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Submitted by Daisy (United States), Oct 25, 2005 at 14:10

Dr. Pipes, once again you are sensibly and importantly right on target. Islamophobia indeed! How about Muslim's fear of just about everything not Muslim?

However, since it doesn't seem too promising in any near future for Muslims "to dispense with this discredited term and instead engage in some ernest introspection." I believe it's incumbent upon the rest of us, individually, not to enable projected and dangerous fantasies such as Islamophobia by silent acquiescence to such insanity. Instead we must empower the truth by rejecting all such harmful labels and we must do so publicly. No secrets allowed! When we do this, it brings the problem right back to where it belongs (and in this case that would be petrified Islam).

Frankly, I don't see Muslims taking this project of self-examination on any more voluntarily than any other person addicted to anything (and therefore fearful in the extreme). Nonetheless, if we do our part in rejecting such outrageous blame tactics, we allow the ground of sane choices to be more clear for our less than sane Muslim brethren to operate within.
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