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The Real Islamophobes and Dealing with Death Threats from Extremists

posted at 10:55 am on September 28, 2010 by

Recently, a group of Muslim clerics met in New York purportedly to address the growing problem of Islamophobia. I say purportedly because what has these clerics all wee-weed up is not Islamophobia but antipathy toward Muslims, which is something quite different.

If you think back to your freshman psych course in college, you will recall that the term phobia describes an irrational fear. Someone afraid of water suffers from hydrophobia, of heights, acrophobia. Thus Islamophobia is, by definition, an irrational fear of Islam or Muslims. But even that word does not perfectly capture the current mood since not all fear of Islam is irrational.

Just ask Ducth filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Actually, you can’t ask him because he was brutally murdered in 2004 by a Moroccan Muslim extremist who was insulted by van Gogh’s work highlighting the well-documented violence practiced by Muslims.

You can’t ask cartoonist Molly Norris either, because she is in hiding following a call for her assassination by American-born Yemeni-based terror suspect Anwar Awlaki. The motivation for his fatwa against Norris was the same one that “justified” van Gogh’s death.

So who are the true Islamophobes? I maintain it is that very segment of the population that continues to deliver stern sermons on the importance of religious tolerace to, for example, the nearly 80 percent of Americans who object to the building of a mosque near Ground Zero on the grounds that is insensitive. The great irony that seems to be lost on these Islamophobes is that fear of brutal retaliation for even the tiniest of perceived slights against the “religion of peace” is precisely what whets radical Muslim appetites for more acts of violence. Mark Steyn sums it up nicely:

It is a basic rule of life that if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it. Every time Muslims either commit violence or threaten it, we reward them by capitulating. Indeed, President Obama, Justice Breyer, General Petraeus, and all the rest are now telling Islam, you don’t have to kill anyone, you don’t even have to threaten to kill anyone. We’ll be your enforcers. We’ll demand that the most footling and insignificant of our own citizens submit to the universal jurisdiction of Islam.

The only way to end this rash of lunacy is to stand up to it and meet it head-on. That is what the country is attempting for better or worse on two war fronts in the Middle East. But we can also take a step to combat the threat here at home by enacting social legislation to protect the Molly Norrises and their Constitutionally protected right to free expression.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch parliament and current resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has published an article in the Los Angeles Times proposing such a law. “A federal law would do two things,” she writes:

First, it would deter violent tactics, by focusing national attention on the problem and invoking the formidable enforcement apparatus of the federal government. Second, its civil damages provision would empower victims of intimidation to act as private attorneys general to defend their rights.

Passing such a law would send an unequivocal message to the world community that we are indeed the United States, emphasis on the adjective in the name—that if you threaten one of us, you threaten us all.

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Excellent article, sir. Prior to reading this post, I have never actually taken exception to the literal meaning of the word Islamophobe, but now you’ve given me yet another solid piece of ammunition.

KinleyArdal on September 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

All through its history, Islam has pressed forward when its enemies were weak or disorganized, and has retrenched or fled the scene when its enemies were strong.

Every time Islam sees a nation or someone in a position of power or influence cede the argument to Islam, well, Islam takes yet another step toward the caliphate.

Is it the Left that are the Islamaphobes? [Perhaps they are, given their trends on the matter.] Or, are they simply useful idiots, enablers, propagandists? Are they misinformed, ignorant of the threat? Stupid?

And those on the Right, who view radical fundamentalist jihadism as a clear and present danger? Islamaphobes? Not in the least. They are simply more educated, more well-versed in the subject of a violence-prone adversary.

And, as you point out, if there is concrete evidence of being killed for taking a stand against radical fundamentalist jihadism…is it irrational to be fearful? Not irrational, this not a phobia.

No, the real Islamaphobes are those billion plus Moslems who cower in the face of a significantly small number of members of their faith who use Islam to kill, and destroy as Islam marches toward the global caliphate they seem to envision for themselves. They are afraid of their own kind. Or is it something deeper?

Moslems who speak out against the violence and depravity of fundamentalist jihadism, terror, well, they risk death.

So, they cower before their own kind.

I’d have to suggest that perhaps it is a not-so-closeted desire of all Moslems, across the globe, to become totally dominant over all the other races and religions.

Thus, is it fear of being killed for speaking out against the excesses of radical fundamentalist jihadism…or is it that desire to become the global strong horse?

The antidote will have to come from within Islam itself…that billion or so Moslems that are either afraid of their own, or who secretly want the fundamentalist radical jihadists to win.

In the meantime, we in the West, non-Moslems, have a duty to become that strong horse, if for no other reason than to protect that which we have built over the centuries.



coldwarrior on September 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Did Americans from a couple of generations ago use the ‘word’ “naziphobe’ or ‘naziophobe’? Of course they didn’t as that was before America had lost it’s mind.

Luka on September 28, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Was Winston Churchill an islamophobe and a naziophobe? He equated Islam and Nazism when he equated Mohammad and Hitler. The indisputable fact of the matter is that Islam is a vile piece of crap and there is no use in anyone denying it.

Luka on September 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Excellent points.

Cylor on September 29, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Well said. It is really up to America to take the lead in this war that this death cult Islam has been waging against non-muslims for 1400 years. Other nations are just too cowardly or liberal to break out of their PC mindset.

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