Skip to comments.The New Islamophobia
Posted on 10/28/2011 7:28:50 AM PDT by marshmallow
Theres a longstanding joke, around since young people first started dabbling in New Age spirituality, that the faith of rebellious youth who call themselves spiritual but not religious is A.B.C. Anything But Christianity. Its hard not to see that concept underlying most mainstream discussions of religious issues these days, most notably in recent public discussions of Islam.
Richard Landes writes in Londons Telegraph (Aug. 24) about an elite that controls much of the discussion in the public sphere (journalists, academics, talking heads, mainstream politicians) and who fear being called Islamophobes and racists more than they fear Islamist racists. This elite can be found shaking fingers at the man on the street who voices concern about the behavior of Muslims, chastising him as an Islamophobic racist. Landes describes how Islamic religious culture is an honor culture, where it is legitimate, expected, even required, to shed blood to save face or to redeem the dishonored face. Since public criticism of a Muslim figure is a perceived assault on the very face of the person criticized, a genuinely free press, among other freedoms, is impossible in a Muslim culture, no matter what the laws on the books might proclaim. Landes continues:
The thin skin of Muslims is proverbial, and much public, diplomatic, and even academic discourse tacitly acknowledges and placates that cultural reality. In the last decade this has gotten much worse. The behavior of the self-identified progressive left traditionally the bastion of stinging public criticism of abuse of power, misogyny and belligerence has been overwhelmingly placatory towards touchy Muslims. Repeatedly, they step in to prevent anyone (fellow infidels), whom they smear as Islamophobes, from saying something that might bruise Muslims feelings.
The final point Landes drives home is that journalists and academic talking heads are subject to a different............
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In a way this makes sense. In the short term, taking a stand is much more trouble than just bending with the wind. In contrast, what are the chances of actually getting killed by terrorist vs. being blackballed at work for suspected “racism”? Long term impact to society be damned as most people can’t see beyond the next paycheck.
That is a REALLY good article I wish I could post to my FB page. I have a friend who says that I am “scared of people and ideas that are different.” Of course this friend is an idiot liberal, has NEVER set foot outside the U.S. (I have a numerous occasions) and is a dyed-in-the-wool-over-her-eyes-progressive, but I have hope. I mean, she still speaks to me, right?
Perhaps Islam would have conquered the world—a world with a population of less than a billion due to the blood demanded by the Prophet.
Naturally the Jews would be extinct.
America would have a lot of Muslim Indians due to the Islamic sanction on alcohol.
Because of their numbers and the lack of weapons of mass destruction to reduce them (technology would be severely retarded without the Christian Western Civilization science) Chinese Muslims would conquer and be the ruling class,Peking replacing Mecca as the top Holy City. And of course EVERYONE would be darned to Heck!
“A.B.C. Anything But Christianity”
You KNOW where that comes from, and it’s NOT from above.