Fear and Loathing of Islam is not Islamophobia
The recent killings of three young Muslim students in North Carolina by a militant atheist isn't exactly what the press wanted. He was white - the right color for hate crime charges – but the press is forced to play down the murders (or deflect the real reason) because it's not the paradigm they desire. The atheist-left tirade of religious hate towards Christians may have resulted in the death of the wrong people.
Note I renounce this in the strongest terms as just wrong and is justified under no circumstances. I hope this man suffers the death penalty he richly deserves if convicted. He has been indicted for three charges of 1st degree murder.
This brings in the question of hate crime charges a political weapon that undermines equality under the law and used mainly against selected people and is unequally enforced. This needs to be eliminated being a another leftist' tool used to sow more social discord.
The atheist left will still try to use the incident to attack gun rights and promote their Islamophobia myth. Muslims are a special protected victim category useful for attacking and undermining western culture and thus are immune to scrutiny.
But even after the recent Islamic attacks against the press in France and Denmark how could the anti-religious left be so adamant in covering for a violent medieval religion that subjugates women, murders homosexual, etc.?
So what gives? Mr. pipes notes below how atheist-left organizations such as the Center for American Progress blames critics of Islam as being just racists. Terms such as "Islamophobia" is manufactured nonsense. Their real goal of Sharia Muslims and the atheist left is to "continue to erode America's core values of religious pluralism, civil rights, and social inclusion."
The leftist understanding of inclusion is to attack the rights of its enemies (Christians, whites, and conservatives) but this is not applied to selected groups such as Muslims they see as allies or themselves. Nobody demands Muslims pander to homosexuals while the nearly all white leftists live in near all white communities.
And I'll add they indirectly incite Muslim violence by falsely presenting Muslims as persecuted victims and justifying Muslim violence as a legitimate reaction to this myth.
The public's loathing of Islam has nothing to do with race - nobody has problems with Hindus or Buddhists - it's what Muslims do that creates this loathing. Constant demands for special public accommodations and the simple fact Sharia Law in any political form isn't compatible with our culture are part of the problem. Add in daily news reports.
I'll quote one writer on why so many loath Islam is because of what they do:
Your most strategic partners in the fight against Islamophobia are not Christians, but your fellow Muslims.
If Muslims stopped killing other Muslims because they belong to a different sect; stopped forcing their chosen practices on other Muslims; tolerated less pious Muslims; did not feel enraged if other Muslims did not abstain from alcohol or pork, or did not attend the mosque; did not kill men, women and children because they adhered to other faiths; did not blame rape on the length of a woman's skirt; did not murder their own wives because they spoke to strangers, or their daughters because they flirted with boys or because they were raped by rascals; did not wish to start World War III because some maverick cartoonist drew blasphemous caricatures; did not issue death fatwas because an author wrote a blasphemous book; or did not aim to spread their religion to the entire world, by the sword if necessary, then fighting Islamophobia would be much easier.
The close connection of Muslim organizations such as CAIR (declared a terrorist organization by the Arab UAE) and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups and Saudi backed Wahhabism are plenty of reasons to loath Islam. Saudi Arabia controls many of the Mosques in the West and is directly in many eyes behind the 911 Muslim terror attacks.
Islam's continuing attacks on Christians and others is ignored by the Obama Administration and is not condemned by Muslims in general - it's always a long litany of manufactured injustices.
Belief in Sharia Law is extremism in itself and because it's incompatible with western culture and individual liberty must be why the atheist-left is so supportive – Muslims are seen as useful allies to attack the system.
Tarek Fatah (a Muslim) noted in The Toronto Sun January 20, 2015:
As the world struggles to understand and cope with the rise of pan-Islamism and international jihadi terrorism within Western countries, one thing is becoming increasingly clear - the success of the Islamists is partly due to what I believe is a grand betrayal of civil society by the political left in Western democracies. Instead of leading the fight against the fanatics' religious obscurantism, they have embraced it...
While Mr. Tatah can blame the Left for embracing pan-Islamism which in fact they have, the largest share of blame must be born by Muslims that REFUSE in large numbers to renounce the thugs by name and their causes.
What Actually Causes American Fear of Islam and Muslims?
by Daniel Pipes Feb 13, 2015
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner
An ambitious 81-page document, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network's Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, just appeared from the Center for American Progress, a liberal Democratic organization. Unlike its first iteration, in which a group with a $40-million annual budget and deep ties to big business had the nerve to claim that seven much smaller institutions were overpowering the country through their financial clout, this one looks at what the alleged "Islamophobia network" actually does.
The report, written by Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, and Ken Sofer, makes for interesting reading. Its premise is that critics of Islamism (1) are really anti-Islamic and (2) have single-handedly distorted a the fundamental American value, namely a "basic respect for the rights of minority groups throughout the country." According to the CAP study, "the views of anti-Muslim actors stand in stark contrast to the values of most Americans."
By dint of hard work, however, "a well-funded, well-organized fringe movement can push discriminatory policies against a segment of American society by intentionally spreading lies while taking advantage of moments of public anxiety and fear." This effort "takes many shapes and forms": a general climate, cynical political efforts, and institutional policies. Despite some setbacks, continues the CAP narrative, the network's efforts "continue to erode America's core values of religious pluralism, civil rights, and social inclusion."
Those fingered as part of this network (I am one) should be perversely proud of our accomplishment: Just a handful of individuals lying manage to subvert a core American value – and all this with what CAP itself estimated to be less than $5 million a year!
But there is a more convincing reason why Americans fear Islam and Muslims. The news is filled almost daily and even several times daily with bulletins from one Islamist front or another. I hardly need rehearse the repertoire; just turn to the day's headlines. ISIS and the Charlie Hebdo-like massacre most dominate the news, but Islamists are all the time winning unfavorable attention for themselves by making aggressive cultural demands (say, wearing a face-covering burqa in the courtroom), pushing the superiority of Islam (don't dare say a negative word about Muhammad), or apologizing for some repulsive practice (such as honor killings or female genital mutilation).
Another way of putting it: the United States hosts about as many Buddhists and Hindus combined as it does Muslims. Yet, when did Buddhists or Hindus try to change the existing order or engage in violence on behalf of their faiths? Who ever hears about them? Who fears them?
Maybe it's Islamists who are prompting powerful and spontaneous responses through their threatening behavior. Maybe we critics are not "intentionally spreading lies" but honestly interpreting Islamist aggression and supremacism. Maybe CAP and its ilk should blame the fear of Islam less on we critics and more on the Islamists themselves. (February 13, 2015)
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