Thursday, July 24, 2008

ISLAM: Confessions of an Islamophobe!

'The Muslims have said they're going to kill us' claims McCain supporter | Islamophobia Watch
Col. Bud Day and the John McCain campaign are catching a lot of heat today for a remark attributed to Day and apparently redacted later through a another McCain surrogate.

Well, they (at least their leaders; HT: FrontPage) "have said they're going to kill us"! And, to the best of my recollection, they (Muslims) have not risen up with a united voice and condemned what their leaders "have said."

My worldview is an admixture of what I know to be true and what I believe to be true; and, thanks to definitions provided by Islamophobia Watch, (a decent and, for the most part, fair Muslim apologetics blog)
I've discovered I am an Islamophobe!

According to IW an Islamophobe is ...
This definition, from the 1997 document 'Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All' is widely accepted, including by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.
The eight components are:
1) Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
2) Islam is seen as separate and 'other'. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
3) Islam is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
4) Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism and engaged in a 'clash of civilisations'.
5) Islam is seen as a political ideology and is used for political or military advantage.
6) Criticisms made of the West by Islam are rejected out of hand.

7) Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.

8) Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural or normal.
Clearly I am phobic about Islam and Muslims ... with the exception of the second clause in the second sentence of number 2, the first half of number 3, the essence of numbers 6 & 7 ... I am guilty of it all. Other definitions on the page provided little help with this politically incorrect malady.

People whose lives and way of life are threatened tend to be that way. Duh!

IW's post (a reflection of the Miami Herald's report) goes on to catalog several prominent Muslim's reactions to the Day comments; what's missing is any reference to their indignation concerning any of the innumerable atrocities committed daily in the Muslim world (here, here, or here) that have led Day and others to hold this low view of Islam and its Muslim adherents!

I'd even accept a broad-brush generalization to the effect that Islam has a global problem with fanatical teachers, preachers, politicos, and followers ... and many innocent people are suffering horribly in the name of Allah at the hands of vast numbers of Mohammed's followers.

HT: New English Review

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