slamophobia is a muzzle of censorship, nothing more.
I say this because Islamist groups like CAIR use the muzzle to refer to groups and individuals who criticize their beloved religion. Their list of
includes those deemed guilty of “demonizing and
stigmatizing the Muslim community”, including writers and comedians like Ayan Hirsi Ali or Bill Maher, while at the same time giving a free pass to
those who really
demonize and stigmatize the Muslim community: the Muslims who kill in its name.
Criticizing religions has been a mainstay of The Enlightenment since Voltaire, but imagine in today’s enlightened world a showing of Voltaire’s
“Mahomet”, a play written over 275 years ago, and you might have an idea of how far we’ve come since then. Fair enough, they actually did try to
revive this play in modern France, until someone tried to heckle the play into submission. I’ll give you three guesses as to who did that but
you’ll only need one. That’s right, a showing of a 275 year old French play, written by a French hero, and shown in a French town, met with the
frothing anger of irate Muslims. That was over a decade ago. The play went on, as it should, but we still find that the cradle of liberty is quickly
turning into a coffin of tyranny.
Meanwhile, the musical “The Book of Mormon” sold out to crowds in New York and London with nary a whisper from those it makes fun of, nor
especially, from the good doctors who tend to diagnose these types of religious phobias. The reason for this, of course, is that no one has anything
to fear from Mormons. It’s not that the The Book of Mormon doesn’t try give offence to Mormons (which it does), it’s that Mormons refuse to take
it, and we are all better off because of it.
So then who is scared of Islam? Both logically and pathologically, one does not display any fear of Islam or Muslims by criticizing Islam or Muslims.
On the contrary, given the Charlie Hebdo affair, the fatwas, and a penchant for the heckler’s and assassin’s vetoes, criticizing Islam takes a
fair bit of grit. Add on top of that the possibility that one might be stigmatized by petulant advocacy groups as a racist, bigoted hate-monger for
doing so, only the biggest balls need apply.
As is turns out, those who constantly cry “Islamophobia” are either the most Islamist or the most Islamophobic, evidenced by the hesitance and
timidity of their criticism of Islamism, or their consistent lack thereof. Sane people might denounce the content of, say, a fascist’s beliefs if
his superstitions led to tyranny, but then again, most wouldn’t if that tyranny might lead right back to them. The best way to avoid confrontation
is to look at the ground in silence, or better yet, gain position and favour with the fascists by silencing those who speak up against him, and
comfort is prolonged a little longer. Both fascism and islamism aren't too kind to criticism.
Muhammad’s lies and delusions are so ridiculous he deserves the type of mockery fitting of fakes, frauds, and flimflammers, that one might even go
so far as to draw a cartoon of him. But very few will even do that, making the plagiarizing merchant the least criticized figure in world history.
Those who attempt to do so are not supported and protected by their freedom-loving fellows, but denounced as racist, xenophobic blasphemers by the
real islamophobes, which could only further justify whatever response might come after.
To you islamophobes, do not fear, because it is not as you suppose. Muslims can control their actions, even when their beliefs, their idols and their
prophets are criticized. They, like us, are people. They have agency, choice, a will, and the very human capacity to arrest their motor cortex.
Don’t coddle them because you fear what they might do if you did otherwise. Don't silence criticism because you fear what might come of it. Don’t
hold Muslims to a lesser standard than you would anyone else. Don’t disguise your Islamophobia as Islamophilia for the sake of gaining advantage.
And god forbid, do not project your islamophobia on the rest of us.
Thank you for reading,