The liberal/Left defense is a knee-jerk response of anti-colonialism and of [perceived] 'non-white' people.
Originally Posted by Maenad
Two quotes from Shelby Steele (Black Conservative)
"Political correctness is an outgrowth of White Guilt. It’s a way for guilty-feeling whites to Constantly Indicate that they’re not racist, not colonialists, not imperialists, not warmongers, and so on."
"White guilt, which I think Defines Liberalism, is a response to the stigma that white Americans bear for practicing racism for four centuries. Whites live with this constant pressure of having to demonstrate to the world that they’re not bigots, and this manifests itself in many facets of American life."
Others on the liberal/Left just Hate America/The West and will defend Iran (and/or multiculti), etc even though there is Nothing less liberal than Islamism.
As to Atheists defending Islam?
I AM an Atheist, and unlike most of my fellow Atheists who are liberals and Incurable PCers, I have big issues with Islam.
I make anti-Religion posts, mostly against Christian Creationists, in the Philosophy section every Week sometimes daily.
But if one is an honest or informed atheist, one would have his greatest problem with Islam, the Most Pious, Intolerant, and VIOLENT of all the major religions... in a Landslide.
It is NOT comparable in any way to the others.
Islam is a Religio-Political system with a majority of literalist followers, and literal TO a dangerous scripture/ideology.
Not true of the other two.
As I pointed out earlier, witness Amadeus signature from [atheist] Hitchens bashing Falwell!
Hitchens TOO realizes Islam is a much bigger problem but isn't so much burdened by PC.
It was a PERFECT and Unwitting/Ironic example of the Western Mindset: Bashing Falwell/Robertson is OK, but it's Not OK to Bash the 2/3+ of Muslims who are just as Pious/literal/fundamental.. and the latter to a dangerous scripture.