by, Schuyler Montague
A few days ago I received a letter from a friend of mine who happens to be a muslim whom resides in Britain. We often engage in mutually respectful conversation, each presenting our views and thoughts on various policies in our own nations and each others. The tone and nature usually resembles that of two colleagues, as opposed to, two adversaries.
In his most recent letter to me, it began with this quoted text:
“According to British writer and lecturer, Karen Armstrong, the west is deeply Islamophobic and the Islamophobia is the result of a long process of prejudice, dating back to the Crusades. The recent events have strengthened the prejudiced belief that “Islam is the religion of the sword”. Islamophobia can manifest itself directly in verbal or physical attacks on Muslims but also indirectly in negative images of Muslims presented by the media. Islamophobia was worsened by anti-Islamic policies, publications and activities in Europe and the US. Islamophobia is not only a cause of discrimination against Muslims but also an open threat to world peace. The western media and intellectuals play a significant role in spreading Islamophobia. Hate-mongers have come out of the woodwork in full force. Now, not a day passes without the newspapers, magazines, radio and TV talk shows, Hollywood movies, computer games and even children’s cartoons and the myriad of internet websites and chat rooms, attacking Islam and Muslims. Muslim communities in the western world and its so-called leaders have taken the Ostrich-approach. They have buried their heads in the sand hoping the problems would go away. It is not going to go away. The neck of the Ostrich will be cut. Entire Muslim communities living in the west are under attack. According to a survey, 70% of Americans do not want to see Muslims living in their neighborhood. There is not a single day when Islam and Muslims are not attacked by the mainstream news media outlets. Muslims are referred to as barbarians who must either be civilised or banished before they pollute the egalitarian societies in which they were born or now live. According to a survey in Scotland, half of Scots see Muslims as a ‘cultural threat’. Scotland would lose its identity if more Muslims went to live there. According to DEMOS, British public is more worried about violent crime and immigration, but the British establishment has focused too heavily on terrorism.”
Wow.. now where do I begin with this? This must be a work of fiction or fantasy.
I do feel sorry for this obscure “British writer and lecturer, Karen Armstrong,” who has probably dedicated her life’s work to a misnomer.
This misnomer being the false notion of Islamophobia.
Well, let’s look up “Islamophobia” in Webster’s Dictionary and see how they define it. Hmmm.. well that’s interesting. The word is not there. Well, how can that be? I mean after all, just look at Ms. Armstrong’s paragraph above where she uses the term “Islamophobia” six times in one paragraph. Surely, it must exist, right? Perhaps in her mind and the minds of other unintellectuals it does… but, in reality.. there is no such thing.
Islamophobia is a word that was created by the liberal left establishment to be utilized as a “race card.” In other words, if and when someone is presented with an opposing view of Islam that they disagree with, have no answer for or simply lack the ability to articulate a response to, they just launch into a tirade and proclaim you to be “an Islamophobe.” What this does is simply removes the position of addressing your contention from them and places you on the defensive. Essentially, what they are doing is calling you a ‘racist’ and ending the debate right there. They are attempting to divert the attention of the conversation from the topic and place the attention on your “obvious intolerance” of the peaceful and loving religion of Islam. And, how dare you feel you have the right to disagree.
So, whatever happened to independent thinking?
I guess one could make the argument that an individual or group of individuals that daily murder Christians would be termed “Christophobes.” Those who advocate for the annihilation of Israel and it’s citizen’s would be “Judophobes.” And, let’s not forget the ever increasing number of “Buddophobes and Hindophobes” in India and Bangladesh. Or, do they all just fall into the broader category of “Infidelophobes?”
Or, perhaps what we should do is just leave open the arena of ideas, free thought and honest debate. Because when a person seeks to reduce another to a term like “Islamophobe”, in reality, they are just reducing themselves. Do not allow others to define the narrative and do not allow others to define you. And, when they attempt to, call them out on it. Because there is absolutely nothing you can learn from an opponent that you have silenced.
Here is where the real “phobia” resides: https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/islamic-extremist-websites-outnumber-counter-jihad-sites-100-to-1-2/