...Despite the existence of Canada’s renowned Charter of Rights and Freedoms, along with the considerable contributions made by Canadian Muslims to promote fair integration, they continue to experience various forms of alienation, discrimination, harassment and sometimes violence, all of which are rooted in negative stereotypical portrayals of Islam and its adherents - thus the irrational phenomenon that has come to be known as "Islamophobia."Nuh uh, Doc. What spreads "Islamophobia" is the awareness that sharia law is a clear and present danger to Western civilization. Sharia is the problem. "Islamophobia" is, if not necessarily the solution, then the prerequisite for the solution (which would entail keeping sharia in its own part of the world and preventing it from bleeding over into our Dar).
As a result of the cancerous spread of Islamophobic attitudes, the past decade has seen Canadian Muslims become a collective soft target for negative societal discourse - a trend widely evidenced by the media, as well as in the stance of certain influential politicians, social commentators and academics. And where members of the general public are concerned it seems that more and more people - with or without background knowledge and valid evidence - have become self-appointed experts on the "Others" in their midst. In fact, one would have to live in complete technological isolation not to be aware of the ongoing debate, discussion, and idle chatter about Islam and Muslims.
These ubiquitous depictions and speculations (most of them, unfortunately, negative) have created an atmosphere of ambivalence and misunderstanding which only serves to feed the spreading toxin of Islamophobia...
Friday, February 26, 2010
"Islamophobia is a collective term for the most dangerous and sinister arrays of obstacles that Canadian Muslims face from outside their communities"--CIC Imam
Some of us kafirs don't much cotton to the idea of Islamic law setting up shop here in the West. For the purposes of marginalizing those who balk at sharia, Islamists have coined the useful term "Islamophobia". Dr. Zijad Delic, the imam who serves as "the CIC's executive director in Ottawa," uses the smear to great effect in his latest peroration, a "definition" of "Islamophobia. From the way "Dr." Delic uses the disease model to explain what he insists is a kind of psychopathology, you would think he's a real medical doctor. In fact, he's a "Dr." by virtue of his having written a doctoral thesis on the topic of, get this, the "tasks and activities relevant to building bridges between the Canadian Muslim community and mainstream Canadian society, in hopes of creating more cohesive cooperation among all Canadians." And what better way to create "cohesion" than to persuade us that we, miserable "Islamophobes," are the bad guys for trying to keep sharia at bay: