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originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: grainofsand
It's so people can dismiss critics of Islam or Homosexuality as having some sort of pathology or disease. There is no better way to evade arguing with someone than to make their criticism out to be a symptom of mental complications.
Coined by George Weinberg, a psychologist, in the 1960s, the term homophobia is a blend of (1) the word homosexual, itself a mix of neo-classical morphemes, and (2) phobia from the Greek φόβος, Phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear". Weinberg is credited as the first person to have used the term in speech.
The word homophobia first appeared in print in an article written for the May 23, 1969, edition of the American pornographic magazine Screw, in which the word was used to refer to heterosexual men's fear that others might think they are gay.
The term anti-Semitism was coined in 1879 by the German agitator Wilhelm Marr to designate the anti-Jewish campaigns under way in central Europe at that time. Although the term now has wide currency, it is a misnomer, since it implies a discrimination against all Semites.
Islamophobia (or anti-Muslim sentiment) is the prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam or Muslims. The term entered into common English usage in 1997 with the publication of a report by the Runnymede Trust condemning negative emotions such as fear, hatred, and dread directed at Islam or Muslims. While the term is now widely used, both the term itself and the underlying concept of Islamophobia have been heavily criticized.
Do you prefer to label bigots as fearsome or full of hate?
I prefer anti xxx as a word. Islamophobic would be an irrational fear of Islam, anti-muslim would be against someone who practices Islam. So anti-Islamic would be the alternative, and you do hear that quite a lot. BBC is fond of that term.