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The myth of Islamophobia

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Mar 14, 2006 at 18:16

I tried to look for a definition of "Islamophobia" in the Oxford dictionary of the English language, but could not get one. So I went to www.dictionary.com and got the following result: "prejudice against Muslims". The Muslims response to Daniel Pipes is often that he is "Islamophobic". So, let us see what he has done or said to deserve this accusation.

He wrote a well-documented article about the "Sudden Jihad Sindrome". In the article, he gives an old quote of his about Islamism. Let see what he says: "Individual Islamists may appear as law-abiding and reasonable, but they are part of a totalitarian movement, and as such, all must be considered potential killers". This is the simple truth. I don't understand why this statement was so criticized. It was criticized for stating the obvious.

Daniel Pipes is also right when he compares the charge of "Islamophobia" to the absurd charges of "Germanophobia" and "Russophobia". Daniel Pipes is a citizen of a western country and he is entitled to criticize Islamists, and so am I, at least until Europe becomes Islamic.

The truth is, my dear friends, that the charge of "Islamophobia" is totally baseless, and it is out of place after 9-11. Like it or not, we are fighting a war against Militant Islam. I live in Europe and I will keep denouncing Militant Islam, until Europe becomes Islamic and I become a minority. Until that day, I will keep denouncing and criticizing Islamists and nobody can accuse me of being "Islamophobic".

So, it is "prejudice against Muslims". What kind of prejudice is it? Maybe, asking school-girls to show their faces at school or Italian Muslims to show their face for the ID card. Or, Dutch Muslims to speak Dutch and French imams to preach in French. Maybe, it is the prejudice expressed by Australians when they deny VISAs to middle-easterns or by Americans when they deny them flight-lessons. It is not "Islamophobia". Like I often repeat, this is not racism, it is just common sense.
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