posted on Dec, 31 2010 @ 08:42 AM
I want to start this with a disclaimer, this is not meant as a reflection of everyone on ATS or in our communities just an observation I have made of
those who write the anti-Islam threads and posts and preach anti-Islamic rhetoric. Also I am not Muslim, I am Catholic and no I am not in any way a
I have observed many anti-Islam posts and threads, granted there are also many pro-Islam members of ATS out there as well. I have noticed a case of
double standards however when it comes to the anti-Islam threads. It seems that for those who write these threads, they regard Muslims as less than
human and as such are not covered by the natural rights of man (I am not fan of these but most of you are). This disgusts me, effectively there are
members of ATS and in our communities in general that members of the Islamic community are lesser humans. It’s not better than they way people of a
African Caribbean ethnicity were treated during the early 20th century. These Islamophobes, will rant on and on about how they have freedom of
speech, right to bear arms, freedom of religion, right to protest, right to live in a democratic society and so on yet seek to restrict these
fundamental freedoms for Muslims. The only logical explanation for this attitude is that they are xenophobic and basically hate all Muslims because
they are different.
For instance the Islamophobes will preach their own religion, tell you all about what God has said in the Bible, quote the pope and tell how what a
disgrace it is that their local Church has been shut then they might even sympathise with us Catholics in Ireland. They are advocating freedom of
religion for themselves, its suits them, they need this freedom to practice their own religion (or lack thereof)and as such will violently protect
this fundamental right. As soon as a Muslim does the same however, they suddenly change their song sheet, ranting about how Muslims shouldn’t be
building Mosques in their communities, how it is wrong for them to be preaching, and how dare they ask to build a Muslim school. It’s one rule for
everyone else and another for the Muslims this is just unfair, it’s wrong you’re helping to build a new religious apartheid system only because it
suits you. The funny thing is that you are shocked and disgusted with they fight back by blowing up a plane. If you call a pig a dog for long enough
that pig will start to act like a dog, same principle with the terrorists. We all have to acknowledge that not all people of the Islamic faith are
terrorists and we have to stop treating them as such.
I could say the same about the right to hold a peaceful protest. The Islmophobes will go out a protest against “extremist Islam” (EDL in the UK,
probably the KKK in America) the reality is allot of the time is that they are protesting against the Islamic faith in general. Yet, when the Muslims
come out and protest against the school that’s been blown up in Gaza or maybe even against the troops in Afghanistan who have just slaughtered
their families the islamophobes jump all over them. It seems that Muslims don’t have the right to protest but the islamophobes do and by extinction
the Islamophobes have a right to freedom of speech however the Muslims do not.
When it comes to the right to self defence things start to get really complicated, the Islamic faith claim to be under attack and as such use this to
justify their “terrorist” actions. I do not sympathise with terrorists, and an account of their reasons for justifying their attacks are not for
this thread. What is for this thread however is when the Islamophobes start to attack shop keepers claiming it is to defend us all from extremist
Islam. If they wanted to do that they should have joined the military and go fight the real terrorists, not attack old men. And again, if this attack
results in retaliation they are brained as terrorists by society and thus their right to self-defence is undermined.
In the past on ATS I have said how I think rights should be restricted and I still think that they should, but they should be universally restricted,
to target one group in society is wrong and unjustifiable. It just seems so ironic to me that in a were people society people fall over themselves to
protect their rights, yet some of these people at the same time seek to abolish the rights of Muslims despite these rights apparently being universal.
By denying Muslims their natural rights and undermining them you are betraying your own believe system.