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True Islamophobia and standing up to death threats from Islamic extremists

A law protecting American speech against threats from extremists is needed
A law protecting American speech against threats from extremists is needed
Atlas Shrugs

Recently, a group of Muslim clerics met in New York purportedly to address the growing problem of Islamophobia. I say purportedly because what has these clerics all wee-weed up is not Islamophobia but antipathy toward Muslims, which is something quite different.

If you think back to your freshman psych course in college, you will recall that the term phobia describes an irrational fear. Someone afraid of water suffers from hydrophobia, of heights, acrophobia. Thus Islamophobia is, by definition, an irrational fear of Islam or Muslims. But even that word does not perfectly capture the current mood since not all fear of Islam is irrational.

Just ask Ducth filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Actually, you can’t ask him because he was brutally murdered in 2004 by a Moroccan Muslim extremist who was insulted by van Gogh’s work highlighting the well-documented violence practiced by Muslims.

You can’t ask cartoonist Molly Norris either, because she is in hiding following a call for her assassination by American-born Yemeni-based terror suspect Anwar Awlaki. The motivation for his fatwa against Norris was the same one that “justified” van Gogh’s death.

So who are the true Islamophobes? I maintain it is that very segment of the population that continues to deliver stern sermons on the importance of religious tolerace to, for example, the nearly 80 percent of Americans who oppose building a mosque near Ground Zero. The great irony that seems to be lost on these Islamophobes is that fear of brutal retaliation for even the tiniest of perceived slights against the "religion of peace" is precisely what whets radical Muslim appetites for more acts of violence. Mark Steyn sums it up nicely:

It is a basic rule of life that if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it. Every time Muslims either commit violence or threaten it, we reward them by capitulating. Indeed, President Obama, Justice Breyer, General Petraeus, and all the rest are now telling Islam, you don’t have to kill anyone, you don’t even have to threaten to kill anyone. We’ll be your enforcers. We’ll demand that the most footling and insignificant of our own citizens submit to the universal jurisdiction of Islam.

The only way to end this rash of lunacy is to stand up to it and meet it head-on. That is what the country is attempting for better or worse on two war fronts in the Middle East. But we can also take a step to combat the threat here at home by enacting social legislation to protect the Molly Norrises and their Constitutionally protected right to free expression.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch parliament and current resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has published an article in the Los Angeles Times proposing such a law. “A federal law would do two things,” she writes:

First, it would deter violent tactics, by focusing national attention on the problem and invoking the formidable enforcement apparatus of the federal government. Second, its civil damages provision would empower victims of intimidation to act as private attorneys general to defend their rights.

Passing such a law would send an unequivocal message to the world community that we are indeed the United States, emphasis on the adjective in the name—that if you threaten one of us, you threaten us all.

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Comments

  • Frenchy 4 years ago

    Exxon,

    Check this out. You might learn something.

    http://www.zionismontheweb.org/zionism/zionism.html

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Oh, this is funny! Someone shows you a link showing you have some screwed-up ideas, and you point out a bunch of off-the-wall links supporting your warped view.

    What a piece of work you are.

  • Frenchy 4 years ago

    Exxon,

    You say that my link is the "safe side" of zionism. What evidence do you have that the links you provide aren't just anti-semitic propaganda by self-hating Jews and the like?

  • Gary - Newark Religion & Social Issues Examiner 4 years ago

    Thank you for an excellent article.

    As for Xexon, he is a well known troll, and Muslim terrorism supporter. Every time, any says anything remotely honest about Muslims and violence, Xexon shows up and spews anti -Jewish hate.

    What is truly disgusting, is Examiner's management, which has known about Xexon's hateful comments, and repeated violations of their TOS, and has done nothing about it.

  • Howard Portnoy, Manhattan Conservative Examiner 4 years ago

    Thank you for the kind words, Gary. As to hate (and hateful) speech, I tend to take a libertarian stance. I just wish the Islamic extremists bent on harming us were as willing to countenance language they find offensive.

  • xexon 4 years ago

    Muslims are slient right now because they're in the same unpleasant place blacks were about 50 years ago.

    In a white man's America, where being the wrong color, or religion, makes you a second class citizen in your own land.

    Speaking out in such a climate has a danger attached to it. They've got families to think of too. It's not that they don't want to speak out.

    But eventually, a leader is always born from such circumstance.

    They'll just have to wait.

    x

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Muslims are silent? Is that what others in the day room at the instiution are telling you? They made a lot of noise on 9/11 and have continued to make noise ever since. Any time anybody says boo about their precious religion, they threaten to kill that person.

    You know what? I'm done here. You're too crazy to respond to. You really need help.

  • Frenchy 4 years ago

    My sense is this guy (or gal) is just seeking attention. You know what they say about the squeaky wheel.

  • xexon 4 years ago

    And you know what they say about good people who are silent.

    How do you think the nazis floated to the top of the foodchain so fast? Don't think it can't happen again. Don't think it can't happen right here, in the modern day.

    Until you are willing to address what set the Muslims off to begin with, you will be forever fighting them.

    They're not your enemy. They're just regular people. But you have been lied to about Israel and what it really is. As long as your tax dollars are used by Israel to continue their campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing against it's Muslim populations, none of this will ever change.

    You'll continue to pour money hand over foot into wars in the Middle East which have nothing to do with us here at home. And you will continue to distrust Muslims because certain people in positions of power say so.

    Israel is the key.

    Our ending of over 60 years of US "aid" to this nation will go along way in lowering the terrorist threat right here in the United States.

    The zionist government of Israel needs to be overthrown by good Jews before the world is once again forced to deal with another country where supremacists run the show.

    We took down nazi Germany. We took down white South Africa.

    We WILL take down zionist Israel.

    I highly prefer my Jewish brothers have the honors.

    x

  • Mike the Patriot 4 years ago

    Hey, Exlax, are you supposed to be the good person who keeps silent. Seems to me you never shut up for a second.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    As to "We WILL take down zionist Israel." whose we? You and the other nutroots? You and the Moslems?

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    One other thing: You are a disease. You're worse than the Moslems because you get to live in this great country and in exchange for that privilege you spew your racist hatred. They're savages. What's your excuse?