The ‘Islamophobia’ problem, by Douglas Murray.
[A group of MPs and Peers in the UK] are proposing a set of ‘tests’ of what is ‘Islamophobic’. Let us take them in turn:
– ‘Does it stereotype Muslims by assuming that they all think the same?
Well let us see. Would it be Islamophobic to say ‘All Muslims believe that the Quran is the revealed word of God, that Mohammed was the messenger of Allah and that this revelation has been revealed for all time as the unalterable, final revelation from God?’ It would appear so. And yet it would also be true. There are certain things which all Muslims do agree on. There are many other generalisations that one could make that are more critical. Yet to say so would be ‘Islamophobic’.
– ‘Does the criticism consist of generalising about Muslims in a way that excludes them?’
An interesting one. Let’s try a couple out. How about ‘All Muslim majority countries are either dictatorships, despotisms or countries where the army remains on standby at any moment to wrestle back control from religious zealots’? Or how about ‘Muslims tend to be bad at understanding and advocating minority rights unless they happen to be in a minority themselves’? Both of these statements are at least highly defensible. I would suggest they are also true. Yet they undoubtedly ‘generalise’ in certain ways, and if just one Muslim said that they felt ‘excluded’ by people failing to talk up the pluralism and freedom in the Islamic world we would have to agree that both statements are indeed ‘Islamophobic’. …
There is nothing sweeter than the sound of totalitarian ideology presented in the lingua franca of social justice.
They say you know who your boss is by who you are not allowed to criticize. But must the West succumb so easily?
hat-tip Stephen Neil