharia & all other anti-woman, anti-human rights forms of totalitarian control,” and yet he is anti-Republican Party and pro-Sharia — or at very least, he has never met a Sharia state or Sharia advocate he doesn’t like: he’s a Board member of the National Iranian American Council, a group that genuine Iranian pro-democracy forces regard as an apologetic vehicle for the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has tried to pass off Iran’s genocidally-minded President Ahmadinejad as a liberal reformer. He has praised Hizballah and the Muslim Brotherhood. He has spoken at events sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a Brotherhood group.
So if he likes all those groups, and the GOP is like them, what’s his beef with the GOP?
And as for the equivalence itself, let’s see. Sharia calls for the devaluing of a woman’s testimony, mandates the beating of disobedient women and the stoning of adulteresses, commands women to cover all but their face and hands when in public, doesn’t allow them to go out of the house without permission from the male who has charge of them, allows for polygamy, and oppresses women in numerous other ways. It denies the freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience. It denies basic rights to nonbelievers.
Is the Republican Party on board with all of that? Any of it? Uh, no, Reza.
But don’t expect intellectual coherence from Reza Aslan. Back when Campbell’s Soup partnered with Hamas-linked ISNA to certify its halal line, I wrote that “I couldn’t care less if Campbell’s Soup introduces a halal line….Nor is it a sign of Sharia coming to America….” Aslan represented that as “Spencer also believes that the decision by Campbell Soup to create a line of halal soups to accompany its kosher line is another sign of the Muslim takeover of America.”
So this is a man who is simply not intellectually honest. I can only imagine the desperate insecurity of a man who knows — he must know — that he cannot defeat his opponents in a fair fight, and so he has to lie about the positions they take in order to score cheap points with the ignorant kneejerk Leftists who make up his audience. What a terrible feeling it must be, to know that the only way he can win is to cheat. And it is revealing of the intellectual vacuity and dishonesty of the Left and the mainstream media that this pathetic little Islamic supremacist is taken seriously by anyone at all.