You know nothing about Islam. It is people like you who support racism in the UK against Muslims. I bet you vote UKIP or the BNP.
You are an Islamophobe
Dear person calling me an Islamophobe.
Your opinion has been noted and to that I have a response…
Okay a more measured response.
See? When I first wrote about Islamic topics such accusations kept coming in. And in fact it generally kept me away. I felt rather timid to push against Islam the same way that I throw rocks at Christianity.
And it puzzled me because I may “not” be an Ex-Muslim, but I had a lot of education on the topic. And so I decided that I should demonstrate it.
I understand Islamophobia exists as an amalgam of racism and xenophobia. However? I am no Pat Condell. I actually understand the topic being discussed.
For instance? I have written about the Wahabbi rejection of forensic medicine. The Islamic fundie destruction of monuments and their own cultural history. And the recent article demonstrating a knowledge of Hudud and Shariah.
The difference between me and Condell, is that I am not ranting about Syrian refugees in Sweden or being outnumbered by Muslims breeding like rabbits. I understand that there are many moderate Muslims such as the ones who made the “Happy video”. I know how fundamentalism works and how it grows and have seen the changes due to a cultural war within Islam where some Muslims are liberal but are increasingly side lined as being “fake” Muslims. The dialogue of Islam has changed from the temperance of Saladin to the ideal Muslim being a fundamentalist.
And in trying to be holier than thou, many Muslim countries pick up a culture of increasing fundamentalism as people egg each other on to greater acts.
You may not see these issues and critiques as genuine and see them on the same scale or scope as Pat Condell.
But here is the thing. I am sure there are responses to Pat Condell. I have corrected “stuff” he has said that is wrong.
The thing is? No one’s really said that what I have said is wrong. The articles may get downvoted and I may get hate mail but no one’s stood up and said this is why you are wrong. In fact as complaints about Islam go? This is one of the more deadlier ones since it is couched in an actual understanding of the religion rather than just blind dislike for it.
In addition? Because I am often critical of false criticisms and xenophobic ones against Islam, I am routinely called a Muslim in disguise as an atheist due to a principle called Taqqiyah which a lot of people in the atheist movement seem to know the name off but very little about.
Here is the thing? Such arguments would not be made had I chosen a Muslim classical scientist’s name as my pseudonym and if I was white. The joke is I couldn’t join the BNP and hate UKIP. Anyone who spent a basic amount of time reading my work would know so.
The fact is that real criticism of Islam is necessary because it is the real criticism that changes the dialogue and holds a mirror up to flaws in Islam. Blindly ignoring Islam ignores the fact that the biggest victims of Islam at this point are Muslims. We may lose a few people each year to terrorism, but they lose more and they lose futures robbed by the poisonous dialogue that has taken over Islam.
If that makes me an Islamophobe, then that puts me in a rather strange position alongside people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Taslima Nasrin and various other people who left Islam and are critical of it as someone who understands a little bit about Islam and who can see changes and issues within it.
Blindly staying the course is as dangerous and pointless as screaming about Muslamic Ray Guns