The Islamo-Progressive alliance is one of the mysteries of our era. As someone who leans left, I don't have a clue. My views on Muslims were formed when the new theocracy in Iran butchered liberals and leftists, and then a decade later issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie. I keep bringing these events up, but no other liberal or leftist seems to listen.
I just read Martha Nussbaum's new book on religious intolerance. She is in utter denial. She mentions Rushdie, but not the fatwa against him! Incredible. She should be donated to a Freudian museum as a prime example of how someone highly intelligent can nevertheless have a huge blind spot that many others, far less intelligent than she is, don't have.