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Will Muslims leave the Democratic Party?
On the growing tensions between the progressive left and yet another minority group.
One of the stories I’ve been watching closely (despite the fact that I don’t really follow the news) revolves around the seemingly mind-boggling effort on the part of the Democratic Party to alienate minority constituencies with the odd preoccupations of largely White liberals.
It’s been hard for me to understand, although I suppose the reason might be simple. Some people actually believe this stuff. For some, being culturally and socially extreme isn’t just pretense or a necessary if unfortunate concession for career advancement in liberal spaces. Some actually believe what they say they believe (which shouldn’t be a surprise, since once you start saying you believe something, you’re likely to start believing in it yourself).
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I first wrote, in a Christian magazine no less, about some of the tensions between Muslims and progressives in 2020, when it appeared to have been limited to mere grumbling. I went to a Muslim “intentional community” in rural Pennsylvania to take the grumbling more seriously, perhaps as a sign of things to come.
It’s now coming to a head, propelled onward by the growing prominence of gender identity debates and fears over the ideologization of public education, particularly in blue states. I wrote about these growing tensions in a new Wall Street Journal article, which you can read here. Unfortunately, as inconvenient as they are, these developments haven’t gotten all that much attention, which is why I felt it was important to discuss them in more detail. Hope you enjoy it, or at least find it informative.