Something which has always puzzled me is the way extreme right-wingers like to claim, with a straight face, that American liberals are somehow colluding with Islamist fundamentalists to... to what? Destroy America, I guess. And this is obviously the most perplexing theory, since the former is so completely incompatible with the latter. How does one reconcile the classic tropes of American liberalism (Racial equality! Equal rights for women! Tolerance for hairdressers and interior decorators!) with the kind of scoldy puritanism of hardcore Islam? Well, obviously you can't. Erick Erickson, however, the proprietor of Red State, and an obviously odious individual somehow taken seriously by mainstream news organizations, gives it the old college (or at least dorm room) try:
Secular leftists and Islamists are both of this world. Christians may be traveling through, but we are most definitely not of the world. In fact, Christ commands us to throw off our ties to this world. But the things of this world love this world and hate the things of God. That’s why secular leftism can embrace both activist homosexuals and activist muslims when the latter would, when true to their faith, be happy to kill the former.
All of them can pile on and condemn the Christian because the Christian is just passing through, a stranger in a strange land.
See? It all makes sense now!