So today I'd like to take some time to address this "issue" of Islamophobia. There seems to be a lot of confusion out there and it's caused mainly by the very types of assholes who coined this stupid phrase in the first place. As always, I'm here to clear up your confusion.
First, let's get back to the basics of how it all started. After the 9/11 attacks, there was a growing anti-Islam sentiment here in America, as well as a general distrust and dislike of anyone middle eastern. The "let's love and hug everybody" Liberals were quick to point out that most Muslims were peaceful people and it's racist to consider all middle easterners to be terrorists. And they were right about that, for the most part.
But those are two separate issues being discussed. One was the issue of hating a religious group, the other was an issue of hating an ethnic group. As different facets of an issue, those are legitimate topics. The problem has come when the two have been mixed. Fast-forward to 12 years after the attacks and what we now have is a "conform to our love-all bullshit" mindset where if you have a problem with something objectionable in the religion of Islam, you are now labeled an Islamophobe, which also incorporates the element of racism along with the idea that you hate the entire religion.
It's sad that I need to actually say this, but here it is anyway: Islam is not a race. Hating it - even openly and unapologetically despising it - has nothing to do with any feelings one may have toward middle eastern people. This is one of those situations where the Left has tried so hard to be non-racist that they've actually done something racist. I'd like to ask all who hold this view: Where do you get off, implying that only middle eastern people are Muslim? I mean, if someone is truly phobic of Islam (which is a religion, not an ethnicity), then isn't that a dislike of IDEAS and CONCEPTS? Ideas and concepts that are held by people of many different ethnicities all across the world, in fact! The idea that hating a religion that is stereotypically middle eastern is an idea that is, itself, racist as fuck! Perpetuating this idea is perpetuating the stereotype, assholes! Let me give a more clear-cut example of the kind of things that's going on here.
Person A: Man, I hate fried chicken and watermelons!
Person B: WTF? You racist!
Person A: How the fuck is hating food racist?!
Person B: You clearly hate black people!
Person A: Wha.... how? *facepalm*
In the above example, Person A stated that he hated two food items which, in combination, are stereotypically associated with black Americans. Person B, being a sappy ass hippy Leftard, only heard the stereotype and his brain immediately locked on to that stereotype and nothing else, sacrificing the actual meaning of the statement itself. In his fervor to defend against racism, Person B became the racist that he thought he was castigating! Maybe Person A just doesn't like the taste of fried chicken and watermelons. Maybe Person A wasn't even thinking of the racist stereotype when he said that. But Person B was thinking of nothing BUT the racist aspect. Ladies and gentlemen, if you dig for racism around every corner, you are sure to find it, whether it really exists or not. And that, IS, racism!
By the same token, if someone states that they hate Sharia Law (for example) and you call them an Islamophobe (implying racism along with it), YOU become the racist! What has Sharia Law got to do with any ethnic group? No more than fried chicken and watermelons. In other words, no more than the connections that your secretly-racist little mind chooses to make! And it's even more fundamental than that! The very act of using the term "Islamophobia" to imply racism IS RACIST in and of itself! When you do it, you're associating Islam with middle eastern people in exactly the same way that Person B associated fried chicken and watermelons with black people! THAT'S A STEREOTYPE, FUCKNUT! And it's racist! Yes, lots of Muslims are middle eastern. That's true. But also, lots of black people actually do like fried chicken and watermelons. That's also true. But is it fair to point out that truth to the exclusion of all others who enjoy fried chicken and watermelon; people of every ethnicity? Isn't it racist to do so? So why then is it not racist to point out that there are middle eastern Muslims to the exclusion of all the many millions of Muslims who are not part of that ethnic group? The answer is simple: It IS racist to pretend that any anger, hate, or mistrust directed at Islam equates to anger, hate, or mistrust directed at people of middle eastern descent. YOU are the racist.
Phew.... Well, now that we've managed to get through discussing what Islamophobia ISN'T, maybe we can actually start talking about what it IS instead. Is that ok with you tree-huggers?
What is a phobia? According to dictionary.com:
"a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it."
So, if we alter the definition to fit Islamophobia specifically, we get:
"a persistent, irrational fear of Islam that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it."
The trouble with that definition, you see, is the word "irrational." There's absolutely nothing irrational about fearing people who have openly stated their goal of gutting the Infidels (that's us). Those Islamists SHOULD be feared and, in that fear, disliked as well!
"But Galen, not ALL Muslim people are that way, in fact most of them are peaceful and wonderful people!"
Yes, I know. Unlike most of the people who spout this by rote, I've actually been friends with foreign Muslims while living overseas. I can indeed attest that every Muslim I've ever personally known has been very kind and wonderful. I'd also say that most Catholics are nice people who aren't running around fucking little boys in the ass, but that doesn't fucking excuse the ones who HAVE! You see, fucking idiots, when a group of people have become defined by the evil minority in their midst, it is now put upon them to either drive out the evil themselves or suffer the guilt-by-association for their failure to do so! If the Catholic Church had actually taken care of the pedophile priests, there wouldn't have been a problem, but the leadership of the church and those within the church who had power made a choice to bury the problem instead. The majority of Catholics don't approve of boy fucking, but what has that majority DONE about it? Not a goddamn thing, that's what! Likewise, I would ask what have the majority of peaceful Muslims done to tell their leaders that endorsing a terrorist Jihad is unacceptable? About the same as the Christians who support gay marriage have done to let their leadership know to shut the fuck up and stop being hate-mongers. Not a damn thing! And so, in the public eye, all Catholics are seen to support pedophilia (even though most of them clearly don't), all right-wing American Christians are seen to be homophobes (even though a great many of them are not) and all Muslims are seen to be terrorists are at least supportive of the terrorists (even though millions of them are not).
I'm not supporting unfair stereotypes. Not at all. But there's the old saying, "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." It's not right and it's not fair, but it IS the reality. Guilt by association is a powerful motivator and it's not entirely unjustified.
Be that as it may, that's not even really the point I was going for. The point is that if I say "I fucking hate Muslims, blowing our shit up all the time!" then it's pretty damn obvious that I'm not talking about the peaceful nice fluffy cuddly Muslims. Isn't that obvious to you? Or are you just so fucking eager for a fight that you choose to ignore it?
Another salient point here is that the kinder gentler Muslims are not following their own religion, so it's difficult to think of them as actually being Muslims. You see, Islamic doctrine DOES command that all Infidels be put to death! Muhammad DID command that all the faithful of Islam should "terrorize" the unbelievers and murder them! See, when I say "I fucking hate Christians with their anti-gay bullshit!" I'm talking about the Christians who actually FOLLOW their Bible, which does indeed say that homosexuals should be put to death. By hating gays and denying them their rights, they are following their religion as much as modern law allows. The difference, for Muslims, is that the ones carrying out acts of terrorism don't have laws stopping them from doing so. They have governments that support them and help them. And were are these Muslims and their supporting legal systems located?
Yes, now we get right back to it, don't we? The middle east. When someone is "Islamophobic" it's pretty obvious that they're usually not hating the cuddly sweet Muslims. They're hating the terrorist Muslims. And the terrorist Muslims, for the most part, are middle eastern. So if I say something Islamophobic, your reaction of taking it as racism tells me two things. Firstly, that you know it's middle eastern Muslims I dislike. Secondly, you know this because you know they're the ones guilty of all the fucktarded behavior like killing innocent people for not following their religion. So, your shouts of "Islamophobia!" not only show you to be a racist, but they also show to believe that middle eastern Muslims are guilty of terrible evil. I've just shown that, in your zeal to combat racism, you're part of the problem.
But you're a moron. It really doesn't have anything to do with race. It has to do with culture, certainly. The fact that the terrorist culture is also of a specific race is an indictment of THEIR racist ways, not ours. I mean, the Third Reich was all one race too, but nobody called the Allied Forces bigoted for going after them! Why not? Because it's not about who or what they are, it's about what they've done and, in the case of Islam, what it's still trying to do!
Islamophobia: "a persistent, justified fear and dislike of Islam that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it."
I don't support racism for any reason, but I do support Islamophobia. They are not the same thing. They are not the same thing. Fucking say it with me: Islamophobia and racism are NOT THE SAME THING! I despise Islam as I despise all religions. It's not that the people, as individuals, are bad. It's that the IDEAS themselves are horrendous! The hatred and fear of Islam is a hatred and fear of IDEAS, not of people or ethnicity. And given the prevalence of immoral, irrational, unspeakable, unforgivable, evil ideas perpetuated by the Quran, this hatred and fear is JUSTIFIED!
I'd also like to point out that I'm Christianphobic for these same reasons. I'm also Scientologyphobic. The only "phobia" that matters here is the fear, distrust, dislike, and outright hatred of unconscionable ideas and pathetic "morals" that cannot stand unchallenged by a rational thinking society!
I've always said that the only bigotry I suffer from is a bigotry against the stupid. That remains true. If a middle eastern Muslim emails me tomorrow to say "Galen, I don't hold those beliefs of killing Infidels and terrorizing other nations" then I will say "Good!" and that person is clearly smart enough to take their religion and throw out the shit they don't like, which (on a subconscious level at least) is an acknowledgement that it's all man-made bullshit anyway. Unlike many Atheists, I don't begrudge someone their religious faith. Religious faith, all by itself, isn't stupid, it's just ignorant. Being ignorant is not a crime. But there is no level of ignorance that can possibly excuse the belief that your god wants you to end the lives of other human beings. That's not ignorance, THAT is stupidity and THAT is what I HATE with every cell in my body!
You don't get to claim "it's their religious beliefs!" No. Not a chance, asshat! There's a difference between a Christian who believes in God because they were raised in that culture and just don't have the knowledge and understanding to see how it's wrong compared to a Christian who thinks God's messages of hate and death in the Bible are just fucking dandy to follow. We have an evolved tendency to assign agency to natural events (that is, to think there is a purposeful intent behind shit that happens), but we also have an evolved tendency to refrain from harming other human beings unless provoked. Both of these aspects of our nature can be overcome, but only one should be! When the former tendency (agent-seeking) becomes a pathway to overcoming the latter tendency (murder aversion), you're doing it wrong!
And that's the problem (the ONLY problem) with the Muslim religion. When practiced as its founders intended it to be practiced and as its holy book instructs, it takes ignorance and transforms it into willful stupidity - dangerous willful stupidity!
I do hate that.
I do FEAR that.
Anyone with a critically-thinking intellect will feel the same.