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Is It Islamophobia When You Demand To Know Why Radicals Are Trying To Kill You? A Response To The U.N.’s Anti-Islamophobia Day

Is It Islamophobia When You Demand To Know Why Radicals Are Trying To Kill You? A Response To The U.N.’s Anti-Islamophobia Day

The UN, in their rush to appease Islamic governments, moved to name March 15 as a day to combat Islamophobia, but maybe before we address this, we should first look at what the definition of this is:

Islamophobia

Is·lam·o·pho·bi·a/iˌsläməˈfōbēə/

noun

1.dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force:”there is no place for Islamophobia in our communities”

Here is where the problem comes in, what the definition is, and what is reality.

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We hear from many in Islamic nations that if you call to question their actions due to their religious belief and their treatment of unbelievers, you are called an Islamophobe, but is this accurate? Does any criticism make you phobic, or is there a right to call out a religious group for their actions?

For years we have heard the Islamic world talk about the evil of the crusades, and they did in many ways act evilly, but does calling this out make you Christianphobic? I would say no, but if we are not allowed to call into question Islamic followers, then can’t and shouldn’t the same thing be demanded of Muslims when they dare call out Christians or other faiths?

One also needs to ask, is an aversion to Islam the same as being phobic of it? When 9/11 happened, many reeled back in aversion to what had happened; many were also equally quick to say that this act of a few did not fall on the responsibility of all Muslims, which was correct.

Yet one can look at the polling and see there is a problem. Today around 25% of all Muslims support radical ideology, this by no means shows they are involved in it, but they do have a belief system that gives root to this ideology. The problem is that around 25% of these materially support radical jihad; if you look at the numbers, they are terrifying. With 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, with 25% supporting radical ideology, 400 million Muslims are giving root to this type of movement; 25% support this in a material sense, which puts this number at 100 million.

If you take the radicals, about 10% of the people who materially support radicals are willing to take up arms and fight for Islam, this puts this number at 10 million. When you put this in perspective, this is larger than the militaries of the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK. This is a huge problem, so is having concern for this Islamophobia, or is this a genuine concern?

For those of you who ask where I get these numbers from, you will find that the polling collected in the article Islam – A Religion of Peace? shows the numbers I gave were kept on the low side.

Now, some will say that I am saying Islam is a violent religion; I have no problem with this; if you look at terrorism around the world, over 88% of all terrorist attacks have one common denominator, they are done by Muslims, all acting with religious zealotry. But does this mean that all Muslims are violent? Of course not; that would be a lie, the majority aren’t, but they are not the ones giving a face and voice to the faith – the violent minority are.

Please note that my figures are much lower than what Ben Shapiro put out, and it is not that I disagree with his findings; I find it better to err on the lower side than be found to overestimate things. Ben Shapiro puts the number of Muslims worldwide that support radical Islamist views at 50%, I think that may be a little high, but I understand where he got the figures from.

Articles like PolitiFact took offense at this; others, like Channel 4 News in Britain, did as well. They went out of their way to say not all Muslims are radicals and went so far as to claim that if people thought cartoonists who drew pictures of Mohammad demanded prosecution of the artist, but to them, this was not being radical. They went to downplay the numbers, coming up with the same numbers I posted, saying, “See, not half are radical; only 1/4 are!” This is a huge problem, but they try to make light of this number in their rush to appease.

We need to stop caving into radical Islamists, where screams of prejudice are stopping us from asking the questions and demanding change that is needed. With BLM, the LGBTQ community you see the same thing, they use screams of prejudice to stop one from asking questions, questions many times that put these activist in a bad place if they were forced to answer, so they silence by accusation.

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When we do this, the backlash will happen. I got death threats when I wrote the article THE PALESTINIAN CLAIM TO JERUSALEM, so I responded by writing another article. I have found that the best way to deal with bullies is not to respond to them, then do more of what irritates them. The Authorities have advised me not to do this, but I will be damned if threats shut me up.

Islam needs to go through a renaissance of its own; there are many that are supporting this in the Muslim world; rather than give them our support, we give it to radical rulers and parties least we offend the many. It is time for a change.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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