I believe that many well intentioned liberals and progressives do not think clearly on the topic of Islamism and Islamic ideology.  In their laudable desire to defend the rights of Muslims and refugees from the Middle East, they abandon reason and critical thinking about an ideology that is at least partially incompatible with and often actively violates universal human rights, and women's rights in particular.  They are too afraid of being called "Islamophobic" to take up legitimate criticism of an ideology that infringes on the rights of women, LGBTQ, atheists and apostates every single day, over a significant portion of the world.   The Left must make a place for those few progressives with the courage to critique problematic ideas within Islam while respecting the dignity of Muslims.  Not doing so cedes this task to the Right, who will use these valid points to support their bigotry and their anti-immigrant, anti-refugee rhetoric.

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