The Leftist-Islamic alliance, which has been rolling along without a hitch for many years now, hit a pothole in Dearborn, Michigan last Monday. The disagreement between the two camps was so sharp and irreconcilable that it may herald a definitive end to this alliance. A parody story spoofing The Atlantic called the Muslims in Dearborn “the new face of the far-right,” and by the time this is all over, that might not be too far off the mark.
The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that “hundreds of protesters packed a Dearborn Public Schools board meeting this week and shut it down with cries of anger over certain LGBTQ books they said are too sexually explicit for children. And now, some community leaders anxiously await a rescheduled meeting set for Thursday night as others call for calm.” There were much more than cries of anger: “A heavy police presence failed to prevent the Monday night meeting from descending into chaos as demonstrators took it over and then various factions within them jostled for control, shouting at each other. Protesters often ignored the requests of police officers to stop interrupting board members.”
The whole thing became so chaotic that “it was unclear who was in control of the meeting at times. Most of the crowd appeared to be in opposition to the books, but there were also a number of people with the American Federation of Teachers union who showed up to support inclusion of LGBTQ people and others.” Finally, the local police chief had to restore order: “Not until Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin arrived later did the protesters stop their agitation. Shahin pleaded with the crowd to relax and not embarrass Dearborn. There was concern expressed by some community leaders that the protesters are making the city and its Arab American Muslim population look bad. But others said that as Muslims, they have to stand up for their faith.”
The crowd was enraged over LGTBQ propaganda in public schools: “Several held up signs with anti-gay rhetoric in English and Arabic, making religious references to assert that LGBTQ educational materials and books should not be available in Dearborn Public Schools, the third largest school district in Michigan. Some of the placards held up read: ‘Keep your porno books to yourself,’ ‘Homosexuality Big Sin,’ and ‘If democracy matters, we’re the majority.’” The Free Press added: “Most of the protesters appeared to be Arab American and Muslim. But others in the Arab American community strongly objected to the actions of the protesters Monday night.”
Osama Siblani, publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab American News, was appalled at this fracture in the Leftist-Islamic alliance: “What happened tonight at the school board meeting in Dearborn is very embarrassing and is totally rejected,” he wrote on Facebook. “Remember that the loss of any individual’s right to express himself/herself is the beginning of the end of all people’s rights … Remember that Islam is a religion of love, peace and tolerance, not a religion of insults, violence and threats.”
Sure. And Siblani’s reaction was understandable. This protest was “very embarrassing” for everyone concerned. It was especially “embarrassing” for local Muslim leaders such as Siblani, as they know that Leftists are their staunchest and most dependable allies. If the Leftist-Islamic alliance splits, events could take an ugly turn, especially given the Left’s increased penchant for authoritarianism.
But this is also embarrassing for the Leftist school board members, for they would rather have their teeth pulled out one by one with rusty pliers than appear to be “Islamophobic,” and yet they can’t appease the Muslims in Dearborn in this instance without giving up their cherished gender fantasies and relentless agenda of sexualizing children.
So who will give? The appalling Niraj Warikoo, the far-Left pseudo-journalist from the Detroit Free Press who reported on this chaotic meeting, is staunchly on the LGBTQ side, as one can tell from his editorializing at the end of his article, where he says “As Stone,” an LGBTQ activist, “walked away, a protester yelled at him a phrase advocates note is often used to make bigoted attacks against gay people based on inaccurate stereotypes: ‘Leave our kids alone.’” What will Warikoo do when all the friends he has made in the Muslim community over the years with his relentlessly biased coverage turn on him because of nasty little digs like that one?
And what will both sides do if this alliance breaks down altogether over the Left’s insistence on corrupting and sexualizing children?