What a ridiculous term. From the website verywell.com: Phobias are the most common mental disorders in the United States. Typical symptoms of phobias can include nausea, trembling, rapid heartbeat, feelings of unreality, and being preoccupied with the fear object. The American Psychiatric Association identifies three different categories of phobias: social phobias, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.
- Social phobias involve a fear of social situations. Such phobias include an extreme and pervasive fear of social situations. In some cases, this fear may center on a very particular type of social situation such as public speaking. In other instances, people may fear to perform any task in front of other people for fear that they will be somehow publicly embarrassed.
- Agoraphobia involves a fear of being trapped in an inescapable place or situation. As a result, the phobic individual may begin to avoid such situations. In some cases, this fear can become so pervasive and overwhelming that the individual even fears to leave their home.
- Specific phobias involve the fear of a particular object (such as snakes or butterflies and moths). Such phobias typically fall into one of four different categories: situational, animals, medical, or environmental. A few examples of common fear objects include spiders, dogs, needles, natural disasters, heights, and flying.
- More examples of the four major types of specific phobias include:
- The natural environment: Fear of lightening, water, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or mudslides.
- Animal: Fear of snakes, rodents, cats, or birds.
- Medical: Fear of seeing blood or visiting a doctor.
- Situational: Fear of bridges, leaving home, or driving.
Where’s “Islamophobia??” For that matter, where’s “homophobia?” If there were such a thing as the latter, wouldn’t it be most prevalent in Islam? The Quran and the most vocal imans and Muslim clerics condemn homosexuality (making it doubly strange that so many in the Taliban and ISIS sodomize their male prisoners, but I digress). Wouldn’t a logical person expect that the former, if there were such a thing, would be most prevalent among those who are the main targets of aggressive Islamists? Who would they be? Choose from this list: homosexuals, jews, christians, hindus, white supremacists, neo-nazis, other, more moderate Muslims.
If you said more moderate Muslims, CONGRATULATIONS! You haven’t left your brain in PC land. I am going to quote verbatim from Douglas’ Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration. Identity and Islam. “It was implied” (by the British politicians) “that the Mohammeds of tomorrow will be as English or as Welsh as the Harrys and Davids of the generation before. That is, Britain will remain British even when most of the men are called Mohammed…..That this is unlikely hardly needs saying. Indeed, all the evidence appears to be pointing in the opposite way. Anyone in doubt about this might simply consider the minorities within the minorities. Who, for instance, are the Muslims in Europe who are most under threat? Are they the radicals? Do the Salafists and…the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders in Europe live under any threat or even have to worry about their reputations? There is no evidence to to suggest that they do. Even groups whose graduates go on to behead Europeans are taken on their own estimation inside Europe to be ‘human rights’ groups, intent on merely tackling the injustices endemic in our racist and patriarchal society. That is why in 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces.
“The people who are at risk and the people who are the criticised from within Muslim communities and among the wider population are in fact the people who fell hardest for the integration promises of liberal Europe. It was not the Muslim and non-Muslim persecutors of Ayaan Hirsi Ali who left the Netherlands, but Hirsi Ali herself…..In Germany it is not the Salafists who live under police protection, but their critics like Hamed Abdel-Samad whose life is in danger simply for exercising his democratic rights in a free and secular society. In Britain it is not those who preach murder of apostates to packed mosques up and down the country who draw British Muslim ire…..Instead, it is a progressive British Muslim of Pakistani heritage like Maajid Nawaz, an activist and columnist, whose only mistake was believing Britain when it presented itself as a society that still wanted legal equality and one law for all. In France, a writer of Algerian origin–Kamel Daoud–publishes an article in Le Monde speaking frankly about the sex attacks in Cologne” (2016 New Years Eve celebration in Cologne, Germany, mass attacks on women by migrant men from Islamic countries, initially covered up by police for fear of being called ‘racist’) “and is then criticised by a cohort of sociologists, historians and others who call him islamophobic and accuse him of speaking as the European far right. In every Western European country it is the Muslims who have come here or have been born here and stood up for our own ideals–including free speech–who have been castigated by their co-religionists and dropped by what was once ‘polite’ European society.”
So, the most common targets of Muslim hate are other Muslims, some of whom are accused of Islamophobia, but by whom? Not by Muslims typically, but they don’t need to since they have ample attack dogs in the media, politics and the leftist space (I was tempted to say community, but common hatred doesn’t a community make). Even more curious, the leftist space, which also includes militant homosexual activists and Antifa (weren’t there a lot of rainbow flags at every counter demonstration with the black masks and pink bats of Antifa?), are the quickest with accusations of Islamophobia. But doesn’t militant Islam condemn homosexuals to death? Could it be that the old saw, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” explains this curious alliance? While that’s a really lousy basis for friendship, it explains why disparate (on the surface) positions can form temporary alliances–until they tear each other apart. So who is the common “enemy” of militants, whether they be Islamic, homosexual, or “antifascist”/leftist? The common enemy of those militants, who are motivated by the spirit of totalitarianism, is the idea of freedom and the defenders of that idea.
But what about all the peaceful Muslims, you ask. I agree the majority of Muslims are peaceful, and I ask, so what? Weren’t the majority of Germans in nazi Germany peaceful? Weren’t the majority of Chinese during Mao’s Red Guards reign of terror peaceful? Weren’t the majority of Russians in Stalin days peaceful? Weren’t the majority of Cambodians under Pol Pot’s genocide peaceful? I say again, so what? Here’s a thought experiment for you: Take a large enclosure, and place within 10,000 sheep and 10 wolves. With the passage of time, and nothing to protect the sheep, what will you end up with? If you said wolves, go to the head of the class. If you said all the animals are dead because the wolves starved after they killed all the sheep, you must be an academic. Give yourself a failing grade, because you are dead.
What is missing? How about adding about 100 sheepdogs? I don’t mean the cute, shaggy, bumbling, hair over the eyes kind of sheepdog. That’s a European politician, a lot of good they were. I mean something like an Irish wolfhound. The wolves may pick off some sheep, but the hounds, if there are enough of them, will pick off more wolves. Personally, I would prefer Bengal tigers to sheepdogs, but I’m a cat person, and it does make the thought experiment messier.
Meanwhile, what is Islam doing for Islam? Iran’s proxy Hezbollah has been fighting in Syria for Iran’s interests since 2011, helping destabilize the country and create lots of refugees, even before ISIS, yet Iran has the gall to lecture Europe about their shortcomings in taking in the refugees. Saudi Arabia has not made a single Syrian a citizen. They erect 100,000 air conditioned tents for only 5 days a year for pilgrims on the Hajj, yet refuse to use those tents to house refugees. At the height of the 2015 crisis their only offer was to build 200 new mosques in Germany for the new arrivals (“better to convert you to our vicious Salafist brand of Islam, my dear” said the wolf in the red hood).
While I completely reject the legitimacy of the word “Islamophobia”, it can safely be inferred from what I have said and quoted in my post that I believe the following about Islam and predominantly Islamic countries:
- “Moderate” and freedom-loving Muslims have little impact on reforming Islam. Either they don’t care, or are afraid of their co-religionists. They can complain about Islamophobia all day but in the end, they need to either use their superior numbers to reign in the extremists, or shut up about it. They can start by calling out the terrorist extremists on their use of that stupid term “Crusaders” to describe those they target (like those who exulted after the Ariana Grande concert was bombed saying they struck a blow to the crusaders–children and their parents). Any Muslim who doesn’t speak out against such vicious ignorance has no credibility to complain about “Islamophobia”.
- Islam must be quite a broad term to attract so many disparate elements, but true Islam is what the Quran and the Hadith say it is, and that is much closer to what the militants do than what the apologists say.
- Democratic countries that have attracted large numbers of Muslims already have ample cause to regret it, and that is just beginning. Many in Germany who initially welcomed what they thought were refugees (strange how the overwhelming majority of these refugees were single males in their 20’s) are now beginning to use the term “refu-terrorists”.
- Conquest and coerced conversion has historically been the method for spreading of Islam, but due to the power of the United States military, conquest is now demographic rather than military.
- If current demographic trends continue, most of the countries in Western Europe will have Islamic governments within our lifetimes, and the most liberal remaining countries, like Australia and Canada, will be well on their way.
- Jewish people are leaving Europe in droves, heading for Israel. Could it be that they learned the hard way not to tarry too long in imaginary safety? If the United States falls to Islam, there will be no Israel for us, nor for anyone.