Criticizing Religion from the Left

OpenDemocracy carries an intriguing essay about the different ways the left press treats fundamentalism in Christianity and Islam. After 9-11 the press has gone out of its way to present a positive portrait of Islam. In the past they’ve been less kind to moralistic Christians.

Multiculturalism is good but can go too far. It mustn’t be allowed to trump universal human rights. All cultures are not as good as each other: some are racist, some preach death to homosexuals or Jews, some believe the weak should go to the wall, or all non-Christians to hell. Multicultural postmodernists cop out when they pretend all is relative and no value set is better.

All of this is the result of recent criticism of a Islamic woman in the Netherlands who criticized her own faith for mistreating women.