The first three parts of this critical series chronicled the alliance of the modern Leftist movements with Islamofascism in illegal immigration, politics, culture, and religion worldwide. This final part provides the answer to an unspoken question lurking in the background, “How did these seemingly disparate groups unite at all?”
The answer is found by examining the historical origins of both Islam and the Left. Within those origins will be discovered the most important factor that both groups hold in common and is an ancient and persistent enemy of both ideologies.
Origins of the Modern Left
The political and social Left as it is today has roots which stretch back to 1848, the date Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto. That document formed the basis for socialist thought which survives in the Leftist camp to this day.
In it, the two philosophers depicted all of history as a series of class struggles (historical materialism), and predicted that the upcoming proletarian revolution would sweep aside the capitalist system for good, making the workingmen the new ruling class of the world.
What Marx and Engels foresaw was not simply another revolution that toppled a tyrant. They saw a historical war between the economic and social ‘high’ and ‘low’ classes in which the low socio-economic class or proletariat upending the high socio-economic class called the bourgeoisie.
The object of this theoretical Marxist revolution was not the replacement of the bourgeoisie with the working class. It was instead the elimination of all economic class distinction by restricting access to capital to the state, i.e. the government.
Under this system, the government owns or controls the means of producing wealth, and redistributes the funds of those companies to the people regardless of the production of the individual worker. In theory, this means that the government takes “from each according to his ability,” and distributes the wealth produced, “to each according to his need.”
The huge economic problem with Marx and his followers’ scenario is that the government is not a real producer of wealth, it is a consumer of it. The big social problem is that Socialism disregards the individual and dismisses the capacity of the state to tend toward tyranny.
The most infamous disciple of Marx put his plan into action on a nationwide scale. Vladimir Lenin led the way almost 100 years after Marx was born with the Russian revolution of 1917.
This revolution created the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the USSR. The USSR fell apart after seven decades and the slaughter of 30 to 50 million of its own citizens trying to keep their Socialist Union afloat.
During the entirety of that period, the Left both praised and excused the Soviet Union for their tyranny. In fact, one of the current Democratic crop of presidential candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT], was so enamored by the USSR that he spent his honeymoon in Moscow and came back with glowing reviews about his time there.
Sanders, along with the entirety of the Left in society, is still hopelessly in love with the Marxist-Leninist ideology. Like the battered spouse who insists there is nothing wrong with their abuser, Leftists cannot admit their adored Socialism is a fatally flawed system.
The most recent example of this is playing out before our eyes in Venezuela. Once the richest nation in South America, after two decades it has been reduced to a country of starving people who are in revolt against a corrupt dictator.
There are many reasons for the fact that Socialism itself is flawed and that Leftists are unable to admit this. Overall the socio-economic theory of Marx doesn’t comprehend economic law nor human fallenness, thus its failure is inherent in the system.
The Origins of Islamofascism
Islam came into being when Muhammed,
a member of the Arabic Quraish tribe from the West-Central part of the Arabian Peninsula in the region of present-day Mecca. …He claimed to receive a revelation from the archangel Gabriel in AD 610 to be a prophet to the Arabic peoples promoting monotheism and a belief in Allah.
The ‘revelation’ resulted in the writing of the Koran, the definitive holy book of Islam. The term Islamofascism doesn’t refer to the belief system but rather to the means of spreading this religious ideology.
From the beginning, Islam was spread primarily through conquest and forced ‘conversion.’ Muhammad began with the conquest of Mecca in AD 630, an event which is the basis for the holiday month of Ramadan.
Islam’s founder died just two years later. He never named a successor, which led to the divisions of Islam into certain sects, namely the Shia and Sunni branches.
Thus, Muhammad never saw the full extent of the Islamic conquest at its peak. That came many centuries later from AD 661 through AD 1922, over 1,300 years duration and through “Five Great Islamic Empires”.
During a part of this period, the land mass controlled by Islam grew to its peak and reached from India through all of the Middle East and Northern Africa, portions of eastern Europe and all of Spain. However, according to scholars, the greatest of the Islamic empires was the last, the Ottoman Empire.
A variety of reasons are given for designating the Ottoman Empire as the greatest of Islamic history, chief among them the fact that it lasted over 600 years, the longest period of any Islamic empire. The Ottoman Empire also bears the most importance and relevance to the current time.
That importance was achieved in 1453 with the Muslim conquest of Constantinople. Constantinople was the capital and greatest city of the Christian Byzantine Empire, a result of the Roman Empire splitting into West [Rome] and East [Byzantium], divisions centuries before.
The city was named after Emperor Constantine of Rome [AD 306-337], the first Imperial ruler to embrace Christianity. By 1453, the Western Empire had fallen and Constantinople was the last refuge of Christendom to hold out against Islam’s threat.
The city was an almost impregnable fortress of immense size that was only capable of being taken by siege over a prolonged period. It had survived multiple attempts by Muslim forces over hundreds of years before its final defeat.
The fall of Constantinople marked a period of almost 500 years of continuous control over all of the Middle East including present-day Israel and the second most important Christian city of the ancient world which is now Istanbul, the capital of Turkey.
Between the Left and Islamofascism, there is virtually no agreement on ideals and beliefs, with one large exception. Both have expressed hatred of Judaism and Christianity since the times of Marx and Muhammad.
Leftists and Islamofascists have always despised Judaism and Christianity
From the outset, the Marxist-Leninist Left has had no true place for religious belief in its philosophy and action. One could legitimately worship God as long as the place and practice were government approved.
The reason such ‘pure’ Socialism has for marginalizing faiths such as Judaism and Christianity is simple. Under a truly Marxist regime, no entity but the government can be recognized as the ultimate authority.
In the old Soviet Union, this was played out using government persecution to brutally shut down any Christian church not approved by the USSR. This is not as pervasive presently since the fall of the Iron Curtain after the Cold War.
However, in China, the repression of religion other than state approved is still rigorously enforced. This includes the repression even of the practice of Islam, as recent reports have shown.
The Chinese and North Korean regimes are harsh in particular to Christians. According to Soon Ok Lee, who escaped from North Korea after being imprisoned, Christians are referred to as “tailless animals” among the prison staff and are subjected to the harshest treatment in the prisons.
They were beaten more often than other prisoners and yet halfway through the beatings Soon saw that many believers:
would stand up… and begin to sing hymns and say, ‘Amen.’ The guards thought they were crazy and took them back to the electric torture room. I never saw any of the believers return from that room.
Islamofascism has no less of a heinous record of persecuting both Judaism and Christianity around the globe. Islamic law relegates both Jews and Christians to the status of enemies or within Islamic nations to second-class citizens known as dhimmi.
The obvious adversarial relationship between Islamic expansionists and the nation of Israel is ample evidence of Muslim animosity toward Judaism. That is why whenever one observes a large protest for ‘Palestinian liberation,’ one will also notice a sign or more declaring “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
To accomplish that goal, Israel would have to be removed from the map. Islamofascists see that goal as an imperative since Israel was once under Islamic rule.
Islamic ideology teaches that any place where Islam ever ruled is by divine right Islamic land forever. Therefore it is the duty of all faithful Muslims to wage Jihad to reclaim that land.
Nor are Christians less in danger from Islamofascism, for persecution on a massive scale, is taking place today against followers of Christ. The numbers are difficult to calculate with precision, but in the 44 Muslim majority nations worldwide today, there are approximately 56 million Christians and the vast majority are being severely persecuted in various ways.
Moreover, since Islam is an ideology espousing world domination, the globe is divided by Muslims into two parts. Dar-al-Islam [House of Islam] refers to lands already under Muslim control, while Dar-al-Harb [House of war] labels the rest of the world.
The modern alliance between the Left and Islamofascism has a strong motivation against the Judeo-Christian philosophies and beliefs which are central to Western civilization. While both groups are serious threats on their own, the overall danger for the West comes more from Islamofascism than Leftism.
That’s because the Left in places such as Europe and America somehow believe that aligning with Islamofascists will never negatively affect them. However, it is certain that the radical Muslims entrenched in Western countries will as easily enslave Leftists as anyone else after the hated Jews and Christians have been eliminated.
A recent prayer request from the “Voice of the Martyrs” organization gives an individual example of what all believers could face should Islamofascists work their will upon us.
Joy Danlami was on her way home from a Christian festival in Nasarawa state with her younger siblings on March 23, 2019, when a group of Fulani Islamic militants attacked them. Her brother and sister escaped with gunshot and machete wounds, but 19-year-old Joy was raped and killed. The Fulani attackers continued on to Joy’s village, where they burned 17 homes and two church buildings. They then attacked a nearby village, burning 11 more homes and two more church buildings. Please pray for Joy’s family and for the hundreds of other Christians displaced or otherwise affected by these attacks.
This is one of the factors making Islamofascism the most dangerous ideology on earth. In the following video, the presenter calls this ‘Islamism.’
As Mr. Ibrahim notes, though the threat is severe, there is hope if the free people of the world can recognize and fight against Islamofascism. However, until the Left removes its own blinders and bigotry against the Judeo-Christian foundations of freedom, that hope remains over the horizon.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
Eyes of The Tailless Animals, Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Woman: Living Sacrifice Book Company, 2002
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Originally published in TIL Journal