One of the great puzzles of modern Britain is the political left's attitude to Islam.
Why should an atheist, sexual liberationist, morally relaxed liberal attack people such as me (as they do) for criticising Islam? They have nothing in common.
It is in fact quite simple.
The left will deal with any ally against conservative Britain. It thinks it can use Islam to further its ends, just as in the past it has allied itself with any anti-conservative, anti-patriotic cause that was going. But the alliance lasts only long enough to allow the Left to destroy what it doesn't like.
The trouble is, Islam is more serious and determined than any of the other people whom the left have sought to use for such purposes.
And so, while intending to dethrone Christianity and make this a secular society, the left now risks helping make this an Islamic society, which - if it comes to pass - will be profoundly hostile to everything the left wants.
These are the fruits of cynicism.
UPDATE: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali stands by his views - Telegraph.