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November 8, 2010

Islamaphobia or Islam-Awareness?

Topics: Understanding Islam

Tired of being accused of being Islamophobic by the Left when you're actually only exercising a bit of common sense? You're not alone.

As Alan Caruba points out, there is a very real difference between a phobia, and being aware of a clear and present danger:

[...] How Islamaphobic can Americans be when they elected the son of a Muslim father, a man who spent his boyhood in Indonesia with a Muslim step-father, and who just came within a hair's breath of endorsing the building a mosque near Ground Zero after having been seen bowing to the kind of Saudi Arabia? ...

... A phobia is an irrational fear of something. It is just common sense to fear members of a so-called religion more devoted to death than life; a religion that authorizes, sanctions, and demands that unbelievers be killed in the name of Allah.

As was pointed out in an earlier post today on Robert Spencer's debate with Peter Kreeft ... a "good Muslim" as viewed by true Islamists has an entirely different meaning than as seen by Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc ... who view what Islamists view as a good Muslim as instead being a bad person. In other words, being aware that a good Muslim in the view of Islamists is a very bad person - and worthy of concern and awareness of the threat such a person poses to life, property, freedom and democracy - is a rational and reasonable response. And thank G-d there are many bad Muslims out there.

Being aware of the very real threat from the many "good Muslims" speaks only to one exhibiting rational and reasonable behavior, and has nothing to do with any kind of phobia.

Posted by Richard at November 8, 2010 2:05 PM

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