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Is Islamophobia Justified?

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So, I posted this a while ago on my other website (Asignoflife.net). I have been slowly trying to transfer everything over to this site. In light of recent events in Orlando I thought I should repost a revised version. BTW, the Orlando, Pulse club massacre, wasn’t commited be a radical fundamental Muslim. The guy had problems, probably a self hating gay himself. But, the fact that he committed this horrid act on Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims, should show you that it’s just not true. Yes, he claimed allegiance to ISIS, but he also claimed allegiance with about 7 others. He was a very sick individual with access to a very powerful weapon.

Here it is: 

Islamophobia has really taken off since ISIS started their quest to collect heads and strike fear into the hearts of the “non believers”. I will admit, ISIS is fucking scary. They have struck fear in the hearts of journalists and writers around the world. Luckily, a select few have laughed in the face of fear and are still out there reporting and writing about these horrible people and turning the whole world against them.

Islamophobia is not a new idea, it has been around for a long time. It is stronger today than ever before, but the hatred and fear does seem to be dying down a little. It kind of comes in spurts, someone will attack, everyone freaks out and then the chaos dies off a little.

But, is Islamophobia really justified? Just because a group of assholes is out there trying to ruin peoples lives because they don’t believe in the same ideology? I am struggling myself with this question. I do not like to hate on a race of people because of what they believe, but I have to admit, the Qur’an is a scary book to believe in at times. We tend to fear the things we don’t understand, and I, along with most Americans, don’t understand this religion.

What’s the difference between Islam and other religions?

In my research, I have come across many differences. The first, and the most terrifying difference I found, their prophet was a warlord. When you are following a warlord, you might be more prone to violence. I’m fairly certain most of the Islamic people are a peaceful people, especially the ones here in the U.S. Some of them come off as rude, but that can be chocked up to cultural differences. Most of the world seems rude to the U.S., we are an extremely polite society, annoyingly polite at times. Unless we are driving, then we are a nation of assholes.

Another huge difference in Islam is that people believe that the Qur’an is written by Allah (God) himself. That makes it hard to look past the parts of the Qur’an that are less than savory, and, at times, downright diabolical. This is also why their extremist are so extreme I believe.

I also found a slew of violent Qur’an and Tabari verses in my research. The following two are a couple of the more horrible ones I found.

Qur’an (8:12) “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

Tabari (9:69)“Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us”

If you believe that Allah wrote the Qur’an, and you read these passages, of course, you are going to think it’s okay to chop off people’s head for not believing. There is no other way to interpret these passages than violent. Lucky for us, most Muslims just overlook it. Thank you!

Other religions seem to have moved past this, the Bible says some pretty horrible things at times, probably just as horrible and just as often as the Qur’an. For example, basically all of Exodus is horrible. For those who don’t know Exodus here is some quick points.

In the story, the Jewish people were enslaved by the Egyptians. They were used to build pyramids and serve the people. Then along came Moses, he asked for his people to be set free or God would show his wrath. Several punishments were unleashed on the Egyptians after they failed to set the people free, the worst of the punishments was the death of all the Egyptians firstborns, that includes men, women, children and yes, infants.

After they were set free and Moses parted the sea to escape from the Egyptians who were chasing them they wandered from place to place for a while. As time went by, some of the Jewish people were still following their old religion and God was angry, so, he had Moses slaughter the non-believers. As the story goes on more murders and slaughtering happen.

It’s a good story as well as a horrible example of violence, jealousy, and bloodlust from God. If you think that’s the only despicable section of the Bible, you’d be wrong.

Samuel 15:3 – “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

Hosea 13:16 – “Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.”

The difference between Islam and Christianity is Christians and Catholics, I think (being an Atheist I can only speculate), realize that the Bible was written by people thousands of years ago. Times were different when the book was written and people have learned a lot from the days of killing people because of their beliefs.

Muslims are slowly realizing this too. It will take time, but I see progress. We have feminist movements in the Middle East (read more here https://www.thenation.com/article/rise-islamic-feminists), and as I said in the past (in my post on extreme feminism), women have more compassion than men. If change is going to happen, it will start with the feminists in the Middle East, seeing as they are the ones who are most oppressed.

I believe that we are in a transitionary period. The Middle East has been so rich for so long, due to oil money, that no evolution of ideology has been needed. Also, Islam is a much younger religion than Christianity. It’s almost 600 years younger, what where Christians doing 600 years ago? I can tell you it probably wasn’t good. Of course, we can’t wait 600 more years for them to get their shit together, but I think it’s time.

People in the Middle east are getting sick of the oppression. Yes, the Qur’an has some really fucked up passages. But, so does the Bible, so does a lot of religious scripts. It’s from an archaic time, a time when these things were a part of the normal, everyday life. Now that people are waking up and starting to become more “progressive” we are seeing a backlash of the fundamentalist. Eventually, ideas will extinguish the flames of these fundamentalists. Islam will become just another religion in the world. Out of the ashes of the old ways we will probably see less radical groups. Much like the Westboro Baptist Church, still horrible, but not violent.

The internet is the key to all this change. As long as people have access to the internet they will be able to adjust their views and see that what they are doing is wrong. It’s not something that is going to change overnight, but it will change. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

So is Islamophobia justified? Yes and no. Yes, be terrified of the extremists and fundamentalists. They take it farther than any religious group ever has. But no, you should not be afraid of Islam as a whole.

What is your take on Islam? Do you think they will “progressify”? Why so or why not? Leave your comments below!

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