Islam is not a "Race".

I was recently called a racist because I criticised Islam. The argument was about why the term "Islamophobia" exists when no other religion seems to have acquired the "phobia" status. A phobia is an irrational fear and therefore seems to indicate that being frightened of Islam is irrational. The thing is, I was called a "racist" in this argument and Islam is not a race, it is a religion. You only have to look up the definition of "race" to see that. 

So, you can understand why people might be afraid if they are going to be called racist for criticising what is "an opinion" - because that's what religion is. It's not irrational to fear something that has power and could potentially change the way you live your life and limit your free speech. 

So, Islamophobia is the wrong word and is designed to imply that there should be no reason to fear an ideology that refuses to be criticised and wants to be protected so by law. (fascism). Racist is also wrong, because "an Opinion" is not innate and neither are faiths or beliefs.

Crying racism when someone criticises your belief does little for the true fight against real racism. It's about as useful as those who falsely cry "rape" do for the fight against rape.

 

 

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Comments (7)

  1. stevehayes13

    You are so right. Islam is not a race. It is a religion. A virulently dangerous one, which denies freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion; that makes women into second class citizens; that aspires to a global theocracy.

    April 02, 2012
    1. 29A

      Islam is not a race.

      Not for a lack of trying. Did you see the Student Union’s motion at the London School of Economics?

      “Islamophobia as “a form of racism expressed through the hatred or fear of Islam, Muslims, or Islamic culture, and the stereotyping, demonisation or harassment of Muslims, including but not limited to portraying Muslims as barbarians or terrorists, or attacking the
      Qur’an as a manual of hatred”,”

      This is interesting…
      Jews and Sikhs are regarded as racial groups according to the Incitement to Racial and Religious Hatred legislation.
      http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1686-lse-students-say-no-to-islamophobia

      April 02, 2012
      1. stevehayes13

        Anyone can say whatever they like – it’s called freedom of speech; but saying something does not make it so.

        April 02, 2012
        1. 29A

          They are attempting to make it some sort of legality, like the UN’s HRC res. 7/19 – Combating defamation of religion.

          April 02, 2012
          1. stevehayes13

            And guess who proposed and voted for and lobbied for that little wonder?

            April 02, 2012
            1. 29A

              A bunch of Muslim states.

              April 02, 2012
              1. stevehayes13

                You got it in one.

                And it is completely contrary to the UN declaration of universal human rights.

                April 02, 2012