Leftists will do everything they can, apparently, to avoid concluding that Muslims can be homophobic. See here. This essay mentions leftists who don’t acknowledge that, for example, Muslims have executed gays by throwing them off of tall buildings (they say merely that others “claim” this) and who also believe that right-wing gays were “constructing” Muslims as homophobic. This allows them (that is, right-wing gays) to avoid noticing the suffering of the Palestinians at Israel’s hands – and they believe that Israel has made itself look gay-friendly merely as a public-relations ploy – and to avoid noticing their own racial and religious hegemony over countries of the Third World.
The “reasoning” being used by these leftists is of course absurd (though as Quine has reminded us, one can take any position one likes, so long as one is willing to make adjustments elsewhere in one’s web of beliefs). Instead of going from the evidence that gays are horribly mistreated by Muslims to the conclusion that leftists should condemn Muslims, they are starting from the premise that Muslims are wonderful people and reaching the conclusion that any evidence that they are homophobic can’t be right and instead reflects badly on the person presenting the evidence. Their evidence that Muslims are wonderful people seems to consist of ... nothing whatsoever. Maybe it’s that Muslims have been oppressed by us, so they must be wonderful (never mind that plenty of non-Muslims have been oppressed by Muslims). Or Muslims are the “Other,” and so must be good. Whatever the case, it’s not anything that any normal person would consider evidence. The left seems to pursue a rationalist approach (or maybe an emotional approach), while the rest of us pursue an empiricist approach.
By the way, these leftist are right to look at history and demand that gays consider that maybe Le Pen’s organization is still homophobic, just as it was several decades ago. But the same can be said about leftists themselves: they need to consider the history of leftist-Muslim relations and consider that maybe they are just as horribly anti-leftist as they were back in 1979 in Iran. Also, the idea that Israel is being friendly to gays merely as a public-relations ploy is laughable since Israel seems to have the worst public relations of any country. If they were good at it, then no gay would dare to say anything against it.