• The Scourge of Islamophobophobia

    rowan

    With all the talk of “Islamophobia”, a buzzword used by Islam defenders to shame any criticism of Islam, one thing that rarely (if ever) gets any mention is that Islam indeed joined a privileged status, even here in the US; that it gets away with practices that would never be tolerated in any other context; and that it has taken advantage of our (misplaced) default “respect” for religion to the fullest.

    I have given examples of this in the past: Islam routinely practices discriminatory traditions that Rosa Parks fought to end; it openly displays symbols of misogyny and oppression; and it cynically pays lip service to condemning terrorism while at the same time promoting the very ideological basis of terrorism. And finally, to add insult to injury, it accuses anyone who dares to call it out of intolerance; they have even coined a word for this, “Islamophobia”, to be used as a bludgeon against anyone who dares open his/her mouth about any of the above (and much more). The trick has worked like magic: as we have seen, even the British government has been too scared to act against Sharia courts that violate British law by issuing rulings against victims of domestic abuse, lest it be accused of “Islamophobia”.

    The wonderful Ali Rizvi, self descried “Muslim atheist” that I have mentioned before, has a great article on the Huffington Post in which he cites a number of examples of how American Islamist organizations, most notably the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have used our fear of being politically incorrect to silence criticism of Islam. Here are some good examples:

    Last month, a white American man successfully convinced the Massachusetts liberal arts school Brandeis University that he was being victimized and oppressed by a black African woman from Somalia — a woman who underwent genital mutilation at age five and travels with armed security at risk of being assassinated.

    That is the power of this term.

    The man, Ibrahim Hooper, is a Muslim convert and a founding member and spokesman for CAIR. The woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is an unapologetic activist for the rights of girls and women and a harsh, no-holds-barred critic of the religious ideologies (particularly the Islamic ideology in Muslim-majority countries that she experienced first-hand) that perpetuate and maintain their abuse. Having abandoned the Islamic faith of her parents and taken a stance against it, she is guilty of apostasy, a crime that is punishable by death according to most Islamic scholars, not to mention the holy text itself.

    Hirsi Ali was also involved with the award-winning documentary, Honor Diaries, which explores violence against women in honor-based societies, including female genital mutilation (FGM), honor killings, domestic violence, and forced marriage. Despite featuring the voices of several practicing Muslim women, the film was deemed “Islamophobic” by — you guessed it — the poor folks at CAIR. Again, they felt they were the real victims, wanting their own voices heard while silencing those of the victims of FGM and honor killing in the film.

    “So what?” you say. “It’s 2014. No one’s going to take that kind of position seriously, right?”

    Wrong. Astonishingly, this ludicrous argument was enough to convince both the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan to cancel their screenings of the film.

    Earlier this year, this Islamophobia-phobia also worked successfully on Katy Perry, a singer well-known for fighting her evangelical minister parents to break out of a strict Christian upbringing. Her music video for Dark Horse enraged over 60,000 angry Muslims who signed a petition demanding that it be removed for blasphemy. The video showed a man wearing an “Allah” pendant being burned to ashes, pendant and all. The scene was visible for less than a second in the original video.

    She gave in. The petition was successful, and within a day, the offending scene was edited out of the video.

    Astonishing examples of de facto Sharia-based rules on freedom of expression (First Amendment be damned!). But did you notice the funny word he uses to describe what is happening? “Islamophobia-phobia”: the threat of accusing someone of Islamophobia, or such accusation actually being made, to shut them up. And I think, since we are likely to come across many such  example for the foreseeable future, we may just as well shorten it for easier use. Let’s call it Islamophobophobia.

    Category: Secularism

    Article by: No Such Thing As Blasphemy

    I was raised in the Islamic world. By accident of history, the plague that is entanglement of religion and government affects most Muslim majority nations a lot worse the many Christian majority (or post-Christian majority) nations. Hence, I am quite familiar with this plague. I started doubting the faith I was raised in during my teen years. After becoming familiar with the works of enlightenment philosophers, I identified myself as a deist. But it was not until a long time later, after I learned about evolutionary science, that I came to identify myself as an atheist. And only then, I came to know the religious right in the US. No need to say, that made me much more passionate about what I believe in and what I stand for. Read more...
    • ThePrussian

      W00t. Did not know about Ali Rizvi; thanks for the heads up!

    • Kevin

      A phobia is an irrational fear of something. As long as moderate Muslims remain silent and do not speak out against the behavior of their extreme fundamentalist faction, this very rational fear will continue.

      • guerillasurgeon

        It’s time this trope was retired. If you care to do even a minimal amount of research you would find that moderate Moslems often speak out against the behaviour of extreme factions. To find this took me less than 30 seconds.

        http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/09/24/fox-isnt-paying-attention-muslims-across-the-wo/196058

        • NoCrossNoCrescent

          Lol. Sure there are plenty of Muslims condemning abstractions, eg “terrorism”, most often without even naming names. But do they also call for a reformation to eliminate the doctrines that extremists use as justification for their atrocities, say, blasphemy or jihad? Riiight.
          But I fully agree. It is time this trope was retired. Namely, yours.

          • guerillasurgeon

            Ah, changing the goalposts both of you I see. Great attitude for a sceptic right? It’ll be the Gish gallop next?

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              I have written about this time and again. Condemning terrorism while preaching orthodox Islam which includes the doctrine of jihad is sheer hypocrisy. There is even an Islamic name for it: taqiah. And no, it is not changing the goalpost.

          • guerillasurgeon

            Dammit my post was misdirected If you read Kevin’s posts to which I was replying, he said “as long as moderate Muslims keep…..” Then when I maintained he could find plenty of moderate Moslems who spoke up, he said there were not enough. And then you said although there are lots of Muslims speaking up they somehow were doing it in the correct way. To me that suggests changing the goalposts. Perhaps you should look it up.

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              I do admit that I missed the context there. I retract anything in my comments stemming from this error. You can take it up with him all you want, but my goal posts have been pretty clear in my writings. I do not dispute that many Muslims condemn abstractions like “terrorism”. But I consider that lukewarm at best and downright cynical and mendacious at worst (as in Saudi Arabia proclaiming atheism to be terrorism by decree). True reformist Muslims advocating for abandonment of doctrines that lead to violence (jihad, blasphemy etc) are few and by and large ignored by the broader community, if not directly attacked as turncoats and “Zionist” collaborators.

        • Kevin

          Yes, some prominent moderate Muslims have spoken up. That simply is not enough. Why aren’t moderate Muslims demonstrating by the thousands to re-claim their religion that’s been hijacked by extremists? Do you think perhaps they also are afraid?

          • guerillasurgeon

            If you read Kevin’s posts to which I was replying, he said “as long as moderate Muslims keep…..” Then when I maintained he could find plenty of moderate Moslems who spoke up, he said there were not enough. And then you said although there are lots of Muslims speaking up they somehow were doing it in the correct way. To me that suggests changing the goalposts. Perhaps you should look it up.

        • Johnny Wong

          I would not bother with No Cross No Cresecent. She/he feels that Malala Yousafzai brought her shooting on herself because she is a moderate, which, needless to say, is an utterly disgusting view to hold.

          • NoCrossNoCrescent

            That is a lie and you know it. What I have said is that the hijab is a symbol of inferiority of women. Sadly, through wearing the hijab, Malala endorses this viewpoint, and that is precisely the justification the Taliban need to deny women the right to have an education, and ultimately shoot the ones that don’t follow the rules like Malala herself. Now that said-what the heck are you doing commenting on my blog if you “wouldn’t bother with” me?

            • Johnny Wong

              You are a liar. You wrote that moderates like Malala enable extremists. You then state that the cover she provides for extremists has literally shot her in the face.

              http://www.skepticink.com/nocrossnocrescent/2013/08/17/how-moderate-islam-shoots-itself-in-the-foot-and-sometimes-face/

            • NoCrossNoCrescent

              Yes, moderate religion is the enabler of extremists. I surely stand by that statement. On the other hand if you actually read the post you linked to, you’d find this:
              “None of this, of course, makes a dent in my admiration for Malala. My hat will always be off to her. But I believer her display of affiliation (in words and actions) with the religion that gave rise to the ideology that tried to kill her is the wrong ideas. It is not just her, of course: there are many millions who have been hurt by religion, and yet fail to let go. But her example is perhaps the most glaring one.”
              Note that you’ve been disgusted enough with my praise for Malala and my pointing out of the errors she has made- it is time for you to get lost.

    • kraut2

      “There is no such thing as ‘Islamophobia.’ This is a term of
      propaganda designed to protect Islam from the forces of secularism by
      conflating all criticism of it with racism and xenophobia. And it is
      doing its job, because people like you have been taken in by it.”
      http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/
      That ties in nicely with your post re: Zionism/Judaism and conflating the critique of a political/religious idea with rejection of the race/ethinicity of a people.

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        Well try convincing those who claim Facebook is a Zionist conspiracy because Zuckerberg is Jewish. Condemning Zionism indeed has given antisemites a nice veneer of social acceptability.

    • kraut2

      If you want a reason to throw up: read the comments by the pz-crowd regarding Ed’s article.

      http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2014/05/01/yes-virginia-there-really-is-islamophobia-2/

      Then talk about some american arseholes pontificating from a real position of privilege – not to have had to endure – against the righteous anger of a woman towards a religion that is deeply hurtful to females, and twisting her words to fit their islamist apologetics, and the anger of a man – Ali Rizvi – who defended a strongly critical position against Islam.

      Just a quote:

      “Which shows that Ali Rizvi is an imbecile: since islamophobia nothing
      but racism trying (and utterly failing) to pass as smart and
      progressive, it doesn’t matter whether you, personally, are muslim,
      christian, atheist or whatever: all it takes for the islamophobes to
      want to crush you under their heel is one great-grandmother who happened
      to be a Muslim.”

      I sometimes left comments – there are some thoughtful people still posting there, Singham among them – but those shysters approach to Hirsi and t Ali Rizvi makes we want to take a long shower and gargle with whiskey to get the foul taste out of my mouth – skeptical and atheists my arse.

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        Boy oh boy. Yes it is a reason to throw up. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll post on it if I can get around to it-and do not throw up in the process. As an aside-same crowd professing to be “feminists” I guess.

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        Which is now written-with do acknowledgment of your tip.

    • Irv Spielberg

      [Just found the following on the web – something all of you can chew on.]

      The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up !

      Islam, part of the Living River of History, affected even the 2012 US election!
      The “headwaters” of this River was Adam, according to Judaism, Christianity, Islam etc .

      In the OT (Deut. 28), “tributaries” wanting to join the River will be
      blessed while “distributaries” who want to flow away from it will be
      cursed. Those wishing to totally separate from the fresh Living River
      will end up as polluted, dying “oxbow lakes.”
      In the OT we see
      Israelites repeatedly flowing away from God, then repenting and
      returning to Him; we also see heathen “oxbow lakes” creating their own
      “gods” and being allowed by God to plunder and kill the erring
      Israelites.
      Then, at the right time, the Living River took on new life with the arrival of the Promised One who offers “living water.”

      In the 7th century Islam, drawing from both OT and NT, chose to be a
      distributary away from this River. Many scholars have viewed it as the
      final Antichrist: note “scourge” (Isa. 28), “Assyrian” (Mic. 5),
      “Euphrates” (Rev. 9) etc.
      God will allow this “scourge” to
      temporarily persecute and even kill apostate Jews (JINOs) and Christians
      (CINOs). Jews, especially in “entertainment,” seem more expert in
      apostasy than Christians since Jews have been at it 2000 years longer
      than Christians have (Google “jewishfaces.com/porn.html”) – but
      Christians apparently want to catch up to the Jews!
      It’s
      apparent that others will join Islam in its end-time inquisition; its
      great oil wealth can captivate many leaders and already we are seeing
      apostate American leaders being bribed into turning against true
      American patriots.
      Those who ignore (or try to dilute or
      destroy) the God-ordained Living River of History will be swept down it
      to an ocean made by their own never-ending tears of agony and despair.

      The good news is that American JINOs & CINOs can overcome the
      “scourge” discussed above. The secret is found by checking out “II
      Chronicles 7:14” & “John 3:16” on the web.
      There’s still
      time – and freedom – to Google or MSN “Obama Promotes Public Sex,”
      “Obama a Black-Slavery Avenger?,” “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious
      Right,” “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Mikey Weinstein, Jesus-Basher,”
      “Christ’s return is NOT imminent,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,”
      “Pretrib Rapture Secrets,” and (for dessert) “Pretrib Rapture Pride.”

      In light of Matthew 7:2, if we tolerate Christian leaders who lie to us
      and steal from us, we shouldn’t be surprised if God allows us to have
      political leaders who lie to us and steal from us!

      • NoCrossNoCrescent

        You need a refill on your antipsychotics.