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Wilson’s Simpleminded Demonization

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” goes the old line. Buster Wilson, who was recently fired by the American Family Association for unknown reasons, has his own variation: “All my enemies are exactly the same and must support one another completely.” He tweeted this at Right Wing Watch:

GO ON! READ THIS STORY, IF YOU DARE, @RWW, OTHERS WHO MOCK! HOW ARE YOU GOING TO JUSTIFY THIS?

And he linked to this article, about the truly appalling and barbaric attacks on Christian churches in Egypt by Muslim Brotherhood thugs. This is the same bizarre and ridiculous meme on the right that liberals must support reactionary Muslims. Why? Because he considers both liberals and reactionary Muslims to be his enemy, so they must also support one another. But this is highly irrational.

In reality, Muslim conservatives have far more in common with Christian conservatives than with secular liberals. Both the Christian right and the Muslim right have an authoritarian vision of the world that is built upon their religious views, seeking to impose their similar anti-gay and anti-woman views on everyone else. They share a worldview based on false revelation rather than the use of reason. And both seek to violate the rights of each other, and of everyone else, when they have power.

Comments

  1. raven says

    They share a worldview based on false revelation rather than the use of reason.

    They also come from the same source.

    Ancient middle eastern tribal cultures.

  2. Sastra says

    I think this guy has a large category he labels “Anti-Christian.” He interprets events by filtering them through the story inside his head, which is his interpretation of the Bible: the natural world was created so that those who want God will be winnowed out from those who do not. Simple. The Christians are the people who want God and the non-Christian’s don’t.

    People who don’t want God have no morals: they’d just as soon shoot you as look at you if they think they’d get away with it. And they are all impelled by a burning rage against the saved. Being a Muslim or being an atheist is just the excuse. Feeble little pretenses. It’s all anti-God. Fight God’s followers when you can’t fight Him.

    So it’s not just the simpleminded “enemy of my enemy is my friend at work here. I suspect there’s also the dangerously simpleminded “deep down we all know God” going on as well. It looks so sweet and innocent on the surface, doesn’t it? But it speaks of an authoritarian mindset which quashes dissent by insisting that no dissent is ever sincere or well-intended. Simpleminded demonization indeed.

  3. says

    As I’ve said before give them 20 years and some of today’s right wing Christians will make common cause with conservative Muslims on certain issues, just like they did with Catholics, and seem to be interested in doing with Putin now.

  4. freemage says

    One of Jack Chick’s tracts had a picture of a hydra-like Satan whose heads were all the things that Christians oppose. The ‘idea’ was that any of the heads might talk about hating the others, but they were actually all connected at the root. So it doesn’t matter if it’s inane to talk about atheist/Muslim alliances; simply by both existing, and not being Christian, they’re both Satanic.

  5. says

    The only times I can recall anyone in America being supportive of reactionary Muslims is when Christian fundies praise and envy them for executing homosexuals and keeping their women repressed.

    Blind bigotry or fawning flattery. They really need to make up their minds.

  6. Doug Little says

    In reality, Muslim conservatives have far more in common with Christian conservatives than with secular liberals.

    Isn’t this a no brainer?

  7. Alverant says

    What kind of warped mind thinks that Right Wing Watch supports crimes committed on another continent by other people?

  8. freehand says

    Doug Little: Isn’t this a no brainer?

    Well, for us, yes. But not for the Fundy Christians, nor the Fundy Muslims.

    As Sastra said, I suspect there’s also the dangerously simpleminded “deep down we all know God” going on as well. They think that God’s existence, and the path to being his approved minion, are so obvious that anyone who rejects it must be in agreement on all things important. They cannot imagine that:
    1. There might not be a God.
    2. Joshua ben Yahweh might not be the right path.
    3. There might be more than one path.
    4. Many of us are perfectly happy without a religious path at all.
    5. He is very much like a radical Muslim jihadist in every important way.
    6. He and his small tribe are not the center of the universe.

    He cannot even imagine that they might be true, for he is largely incapable of speculation. What I would see as idle speculation or daydreaming, he sees as “understanding”.

  9. Chiroptera says

    Well, liberals do tend to support the democratic process even when it brings unsavory regimes to power, and they tend to recommend avoiding sanctions against these regimes until after they actually begin violating people’s human rights. And even then, they recommend nuanced responses in an attempt to find the right policies that might actually lead to improvement of conditions rather than immediate resort to sanctions and violence that just gratuitously makes everyone suffer.

    Admittedly, to the black-and-whiters, this seems like appeasement.

  10. Thumper; Atheist mate says

    @Doug Little #7

    In reality, Muslim conservatives have far more in common with Christian conservatives than with secular liberals.

    Isn’t this a no brainer?

    You’d think so; but, no.

  11. exdrone says

    For fundies, the problem set is the same (i.e. god’s enemies are equal and indistinguishable) because the solution set is the same (i.e. god will smite them all).

  12. says

    “The enemy of my enemy is my enemy and he gets placed somewhere in the continuum of those who I would like to see GOD smite.”

    There, ftfy.

    I’m reminded of something Garrison Keillor once said about the GOD of his parent’s sect (the Sanctified Brethren). It ran along the lines of that GOD being one who, when he smote, you stayed smitten!

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