While appearing on “Washington Watch,” a radio program of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, religious right extremist Rabbi David Lapin opined this week that liberals are sexually attracted to the “masculinity” of Islamic extremists. Via Right Wing Watch:
There are countless studies showing that feminine-type behavior produces an excess of estrogen in men and vice versa. Essentially, the left has fallen in love with the masculinity of Islam…Today, after a 30- or 40-year epidemic of leftism that has swept its sordid stain across America, we’ve become much more feminized and we are attracted to the masculine strength and brutality of Islam. This is the girl in the high school being attracted to the bad, tough guy and that’s really what’s happening. There is no other way that I know of to explain this utterly irrational – and as soon as I said to myself that it’s irrational, I said, where else do you see irrational behavior? When people are sexually attracted you see irrational behavior. On a spiritual level, the feminized American left, show business, politicians, particularly academia, all the people who love Islam, when Christianity and Judaism are exactly the reverse.
If this sounds similar to the way Salafists have reacted to the spread and influence of western modernity by rejecting it with even greater vehemence and radicalism, treating such tribulations as a test from their god rather than evidence that their idea of god is wrong, that’s because the exact same psychological process is taking place. Fanatics never moderate their views just because the world doesn’t meet their expectations – because hey, that’s what liberals do.
One can never admit that conservative reactionary forces are the bane of a free society – or that liberal religious movements, such as those which hold gay weddings, are vitalizing forces in a free society. That conclusion requires hard work, contrition, and a diminution of one’s ego as inflated by a sense of godly mission. It’s much easier to answer unwelcome intrusions of reality by impressing your belief-system on the young and unwilling with force, again using your god as the excuse to do so, while rationalizing all contradictory evidence under the rubric of ‘belief.’
I confidently predict Lapin’s ‘reasoning’ will become more common in the years to come. For example, it won’t take much revision for “the feminized American left” to become a shibboleth about women running for president. According to the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios, Hillary Clinton is already a lesbian, and of course she supposedly wants Americans killed by Islamic extremists too (because Benghazi). See how the 2016 conspiracy posts just write themselves?