• The Great God Pan

    “Although I am an atheist, I nevertheless find it distressing that people can be contemptuous of all Muslims based on their own prejudices about what it means to be Muslim.”

    If that was what “Islamophobic” meant, there would be far less disagreement over the term.

    Unfortunately, “Islamophobia” is used much more broadly than that. The word now covers everything from a museum mentioning that the 9/11 hijackers were Islamist (not even “Muslim,” but “Islamist”) to gay rights activists who dare to protest against imams who call for gays to be executed (*).

    That is why many of us are suspicious of the word.

    (*) Peter Tatchell is taken to task for opposing anti-gay imams in this article from a progressive site, which unambiguously claims that any mention of “Islamic extremism” is inherently “Islamophobic”: http://www.tmponline.org/2013/04/03/on-hate-peter-tatchell/

  • Aston

    Not all Christians are alike, and not all Muslims are alike… But I can’t remember the last time I saw a video with Christians beheading hostages.

    I hate all religions, though they are certainly not all equally caustic. Islam and Christianity are both currently scourges of humanity.

  • Ravi Samson

    What worries me is that the religions are placing their proxies in political parties and usurping power power without the knowledge of the electorate.
    As an example take the Abbot government in Australia and many state governments in Australia too.

  • Steve

    I hate religion. Just another man made institution to control the stupid on this planet.


    I like that Alom rejects the term Islamophobia – its use is clearly meant to smear any who would critique Islam, no matter how mild and/or well deserved. I never understood how it is bigoted to tell folks what the actual sacred writings of Islam say.

    In the humanist/atheist community there is a measure of hypocrisy too. We are encouraged and overjoyed when someone rejects Christianity or Judaism and laugh when biting sarcasm is used to effect against these beliefs. Then we become the cowardly lion when the subject of Islam rears its head for fear of being labeled bigot and racist. Some in our movement even commit the error of mistaking an ideology for a real, living person, as if ideas have some inherent right to exist free of scrutiny. Its so bad that even ex-Muslims in our movement are pretty much told to ‘shut it’, when they are simply sharing their personal stories from an inside perspective. And that’s where the debate about Islam goes terribly awry.

  • Mimi

    Where is the Sikh-ophobia? Buddhisophobia? Scientologophobia, Mormonophobia?? Hinduphobia? How is Islam the only religion (that has blasphemy illegal and anti-free speech) that have critics called phobic????! What next?? Liberalophobia, Conservaphobia? Marxophobia?

    Islam is a sick, anti-intellectual, anti-women, anti-apostasy, anti-gay religion. Why should anyone who is a critic of this ideology call phobic? No one is scared to make fun of Mormonism and Joseph racist and loony ideas. So why is calling Mohammed lustful and loony as well wrong? They are BOTH religious prophets, so why is one treated holier and above free speech?

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  • Aswath

    Islam might be all that, but you have to understand that calling Islam “sick, anti-intellectual, etc…” will not win you any points. We have to be diplomatic in dealing with the situation in hand is what the author probably wants to say.