Left Fears American Ayatollahs

Daliy Kos has this absurd post, analogizing Christian conservatives and the likes of the Taliban and Ayatollahs. He cites an LA Times article, which reads:

Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Through seminars taught by conservative college professors and devout members of Congress, the students learn that serving country means first and always serving Christ.

So, 12 congressional aides out of thousands have a weekly bible meeting and suddenly this is the crux of an LA Times story, which leads Kos to conclude:

Is there any doubt that the American Taliban has more in common with our Islamic fundamentalist enemies? They’re cut from the same cloth — the belief that a system of secular rules and laws must be replaced with “God’s laws”.

And while the religions may be different, the core of them is not — opposition to rival faiths, hostility to science, interference in people’s private lives, control over women’s bodies, an irrational belief in the supremacy of the male over female, militancy, anti-intellectualism and a rejection of logic, an unassailable belief in their own righrousness, and the deifying of certain unelectable, unaccountable individuals as “spokesmen for god”, be it Pat Robertson or the Ayatollahs.

I think this post does a good job of demonstrating how absolutely irrational leftists can be sometimes, when their anger allows them to lose all sense of proportion. While I am against any efforts to impose religion on society and often take issue with the Religious Right, to compare them to the Islamic government of Iran would be like me saying that anybody who supports welfare programs is the equivalent of Joseph Stalin because both advocate redistribution of wealth. You may say that Christian conservatives who view fetuses as human lives seek “control over women’s bodies,” but in Iran, women are forced to wear Islamic dress, denied divorce and child custody rights and arrested as enemies of the state if they protest against the government. They may both have “opposition to rival faiths,” but Christian conservatives are not arguing that members of certain other faiths be denied the right to practice their religion. I can go on and on.

While this is one example of how the far left has lost all sense of proportion, it represents a pattern. Because of abuses at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, the U.S. is just as bad as our enemies who chop people’s heads off in front of a video camera. Sept. 11 was a tragedy, but the U.S. government is responsible for killing civilians throughout the world. Saddam might have been bad, but Bush is just as much if not more of a danger to the world. It’s not uncommon to hear this type of nonsense from the mouths of the far left.