Like racism, it is fashionable to assign the label of Islamaphobe to someone that has views difficult for some to debate. And like racism, the rules of what constitutes Islamaphobia are made up on a daily basis.
Given the problems associated with defining Islamaphobia, I thought we might have a little fun using the Jeff Foxworthy approach. So, here we go:
You might be an Islamaphobe if:
You might be an Islamaphobe if you ridicule anyone named Mohammed. You are probably not if you have studied Mohammed’s life and the spread of his new religion through violence and conquest.
You might be an Islamaphobe if you suspect every Muslim of wearing an explosive vest. You are probably not if you are concerned how Muslim jihadists defend the use of them to kill innocent people.
You might be an Islamophobe if you think all Muslims wish to subvert the government of the United States. You are probably not if you have read the Muslim Brotherhoods’s plan for the domination of the United States.
You might be an Islamophobe if you look at every new mosque built as a home for terrorists. You are probably not if you understand that some mosques are utilized to pass along instructions to jihadists from radical Imams.
You might be an Islamaphobe if you hate Muslims just because they have moved into your community. You are probably not if you have studied migration of Muslims into European countries and understand how their immigration and birthrates have drastically altered the culture of individual countries.
You might be an Islamaphobe if you hate Muslims because they are not Christians. You are probably not if you are concerned about Islamists destroying Christian churches while pledging to eradicate Christianity in Muslim nations.
You might be an Islamophobe if you blindly criticize the Islamic religion and ideology. You are probably not if you have taken the time to learn that the religion and the ideology cannot easily be separated and Sharia is not compatible with democracy and individual freedoms.
And finally, you might be an Islamophobe if your only response to every situation is to nuke them all before they take over the world. You are probably not if you have listened to the words of Islamist leaders who express the desire for domination of the world under Islamic rule and understand that domination and conquest is how the religion has been spread for centuries.
Are there Islamaphobes in the world? Of course. There will always be people who blindly hate what is different and are scared of that which they do not understand. And then, there are those who have taken the time to understand, and are scared.
Let me repeat that last thought: There are people who blindly hate and are scared of that which they do not understand, and there are people who have taken the time to understand and are scared.
In today’s politically correct world, both groups are assigned the same label.
The panic in the world of Islamists is the fact that their intentions and actions are no longer secret. No one is buying the ‘religion of peace’ argument anymore and people are searching for information so they make their decisions based upon understanding, not ignorance. And, as people look a little closer, they see an ideology hiding within a religion; an ideology incompatible with freedom and peace. People are reading and listening to words once ignored and are comparing current world events with historical events of the past.
In a last ditch effort to defend the indefensible, Islamists are using the tactic of intimidation to disgrace and silence those willing to stand up and express their concerns. Assign a label and silence the speaker. But, it is not working anymore, and more people are speaking and writing. And lost in the whole argument are the innocent Muslims who choose no part of the ideology within Islam and just want to worship their god and freely live their lives.
So, as you witness labels being assigned to people to silence their opinions, take the time to ask yourself if the opinion is based upon an irrational fear (a phobia) or a rational fear founded in facts and understanding. If the opinion appears rational, look at the person assigning the label and ask why.
by Jack Woodward 7/12/12