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Islamophobia - justifiable bigotry.

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Submitted by Pandora (South Africa), Sep 28, 2009 at 14:36

Islamophobia is a real thing. There are justifiable reasons why it is an established notion in the contemporary world, and I as a muslim won't ignore this. And no, I'm not being self righteous or compromising when I say this. I'm merely being frank. I'm not one (of my kind) in a million and I simply want to paint this picture for you, dear stubborn reader. I loathe these .. as much as Islamophobes do, but obviously, probably for a little bit of a change in reason (which is probably more selfish in that I have to involuntarily sport around an invisible taliban badge wherever i go).

I don't intend to mope on the shoulders of a bunch of bigots about WHY I'm uncomfortable about living the Muslim world, so the decent crux of it is that I harbour an intense disrespect for the values distorted from ancient teachings that are being used to teach and guide it. If you know what's going on around the world, you'll understand. I don't quite have the stomach to decorate my wise and timeless conscience with the details. Don't have the stomach to enter into rational discussion about my faith with a headless christian chicken either, so if you're angry at me and Islam 'cos' y0u sore that one n3Ws repRt' like it was a Jesus hallucination, and read that 1 surah' like it was Lady Gaga lyrics, don't bother. I don't have the stomach to justify why I have the right to practice my ... faith either. Respect my ... because I respect the Islamic teaching that I'm obligated to respect yours. There's nothing humanely left beyond that. Where i say 'I', Im not representing the Muslim world or a frantic troop of terrorists. I'm respresting myself. Don't tell me I disrespect your faith, because I don't go around with TNT strapped to my chest. I have both non-muslim family and friends, and we're one big happy den.

Have a problem with Islamic teachings? Good. Everyone has their version of truth that, by natural law, deserves respect. But your opnion's not worth it if you're basing it on any of the bestselling advertisements chucked in from the Bush admin party. Yes, there are retard suicide bombers where the Islamic public relations officer should be. Yes, you do have reason to be wary of Islam after shaking hands with them. no, i'm not alone and no, the rest of us have nothing to do with those people, so don't drag us into the same hell that they're booking for themselves. And yes. Hell yes. You are a dunce if you're basing the entire spectrum of Islamic history on 'stoning the homos' and wearing decent clothes. Go to town on those, I welcome the favourited list of how to bullet Islam. Jihad's become a favourite. People, the term merely means holy warfare, as in- you hit me and ill hit you back and go to heaven. not some enigmatic ritualistic christian killing. chill tf out. Draw the line between where you're critically analyzing someone's beliefs and where you're simply being a derogitory blemish in the pop culture rash who's bashing someone's culture.

I don't wear decent clothes myself. I'm a fine and digital artist. I write, I swear, I smoke, I slip up like any other useful human does, I philosophize and criticize. I slip up a hell of a lot, but where I'm going for all my shit when I die is my business- to the radical islamists as well as to the biggots who are asking them to blow you up. Most of the cynic in me is mostly born from hating the Muslims who taught me and from hating the imbeciles who lump me with them now. The former's probably where a lot of you people come in. And there's a lot more where I come from. I practise my faith, and acknowledge as well as deliberate all the philosophy etched inside it. My take is that I know more about my religion than most suicide bombers do. I don't hate other religions. I never did. Despite what seeming lunacies they practise. All religions, to other religions, have their enigmas. And the way to solve through it all for a sense of communal complacency, (because the world we live in demands such an attitude for its survivial), isn't to run around with zap signs stuck to our wrists or jihad stuck to the missiles on our chests. It's through the objective, philosophical approach. The archimedian point. Meaning, leave your prejudices back up your ass where your mother stuck them, and face the world in the pretence that you can.

Also want to add that I'm not alone. Yes, we are the exception, and my precious comrades are probably too busy avoiding sites like these to give me a good hefty thumbs up. This comment does NOT mean that I despise the true faith that is Islam. Obviously I believe in a difference between true Islamic teachings and the Islam of the extremists. I don't care to discuss the niceties with biggots. I appreciate this article because it's the first I've read who has acknowledged that my breed exists. We're afraid of what the extremist Islamists, more than the fallacious dogmatists of our time have done to Islam. We're afriad of what muslims do and say, and how the world we live in would react to it. And, naturally, react to us. If not anything else, know we exist.

This comment is probably as useful as the Qur'aan is among a nice fat bunch of born-agains.

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