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August 23, 2010

Re: Is America Islamophobic?

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Is Islam of today more prone to being associated with violence than other faiths, and do Americans have reason to believe that Islam is more prevalent to being radicalized and violent than other faiths? Does believing so make Americans Islamophobic and if so, is that mean Americans are anti-Muslim - or simply cautious because of the fact that Islam is indeed associated with violence and terrorism? If your answers to these questions are yes, yes, yes, no, no, and yes, and you believe that Islam is indeed more violent than other faiths and more likely to be associated with terrorism than any other faith, then according to Time Magazine you're among a minority of Americans, are anti-Muslim - rather than being cautious for very good reasons backed up by facts, and are an Islamophobe.

baghdad-recruits-ramadan.jpg Matthew Shaffer points to Time Mag's article which basically calls Americans a bunch of Islamophobes, cluelessly titled "Does America Have A Muslim Problem?" (emphasis added):

Islamophobia in the U.S. doesn't approach levels seen in other countries where Muslims are in a minority. But to be a Muslim in America now is to endure slings and arrows against your faith -- not just in the schoolyard and the office but also outside your place of worship and in the public square, where some of the country's most powerful mainstream religious and political leaders unthinkingly (or worse, deliberately) conflate Islam with terrorism and savagery.
First of all, why, pray tell, would American's possibly "conflate Islam with terrorism, "unthinkingly? - or worse, deliberately? Good Lord, are the people at Time Mag living in some parallel universe? Do they not think for a moment that the 15,597 (and counting) deadly terror attacks since 9/11 (during this time attacks by non-Muslims were miniscule n comparison) constitute a basis for Americans to consider Islam more prone to be associated with violence than other faiths?

Given the facts of Islam's association with ease of radicalization and terrorism, I'm surprised that a large majority of Americans don't associate Islam with terrorism. Yet Time found that only "46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers." As Shaffer points out, "If that's Islamophobia, perhaps we need a new suffix to indicate irrational hatred. Either that, or Time should find some of those "traditional elements of religious persecution" before they suggestively link to photo essays about "Intolerance in America.""

As for the 46% of Americans that believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers," call me Islamophobic if you wish, but I'd consider them the most informed Americans, not the most anti-Muslim; it's not hateful to love the people while being cautious about their choice of religion. Islam is the problem, not the individuals themselves unless they become radicalized. What Time Mag and similar liberal-progressive media fail to realize is that American's problem with Islam is not individual Muslims, the problem with Islam is Islam itself, and Americans have very good reasons to be cautious about its followers.

Image: (via hits Baghdad. The holiest month of Islam was off to
a slow start before a devout Sunni managed to detonate himself
in a crowd of young police hopefuls, killing 59 "Shiite apostates."

Posted by Richard at August 23, 2010 12:58 PM

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