The Strange Case of the Secular Progressive-Islamist Alliance

One of the frequently cited quips in the halls of Congress is that politics makes for strange bedfellows, meaning that some alliances between Democrats and Republicans, especially given today's toxic environment in Washington, are hard to fathom.  However, perhaps even more difficult to understand is the strange affinity that has developed over the past two decades between Islamists – radical Muslims – and the American progressive movement, or what Michael Walsh has termed the "unholy left." At first glance, the two entities seem utterly different – one proceeding from the darker recesses of Islamic culture, and the other a seemingly quintessential product of American idealism.  In fact, however, what we find between the two political movements is a confluence of interests and perspectives on a variety of matters.  Indeed, often the affinity of these two outlooks is frightening. For instance, both share an animus bordering on hatred...(Read Full Article)

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