Jihad Watch argues on behalf of booze and drugs because of Muslims
Imagine a town in Georgia that had a lot of Baptists in it, and they’re against smoking and drinking and all the ways of the devil, which was a growing problem for the town. Imagine the local Baptist preachers asked the businessmen in the congregation to not sell “liquor and alcohol, tobacco and drug paraphernalia” because it’s not Christian and they believe that debauchery hurts the community.
This might sound like the premise for Footloose, but conservatives Bob Spencer and Pam Geller are incensed. Because instead of Baptists it’s Muslim preachers in a small town in Pennsylvania making the polite request to their local congregations.
So in an anti-sharia ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ frenzy, Spencer and Geller argue for the right to drink and roll joints (emphasis mine):
Whatever the cogency of their moral critique of alcohol and tobacco, these Muslim leaders are pushing for a solution that is characteristically Islamic: instead of working to teach Muslim youth self-control and the virtues of avoiding drinking, smoking and drug use, they want to make it impossible for them to fall into these vices by making them unavailable. This is the same mentality that, instead of teaching men to respect women and control themselves, forces women to cover themselves up in public, ostensibly so as to remove all temptation.
Their attempt to portray this as a strike for morality and the common welfare falls flat…Muslims are trying to force non-Muslims — in this case, those who live near and patronize these stores — to abide by Sharia provisions, instead of simply refraining themselves from the things to which they object.
That sounds characteristically Christian – America still has blue laws, and don’t even try to get a drink in Utah. As if she were writing a column for High Times, Pam Geller cried out, “Where’s the rat pack when ya need ‘em? Dino! Frankie! Sammy! What have we wrought?” Indeed!
These are the exact arguments that proponents of drug legalization have made for years, and they now share common ground with the Islamaphobic movement, all because a couple of Muslims in Chester Pennsylvania asked their neighbors to stop selling hooch, pork and crack pipes.
In a rush to condemn anything Muslims do, it was lost on Spencer what was he was logically arguing: