There is No Such Thing As “Islamophobia”, and Here’s Why…

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The word “Islamophobia” is often used to silence those who criticise Islam. The main problem with this, however, is that Islam is a voluntary belief system that many of us choose not to participate in. Like it or not, but as free-thinking Westerners we have every right to comment on or rationally criticise whatever we like.

Let me be clear; I’m not saying we have the right to lie or be threatening. What we do have, however, is the right to make connections between Islam and its incompatibility with the West. This is, after all, an opinion that the majority of us share.

There are unwritten rules in Europe regarding what you may criticise and what you may not. You may criticise White men. You may criticise 17.4 million Brexit voters. You may even criticise Christianity. But Islam, for some reason, is completely untouchable. There can be as many terrorists shouting “Allah Akbar” as you like, but if you dare to speak out about the unusually high amount of terror attacks that are carried out in the name of Islam, then it’s definitely you that’s the bad guy.

What is it about the “You’re an Islamophobe!” shriekers that forces them to close their eyes and carry on, blissfully unaware that their indifference is part of the problem? Take the people in the above picture, for example; the ones carrying the “LGBT Against Islamophobia” banner. Their virtue signalling may go down well in the tolerant West, but what would happen if they paraded that banner in a Muslim-majority country like Saudi Arabia, for example? They’d be blindfolded, thrown from the top of a high building and then stoned to death at the bottom.

Islamophobia is a word that I reject. It’s a non-word, a word with no purpose other than to shut down facts and debate, and it makes me grimace beyond belief every time another woeful SJW recites it.

There is no such thing as Islamophobia, and here’s why…

It’s the Little Sister of “Racist” (and That’s Supposed to Scare You)

In his 2011 essay: “The Invention of Islamophobia”, French writer, Pascal Bruckner, suggests that the word “Islamophobia” was invented by Iranian fundamentalists in the late 1970s. The word was coined in order to declare Islam “inviolate”. Anyone who dared to criticise Islam was considered racist (and nobody wanted to be considered that).

The idea that criticising Islam makes you racist is, of course, embarrassingly ridiculous. Islam is a race as much as Scientology is a race. Muslims belong to a range of different races and originate from different continents across the globe. If a Muslim was to leave his or her faith, what race would he or she become?

Criticising Islamic beliefs and practices that pose a threat towards Western society is certainly not racist, no matter what the Guardian would like you to believe…

Islamophobia

No Yassin, it’s not.

A great example of why criticising Islam isn’t racist is everybody’s favourite ginger Muslim, Jamaal Uddin. Uddin is a white Englishman who was born ‘Jordan Horner’ and although he (very strangely) speaks with a Middle Eastern accent during interviews, he shares the same race as me. Is it racist for me to criticise his newly found religion? No, it isn’t.

It’s Not Really a “Phobia”

If somebody shows hatred towards Jews, we call it Antisemitism, not “Judeophobia”. If somebody does the same with Christians, it’s anti-Christian behaviour, not “Christophobia”. Just like the two examples I have just used, there is such a thing as anti-Muslim “bigotry”, or anti-Muslim hatred, but there’s no such thing as Islamophobia.

A phobia is an irrational fear, but it isn’t irrational to fear an ideology that is responsible for over 30,000 terror attacks since 9/11. In fact, during Ramadan this year alone, Islam was responsible for 174 terror attacks resulting in 1595 murders worldwide. In comparison, how many “Islamophobic” terror attacks were there during the same period? There were 2 attacks resulting in 2 murders across the entire globe.

It isn’t only terrorism that is a problem. There are other cultural clashes as well. In the UK, for example, Muslims only make up 5% of the population, yet they make up over 90% of convicted grooming gang members.

A survey was carried out last year in the UK titled: What British Muslims Really Think. It revealed additional examples of why it’s perfectly natural to question and fear Islam. To give you a few examples:

  • Only 34% of British Muslims would contact the police if they suspected somebody they knew was involved with Jihadists.
  • Almost 1 in 4 British Muslims believe that Sharia law should replace British law in areas with large Muslim populations.
  • 39% of British Muslims believe that women should “obey” their husbands.
  • 4% of British Muslims (this is equivalent to over 100,000 Muslims in the UK) have sympathy for terrorists who carry out suicide bombings on innocent people.

It’s genuinely not my intention to cause hatred or division by pointing out the above stats. We are, however, at a stage now where we have at least 100,000 people in our country that sympathise with terrorists. How did we end up in a situation where, if you side with a terrorist you’re completely protected, yet if you point out that people are siding with terrorists you’re Islamophobic/racist/literally Hitler?

It’s Incompatible With Freedom of Speech

We live in a democracy and we live in a secular state and under those principles we have the right to criticise (or even dislike) a religion if we choose to do so. I’m not suggesting that we have the right to threaten somebody or be abusive, but the very concept of freedom of speech means we’re allowed to comment on or criticise whatever we see fit.

As suggested above, Islam is a voluntary belief system and it doesn’t make you a horrible person to observe the patterns of this belief system and notice that they’re sometimes cruel and unfair. It’s also not a sign of intolerance to notice that there are certain aspects of Islam that are incompatible with the West.

Freedom of religion is certainly guaranteed in the West, but freedom to criticise religion? Not so much so. Not in the case of Islam anyway. Allowing usage of the word “Islamophobia” to shut down free speech is one step away from from enforcing religious blasphemy laws like they have in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Censoring our freedom of thought is reminiscent of how the Soviet Union dealt with “enemies of the people”, and our government and media are lapping it up blindly.

It’s a Tool of the Virtue Signaller

Those who use the word “Islamophobia” to silence constructive criticism are nothing more than cowards.

They are a small (but very vocal) minority of predominantly white, middle class academics whose only desire is to virtue signal their way into Europe’s “polite society”. They crave acceptance, and the feeling of doing (or saying) something “good” matters to them so much more than the knowledge and acceptance of the truth. Of course, their formal educational enlightenment means that they must speak on behalf of us working-class nationalists! Yet, although they see themselves as tolerant free-thinkers, they’re completely unbeknownst to the fact that they’re simply regurgitating everything that their liberal university professors have taught them.

These people can be spotted from miles away. They are the SJWs – the cultural Marxists – the “free the nipple” brigade – the blue-pilled apologists – the Guardian readers and the “refugee” enthusiasts; and be prepared to feel their wrath if you ever dare to speak up about the murder or abuse of our children. To these people, it matters more to come across as nondiscriminatory than it does to go against the grain and speak the truth.

“You can blow up my capital city – just please don’t call me racist!”

“You can blow up my capital city – just please don’t call me racist!”

How many times have you mentioned the amount of violence in the Quran to be met with the phrase: “But the Bible is violent too”? It’s almost as if any criticism of Islam immediately terrifies them, and they feel the need to cancel the accusation out with something the nasty White man did. Instead of questioning why our latest terror attack has happened, or why another young girl has been groomed and raped in South Yorkshire, the immediate response of the SJW is to jump straight to the defence of Islam. Talk about having your priorities straight!

A good example of this is the case of 17-year-old Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen, who was murdered in Virginia this month while she was on her way to her mosque. When news was released of her appalling murder, the internet became rife with claims of Islamophobia this, and Islamophobia that, and “This is Trump’s fault for being Islamophobic!” Nevertheless, it has now been revealed that Nabra Hassanen’s murderer was an illegal immigrant and, strangely enough, all these claims of “Islamophobia” have now stopped.

Conclusion

We’re often told that Muslims don’t feel safe because of rising claims of “Islamophobia”. Well we don’t feel safe either. As our children pull nails out of their flesh and wash blood from their bodies, our politicians and the media seem preoccupied with casting the victims of a few nasty tweets as the real sufferers in these situations.

As written above, it is true that Muslims can be a target because of their religion, and – just like when a Jew is attacked and it’s called anti-Semitic behaviour – this is anti-Muslim behaviour. It isn’t Islamophobia. More so, we need to be confident in speaking out about the clashes between Islam and the West, and not let made-up words like “Islamophobia” scare us into submission.

G. K. Chesterton once wrote: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him”, and this philosophy certainly rings true today. The majority of criticism towards Islam isn’t fuelled by hatred or racism, but instead by love; a love for our country, our culture and our people, and we can see as clear as day the clashes that Islam brings to this.

As long as the Islamisation of the West continues, we need to continue to be brave enough to speak out about it. This includes rejecting agenda-laden terms like “Islamophobia”. It is a word that, quite frankly, needs removing from our vocabularies, so please repeat after me: There is no such thing as Islamophobia. There is no such thing as Islamophobia…

Laura is an editor and writer at Defend Europa.