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Islamkritik in Österreich – Blubb, blubb, blubb,….

Posted by paulipoldie on June 3, 2011

Danke an SOS Heimat

SOS Österreich legt sich selbst hohe Maßstäbe auf, versucht wissenschaftlich vorzugehen. Deshalb hat der Autor dieser Zeilen einen Artikel in „Die Presse“ in ein Plastiksackerl gelesen und sich unter der Badewanne angehört. (Dieses Experiment kann weltweit unter den gleichen Kriterien wiederholt werden)
Das Ergebnis:

Blubb! Blubb! Blubb!

Damit wäre der „Inhalt“ von Das weite Netzwerk der kritischen Islamexperten (Printausgabe vom 01.06.2011) auch schon wiedergegeben.
Michael Fleischhacker dürfte nicht informiert gewesen sein. Denn zu so einer schwachen, schlecht recherchierten Story hätte er niemals seinen Sanktus gegeben.

Das dürfte auch der Grund sein, warum die Online- Ausgabe aus Scham wieder aus dem Netz entfernt wurde. DiePresse

Doch es beweist sich immer wieder, wie gut SOS-ÖSTERREICH vernetzt ist, denn eine aufmerksame Leserin (eine unerschöpfliche Quelle an Informationen) hat den gut bezahlten Inhalt – der eher einem durchschnittlichen Hauptschulaufsatz gleicht – im Cache gefunden.
(Danke für die Mithilfe!)

In Österreich gibt es eine Reihe von Persönlichkeiten, die als Islamexperten in die Öffentlichkeit drängen und Kritik an der Islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft üben. Eine Vorstellung der wichtigsten Vertreter.

Wien. Ende der 1990er-Jahre arbeitete Anas Schakfeh, langjähriger Präsident der Islamischen Funktion lehnte er einen Bewerber ab – er hatte den entsprechenden Sprach- und Schreibtest nicht bestanden. „Es war einfach die schwache Grammatik“, erinnert sich Schakfeh heute.

Wie man weiß, legen ORF und IGGiÖ sonst IMMER größten Wert auf beste Sprach- und Schreibkenntnisse ihrer Mitarbeiter und Günstlinge, siehe

Dem Bewerber von damals hat diese Ablehnung offenbar nicht geschadet. Amer Albayati wird heute in Medien als Experte für Islam, Terror und arabische Politik herumgereicht. Seine Qualifikation dafür? Ein nicht abgeschlossenes Studium der Theaterwissenschaft in der ehemaligen DDR.
Parallelen zur einer talentlosen arbeitslosen deutschen Schauspielerin (Sprecherin der IGGiÖ) sind zufällig. Dass Albayati aus der DDR kommt macht die Kritik für Rusen Aksak nur noch schlimmer. Hat die Stasi doch erwiesenermaßen die Lockerbie- Attentäter ausgebildet (Quelle: History Channel).Also soll Albayati bitte dieses Gedankengut auch in seinem Herzen tragen. Die SPÖ macht es ja auch!
Dennoch wird regelmäßig seine Expertise eingeholt, insbesondere von Medien, Blogs und Gruppierungen, die gemeinhin als islamkritisch gelten. Was ihn dort besonders attraktiv macht: seine offene Kritik an der IGGiÖ und deren (noch) amtierendem Präsidenten Anas Schakfeh.

Als Sprecher der Initiative Liberaler Muslime Österreich (Ilmö) versuchte er zuletzt sogar, die Anerkennung als eigene Glaubensgemeinschaft zu erkämpfen. Blasphemie!!! Und: Gemeinsam mit dem Wiener Akademikerbund präsentierte er ein sogenanntes „Wiener Integrationsmanifest“ – darin wurde unter anderem gefordert, dass Arbeitgeber Muslime diskriminieren dürfen sollen.
Das Manifest wird auf SOS Österreich zur Verfügung gestellt. Forderung: Integration, gutes Benehmen. Das ist purer Rassismus! Immerhin, am Ende distanzierte sich die Ilmö doch von dem Papier.

Kampf um „Halal“-Geschäft

Albayati ist nur einer von vielen sogenannten Islamexperten, die in die Medien drängen. Und die ihre Expertise nicht unbedingt aus einer fachlichen Qualifikation heraus begründen.
Wer ein Experte ist, bestimme ich
Zu dieser Gruppe gehört auch Günther Ahmed Rusznak, ein Konvertit aus dem oberösterreichischen Traun und – so wie Albayati – erklärter Gegner von IGGiÖ und Anas Schakfeh. Er führte mit seinem Verein Islamisches Informations- und Dokumentationszentrum Österreich (IIDZ) zahlreiche Prozesse gegen die IGGiÖ, wollte sie sogar unter Kuratel stellen lassen. Daneben ist er im Geschäft mit „Halal“-Zertifikaten aktiv. Der Handel mit islamisch korrekten Lebensmitteln gilt als Wachstumsmarkt. In Österreich war die IGGiÖ exklusiv für diese Zertifizierungen zuständig – ehe Rusznak ein eigenes Zertifikat entwickelte. Und damit ins internationale Halal-Geschäft einstieg.
Fakt ist: An Rusznak gibt es viel zu kritisieren. Doch von der IGGiÖ wird er bis auf das Blut bekämpft. Hat er doch deren Monopol (als ob es keine offenen und versteckten Subventionen von der SPÖ gäbe) im Geschäft gebrochen. Weiters deckt er – aus Eigennutz – „unkonventionelle“ Machenschaften in der ehemals arabischen Glaubensgemeinschaft auf. Ob Rusznak in einem anderen Land noch am Leben wäre?
Seinen Kampf gegen die IGGiÖ führte er weiter. Unter anderem auch, weil ihm die Muslime-Vertretung die Mitgliedschaft verweigerte. „Er schimpfte, prozessierte viele Male gegen die Glaubensgemeinschaft“, sagt Integrationsbeauftragter Omar al-Rawi, „und wollte zur gleichen Zeit eine formale Anerkennung als Muslim durch die Glaubensgemeinschaft haben.“
Reicht etwa nicht die Schahada, das islamische Glaubensbekenntnis um Muslim zu sein?

Als Islamexpertin bezeichnet sich auch Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. Sie erlebte als Kind die islamische Revolution im Iran mit, für sie ein „verstörendes Erlebnis“ Stimmt, diese Frau ist aber überempfindlich!.
Das ist auch der Grund, warum die Diplomatentochter, die selbst eine diplomatische Ausbildung genoss, laufend Vorträge über die Gefahren einer Islamisierung Europas hält. Unter anderem hielt sie auch „Islam“-Seminare für die Parteiakademie der FPÖ. Die brachten ihr im Februar 2011 eine erstinstanzliche Verurteilung wegen „Herabwürdigung religiöser Lehren“ ein – sie hatte den Propheten Mohammed der Pädophilie bezichtigt.
Wie wir mittlerweile wissen, stimmt dieser Ausdruck nicht ganz. Der „Prophet“ hat ja nicht nur ein Kind, sondern auch Frauen (erwiesen) vergewaltigt. Also träfe eher der Tatbestand der Verharmlosung zu!

Star in islamkritischen Foren
Insbesondere in Onlineforen polemischer Islamkritik wird sie als Star gefeiert – so wurden ihr Verfahren und das entsprechende Urteil lang und breit thematisiert und kommentiert.

Polemik: Polemisieren heißt, gegen eine (bestimmte andere) Ansicht zu argumentieren. Der Polemiker sucht nicht zwingend den Konsens, sondern versucht im rhetorischen Wettstreit seinen Argumenten zum Durchbruch zu verhelfen (Quelle: Wikipedia)

Sowas. Ich habe da von einem Buch gehört …
…allerdings wird da weniger auf Rhetorik als auf nackte Gewalt und deren Verherrlichung gesetzt.

Die ehemalige Botschaftsmitarbeiterin, die in mehreren arabischen Ländern tätig war, hat auch eine eigene Internetpräsenz namens „Mission Europa. Netzwerk Karl Martell“. Darauf ist sie bestrebt, eine paneuropäische Antwort auf die „Gefahr durch den Islam“ zu finden.
Seit Neuestem scheint sie auch ihre Fühler in die westliche Hemisphäre auszustrecken. In aktuellen E-Mails finden sich Verweise auf „ACT! For America“ – eine Organisation, die von einer libanesischen Christin namens Brigitte Gabriel gegründet wurde. Auch sie wurde in jungen Jahren (durch den Libanesischen Bürgerkrieg) traumatisiert und ist heute ein Aktivposten der evangelikalen Rechten in den USA.
Immer diese aufmüpfigen Weiber.
Es hat schon seinen Grund, warum der Islam Gewalt gegen Frauen wünscht erlaubt. Von evangelikal kann bei ACT! For America keine Rede sein. Die Organisation steht jeder Konfession offen.
Der Versuch, seine Gegner zu Fundamentalisten zu stempeln, ist so alt wie erfolglos. Siehe FPÖ. Siehe Wiener Akademikerbund. Christian Zeitz wurde als christlicher Fundamentalist abgestempelt.

Sabaditsch-Wolff ist aber auch außerhalb des Internets gut vernetzt. Unter anderem sitzt sie im Präsidium des Wiener Akademikerbundes.

DiePresse ist ein Medium, das auch der islamkritischen Stimme zuhört. Was sich also die Redakteure bei diesem schwachen Bericht gedacht haben, steht im Halbmond in den Sternen.

Über den Autor Rusen Timur Aksak gibt es außer ein paar ähnlich schwachen Artikel wenig zu sagen.
Am ehesten spricht ein kommentarloser Vergleich für sich:

        

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Anmerkung:

Der Autor dieses Presse-Artikels, Rusen Timur Aksak, dürfte sich für seine Recherchen hauptsächlich auf unseren Blog informiert haben – natürlich benutzte er hierbei nur sein linkes Auge!
Ein typischer Daumen-Unten-Drücker auf SOS!!!

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Is it Racist to Criticize Islam?

Posted by paulipoldie on April 29, 2011

Is Ayaan Hirsi Ali a racist? She was born in Somalia, from which she escaped to avoid an arranged marriage, and she eventually became a member of Parliament in the Netherlands.

She helped produce a film with Theo Van Gogh which criticized Islam’s treatment of women. Van Gogh was shot to death by a Muslim in retaliation, and a note was pinned to his chest with a knife — a note that threatened Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

She made her way to the United States, and has since written two books critical of Islam: Infidel and Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations.

Is Wafa Sultan a racist? She was born and raised in Syria, and was trained as a psychiatrist.

On February 21, 2006, she took part in an Al Jazeera discussion program, arguing with the hosts about Samuel P. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations theory. A six-minute composite video of her response was widely circulated on blogs and through email. The New York Times estimated it was seen at least one million times. In the video she criticized Muslims for treating non-Muslims differently, and for not recognizing the accomplishments of Jews and other non-Muslims. The video was the most-discussed video of all time with over 260,000 comments on YouTube.

Is Ibn Warraq a racist? Warraq was born in India to Muslim parents who migrated to Pakistan after the partitioning of British Indian Empire.

Warraq founded the Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society. He is a senior research fellow at the Center for Inquiry, focusing on Quranic criticism.

Warraq is the author of seven books, including Why I Am Not a Muslim and Leaving Islam. He has spoken at the United Nations “Victims of Jihad” conference organized by the International Humanist and Ethical Union alongside speakers such as Bat Ye’or, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Simon Deng.

Is Tapan Ghosh a racist? The president of Hindu Samhati, he speaks all over India and the United States about the ongoing Islamic invasion of West Bengal.

In an article about him, a correspondent wrote, “A life of 25 years of relentless service has strengthened the resolve of Tapan Ghosh to unite Hindu masses to fight against injustice and the oppressive attitude of the authorities in the face of ever-increasing Islamist aggression.”

Ghosh said, “As someone who has suffered enormously from the Islamist onslaught in eastern India, both after the partition of India as well as the partition of erstwhile Pakistan to form Bangladesh, Islamic terrorism has deeply affected my life and the life of millions in the Indian subcontinent. The horrific events of 1971 where nearly 3 million Bengalis, mostly Hindus were exterminated by the Pakistani military regime left an everlasting impression on me. Since then, I have worked relentlessly for the service and upliftment of people reeling under the scourge of radical Islam.”

Is Seyran Ates a racist? Born in Turkey of Kurdish parents, and now working as a lawyer in Germany, Atest is highly critical of an immigrant Muslim society that is often more orthodox than its counterpart in Turkey, and her criticisms have put her at risk.

Her book, “Islam Needs a Sexual Revolution,” was scheduled for publication in Germany in 2009. In an interview in January 2008 on National Public Radio, Ates stated that she was in hiding and would not be working on Muslim women’s behalf publicly (including in court) due to the threats against her.

Ates is the author of the article, Human Rights Before Religion: Have we forgotten to protect women in our bid to accommodate practices carried out in the name of Islam?

Is Francis Bok a racist? Francis Piol Bol Bok, born in Sudan, was a slave for ten years but is now an abolitionist and author living in the United States.

On May 15, 1986, Bok was captured and enslaved at age seven during an Islamic militia raid on the village of Nymlal. Slavery is a standard feature of orthodox Islam. Bok lived in bondage for ten years before escaping imprisonment in Kurdufan, followed by a journey to the United States by way of Cairo, Egypt. Read more of his story here.

Bok’s autobiography, Escape from Slavery, chronicles his life from his early youth and his years in captivity, to his work in the United States as an abolitionist.

Is Nonie Darwish a racist? Now an American, she grew up a Muslim in Egypt, the daughter of an Egyptian general whose family was part of President Nasser’s inner circle.

Darwish founded Former Muslims United with Ibn Warraq, an organization dedicated, in part, to helping Muslims reject the inherent intolerance, violence, and supremacism in their doctrine.

Darwish is the author of two books critical of Islam, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law, and Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror.

And she is an outspoken critic of Sharia law.

Is Brigitte Gabriel a racist? She’s an Arab, born in Lebanon. Gabriel watched her country become an Islamic state. Lebanon was a Christian country and “the jewel of the Middle East” when she was young. But the Muslims in Lebanon, supported by Syria and Iran, slowly became more militant until they turned the country into a war zone.

She made her way to America only to find, to her horror, the Muslim Brotherhood here in her newly adopted country, going down the same road. She decided to warn her fellow Americans about the dire results you can expect from appeasing orthodox Muslims, so she founded ACT! for America, a grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about Islam’s prime directive.

Gabriel is the author of two books, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, and Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America.

Is Mark Gabriel a racist? Born in Egypt, he became an Islamic scholar in the Muslim world’s most prestigious university. Early fears by relatives that Gabriel would grow up a Christian because he had been breastfed by a Christian woman resulted in him being given a thorough Islamic education. So he grew up immersed in Islamic culture and was sent to Al Azhar school at the age of six.

By the time Gabriel was twelve years old he had memorized the Quran completely. After graduating from Al-Azhar University with a Master’s degree, he was offered a position as a lecturer at the university. During his research, which involved travel to Eastern and Western countries, Gabriel became more distant from Islam, finding its history, “from its commencement to date, to be filled with violence and bloodshed without any worthwhile ideology or sense of decency. I asked myself ‘What religion would condone such destruction of human life?’ Based on that, I began to see that the Muslim people and their leaders were perpetrators of violence.”

On hearing that Gabriel had “forsaken Islamic teachings” the authorities of Al Azhar expelled him from the University on 17 December, 1991 and asked for him to be released from the post of Imam in the mosque of Amas Ebn Malek in Giza city. The Egyptian secret police then seized Gabriel and placed him in a cell without food and water for three days, after which he was tortured and interrogated for four days before being transferred to Calipha prison in Cairo and released without charge a week later. He escaped Egypt and has since written several books, including, Islam and Terrorism.

Is Walid Shoebat a racist? He’s a Palestinian immigrant to the United States and a former PLO militant. Shoebat was born in Bethlehem, the grandson of the Mukhtar of Beit Sahour, an associate of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. In 1993, Shoebat converted to Christianity after studying the Jewish Bible for six months in response to a challenge from his wife, initially trying to persuade her to convert to Islam.

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Shoebat began to criticize Islam publicly. He has appeared on mainstream media around the world and has been an expert witness on a number of documentaries on orthodox Islam.

Shoebat argues that parallels exist between radical Islam and Nazism. He says, “Secular dogma like Nazism is less dangerous than Islamofascism that we see today…because Islamofascism has a religious twist to it; it says ‘God the Almighty ordered you to do this’…It is trying to grow itself in fifty-five Muslim states. So potentially, you could have a success rate of several Nazi Germanys, if these people get their way.”

Is Simon Deng a racist? He was born in southern Sudan. His village of Tonga was a peaceful farming community, despite frequent raids by the Islamic Sudanese army where they burned huts and scattered livestock. “One of the first things I was told as a child — if the Arab men come, just run for your life,” Deng recalls. The history of Arab colonization of Africa is one of Islamization, wholesale slave trading, and genocide. One day the Muslims came, and Deng was captured and enslaved.

At the age of 12, he noticed a man from his village due to the man’s “shilluk” — a series of raised welts across the forehead. It’s a tribal marking Deng has also. The man summoned a distant relative of Deng’s who happened to be nearby. With his kinsman’s help, the boy was able to escape.

Having escaped slavery and emigrated to the United States, Deng travels the country addressing audiences which range from the United Nations to middle school students. His speeches focus on education and the anti-slavery movement. Deng is now a warner of the horrors of unchecked Islam and Sharia. “I was victimized in the name of Islam,” he says.

Is Babu Suseelan a racist? Born in India, Professor Babu Suseelan is a Hindu leader, a human rights activist, a university professor, and a psychologist. He is also the Director of Indian American Intellectuals Forum, New York.

Suseelan is the author of several published articles on jihadi terrorism and cognitive psychology. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences on Islamic militancy.

He speaks around the world, trying to educate people about orthodox Islam and the danger it poses to the free world.

Is Walid Phares a racist? Phares was born in Lebanon, where he earned degrees in law, political science and sociology. He then earned a Master’s degree in International Law from the Université de Lyon in France and a Ph.D. in international relations and strategic studies from the University of Miami. He emigrated to the United States in 1990.

Phares has testified before committees of the U.S. State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security Departments, the United States Congress, the European Parliament, the United Nations Security Council.

His writings expose the political nature embedded in Islamic doctrine, and seeks to find solutions to the problems that presents the West. His books include, The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad, and The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy.

Is Zeyno Baran a racist? Baran is a Turkish-American scholar and Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy.

One of Baran’s key areas of specialization is countering the spread of radical Turkish Islamist ideology in Europe and Eurasia.

Baran has criticized European and American governments for working too closely with groups or individuals that espouse an Islamist ideology. She argues that such engagement actually works against U.S. and European interests.

Baran recently wrote an article for The Weekly Standard on this very subject. In it, she advocates a kind of “litmus test” for deciding who and what type of Muslim groups the U.S. government should engage with. Baran argues that “the deciding factor must be ideology: Is the group Islamist or not?” She believes that the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and Hizb ut-Tahrir fail her test.

Is M. Zuhdi Jasser a racist? He’s the President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. A devout Muslim, Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Consitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state.

A former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, Jasser served 11 years as a medical officer. He is a nationally recognized expert in the contest of ideas against Political Islam and American Islamist organizations. On October 1, 2009, Jasser briefed members of Congress on the threat of Political Islam. He regularly briefs members of the House and Senate congressional anti-terror caucuses.

Is Magdi Allam a racist? Allam was born in Egypt and raised by Muslim parents. His mother Safeya was a believing and practicing Muslim, whereas his father Muhammad was “completely secular.” He became a journalist and outspoken critic of “Islamic extremism.”

In 2005, Allam published an article calling for a ban on building mosques in Italy. In a piece accusing mosques of fostering hate, he claimed Italy is suffering from “mosque-mania.”

In a public letter to the editor, Allam stated that Islam was inseparable from Islamic extremism. Criticising Islam itself, rather than Islamic extremism, Allam argued: “I asked myself how it was possible that those who, like me, sincerely and boldly called for a ‘moderate Islam,’ assuming the responsibility of exposing themselves in the first person in denouncing Islamic extremism and terrorism, ended up being sentenced to death in the name of Islam on the basis of the Quran. I was forced to see that, beyond the contingency of the phenomenon of Islamic extremism and terrorism that has appeared on a global level, the root of evil is inherent in an Islam that is physiologically violent and historically conflictive.”

Is Farshad Kholghi a racist? Born in Iran, he remembers the time before the Islamic Revolution, when Shah Reza Palahvi reigned supreme and the country was on a staunch Western direction, with extensive developments in infrastructure, industry, education, and health care.

Farshad Kholghi is a well known figure from public debates in Denmark. As is the case for most everyone debating Islam, he has been accused of racism (which, given his ethnicity, is ironic), and of presenting “right-wing” political views. Farshad rhetorically inquired: “Is it ‘right-wing’ to stand for womens’ rights? Is it ‘right-wing’ to criticize religion? Is it ‘right-wing’ to defend freedom of expression? Is it ‘right-wing’ to defend the right of the individual over that of the ideology? If so, then yes, I present right-wing political views.”

Farshad strongly encourages participating in public debate, to not fear religious fanaticism, but rather to ridicule them and their abuse of power through the application of the best of Western values, including open discussion, scrutiny of Islamic organizations and the healthy tradition of satire and ridicule of hypocritical, corrupt and exploitative religious leaders.

Is Bassam Tibi a racist? Born in Syria, Tibi is now a German citizen. He is a Muslim and a political scientist and Professor of International Relations. Tibi is a staunch critic of Islamism and an advocate of reforming Islam itself. In academia, he is known for his analysis of international relations and the introduction of Islam to the study of international conflict and of civilization.

Tibi had eighteen visiting professorships in all continents. Tibi was visiting senior fellow at Yale University when he retired in 2009. The same year, he published his life’s work, a book entitled, Islam’s Predicament with Cultural Modernity.

Is Khaled Abu Toameh a racist? Toameh was born in the West Bank in 1963 to an Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian Arab mother. He received his BA in English Literature from the Hebrew University and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

Toameh was formerly a senior reporter for The Jerusalem Report, and a correspondent for Al-Fajr, which he describes as a mouthpiece for the PLO. He has produced several documentaries on the Palestinians for the BBC, Channel 4, Australian, Danish and Swedish TV, including ones that exposed the connection between Arafat and payments to the armed wing of Fatah, as well as the financial corruption within the Palestinian Authority.

He was the first journalist to report about the sex scandal that rocked the Palestinian Authority in early 2010 and which led to the firing of Rafiq Husseini, Chief of Staff for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The scandal was revealed by former Palestinian intelligence official Fahmi Shabaneh in an exclusive interview with Toameh in The Jerusalem Post. One of Toameh’s more famous articles is, Where Are the Voices of “Moderate” Muslims?

Is Tawfik Hamid a racist? He was born in Egypt and became a member of the militant Islamic organization, al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya. After a change of heart, Hamid started to preach in mosques to promote a message of peace, which made him a target of Islamic militants who threatened his life. Hamid then migrated to the West where he has lectured at UCLA, Stanford University, University of Miami and Georgetown University against Islamic fundamentalism.

In a 2009 Wall Street Journal article, Hamid said that Islam should prove it’s a religion of peace, and called Islamic scholars and clerics, “to produce a Shariah book that will be accepted in the Islamic world and that teaches that Jews are not pigs and monkeys, that declaring war to spread Islam is unacceptable, and that killing apostates is a crime.”

Hamid has written opinion pieces for The Wall Street Journal, including Islam Needs To Prove It’s A Religion Of Peace, How to End Islamophobia and The Trouble with Islam.

This list of prominent criticizers of Islam could go on indefinitely. If you think criticizing Islam is racist, can you tell me exactly what race they are all criticizing? Of course not. Calling criticism of Islam “racist” is a manipulative, underhanded slander. The accurate name is “critic.” All the people above are engaged in religious criticism, criticism of an ideology, and political commentary, all of which are desirable, necessary, vital components of a free society.

Some people who criticize Islam are racists. That does not mean criticizing Islam is racism. It’s also true that some people who criticize Islam are socialists, but it would be foolish to say criticizing Islam is socialism.

Islam is not a race. There are Muslims of every race. The largest Muslim country is Indonesia. There are more non-Arab Muslims than Arab Muslims. Criticism of Islam is not racism.

Most people trying to silence criticism of Islam know full well Islam is not a race. But the slander is effective in the free world. The mere implication can ruin a political career or get someone fired. So while it’s not true — and most people saying it know it’s not true — it is an effective weapon of censorship nontheless.

I hope this list, once and for all, will make anyone who says “criticizing Islam is racist” look ridiculous. I hope this removes that absurd slur from public conversation forevermore. Am I hoping for too much? Every time you read or hear anyone using “racism” to silence criticism of Islam, respond with this list and see what happens.

Source: Citizen Warrior

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