There is much debate about the word "Islamophobe."
CAIR, and their enablers on the Left, are busy throwing the word around at every person who dares to criticize Islam, even when this criticism is directed at the most draconian of Sharia punishments such as death to gays and apostates.
Meanwhile, people on the Right get irritated by the word "Islamophobe", and make attempts to defend themselves against the use of the word, replying in some form of the following,
1) I don't dislike Muslims. I dislike the ideology of Orthodox Islam.
2) Islam is a Warrior ideology. It is reasonable to fear such a dangerous set of ideas.
3) I only dislike Extremist Muslims. I have no problem with "Moderate Muslims".
I think all of these statements are actually evading the truth of "Islamophobia."
Here's my perspective:
I am NOT an Islamophobe. I am not afraid of Islam, nor am I afraid of Muslims.
I accept the idea that war is a fact of life, and I accept the idea that Islam is War-like ideology which stipulates that non-Muslims are to be converted, killed, or subjugated under the Jizya.
I also accept that Islam teaches that gays and apostates ought to be killed. And I accept that Islam teaches that those who criticize Islam are to be put to death for "stirring up mischief in the land."
I accept that large swaths of the Islamic world believe in these ideas.
And yet, I am not afraid. I have multiple reasons for not being afraid. The reasons are really not the point of this essay. Some are spiritual. Some have to do with what I see as the mechanical realities of culture. Some are simply personal. But as I say, my lack of fear on this subject is not the point.
The point is, we who speak out against Islam are not the Islamophobes. We speak out because we choose NOT to live in fear of Islam. We are not afraid, and we demonstrate that we are not afraid by the very fact that we are willing to speak out.
So, who are the Islamophobes?
To answer the question, first we need to define Islam. Here's my definition:
- Islam is a religion based upon the life and teachings of Mohammed as put forth in the Koran and the Hadith.
- Mohammed taught that Infidels are to be killed.
- Mohammed taught that the People of the Book are to be given the option of living as second-class citizens, and if they do not agree, they are also to be killed.
- Mohammed taught that gays and apostates are to be killed.
- And Mohammed taught that all Jews will be murdered on the Day of Judgement, when the stones and trees themselves will say, "There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him."
So that is Islam. Islam may be more than that, but the weight of the above tenets is so great that no good deed - short of Christ coming back - could make such a weight bearable.
The world is full of Muslims who do not adhere strictly to these tenets. Our society chooses to call such Muslims, "moderate." I choose to call them marginal Muslims. I call them marginal Muslims, because as is true of marginal Christians, or marginal Hindus, they do not adhere to the Orthodoxy of their own religion, whether through choice, or ignorance.
So now, to the question of who are the real Islamophobes.
The real Islamophobes are those who are afraid of real Islam; those who are afraid of what Islam is.
Now, look around you. Who is afraid of what Islam is? Who is afraid to deal with Islam as it manifests itself upon the earth?
ISIS is not afraid to deal with what Islam really is. They come right out and say what they believe, and they lay their lives on the line in the interest of acting according to their beliefs.
The real Islamophobes are those who are afraid to deal with Islam as it is. They are the ones who continually obfuscate and refuse to see what is as plain as the nose on their own faces.
Marginal Muslims who choose to remain Muslim even though they don't believe in the tenets of their own religion; they are afraid of Islam. They are Islamophobes. The reason they do not convert is because they know apostates are to be put to death under Islam. They have good reason to be Islamophobic, don't they?
Leftist apologists for Islam are also Islamophobic. When a Leftist, who has not studied Islam, presumes to lecture the public on Islam, all the while contradicting the primary schools of Islamic Jurisprudence, the teachings of major Imams, the actions of ISIS, and the words of the Koran itself, well, then, those people betray their Islamophobia by refusing to acknowledge Islam for what it is.
They refuse to admit what Islam is because they are afraid of what Islam is.
They are Islamophobes.
And who else is afraid of Islam? Who are the other Islamophobes?
CAIR is afraid of Islam. The last thing CAIR wants you to know is what Islam is really about. The entire purpose of CAIR, and most other Islamic "rights" groups, is to obfuscate about the truth of Islam, so that the Infidels will not catch on.
CAIR is afraid that we Infidels will come to know the truth about Islam before the True Islam has gathered enough power for Islam to do to us what ISIS is currently doing to the Iraqis.
CAIR is afraid of Islam, so CAIR refuses to admit the truth of Islam.
CAIR is Islamophobic.
So we see those who accept things for what they are, and choose to oppose them anyway, those people are not Islamophobes.
The Islamophobes are afraid to admit the reality of the Elephant in the Room. They are afraid to put words to the facts before their very eyes. They believe any word spoken, acknowledging the truth of Islam, only gives Islam more power.
They are the true Islamophobes.